Sunglasses for Sailing

CW's Elaine Lembo rounds up the latest sunglass models for sailing. Plus, check out her Q & A with with optometrist Robert Child, O.D.


Peahi, Lilikoi, Sand Island, and Driftwood by Maui Jim:
Four new polarized versions by Maui Jim take into account the popularity of white frames for men (Peahi), soft frame colors for women (Lilikoi, pictured), and updated unisex aviator styles (Sand Island and Driftwood). Lens materials include glass and polycarbonate. Prescription versions are available.
$220 to $330,
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Windshift by Ronstan:
From Ronstan comes a unisex style, the Windshift, in durable, wraparound white or black frames. The polarized lenses also respond to changing light conditions by adjusting in shade. A prescription version is available.
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Sport by Harken:
The latest offering from Harken for men and women features polarized glass or polycarbonate lenses in a wraparound frame. Metallic gray-green and matte black are frame-color choices.
$112 to $129,
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Cocos by Costa del Mar:
Among unisex styles, these aviator-style sunglasses feature durable temples and spring hinges. Cocos frames are metal; Peninsula (not pictured) frames come in tortoise, black, and black/coral. Polarized glass or plastic lenses come in a variety of colors. A prescription version is available.
$170 to $280,
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Ten-Year Celebration Collection by Kaenon:
Kaenon marks a milestone in 2012 with a rainbow of new colors added to a dozen existing lines of polarized eyewear for men
and women. Lightweight lenses are made from a proprietary material, and hand-painted frames come in various shades of blue, topaz, jade, and purple. Prescription lenses are available.
$205 to $240,
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Transpac by Ocean Racing:
Along with Hobart, Bermuda, and Fastnet models, Transpac is an example of affordable unisex wraparound polarized sunglasses by Ocean Racing, a maker of sailing accessories that include waterproof luggage.
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Headway by Revo:
These new unisex polarized Crystal (glass) Water Lenses from Revo offer secure fit and a removable leash and buoy for retrieval when they go overboard. A prescription version is available in polycarbonate.
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Men’s Crosshair, Twenty, and Jupiter Squared (pictured); Women’s Daisy Chain, Underspin, and Overtime by Oakley:
Premium fit from alloy frames, a revival of classic styles including the teardrop shape, lens curvature that extend peripheral vision, and optional gradient lens shading are trademarks of Oakley’s latest lines. These styles are also available in prescription versions.
$130 to $200,
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Prada Linea Rossa:
Aviator (51N) and wrap-around (52N) form-fitting styles in lightweight metal frames dominate the new unisex line from Prada.
$230 to $290,
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Rockpile by Hobie:
This unisex model is one of more than a dozen offerings in the Motion Polycarbonate Series by Hobie Polarized. Adjustable nose pads add to a custom fit.
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Edge, Speed (Pictured), and Classic by Gill:
Gill’s lines of unisex sunglasses with polarized thermoplastic lenses are made with integral flotation. Their wraparound frames, nose pads, and rubber-tip arms give a snug fit.
$80 to $90,
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