High style, eco smarts, and enduring strength.

Protect your eyes and give your face serious style with the Zeal Kennedy Polarized Sunglasses. These shades, with a classic silhouette yet modern style, deliver hot aesthetics plus eco-friendly bio-based construction. Innovative e-llume lenses and Z-Resin frame are made from renewable resources without compromising strength or performance. Polarized, shatter-resistant lenses cut glare and withstand whatever you dish out, while hidden spring hinges and ProFlex pads give these babies a snug and secure fit, because you don't want all that fashionable function sliding off your face.

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  • Scratch-resistant, lightweight e-llume bio-based lenses provide 100% protection against harmful UV and HEV rays while delivering high-performance optics
  • Polarized lenses cut out glare to reduce eye fatigue and give comfortable, clear vision
  • Eco-friendly, bio-based Z-Resin frame provides lightweight, durable, and flexible protection made from the renewable castor plant
  • ProFlex rubber nose and temple pads provide non-slip fit and comfort for security during high action
  • Hidden spring hinges give a snug fit and accommodate a broader range of head shapes and sizes
  • Please click on size chart for information on lens options
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Kennedy by Zeal Optics

KENNEDY is specifically designed for those who lead an active life without compromising fashion forward style. It is made for those wanting to make a bold statement and are confident in what they want. Who wants to settle for a sunglass that only works in one part of your life?

Broke after a few uses

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The spring on the hinge pulled out when I went to put them on. Not sure how or why, one day all was good, the next they were a floppy mess. Maybe mine were defective. Will be returning.

Hi Tim,

Sorry to hear about this! You can contact our customer service here: https://www.zealoptics.com/US/en_US/customer-service. They'd be happy to look into this for you.


Nice and light...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love wearing these because it's comfortable on my face. I have dropped it twice on tile and no scratches. The non-sliding grips are great.

Small frame

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

The photo made them look great, and reviews hyped them up, so I decided to give 'em a go. Out of the package they looked fresh, until I put them on my head. Mind you I have a very average sized cranium, sunglasses have always been easy to purchase, but these really felt like they were meant for kids. The arms squeeze too much, they sit high on the bridge of my nose, and the lenses don't extend out enough to protect peripheral vision.

Hi Andrew,

Sorry to hear that the fit did not work out for you. If you'd like to chat with our customer service to see about a style that might work better for you, you can contact them here: https://www.zealoptics.com/US/en_US/customer-service


Great fit and good value

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I gave these to my 18-year old step-son and a sunny day doesn't go by that I don't see him wear them. He says the fit is great and he get his fair share of compliments for them. They're bold and stylish. The quality for the price is unmatched. Buy them!

Just amazing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great fit, great quality, great looking. Best quality/cost sunglass out there + its polarized.

Just amazing

E xtraordinary Shades!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This was my first Zeal purchase. I had actually somehow never heard of them until I saw them on backcountry's site. I've owned A LOT of different sunglasses from quite a few brands. Just the quality of the BOX they come in...is a good indicator of what's in store for ya!
When you dig in and find your glasses...you are not gonna be dissapointed. These babies are top notch spectacles. Not only are they cool looking/comfortable (even for me; with my rather large head)...they excel in the optical clarity department for sure!!! I got the copper color lenses and I am super happy with how they performed while driving and slacklining. If I were gonna be on the water on sunny days all the time...I'd probably want a dark grey pair just for better shading. But, overall I am very pleased with these Kennedys...and I'm sure you will be too.


PS. I wear a 7 1/2" hat if that helps.

E xtraordinary Shades!!!

Alas...mine were misplaced or stolen. I honestly don't know which. I wish a color I fancied more would go on sale. The green and black are cool, but I really liked the copper lenses.

Great looking and fitting sunglasses

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm really happy with these sunglasses. They are made very well and the lenses are really nice. I have a narrow face with a prominent nose and they fit well and look great. The rubber on the arms and nose are great for light sports (flat or moderate running, skateboarding, etc.), but I can't imagine bombing down the mountain with these on. Overall, great sunglasses and I appreciate that the company is conscious about their environmental footprint.

great sunglasses!

    These sunglasses fit great and I'm psyched to support a company that has a focus on sustainability.

    What are the measurements?

    Best Answer


    Temple Length: 132 mm

    Frame Width: 140 mm

    Lens Height: 41 mm

    Lens Width: 55 mm

    Bridge: 14 mm

    Great value for great sunglasses

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I have a lot of trouble getting shades that fit as I have a very small/narrow bridge...and these fit. Got these for alot of wrong reasons (style mostly) and some good reasons (and online) hoping they would fit and they do so likely to fit anyone well. I have light eyes so need good quality lenses and tough shades for hiking/snowshoeing and these work, not to mention being eco-friendly. I typically wear Maui Jim and Revo (also own Ray-Ban, Smith & Bolle) - price and fit are definitely a plus for these.

    The President of Shades!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    The Zeal Kennedy is the breakthrough piece for this brand, combining its eco-conscious story with classic, timeless looks with a cutting edge vibe and colors that stand out. The details like spring hinges make this an amazing fit and incredibly comfortable - tie this in with the warranty and customer support and these are definitely the best shades on the market!

    Great style, great value for polarized!

      The aqua color is beautiful and the frame shape is very stylish for both sexes. I have been an Oakley wearer for years but it's nice to find polarized sunglasses from Zeal for considerably less. These glasses are extremely comfortable, the nose piece keeps them securely located so the frames are not touching my face. I hate that when that happens!

      Zeal Kennedy Sunglasses - Polarized


        So STOKED on these! Insanely comfortable, plant based and my new favorite pair. The hidden hinge allows this to fit my big head and my girls smaller face for when she wants to steal them (Often:)