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Sunglasses 101: The Best Sunglasses for Winter

Unless it’s a blue-sky day, it’s easy to forget to wear sunglasses in the winter. That’s a horrible idea. Please swear to never, ever forget your shades in the winter again.  Seriously, swear it.  Your eyes will thank you.

::  Even When it’s Overcast?

 Wear sunglasses in the winter, even if it's overcast. Get some great winter sunglasses at NativeSlope.com

Especially when the sky is overcast. Wearing sunglasses in the winter is imperative because the winter sun sits lower in the sky and at a more harmful angle.  Yikes. Even though it may not seem as intense, the winter sun is often more harmful to your eyes than the summer sun. To add to the mayhem, the sun’s rays are like powerfully stealthy ninjas that can cut through haze, fog, and clouds. Don’t let overcast conditions fool you. Speaking of ninjas, snow reflects up to 85% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.  Alright, that has nothing to do with ninjas, but wearing sunglasses in the winter is kind of a big deal.

::  To Polarize or Not to Polarize?

Polarized sunglasses don't always help with snow glare. In can sometimes make it worse. Get some non-polarized sunglasses at NativeSlope.com

It all depends on the conditions, so having a pair of polarized sunglasses and a pair of non-polarized sunglasses is a good idea in the winter.

When the conditions are super bright, and there is snow on the ground, the glare is intense; however, most of the rays reflected off of the snow are not polarized, so polarized sunglasses will not work.  In fact, they could make the glare worse. Non-polarized sunglasses and goggles are best when the sun is bright, and there is a layer of snow on the ground.

When winter conditions are grey and foggy, polarized sunglasses are ideal because they cut through the haze, especially on the horizon.  That’s because polarized sunglasses cut horizontal polarized light and glare.  It’s science. CLICK HERE to read more about how polarized sunglasses work.

:: It’s Not Just About The Rays

Sunglasses protect your eyes from more than just harmful UV rays. Get some sunglasses now at NativeSlope.com

General winter conditions can also harm your eyes, and sunglasses can protect you from the following winter hazards:

  • Sunglasses protect the delicate skin around your eyes, which is particularly susceptible to sunburn.
  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from wind, debris, and snow.
  • In colder weather, your eyes are more likely to become dry and irritated. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the elements that cause dryness.
  • Glare causes squinting, which can damage the skin around your eyes and contribute to eye fatigue. Sunglasses will keep your eyes healthier and happier.
  • Sunglasses always come with an element of cool, and who doesn’t want to look cool?

 

:: Which Sunglasses are Best in Winter?

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It’s all about the lens. The following lens colors are best in winter conditions:

Grey lenses reduce the sun’s intensity without distorting contrast or color. They are great for outdoor activities that require a broad view, especially on blue-sky days.

Amber/Yellow/Brown lenses are good in hazy and overcast conditions because they enhance contrast, which makes them perfect for winter sports and driving.

Mirrored lenses are particularly good when skiing or snowboarding in high-glare conditions.  This does depend on the color of the lenses, as mirrored lenses simply look badass, so some models are made more for looks than performance.  

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The Best Looking Sport Sunglasses for Women

Let’s face it; most sport sunglasses look pretty lame.  Many manufacturers fall into the same rut of boring wrap designs, basic colors, and small, lifeless frames. Yawn.  

If you’re looking for a great pair of performance shades that also look freakin’ adorable, then you’ve come to the right place.  Check out our favorite sunglasses manufacturers that deliver sunglasses that are built for performance and designed to turn heads.

Native Eyewear Polarized Sunglasses

Yeah, sure, we’re a bit biased here considering Native’s name and the fact that they’re based in Colorado.  We wouldn’t suggest them, though, if they didn’t also make some great looking sunglasses that are made to keep up with an active lifestyle.

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Native Eyewear Solo Sunglasses | Sahara Snow White | Polarized Copper Reflex

 

Kaenon Polarized Sunglasses

Talk about style and performance in one incredible package.  With innovative technology and superior craftsmanship, Kaenon shades are well worth the investment.  Not only do they hold up to the toughest of challenges, but they also look great, and many models will easily take you from the trail or waves to a patio happy hour or front porch brunch.

