Sunglasses are key to a summer of adventure. Whether that’s the beach or the mountains is your choice. Maybe it’s both. Protecting the eyes from wind and sun exposure is certainly important no matter where you find yourself. We’re lucky here at The Inertia. Some of the best brands in the industry let us try shades so we can tell you what we know about them. The best part is, you can spend a little, or a lot, depending on your taste and budget. Here are three pairs of sunnies that span the spectrum of comfort and affordability that we liked:
If you’re wanting to spend a little to get a lot the Sunski Taraval is certainly a good option. Super lightweight frames outline polarized lenses in both black and blue mirror or “aqua.” The Taraval is super durable, not to mention comfortable, and make for a great all-around affordable sunglass. Plus the frames are made from recycled plastic so you’re doing good, regardless.
SPY is making a solid pair of sunglasses in its Helm 2 with a durable frame made from the brand’s Grilamid material, which it claims is “indestructible.” We’ve tested that theory out and they’re right. The Happy Lens – SPY’s proprietary lenses – are super clear, which made for the ultimate in clarity around any kind of water when we tested them. The rubber tips on the inside of the temple keep the frames secure to your face, which is nice if you’re doing any kind of movement (which, let’s face it, that’s what gets most of us up in the morning).
Part of Smith’s Water Collection, the Challis features Smith’s ChromPop lenses, which are seriously stellar and have been proven over time. These glasses are reinforced to the max with stainless steel hinges and a lifetime warranty guarantees you can push them to their limits. The Challis is for those seeking a sleeker fit and smaller lens profile as well as high quality frame.