A History of Terminator Sunglasses
A reader from the Czech Republic has asked where he can get Terminator Sunglasses as worn by Arnold Shwarzenegger in Terminator. However Marek (our Czech reader) wasn’t specific about which film – though I presume T2, which was by and away the biggest hit from a shades point of view!. Either way: Happy to help…
He wore the “Ratti” from Persol (model 58230) in T2, which is a true classic with glass lenses and meflecto joints allowing temples to stretch for comfort as pictured above (or Oakleys or depending on who you believe).
Lastly, in T3 he wore SAMA T3 – as named after the movie, I guess. These glasses were said to be designed specially for the movie with a zyl shell (what is that?) & a beta-titanium core (used in aerospace befoe this)making the T3 light & exceptionally durable. The lenses are Prolite with Polarized (gradient) tinting.
For the T2 (& T3) specs, cheap versions are available at the Movie Shop for just £12.99 (& £13.99). Or if you prefer you could buy the original branded ones… I’ll look into the source of those