Your New Favorite Sunglasses for Every Summer Activity

Your New Favorite Sunglasses for Every Summer Activity

Your New Favorite Sunglasses for Every Summer Activity

From biking to boating and from golf to music festivals, here are your new favorite sunglasses for every summer activity

From biking to boating and from golf to music festivals, here are your new favorite sunglasses for every summer activity

Styling: Molly Wilcox

Sunglasses, like any accessory, can tell a lot about your personality. Some are flashy and full of life, like Smith Optics, while others are understated a bit shy, like Persols. But which pairs are the most comfortable, stylish, and outdoor friendly for all your summer activities? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Ray Ban: The Classic

Ray Ban sunglasses have a little bit for everyone, which is why they’re a classic choice. You can dress them up or down, they have full rim frames, different shaped wire rims from hexagons to circles to aviators. The Nomad glasses are straight from the vault: an homage to the ‘70s beach scene but upgraded with modern colors to choose from, polarized lenses, and made from a sturdy acetate material. Another favorite style is the Clubmaster Metal. The adjustable nose prongs help them fit your face perfectly, and the contemporary frames come in matte or shiny black, white, and a shiny havana finish, making them both trendy and retro. 

Ray Ban Nomad frames in black
Ray Ban Clubmaster Metal frames in Tortoise

Smith: The Ultimate Outdoorsman

Where Ray Ban is for a more tame and beachy outdoor experience, Smith Optics are for the ultimate adventurer. They have sunglasses dedicated to mountain biking, road cycling, fishing, surfing, running, and snow sports. They’re not only incredibly functional and comfortable, but they’re also innovative and modern. The Shift MAG glasses are geared toward cyclists and runners: a 5-base frame stays put with a two-position nosepiece and they’re equipped with no-slip temples. The $259 glasses come with two lenses, one color-enhancing ChromaPop lens and one clear lens. The Reverb, Flywheel, and Attack MAG glasses are similar in modern style, while Contour, Bayside, and Eastbank glasses are more understated for an easy everyday look. The $99 to $179 Eastbank glasses are lightweight, come in black or tortoise, and have 100% UV protection Chromapop Lenses.

Smith Optics Shift MAG glasses in Black Matte Cinder.
Smith Optics Eastbank frames in Tortoise

Oakley: The Athlete 

Oakley glasses are worn by professional sports players around the world. Their most famous glasses are their original Radar eyewear, which has been updated over the decades from research with some of the world’s best athletes. The $205 glasses come in 12 different colors and have a 20% light transmission, which are perfect for especially sunny days. The $143 Holbrook glasses are their most popular lifestyle glasses. They come in 23 different colors and they’re inspired by the screen heroes from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Oakley Radar EV Path glasses in fire iridium lenses and white frames

Nike: The Golfer

What’s better than a sunny day on the green? Nike’s Show X3 glasses are equipped with a contoured lens design that gives more peripheral coverage and protection, with a design that looks aggressively sporty. The glasses start at $179 and have a ventilation pad for the brow line and a super lightweight, comfortable feel. The Nike Maverick RGE starts at $149 and is another great option for a more understated look. It has a hybrid 6-base full-rim frame design and is made of a lightweight nylon material. The rubber-grip nose bridge is soft and flexible.

Nike Show X3 in matte black/volt-field tint

ROKA: High Performance

If you’re into extreme sports or triathlons, these frames might be the ones for you. ROKA’s CP Series glasses are highly customizable and ultralight performance sunglasses. They come in two different sizes and have six different lenses to choose from depending on thee amount of light for any given day. The CP Series start at $235, while the Barton glasses start at $140 and are perfect  for a sunny day on the boat. They are sweat resistant, have a non-slip nose grip, and are designed for people on the move.

ROKA CP Series in black/torch frame and black lenses

Persol: The Fashion Forward

If your idea of outdoor activity starts and ends with lounging on a beach cabana or yacht, look no further. The Italian company’s designs are fashionable, practical, and trendy as ever. Persol’s classic PO3166S design starts at $396 and has an option to buy polarized lenses in 9 different color combinations. The PO9649S design starts at $261 and has a rounder design, almost a hybrid between a classic round frame and a modern aviator. 

Persol PO3166S in brown spotted blue with brown gradient lenses

Pit Viper: The Music Festival

Pit Vipers are not for the faint of heart. These glasses are loud, bright, contemporary, and flashy. The retro website and the glasses design brings you back to the early 2000s, and the Herbivore glasses are the zebra, rainbow frames you never knew you needed. Starting at $119, they offer 100% UVA protection and 5.5% light transmission. The Corduroy Polarized frames are a perfect music festival statement piece, with neutral frames and red lenses, and only $79.

Pit Viper Corduroy Polarized

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