If there’s one item of gear boaters use the most, and also lose the most, it’s polarized sunglasses. On the theory that there’s always some boater somewhere who needs a pair, here are three brands to consider.
Maui Jim – Chee Hoo!
Stormy Grey Frame with Polarized Blue Hawaii Lens
The Clear: First word: luxury. Second word: comfort. These sunglasses are everything you’d expect from a brand like Maui Jim. Quality-built for a symmetrical, secure and sturdy fit, the Chee Hoo! frames rest on the face perfectly. And because of the lightweight materials used in both the frames and lenses, sunrise-to-sunset comfort will be yours.
The Cloudy: Designed as a medium-to-large fit, these frames may feel oversize (particularly the long arms) on a smaller-headed individual.
Serengeti – Carlo Large
Tortoise Frame with Polarized Drivers Lens
The Clear: Function meets fashion with these Serengeti sunglasses. The handcrafted, tortoise-style acetate frames with metal details will have you feeling like a million bucks. But the Carlo Large is not all about looks. The high-end lenses keep the eyes relaxed and unstrained for all-day protection even in the brightest sun.
The Cloudy: These shades have a tighter, more secure fit, which obviously has its advantages but may cause some head tension after long wear.
Bollé – Boxton
Rubber Black Frame with Polarized TNS Oleo AR Lens
The Clear: Grimy fingers? Not a problem for these lenses, which are equipped with an oleophobic treatment. Sweaty face? These glasses aren’t going anywhere thanks to the grippy nosepiece and all-around rubber frame. These are the ultimate no-fuss sunnies, and all the better, they look really good on almost anyone with their neo-classic, super-hip style.
The Cloudy: The lenses sit close to the face, so if you’re blessed with long eyelashes, these might not be the shades for you.