Maui Jim Cliff House sunglasses
Capt. Bill's Pick!
Over the years I’ve come to favor classic aviator-style sunglasses for on-the-water use. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, aviators are reasonably robust (being typically constructed of some sort of stout metal) and second, they provide significant coverage for each eye without obstructing the view to the side, a foible specific to at least some of the wraparounds on the market. Back in the day, I went with Ray-Bans pretty much exclusively for my aviators—frankly, I’m not sure how many pairs I’ve owned throughout my lifetime. But then, about five years ago, it dawned on me—dang, I’m buying a new pair of Ray-Ban frames every year or so. Why? The classic models I favored had a rather sporty tendency to corrode in salt water! So, at the conclusion of my next visit to the optometrist’s office, I switched to a set of classic aviator-style sunglasses (the specific kind I picked are designated “Cliff House”) from Maui Jim. Granted, the gold-toned frames cost about twice what the aviator-style frames from Ray-Ban would have cost, but they were also made in Japan of comparatively pricey corrosion-proof titanium. What’s my opinion of my Maui Jims today? Hey—these babies are virtually indestructible, do not seem to corrode even a little bit (my Cliff House frames look as good today as they did the day I picked them up, despite repeated saltwater deluges), and the polarized HCL Bronze lenses I chose work wonderfully whether the sun is bright or behind a pile of fluffy clouds. And one more thing. Although my prescription requires fairly thick, progressive lenses, I’ve had no problems with the lenses popping out, an issue that’s pestered me in the past.