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CHUMS HALFPIPE
$3.99, CHUMS.COM
Chums Inc.’s Halfpipe strap—a
simple latex tube design—is an
insurance policy against vanishing
glasses. Slip the hollow rubber
Clip-on shields block
hose ends over your glasses bow,
out peripheral light
drape the loop over your head,
and cinch tight. Set to go and
safe, easy, and cheap.
JULBO BIVOUAK
$120, JULBOUSA.COM
In the snow or high in the mountains,
eyes can fall victim to glare seeping in
from the side. Julbo’s Bivouak glasses
block errant light from all angles via
magnetized clip-on shields. Simply snap
on the included protective temple plates
to eliminate radiating interferences that RYDERS EYEWEAR VIGOR
can hurt your eyes. Strong magnets
$44.99, RYDERSEYEWEAR.COM
guide the shields into place, letting you
Action eyewear does not need to break the bank. Ryders
add the optic protection with gloves on.
Eyewear’s Adrenaline series includes high-performance
For normal wear, ditch the wraparound
frames and lenses the company touts as “ideal for both
design by unclicking the shields to open
the weekend warrior or the professional athlete.” The
your peripheral scope and take in a
Vigor has sturdy frames, shatterproof polycarbonate
wider view.
lenses, and an adjustable nose pad and temple tips to
keep the shades gripped to your face. The company
NATIVE EYEWEAR WAZEE
guarantees its sunglasses against manufacturer’s
$89, NATIVEYEWEAR.COM
defects for a year from the date of purchase.
Named after an edgy street in downtown
Denver, the Wazee glasses have an
aggressive, urban look. But these
sunglasses are made for the outdoors—
TINT
hiking, biking, skiing, and trail running
A QUICK LOOK AT LENSES
The shade of your shades is the tint.
are among the venues where these airy It affects the transmission of light and
shades can perform. They weigh less
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your ability to see color and contrast.
than an ounce, providing an illusion of glasses based on the frames alone, lens that’s flexible, light, and can
Check out some common lens tints:
weightlessness. Interchangeable lenses and sunglasses shouldn’t be different. withstand impact, but polyurethane
let you swap tints and colors for the best
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Consider the material and tint of the can be expensive. The best option
performance in varying light.
Moderate to bright conditions.
lenses before making a purchase. for optical clarity.
Color-neutral lenses, meaning
MATERIAL
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there’s no color distortion.
What are your lenses made out of?
option that still offers good impact
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The answer affects durability, price,
resistance and clarity but has less
low-light conditions. Great for
clarity, and weight. Here are four
scratch resistance. Thinner and
enhancing contrast in flat light.
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