Winter can be hell on the eyes. Take shelter in these lenses.
On the outside: a design that’s hip but not obnoxious, with subtle gold lens mirroring. On the inside: the two-layer frames and temple—backed in matte black with a see-through orange topcoat—are plaid, man. Neutral gray-tint polarized poly lenses do the job in bright sun. More relaxed than sport, but high quality and fun. $119, bolle.com
Costa’s 580p poly lenses are as close as plastic gets to the superfine optical class of glass. You can play harder in shatterproof poly, and boaty Saltbreak (from $170) wants you to play soaking wet, with lens coatings to shed water and oil (sunscreen) plus lots of sticky rubber to keep this grown-up-looking eyewear secure.
Hobie Polarized Dogpatch
Until you see HOBIE at the temple, you might guess these are all about the look, not serious watersport bona fides that befit the company’s surfing-sailing heritage. But the gray-tint polarized lenses, with water- and oil-shedding coatings, are seaworthy, beachworthy, and snow-when-you’re-not-skiing worthy. $80, hobie.com
Sunglass aficionados would know Revo’s signature blue-flash mirroring from a block away, a point forgotten when you’re fighting to keep a Sunfish upright in a gale in the Bahamas. The Harness ($179) gave me super eyes—-windproof, sun-taming, spray-shedding—so I could sail my behind off. The lanyard with the little float isn’t a gimmick: the Harness is for-real salty and sharp looking.
Rudy Project Spinhawk
Rudy’s gradient-tint brown poly lenses are darker up high, because that’s where the sun is in full daylight, with lighter tinting down low, the better to see dashboard gauges, ski resort maps, and terrace-restaurant menus. Styling does a sexy Euro number. $125, rudyprojectusa.com
This big-face-friendly unit protects the eyes from the elements on all sides. Though it screams fashion, the Cutter ($220) can handle fast and bumpy with scoop vents and tacky nosepiece nubs, and the bronze-tint polarized poly lenses boost contrast and depth. Consider them true multisport performers: jump off your skis and onto a trail.