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Sunglasses enhance your appearance and protect your eyes. They’re tools, and like any tool, some will last you a long time, and some will not. A brand name isn’t everything, but certain features are important. What criteria do you use when you shop for a new pair?

We investigated the best sunglasses on the market and came to a few conclusions about what makes them the top choices. Here’s what we found:

  • Forget cosmetic glasses, sunglasses should block at least 95% UVA and 99% UVB rays
  • Tiny lenses are for show-offs, get a pair big enough to be called shades
  • Polarized lenses are perfect
  • Scratch-resistance is worth the extra cost
  • The color of the lens actually does make a difference

Let’s explore lens colors right here:

Brown or Amber—The red tint in brown and amber helps you better perceive depth when you’re playing golf or driving. It also turns up the contrast between colors.

Gray—This popular color reduces glare and eye fatigue when you’re outdoors for hours at a time. It also helps you perceive colors as they really are without distorting them.

Yellow—Yellow is excellent for sports as diverse as skiing and tennis. It filters out blue light that causes eye strain, and it improves visibility in fog and low-light conditions.

Green—While you usually can’t get prescription lenses in green, it’s a great color for low-light activities because it cuts down on glare and brightens shadows. Like gray, green doesn’t distort colors.

But color isn’t the only feature that’s important in a pair of sunglasses. There’s style and there’s shape. Of course, the classic styles are mirror shades, Wayfarers, or Aviator glasses. Tortoiseshell frames are making a big comeback, and Clubmasters are raging hot right now.

As for shape, those with oval faces have the most luck because they can make just about any pair look good. Square faces often look better with rounded frames and lenses. Rounded faces balance out rectangular frames, and long faces make wraparound and big glasses look sporty.

Why are polarized lenses important?

In a nutshell, polarized lenses are ideal for sunglasses because they reduce glare. Ever seen the bright sun shining down on freshly polished chrome? It’s a lot easier on the eyes if you have a pair of polarized lenses.

A note on lens materials

Whenever possible, get scratch-resistant lenses for your sunglasses. NXT polyurethane lenses are top of the line because they resist breaking, they are lightweight and flexible, and they have excellent optical clarity.

Polycarbonate lenses are a little less durable than NXY polyurethane, but if you get the right coating on them, they are just about as good, and they cost less.

Cheap sunglasses are often made with acrylic lenses, but these don’t hold up well at all. Avoid acrylic just like you would those cheap light beers.

The top 5 sunglasses for men

Now let’s take a look at the best men’s sunglasses. All the ones we chose for this review protect against both UVA and UVB rays 100%.

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Nike Stride Great for active sports
Adjustable fit
Prescription lenses available
Multiple colors
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Flexon Sun Flexible titanium frames
Polarized lenses
Single vision or non-prescription
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Cole Haan Classic design
Prescription lenses available
Multiple colors
Handmade acetate frames
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Dragon H2O Float on water
Prescription lenses available
Multiple colors
Oleophobic coating
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Nike Achieve Made for casual and sport activities
Prescription lenses available
Multiple colors
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NIKE STRIDE EV0708

NIKE STRIDE EV0708

NIKE STRIDE EV0708

 

Nike’s Stride sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable. They have adjustable rubber nose pads and rubber temples for the best fit. Their lenses, no matter which one of the three colors you choose, block 100% of UV rays. Wear them for any sport and you’re forget they’re on your face.

If you’re a prescription lens wearer, you’re in luck. The Strides are available in single vision and progressive as well as non-prescription format. Check out the available frame colors, too.

 

FLEXON SUN FS-5060P

FLEXON SUN FS-5060P

FLEXON SUN FS-5060P

 

If you’ve worn glasses for a while, chances are you’re acquainted with Flexon. Their lightweight frames are made from flexible titanium. It’s called a “memory metal” because it returns to its original shape after it’s been twisted or bent.

The lenses on the FS-5060P sunglasses are polarized for excellent anti-glare protection. They block 100% of UV rays as well. Get them in non-prescription or single vision. Plus, you can choose one of four frame colors in a classic Aviator style.

 

COLE HAANCH6005

COLE HAAN CH6005

COLE HAAN CH6005

 

Cole Haan’s CH6005 are made in a classic Wayfarer shape. The frames are solid handmade double laminated acetate stamped with the company’s logo on the temples. You can choose from three colors including tortoiseshell.

The gray lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays. You can get them in non-prescription, single vision, or progressive types.

 

 

DRAG ON DR LIEGE H2O

Dragon DR LIEGE H2O

Dragon DR LIEGE H2O

 

Dragon’s Dr Liege H2O sunglasses come in an assortment of 4 color combinations. You can choose one of 4 black frames with either rose gold, gray, blue, or greenlenses.All lenses are polarized and come in progressive, single vision, or non-prescription.

As the name suggests, Dragon’s H2O line is made for wearing on the water. Their nylon frames are designed to float. The lenses have an oleophobic coating to resist fingerprints, too.

 

Nike ACHIEVE EV0880

Nike ACHIEVE EV0880

Nike ACHIEVE EV0880

Nike’s Achieve EV0880 sunglasses have a striking appearance enhanced not just by the style of their frames but their selection of colors. You can choose one of 6 frames: Crystal Gray, Matte Black, and four shades of tortoiseshell. All of them have acetate fronts and temples. Four of them come with gray lenses, one with brown, and one with teal.

The lenses offer a clear view from any angle, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. You can get them in single vision, progressive, and non-prescription formats.

 

Recommendation

Once you’ve perused the offerings, you may still have a hard time choosing the perfect pair. Here’s what we think:

If you love watersports, take a closer look at Dragon’s H20 glasses. They float, and that’s ever so handy on the lake and in the pool.

Nike’s Achieve and Stride are both excellent choices. The Stride is better if you’re running, playing tennis, and very active outdoors. The Achieve is fine for golfing or just lounging on the beach.

Cole Haan’sand Flexon’s sunglasses are less sporty, but perfect for casual or formal wear.

 

 

 

 

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