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Kaenon Polarized Madison Sunglasses | Black Frame | G12 Grey Lenses

 

Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses

Designed for those who love the water, Costa sunglasses have particularly attractive designs that come in some head-turning cuts and colors. Like Native Eyewear and Kaenon, all of Costa’s sunglasses are polarized.  Costa also backs their sunglasses for life. Whether you’re crushing some waves or chilling at your cute neighbor’s backyard bbq, you’re going to look and feel good in a pair of Costas.

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Costa Del Mar Polarized Prop Sunglasses | Matte Caribbean Frame | Fade Blue Mirror Lenses
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Costa Del Mar Polarized Coba Sunglasses | Semi-Rimless Tortoise Frame | 580OP Silver Mirror

 

Oakley Sunglasses

A crowd-pleaser for decades, Oakley knows how to deliver fashion-forward designs without compromising quality and performance. Always changing, always creating, and always offering a wide range of styles and price-points, a gal can never go wrong in a pair of Oakleys.  

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Oakley Frogskins LX Sunglasses | Tortoise Green Frame | Dark Grey Lenses

 

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Autumn Fun: Five Things to do in the Fall


Looking for a way to take advantage of the year’s most colorful season?  Check out these five things to do in the fall.  Leave a comment with any other ideas or some of your favorite fall locations.

1 | Go for a Scenic Drive

Fall is the perfect time for a scenic drive. The world is so colorful, the roads are clear, and the summer tourist season is at an end. Put together a great playlist, pack some snacks and refreshments, and hit the road.

Don’t know where to start? Check out these great resources:

America’s Best Fall Foliage Drives
10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in the US
50 State Road Trip: Scenic Drives Around the USA
Best Places to Travel This Fall
Best Fall Drives in Colorado

2 | Cast a Line

Fall is a great time to go fishing. With cooler water temperatures, the variety is always interesting and exciting. Bass, for instance, are particularly hungry in the fall, and some avid anglers believe bass gorge themselves to prepare for the winter. Others theorize the increase in action is because of the seasonal increase in baitfish. Whatever the reason, fall fishing is always a blast. Add vibrant scenery and comfortably cool weather to the mix, and it’s any angler’s dream.

Fall’s also a great time of year to stock up on gear, as many shops offer fall promotions and clearance sales. Stock up on flies, grab that rod you’ve been eyeing, and snag an extra pair of polarized sunglasses.

3 | Explore a Ski Town or Resort

Hitting up a swanky resort or bustling ski town during the off-season is a great way to enjoy everything a ski area has to offer without the crowds. Sure, you won’t get to hit the slopes, but many resorts run the lifts for some spectacular views. You can also snag some killer deals at the local shops as they clear out their inventory to make room for the coming season’s trends.

4 | Visit a Local Farm

Farms in the fall are always a great time with pumpkin harvests, corn mazes, hay rides, and other autumn traditions. Many farms host farm-to-table feasts, which are not only delicious but are also a fun way to meet new people, support the little guy, and connect with your community.

5 | Take a Brewery Tour

Whether you’re bundled up and biking or have bribed a friend to be the D.D., fall brewery tours are pretty much the best. With pumpkin ales and other great seasonals on tap, visiting and supporting local breweries while enjoying one of the best beverages on Earth is always a good time.

Check out some of these recommended breweries:

Directory of Breweries by State
The Best Craft Brewery in Every State
America’s 20 Best Cities for Beer Lovers

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Stay Cool When It’s Hot :: What to Wear Hiking in the Desert

Yes, the desert is hot.  Really freakin’ hot.  It’s also an incredibly beautiful place to hike.  When preparing for a desert hike, always remember these three things:

1.  No cotton.  Ever.  Wear lightweight, breathable, quick-drying materials.

2.  Always remember head-to-toe sun protection. From sweat-proof sunscreen to UV-rated sunglasses, always think about UV protection.

3.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Make drinking water easy and accessible.

