SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Shady Styles

Whether you’re on the trails or on the town, check out these eight sunglasses to get you through the winter.

Alpe // Tifosi Optics // $70
Best for: smaller faces
At only 19 grams, Tifosi’s sporty Alpe glasses are small and narrow compared to similar styles. They have a snug – but not tight – fit that, with the help of rubber ear and nose pieces, keeps them secured to your head and close to your eyes no matter your activity level. The brown polarized lenses minimize color distortion and reduce glare while offering 100 percent protection from harmful rays. The Alpe comes with a hard shell case.

Blanca // Native // From $129
Best for: a medium-large profile
Blanca is part of Native’s Odyssey Series, and like all Native glasses, these are polarized, vented on the sides and come with easy to use interchangeable lenses. The lenses are also polarized, which increases clarity while minimizing eye fatigue. Adjustable nose pads allow the glasses to sit comfortably on your face, but at 16.4 grams, you’ll hardly feel them anyway.

Brooklyn // Smith Optics // $119
Best for: a girls’ weekend
The Brooklyn is a women’s-specific sporty frame designed for working out, hiking and snow sports. The glasses offer plenty of coverage, even on the sides, without taking over your face. The smooth, modern frames come in six fun colors, from black tortoise to matte sky. Take your pick, and have fun in the sun – the polarized lenses will keep your eyes protected.

Cayene // Suncloud // $50
Best for: the fashionista
A little bit sporty and a lot vintage Hollywood, Suncloud’s Cayene is a great après snowshoe choice. Large polarized polycarbonate lenses offer plenty of coverage while adhering to style – perfect for an afternoon around town or at the lodge. And at only $50, the Cayene is an affordable option (shoot, go ahead and buy one of each color option – there are four to choose from).

Damone // Bollé // $90
Best for: the hipster
The retro Damone is fashionable and fun. The durable, lightweight frames are also amazingly simple: a saddle bridge across the nose and straight temples. Even with polarized lenses, these shades aren’t quite technical enough for high-performance racing, yet they’re sporty enough to wear for most outdoor excursions. And they’re certainly stylish enough to wear around town.

Diablo // Bollé // $160
Best for: the competitive snowshoer
Thanks to superior anti-fogging technology, the Diablo is great for snowshoeing in any conditions. The vented temples ensure comfort while offering some flare to the nylon frames. Available in five colors, with polarized lenses ranging from “rose” to “fire,” you’re sure to find a pair that fits your personality.

Radius // Tifosi Opitics // $100
Best for: the trail runner
The Radius’ vented polarized lenses offer great comfort and protection. The fototec lenses allow you to easily transition between areas of sun and shade – the lenses will darken and lighten accordingly (while always offering 100 percent protection against harmful rays). The rubber ear and nose pieces keep the glasses glued comfortably to your head; even if you take a tumble or run your hardest at the end of a race.

Wild // Cébé
Best for: The all-around athlete
Cébé was founded 120 years ago in France but only entered the U.S. market in 2009. Thanks to good clarity, protection and comfort, the brand is on track to last decades here, too. The ultralight 5.8-gram frames are designed with motion in mind and come with interchangeable anti-fog, vented lenses (tinted, yellow and clear).

To purchase Native Eyewear sunglasses, click here. To purchase Tifosi Optics sunglasses, click here. To purchase Smith Optics sunglasses, click here. To purchase Bollé sunglasses, click here.

 

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