Upgrade Your Shades – Select Active and Lifestyle Sunglasses for Summer

Considering that Summer is just around the corner, it is likely time to upgrade your shades with a new pair to protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays from the Sun. Whether you are looking for active or lifestyle sunglasses, the best ones have qualities that keep you protected and feeling comfortable. From polarized lenses to lightweight durability, here are some of the best options to keep your eyes shielded and offer a friendly fit no matter what you’re up to this Summer.

Solo Eyewear Zambia

Great for casual commutes and living the beach life, the Solo Eyewear Zambia Sunglasses have a handcrafted lightweight frame with double barrel hinges. Not only are their lenses polarized to eliminate glare, the frame is built with Italian cellulose acetate to boost durability and longevity. The light frame feels comfortably snug on the mug, and Solo added repurposed bamboo for the SOLO letters to do some good for the environment. MSRP $59 soloeyewear.com

Rudy Project Soundshield

Heading downtown to meet your friends is far more enjoyable when the sun isn’t making you go street blind. The Rudy Project Soundshield Sunglasses blocks out excess light to keep your adventures and group events fun. The Soundshield features a frame that is lightweight and comfortable, yet durable enough to withstand daily wear. The trendy flat lenses have RP D Centered Optics to ensure your vision remains clear. The refined details on the Soundshield result in an active lifestyle design that is the perfect option for round sunglass enthusiasts. MSRP $169.99 rudyprojectna.com

Dragon Eyewear Meridien LL H20 Polar

Whether it is a day chilling by the lake with a few cold ones, or tearing down singletrack, throw on the Dragon Eyewear Meridien LL H20 Polar for instant style points that can hold up to the elements. Utilitarian styling makes these sleek frames stand out, and with high performance in mind, they’ll withstand the trail, river, or road with ease. Constructed from H2O Floatable TPX with a lower density H2O material allows these sunglasses to float. Shatterproof lightweight nylon Performance Polarized lenses shield your eyes from the sun, in a variety of lenses colors that allow you to pick what is best suited for your technical needs and where you want your style to land on the color spectrum. MSRP $205 dragonalliance.com

Costa Rincondo

Whether you are having a day out on the SUP or hiking through the foothills, wearing the Costa Rincondo Sunglasses will provide supreme optical clarity. They feature polarized technology that eliminates glare on the surfaces to ensure an accurate and optimal reading of the terrain. The Rincondos are suitable for all types of water and sun drenched adventures, and with their classic style, they look good in any setting. MSRP $259 costadelmar.com

Smith Optics Riptide

Optimized performance during high paced activities, and laidback style when the pace slows, the Smith Optics Riptide strike the perfect balance of reliable eye protection and modern good looks. With two lens options, each with excellent optical clarity – the ChromaPop+™ lenses boost detail, color and clarity while ChromaPop™ Glass has the added benefit of high scratch resistance, both keep vision clear and deliver superior glare eliminating polarization. The bio-based frame is virtually shatterproof, offering some peace of mind on riskier outings, while the spring hinges expand the fit at the temples, which is not only more comfortable, but feels snug and doesn’t bounce around during runs and bike rides. MSRP $259 smithoptics.com

Dragon Eyewear Shore x LL Polar

The Dragon Eyewear Shore x LL Polar Sunglasses pairs well with sports on the water reflecting a bright, blue sky. Their Lumalens color optimization and Performance Polarized lenses deflect all those harsh rays for superior clarity not only on the water, but on the trails as well. Dragon made the slim profile frame out of a an ultra lightweight H2O floatable technology construction that allows these glasses to float should they fall overboard. MSRP $239 dragonalliance.com

Rudy Project Cutline

The Rudy Project Cutline Sunglasses draw admiration everywhere you ride with their bold, wide coverage and precision optics. Ideal for fast paced rides, the lightweight, flexible frame withstands use and abuse. With the push of a button, lens swaps are simple, fast, and easy. Power Flow ventilation on the bumpers, lens and temples, keep the air flowing and minimize fog. Customize the Cutline for how you ride with all 4 bumpers installed for more protection, just 2 on the top, or go bumper free for the lightest setup and maximum field of vision. The renowned wraparound Rudy Project shield lenses keeps you cranking with precise optical clarity. While the adjustable nose and temple pads deliver a perfect non-slip fit, even when you’re sweating profusely or pushing through inclement weather. MSRP $219.99 rudyprojectna.com

Smith Optics Shift Mag

Outdoor training provides a multitude of technical challenges during changing seasons and using proper eyewear to maintain clarity can impact training progressivity. The Smith Optics Shift MAG™ gives cyclists and runners every performance advantage possible, from the superlight frame down to the nose piece. The top feature is the interchangeable lens technology that allows for quick and easy lens changes with just a push of the magnet button on the frame. The Shift MAG™ uses a 5-base integrated frame with lens ventilation to keep vision clear and a refined two position nose piece and no slip temples to keep glasses in place through dynamic fast paced motion. These Smith sunglasses come with one clear lens as well a color enhancing ChromaPop™ lens for complete adaption for the weather or the seasons. MSRP $259 smithoptics.com

Costa FanTail Pro

See your surroundings like never before with the incredibly Costa FanTail Pro Sunglasses. Whether you’re kayaking, running, or just exploring the outdoors, these  shades keep everything clear with optimal visual acuity thanks to Costa’s lenses. The lens technology controls light transmission and finely tunes the colors to match your environment, resulting in sharper optical clarity and increased vividness of the details around you. Built with a vented and fully adjustable nose pad for a customizable fit, as well as sweat channels and eyewire drains designed to help keep your vision clear. Costa has also added a new stickier Hydrolite® nonslip pads at the nose and temples for a secure fit even in sweaty situations. MSRP $269 costadelmar.com

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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