Here’s a basic outfit for hiking in the desert:

Desert Hiking Outfit

 

UV Protective Long-Sleeve Shirt: 

Button-fronts are good because they’re easy to get on and off, you can leave them open for ventilation, and the sleeves are easy to roll up.  

Full-Back Tank:

A light colored, quick-drying top is a must.  Sleeveless tops are nice because they provide the most airflow, but choose wisely as you consider where your pack will rest.  Something with a full back is the most comfortable, and avoid thin or spaghetti straps.  Cap and short-sleeved shirts are also great. Remember to avoid cotton. 

Low-Profile Sunglasses:

Always bring a great pair of lightweight and breathable sunglasses.  Avoid metal frames that will get hot, and stay away from large designs that can trap uncomfortable moisture and dust.  Native Eyewear, Oakley, and Under Armour make some great sunglasses for hiking. The outfit above features a pair of Native Eyewear Dash XP shades, which have a rimless bottom for plenty of ventilation. 

Sport Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is so important, even when it’s cloudy.  Choose a type that is made for athletes and isn’t greasy or heavy. It needs to be sweat-proof, but you don’t want something that will attract dirt or clog your pores.  

Hydration Pack:

Invest in a good, low-profile hydration pack that will make drinking plenty of water easy.  When it’s not easy, you’re more likely to forget or procrastinate.  That’s never a good thing. 

Breathable Hiking Shorts:

A lightweight, quick-drying pair of hiking shorts will keep you cool and comfortable.  Some hikers like biking or yoga shorts, which work, but those can be hot or cause chafing if they do not fit perfectly.

Lightweight, Breathable Hiking Shoes:

Breathable shoes with grippy rubber traction are a must.  Pair with lightweight, moisture-wicking hiking socks.  Don’t hike without socks.  Your feet will sweat and blister. Ouch.

 

Other Desert Hiking Things to Consider

Some other things to consider:

  • A sun hat that fits comfortably over your sunglasses
  • Lightweight, quick-drying hiking socks
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • A bandana to wick moisture when it’s dry and keep you cool when it’s soaked in water
  • Breathable, moisture-wicking sports bra and underwear

 
 

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Backed for Life: Costa Del Mar Sunglasses Warranty

Every pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  If your Costas are damaged due to  defective materials or craftsmanship, then Costa will replace or repair them.  It’s pretty much that simple and that awesome.

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Costa Del Mar directly handles all warranty claims and makes all repairs by hand. Photo: Costa Del Mar

Costa charges an $11.95 fee for all claims, and the process is easy and worth it. Costa does not require a receipt, and they make all repairs by hand.  They even back limited edition shades.  If they cannot repair a limited edition pair of sunglasses, and they no longer carry the model, then they will send you a comparable pair.

To send your Costa sunglasses for repairs, simply fill out an online request form, print the shipping label, and send your Costas to the shop. Costa will get back to you with repair options.  We tried it, and it was simple and fast.

Because Costa hand cuts all of their lenses in Florida, they take them very seriously, so if you replace your lenses with non-Costa lenses, then you’re not only incredibly silly, but you’ve also voided the warranty. Oops.

Need a new pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses but don’t qualify for the warranty?  No problem.  Here are some of our favorite Costa Del Mar sunglasses:

 

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Costa Del Mar Coba Sunglasses – Tortoise Frame Polarized Silver Mirror Lenses :: NativeSlope.com

 

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Costa Del Mar Seadrift Sunglasses – Silver Frame Polarized Blue Mirror Lenses :: NaiveSlope.com

 

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Costa Del Mar Prop Sunglasses – Black & White Frame – Polarized Gray Lenses :: NativeSlope.com

CLICK HERE for more information from Costa Del Mar about their warranty and repair policies.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses on Badass Celebrities


Oakley sunglasses are awesome. We know this. So do Hollywood celebrities and directors.  Check out these three kickass stars who wear Oakley Gascan sunglasses.

