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Best Sunglasses for Ourdoorsmen

When it comes to shades, 2023 exemplifies the intersection of function and fashion. While style matters, performance and protection from the sun is paramount. Whether you’re on the water, beach, or out on the town, check out our choices for 2023’s Best Sunglasses for Outdoorsmen!


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The Cleat is a male-oriented 8-base frame designed for ultimate performance on and off the water. It includes features to ensure optimal performance, including an innovative venting system, built-in peripheral shields for light management, an adjustable nose pad, and integrated spring hinges, which provide a snug fit on a broader range of face shapes and sizes. Frame colors include Matte Blue Wave (NEW) and Matte Black, and retail starts at $189.00.

The Tillies Bank is a female-targeted 6-base frame with a modern performance style, a comfortable nose pad that helps them stay in place, and integrated spring hinges that lessen discomfort and fit a wider range of faces. Frame colors include Flats Pool Tort (NEW), Matte Deep Shallow Blue (NEW), and Honey Ripple Fade. MSRP starts at $179.00.

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The Dropfly is a fishing-centric style, with a 6-base performance Unisex frame made with lightweight, flexible materials that include adjustable nose pads and integrated spring hinges which prevent pressure points and allow for all-day comfort. These frames are lightweight and highly breathable, perfect for long days in all outdoor environments. Frame colors include Matte Brown Shoals (NEW) and Matte Black, and retail starts at $189.00.

Smith Optics

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The Smith Lineup sunglasses strike a balance between timeless classic and modern, chunky style you can wear anywhere. The Evolve™ bio-based frames are lightweight yet durable, and feature megol non-slip nose pads, so they don’t slide down your face on a hot summer day. Color and contrast boosting ChromaPop™ lenses cut glare and feature smudge and moisture-resistant coatings for easy cleaning and clear optics. Includes adjustable wire core in the temples for a customized fit. MSRP starts at $149.

Clean, classic design spans the ages. The Smith Sway sunglasses elevate the classic cat-eye with thicker, oversize frames that push a fun, modern vibe. Also features Evolve™ bio-based frames with megol non-slip nose pads and adjustable wire core temples that let you create a custom fit that holds tight while you’re busy living the good life. Color and contrast boosting ChromaPop™ lenses with smudge and moisture-resistant coatings for easy cleaning and clear optics. MSRP starts at $149.

Mixtapes, music videos, and big hair. Head back to the future with the retro feel of the Smith XC sunglasses, a remake of the Cross-Country sunglass from SMITH’s 1983/84 Collection. The retro vibe lives on with a flip-up lens and heritage styling and modernized with ChromaPop™ lenses with contrast and color boosting optics. The ultimate summer party shade. MSRP starts at $169.

Costa del Mar

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Inspired by the form and function of nature’s beauty, it’s no coincidence the Aleta sunglasses get their name from the Spanish word for “fin.” Offering water-ready performance in a stylish yet functional design, Aleta uses lightweight Bio-Resin and double-injected Hydrolite™ for a better grip. And with micro shields and hooding, excess light stays out while fog stays down with vented nose pads. Wearing Aleta, you’ll see the smooth shape and refined lines that don’t just stop at style. They’re best enjoyed when on, in and near the water. MSRP starts at $202

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For the performance and style you need on and off the water, Costa’s Mainsail frames are your go-to pair for every outing and adventure. Built with the same high-quality materials and features you want everywhere from the beach to the big blue, Mainsail frames help keep excess light out with micro side shields and hooding, your frames in place with improved Hydrolite™ grips on the temples and help keep sweat and water out of your eyes with eyewire drains and channels. The Mainsail frames are your day-to-day sunglasses that stay stylish while relaxed on land and ready for anything while out on water.


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