Rudy Project Deewhy

Native Eastrim Rudy Project Deewhy Bollé Speed best sunglasses of 2013 summer buyers guide

Native Eastrim, Rudy Project Deewhy, Bollé Speed     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Hobnobbing at the Giro d’Italia.

THE TEST: Though the company leans toward serious road-biking eyewear, the Deewhys (why this name, Rudy?) are more about casual looks than go-fast performance. The frame and earpieces are glossy nylon, sans the sticky rubber padding needed by those who sweat for fun or trophies. These shades compensate with looks. The frames we tested were icicle clear, the lenses mirrored with searing orange. And there’s a nice bit of flash from metal panels at the temples. If you’re spending this much, you might want polarized lenses, and the gray polycarbonate lenses are not. But the mirroring mitigates glare, the optics are sharp, and the neutral tint means no color shift when you take your shades off as you head inside for another prosecco.

THE VERDICT: Ooh, you sexy shades.

VALUE: 4
PERFORMANCE: 4.5

Brand: Rudy Project $185

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