Holiday Gift Guide: Sunglasses

December 12, 2016

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  • Peter Reese

Who has the right sunglasses? Or a spare pair that’s capable of taking charge when the go-to breaks? Not many of us, so Active Junky jumped in to remedy the Curse of the Crappy Shades with some solid options logging in at well under $200.

Native Eyewear Sanitas

Native eyewear sanitas main Native Eyewear Sanitas Sunglasses $88.54 - $141.55

In the world of sunglasses, it can become difficult to separate one brand and model from the next. Active Junky selected the Native Eyewear Sanitas as among the most distinctive in their perennially strong line-up. Whatever the term for fabulous without being overwrought is what we’re looking for right now, knowing the durability of the Rhyno-Tuff Air Frame is backed by tester-favorite hinges that deliver optimum temple pressure. Lens tech is sublime but effective from edge to edge, avoiding flare or missed coverage. Put this one in the investment-grade category, hanging on securely in wet and sweat conditions with an effective mastoid temple grip. Native Eyewear = good. Sanitas = superior.

Best For: All-season active and street wear, travel in highly-variable lighting conditions

Optic Nerve Nightcrawler

Optic nerve night crawler main Optic Nerve Nightcrawler Starting at: $109.25

Here’s where you realize the single-lens style you’re wearing now can’t keep up with you. As when the weather changes on a trip, you end up commuting on a blazing day or the ideal (and spontaneous) past-time becomes sitting by the water with friends. Nightcrawler takes the Flip Off Interchangeable Series to a logical (any)place thanks to smoke, copper and clear options (for after-dark pursuits). Testers grabbed the casual style but weren’t afraid to paddle, pedal or hike it on the rivers and trails of western Colorado. Frame-wise, the impact and torque resistance excelled to make the under-$120 system a lasting value. Active Junky sees this one as fitting 75% of faces and nearly 100% of scenarios apart from hard-core alpine and ocean outings. Nightcrawler specs out on clarity and impact resistance even as the swap-out among the three lens options beats the clock at well under 10 seconds. Any questions? Optic Nerve has the answer to them all with one rugged style.

Best For: Everyday wear, weekend outings and travel including international itineraries

Fitovers by Jonathan Paul Binya Polarized OverRx Sunglasses

Fitovers by jonathan paul main Fitovers by Jonathan Paul Binya Polarized OverRx Sunglasses Starting at: $58.16

Style covers a multitude of bad eyesight sins. Jonathan Paul is an Active Junky favorite for giving the scratched and worn-in eyeglasses a new shine on life. This collection is among the 25 Jonathan Paul crafted polarized sunglasses to go over Rx lens. The magic is not limited to a sweet fit with a 135x36 size but worthwhile Polarvue lens tech we’ve taken to the mountains, oceans and streets in a multitude of countries. Complete coverage is one element of a look that flows with prescription lens. And the profile on Binya is a match both for women and men. Durable and a great value, now is the time to get clarity in your optics choices. Remember the initials J.P. or, better yet, try a pair by ordering right now.

Best For: Around town, travel and moderate adventure activities for perscription eyeglass

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