Maui Jim Big Beach $299; mauijim.com
Heady Info: The big difference here is the wiry temples. They flex like graphite fishing rods. Maui Jim says they’re titanium-based. Whatever the reason, there’s no need for hinges — they fold into a wrap position on their own and are by far the lightest of the group because of the thin frames.
In Our View: They felt as vulnerable as a foil ignition key at first. I twirled them, rested my leg on them, pulled them in and out of pockets, and they retained their shape. A little extra lens toward the ear gives them the wraparound protection that’s lacking from most thin frames. The clarity of the PolarizedPlus2 lenses is hard to beat. They’re so light you might forget they’re on top of your head — or not notice that they fell off.
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