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Best Men's Sunglasses 2016
There is such a variety of sunglasses: features, styles and prices that it can be hard to choose the best pair. Finding the right pair of sunglasses is easier if you decide what you want, before you go shopping.
In best men's sunglasses 2016 I tell you what to look for in a pair of sunglasses as well as make some suggestions.
What makes a good pair of sunglasses? The 3 main attributes are: comfort, good eye protection and great style.
In terms of brand I would say Oakleys is the foremost premium brand in men's sunglasses. Unfortunately their sunglasses are also quite a bit more expensive. Budget brands to look for would be: Polaroid, Sunbelt and Fisherman.
Polarized lenses reduce the glare you get from reflected light off surfaces like water or glass. Personally I prefer polarized lenses to non polarized ones.
Gradient lenses are tinted from the top down, making the top of the lens the darkest. I would recommend these lenses for driving, because they shield your eyes from overhead sunlight while allowing more light through the bottom half of the lens. This lets you see your dashboard clearly.
The color of your lenses will affect your depth perception, as well as how clearly you can see different objects. Grey colored lenses are the most popular because they do not affect the colors of most objects, thereby giving you a vision that is closest to reality. Colors like green, brown orange and yellow increase clarity as well as depth perception, while red distorts other colors.
These are fairly popular and tend to go in and out of fashion. Mirror lenses reflect a high percentage of light making them specially beneficial for activities in very bright conditions, such as snow skiing
Be warned through, mirror lenses are prone to scratches. The problem is that the mirror finish goes on the outside and this finish is prone to scratches.
Sunglasses come in many materials the trade-off tends to be between weight, durability and cost.
Most popular lens materials for sunglasses:
- Glass: Durable, but very heavy. I find that glass sunglasses have the best optical clarity and are less prone to scratches.
- Polycarbonate: Lightweight plastic.
- CR-39: Plastic mostly found in prescription sunglasses.
The UV protection your sunglasses give you protects you from a number of eye diseases. The FDA recommends you buy sunglasses that blocks 99-100% of UV light. On the label it should say UV 400 or 100% UV.
Most men think that they are only at risk on sunny days, but UV light goes right through clouds, it doesn't matter if the sky is overcast. The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 am and 2 pm so always wear sunglasses outside during this period.
If you look at the design of sunglasses the ones that wrap around your head blocks more sunlight than the traditionally designed ones. If you are going to be outside for a long period wear a hat with your sunglasses for maximum protection.
Sunbelt Men's Neptune 190 Metal Sunglasses
The Neptune's lenses are made from shatterproof polycarbonate. The gray polarized lenses give 100 percent UV protection.
One warning with these glasses, if you shake them the nose piece rattles. Once they are on your face though they won't make a sound.
The Neptune 190's are my idea of a quality pair of affordable men's sunglasses.
Oakley Men's Fives Iridium Sunglasses
Oakley is my favorite premium brand, when it comes to sunglasses. You can really feel that it is a quality product when you hold it. These sunglasses are however quite a bit more expensive. This pair fits your head pretty tightly so no light gets in from the top.
The lenses on this pair handles both dimly lit and very bright areas well. So if you are the guy that wears sunglasses indoors, this is the product for you.
If you do a lot of outdoor sports, you might want to consider buying a pair of sports goggles instead of sunglasses.Sunglasses aren't as strong as polycarbonate sports goggles.