While skiers rely on a bevy of gear, from their planks, boots, outerwear and everything in between, the one piece of gear that protects them year-round are their shades. Whether they’re vacationing on a beach in Bali or enjoying the summer sun at any one of the many summer ski camps, the right pair of sunglasses protects their eyeballs and keeps them lookin’ fly, too. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the raddest sunglasses for summer 2014.
Clockwise from top-left: Sunskis Original, Oakley Enduro, Smith Cheetah (Archive Collection), Electric Swingarm, Spy Quinn, Shred Sir Edmund Shrasta, Dragon Vantage
The Originals bring vibrant color to the table, in addition to a durable design. The polycarbonate frame, five spoke aluminum hinge and scratch resistant coating on the inner and outer lenses all bring the toughness. However, the flashy colorway is what will really help you stand out from the crowd.
The new Enduro builds on Rock n’ Roll style from the ’60s, i.e. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Cream, for those youngsters who aren’t in-the-know. In addition to the vintage styling, the frame is made of Oakley’s stress resistant and lightweight O-Matter material, and the polarized lens will cut that glare right out of view.
The Cheetah was first released around 1988 when hairstyles were big and personalities were even bigger. The name is derived from its cat-eye inspired shape and comes in a medium fit, with impact resistant carbonic lenses, and an adjustable wire-core temple.
MSRP: $80 (non-polarized); $119 (polarized)
The Swingarm’s frame is composed of impact resistant, flexible and lightweight Grilamid material, and combines with an impact-and-scratch resistant Melanin lens to give the ultimate protection.
The women’s specific Quinn from Spy has a Grilamid crafted frame for super durability, as well as features like a keyhole over the nose bridge for comfort and style, and custom metal detailing for an über refined look.
The Sir Edmund is for those who like to go big, as evidenced by the oversized frame. Lightweight, yet durable multi-layer acetate make up the frame and Optics by Carl Zeiss make for extreme clarity in the lenses.
A Grilamid constructed frame provides ample durability, while the polycarbonate lens provides excellent optical clariy, too. The best feature of these shades is that they’re part of Dragon’s H2O Floatable collection, sunglasses built with a special material so they float in water.