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The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The best new sunglasses are so high tech they basically give you super vision. Behold their color- and face-enhancing powers.

  Photo: Sunski

Sunski Dipseas 

This metrosexy number turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors like the tortoise pictured. The outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price, though they don’t give enough coverage for hardcore outdoorsiness. Big-headed guys only wish they could wear ’em, because the design’s medium-smallish.

Price $55

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Under Armour Captain 

Ahoy. And huzzah. Normcore is dead—even, at last, in sunglasses designed for boating. UA builds in all the serious nautical necessities—anti-wetness lens coatings, anti-glare polarization, big coverage—in a unit that does not embarrass onshore. The Captain is also good for general action sports, but with the camo print and racy lines, it’s probably a mite too athletic for the street. 

Price $155

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Smith Tioga 

Smith freshens up its classic lifestyler, first introduced in 1993, with darkish polarized synthetic lenses that deliver a sharp-edged view in serious sun. The gray-green is a root sunglasses tint, going back decades, but there’s nothing old-school about the super-sharp optics. Black frames make these shades all the more trad-manly. You’re the boss. 

Price $119

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Dragon Marquis 

Deep purple-red lens mirroring thrums and sizzles, as if the Marquis stores gigawatts of power. The polarized optics amaze—crisp and high contrast with depth so deep, 3-D looks like 3.5. The Marquis has watersport bona fides, like liquid-shedding lens coatings and frames that float, but light leak at the sides disqualifies it as serious sportswear. 

Price $180

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Zeal Optics Big Timber

This chunky multisport wrap is a techno-logical twofer. The synthetic lenses are both photochromic, meaning shading adjusts to light intensity, and polarized, so they filter out glare. The warm tint range—from yellow to denser brown—pumps up contrast and depth. Basically, you see things better sooner. 

Price $219

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Maui Jim Legends 

MJ delivers us from blah this winter with frames made out of a new, jumped-up synthetic reptile called Tokyo Tortoise. Likewise, there’s a kink in the dressed-up design, which looks expensive without trying to. So superb are the optics of the polarized lenses, your reviewer mistook them for high-price glass. The lightish green-gray tint is great as long as the sun isn’t hammering.

Price $279

The Best Après Shoes of 2016

It's a true testament to the wonders of technology that you can own a shoe that looks street-smart but feels like a winter hiker. And you have plenty of options, but these six classy kicks made the cut for us.   Photo: Timberland Timberland Heston Mid The Heston’s rich oxblood-mahogany hue is a subtle way to stand out at any post-ski watering hole. But this boot is hardly a style piece, with waterproof leather and a Gore-Tex bootie to protect your feet from parking-lot slush, plus a Pendleton wool collar to keep you toasty.  Price $170   Photo: SeaVees SeaVees Army Issue High If canvas high-tops

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The Après Tailgating Essentials of 2016

Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers.   Photo: Zippo Zippo All-Terrain grill  With an easy-to-set-up folding frame, rugged rubber-coated wheels, and 1.9 square feet of cooking space, the All-Terrain is your instant party starter. With a durable aluminum body and heavy-duty grate, it’ll last for years. And it works just as well at campsites come summer.  Price $300   Photo: Cascade Designs Therm-a-Rest Treo chair  A camp chair is not an unnecessary luxury in the parking lot—it’s a throne you’ve earned with a day of hard charging. And this one is too easy not to pack: it’s smaller than a bottle

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The Best Watches of 2016

A watch isn't always just a watch. Sometimes it's a GPS, flashlight, tachymeter, or survival tool. Sometimes it's all those things in one. So whether you're just looking to tell the time or whether you want a do-it-all timepiece that can tell you when to surf, we've got a model for you.     Photo: Aulta Aulta Leeway Nylon   Newcomer Aulta was hatched by industry vets with a love of surfing. The Leeway has a Japanese quartz movement and a tough 316-L steel case, and survives plunges down to 328 feet. It makes us want to drive our woody up onto the dunes and

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The Best Women’s Après Gear of 2016

Don't blend in by the fireside. All you need are some Bolivian alpaca socks, a go-anywhere espresso kit, and some choice plaid to stand out whether you're cruising Salt Lake City or Truckee.     Photo: Woolrich Woolrich Giant Buffalo Wool coat  Lumberjack shirts are the de facto uniform of mountain-town dudes. Woolrich gives the look an urban upgrade for women with its Giant Buffalo coat, made from a wool-nylon blend to keep you warm on the streets Vail at night.  Price $350   Photo: United by Blue United by Blue Murray Plaid dress  We like flannel for its unbeatable next-to-skin feel, and we like dresses

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