Sun, wind, and chop are no match for Blackfins ($139 to $239), the newest offering from the sunglass gurus at Costa Del Mar. Hydrolite, the company's signature rubberized compound, lines the frames and bridge of this aggressive-looking shade. According to Costa, the hypoallergenic Hydrolite liner ensures that Blackfins adhere to the wearer's face, no matter what conditions he or she might be up against. The frames come in shiny tortoise, matte black, or gunmetal, and lenses can be selected from the full range of the company's sturdy, 100-percent polarized-glass offerings.
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I've met heaps of boaters who swear that Maui Jim's high-tech polarized lenses are the creme de la creme. Well, said enthusiasts will likely be quite taken with the company's newest style: the Nalu 122. It features PolarizedPlus 2 lens technology, which, according to Maui Jim, means lenses protect against direct, reflected, and bounce-back glare. In addition, PolarizedPlus 2 lenses are salt-water safe and boost colors for superior clarity and contrast, which is certainly a good thing when you're running a boat. The Nalu is a unisex spec that comes in gunmetal black or neutral grey. It retails for $309.
Back to Basics
Stylewise, the new KABIN from Kaenon Polarized is muss—and fuss—free. It has clean lines and a discreet logo, making it somewhat of an anomaly in today's flashy eyeware market. But KABIN's simple aesthetics belie some pretty distinguished technology: Its frames are molded from TR-90, an uber-lightweight material said to be formulated for extreme strength and durability. And its lenses are made from SR-91, a polarized material that's lightweight and supposedly impact-proof. In lab tests SR-91 received the highest possible clarity rating. KABIN is unisex, comes in tortoise or black, and retails for $199.
Airy, indeed: The 27˚ Air collection from Tag Heuer ($335) is so-named because the glasses in this line are extremely light. The lens shields do not have a bottom rim, an exclusion which keeps the glasses virtually weightless. And while the Blue Watersports lens is the best option for boaters (it provides 100-percent filtration of UV A, B, and C rays up to 400 NM and is water-repellent), it can be swapped out for colors such as Grey Outdoor and Plum Prime. The collection's other knockout feature? Patented, flexible arms fold in at an unusual 27-degree angle (hence the name), ensuring a close fit to your face.
This article originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.