Optic Nerve

Shield your eyes with the season's coolest shades and be primed for action anytime, anywhere

Apr 1, 2006
Outside
Outside Magazine
sunglasses

Photograph by Nigel Cox   

1. Go big with SPY OPTIC's aviator-style SILVER SHADOW frames, which hug the contours of the face to cover the eyes from any angle. $145; www.spyoptic.com

2. The LITTLE ITALY, from QUIKSILVER , features shatterproof lenses and 100 percent UV protection, all for the price of a cheap date. $70; www.quiksilver.com

3. Oversize lenses on PRADA's AVIATOR block any refracted glare, whether it's from a blinding-white beach or pesky paparazzi. $275; www.luxottica.com

4. Since the sun in Panama is more intense than it is in Alaska, KAENON POLARIZED offers the BEACON in a variety of polarized tints to match the shades to your surroundings. $170; www.kaenon.com

5. The stellar UVA, UVB, and UVC protection on OAKLEY's boldly styled OIL DRUM is sweet. Sweeter still, you can spec 'em out with your own prescription. From $170; www.oakley.com

6. SMITH OPTICS' SERPICO uses medium-size wraparound lenses milled to eliminate distortion, giving you full coverage against UV rays and blurry vision in Pacino-worthy frames. $80; www.smithoptics.com

7. SPECIALIZED uses high-quality photochromic lenses in its SWINGARM frames; they automatically darken on the trail, then lighten up in the club. $140; www.specialized.com

8. The polarized lenses in BOLLÉ's PHARMIUM gunmetal frames neutralize sunlight reflected off lakes, rivers, oceans, and the glass canyons of the city. $140; www.bolle.com

Filed To: Water Activities, Sunglasses
From Outside Magazine, Apr 2006

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