The Ruling Glass
The new crop of bike-worthy specs.
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1. Yup, they're really plaid. Not feeling it? Don't fret: Oakley's polarized Sideways come in eight other color combinations, including a very cool brown-white-and-blue combo. $185; oakley.com
2. The retro shape and prominent temples give Kaenon's Burny an analog look. The ultrasharp polarized lenses, though, are as high-definition as it gets. $229; kaenon.com
3. They might look more Jack Nicholson than Jacques Cousteau. But a water-repellent coating on the lens makes Hobie's polarized Woody glasses ideal for a life aquatic. $120; hobie.com
4. We love the sharp optics and classic style. But the coolest thing about Costa Del Mar's Wingman is that it's customizablethe arms and nosepiece can be tweaked to fit almost any size face. $239; costadelmar.com
5. Giro's Fader comes with prescription-ready frames and stainless-steel hinges. And while it's part of the company's lifestyle line, it can handle a little action, too, thanks to hydrophobic pads at the nose. $90; giro.com
6. Whether Smith's handcrafted and seventies-inspired Nolte is too much of a good thing is probably beside the point. The real question is whether you've got enough mojo to rock them. $119; smithoptics.com