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Shades that’ll make you, and the scenery, stand out

The Explorer has been part of our Gear Guy’s spring ski-mountaineering kit for nine years

There are those that help you see and those that help you be seen. Here's the difference—and how to buy the ones you need.

Randolph Engineering aviators are made in America and actually worn by military pilots

Shades that’ll protect your eyes and turn heads

The Sunski Treelines are great for skiing and everyday adventures

Sunski’s version of the classic wayfarer silhouette features polarized triacetate cellulose lenses that offer a full spectrum of UV protection in a frame that weighs just one ounce. Plus, all of Sunski’s frames are made from recycled plastic and come in non-plastic packaging.

Cool capability returns with the best shades for winter

Two newcomers shake things up, while a couple of old hands succeed with clever tech

Gear editor Jeremy Rellosa talks us through his two-week test of blue-light-filtering glasses

Croakies uses miniature nylon climbing rope for this burly retainer. PVC rings slide onto your sunglasses’ arms, and the whole thing weighs just nine grams, so you barely know it’s there, even as it’s keeping your shades from hitting the deck.

Is the Vault overbuilt? Maybe. But if you really want to protect your shades, this semirigid case pairs a crush-resistant exterior with a soft liner to ensure that both lenses and frames remain intact. The mesh pocket in the lid can hold a cloth or a retainer, but it also…

Running rapids or tackling bumpy singletrack? You want a tight fit on your shades. The Orbiter’s stainless-steel wire has a lock-down cinch system, so you can snug them to the back of your head for security.

Fingerprints and dirt stains are annoying. This nonabrasive microfiber cloth lifts oil and other crud off your lenses, so you can rock your specs without smears.

It’s not fancy, but this polyester-cotton pouch will keep lenses from getting scratched and smudged when you drop them in a pocket in your backpack. And we don’t mind the flashy floral hibiscus print one bit.

There was something about Primland that made Emily Nunn see red—a lavish and expensive outdoor Xanadu situated near her beloved Virginia hometown. Then she went there and had... a pretty good time. Blame the trout stream and the 400-thread-count linens.

The biodegradable spray in this kit is a simple combo of water and mild soap. Make a habit out of giving your lenses a spritz after a hard day on the trail, then wipe them clean with the included microfiber cloth. The ritual will go a long way toward maintaining…

Huckberry found the formula for stylish, quality glasses that don’t qualify as a splurge

I prefer to not have to choose between looks and capability

Retro style meets future tech

With a cool-blue lens and tough stainless-steel body, the Salute gives you pilot aesthetics with a polarized carbonic TLT lens. It offers 100 percent UV protection and helps reduce glare from water and snow.

These glasses were designed specifically for water sports, with gray wraparound polarized lenses that cut through the glare and a buoyant foam frame core that keeps the glasses afloat if you drop them. The lenses are shatterproof and offer 100 percent UV protection.

The Marzen has an interesting feature: its glasses come with two sets of interchangeable arms, one sporty and one casual. More importantly, it’s made with superlight, impact-resistant nylon frames and polarized lenses with 100 percent UV protection.

These women’s sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection in a polarized, polycarbonate injection-molded lens that gives you a high quality of polarization over cheaper lenses.

The Marshall blocks 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays with its polarized polycarbonate lenses, which also cut down on glare. The temple pieces are made from bamboo to help minimize their impact on the planet.

Our favorite snow-sports eyewear of all time, from affordable to high-tech

Three pairs of glasses, two weeks, one goal: to find out whether blue-light-blocking lenses could actually make me sleep and feel better

Knowing the basics on lenses, fit, and venting will help you find a pair you love

New lens designs are improving the view even on low-contrast days

Five superb glare cutters, each under $50

Protect your eyes on trails, roads, and crags with these pro recommendations

Don't let pesky skeeters hold you back from enjoying the great outdoors

Summer is here in the desert so we rounded up our female editors' top picks for sunglasses

6 stylish shades that also have performance chops

The prescription goggles are the best solution for those who simply can't go without their specs on the slopes

The indie French brand reissues its classic aviator-shaped mountaineering glasses

You can take the Outdoor Retailer trade show out of Salt Lake, but you can't take the Salt Lake blues out of the show

You'd be amazed at how far scientists have progressed in their ability to turn humans into unstoppable athletic machines. Here's a peek at a future that's coming fast.

Put down that dumbell and pay attention: Your eyes need training, too. Upgrade this all-important organ with our complete guide to better vision.