Kaenon Arlo With C-12 Lens $199; kaenon.com
Heady Info: Big is still in style, and the Arlos have as much eye-to-ear mass as we’ve found. Light doesn’t sneak through the sides, which is a big plus in an open cockpit. We dropped them twice on a parking lot, and the copper lens didn’t scratch (but we wouldn’t recommend a third drop).
In Our View: For total protection these belong among the head of the class. They not only protect the biggest eyes up to the brow, but the extra-wide frames also cover up boaters’ temples, which are so often sun-damaged. For the size of these shades, they’re light — though the girth does make them look like scuba goggles on small or thin mugs. They earn an A+ for clarity and for the recessed nose pads that prevent slippage.
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