Let’s start with a total badass: Jake Gyllenhaal as Officer Brian Taylor in End of Watch. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal wears Oakley Gascan sunglasses as Officer Brian Taylor in End of Watch. Photo: Scott Garfield/Open Road Films

Officer Taylor and his badass Oakley Gascans take down a dangerous and violent South L.A. drug cartel.  Yeah, bad guys don’t mess with the Gascan.

Speaking of guys who kick butt for a living, let’s take a look at Jeremy Lee Renner in some Oakley Gascan sunglasses as he prepares for a series of whoopass moves as Hawkeye in The Avengers movies.

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Jeremy Lee Renner sports some Oakley Gascan sunglasses as he prepares for his role as Hawkeye in The Avengers movies. Photo: jeremyleerenner.com

Don’t worry, Jeremy, we’re not ignoring the sweet Under Armour shirt.  We love that brand just as much as we love Oakley.

Need some more Jeremy Renner in Oakley sunglasses?  Alright, here you go.

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Just in case you’re not ready to move on. Here’s a sweet side shot of Renner in his Oakley Gascan sunglasses. Photo: jeremyleerenner.com

Our final Oakley Gascan wearing renegade is Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher, a former Civil War U.S. Marshall who delivers justice in the afterlife in R.I.P.D.

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Oakley Gascan sunglasses break the barriers of mortality when Jeff Bridges wears a pair as Roy Pulsipher in R.I.P.D. Photo: Universal Studios

Turns out Gascan sunglasses not only kick serious butt, but they are also timeless and immortal. Here’s to the undead wearing Oakley sunglasses. And, here’s to you, Jeff Bridges. 

Think you can handle your very own pair of Oakley Gascan sunglasses?  Get some right here, right now.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses – Crystal Black Frame – Black Iridium – 03-481 $79.99 

Here are some more badass Oakley sunglasses.  Under Armour sunglasses, we didn’t forget about you.

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Oakley Straight Jacket Sunglasses $101.98 :: NativeSlope.com
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Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses $89.99 :: NativeSlope.com

 

Under Armour UA Assert Sunglasses - Shiny Black Multicolor Frame - Blue Lens
Under Armour Assert Sunglasses $60.99 :: NativeSlope.com
Under Armour Igniter Sunglasses - Shiny Black Frame - Gray Lens
Under Armour Igniter Sunglasses $59.99 :: NativeSlope.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Ways To Wear Shield Sunglasses


Shield sunglasses, yeah, they’re a thing.  They have that badass chic vibe that we all crave.  From boho casual to total glam, shield sunglasses will add serious attitude to any outfit.  Need some inspiration?  Here are six outfit ideas that feature bold, beautiful, and completely fearless shield sunglasses.

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 Casual Summer Chic

A blank tank, denim cutoff shorts, and black flip flops make an easy summer outfit.  Step up the style with a pair of shield sunglasses.

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Boho Flare

Yeah, flare jeans are in this season, and we can’t help but smile. Let out your inner 70’s boho flare with a pair of tinted shield sunglasses.

#3

Boho White Maxi Dress

Music festivals are calling, and a boho white maxi dress with some fringe, some turquoise, and your favorite brown leather sandals is the way to go. Complete the look with a pair of lightly tinted shield sunglasses.

#4

Laid Back Weekend

Distressed boyfriend jeans, a gray tee, and white Chucks make the perfect laid-back weekend casual outfit.  Add to the cool with a chill pair of lightly tinted shield sunglasses.

#5

Military Mini

A military-inspired button-up and black leather mini skirt look pretty darn hot with a pair of strappy ankle booties and some dark tinted shield sunglasses.

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Nothing says bombshell like a black jumpsuit and bold accessories.  Gold bangles, a classic clutch, pointed toe heels, and gold accented shield sunglasses pull together an outfit that’s sure to turn heads

CLICK HERE to see how to wear aviator sunglasses.

5 aviator sunglasses outfit ideas.  Yes, please!

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Sunglasses 101: What are Polarized Sunglasses?

You know that you want them, you know that they are awesome, and you know that they might cost more, but what, exactly, are polarized sunglasses?  Are they really worth the hype and extra cash?

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Costa Del Mar Tern Polarized Sunglasses :: NativeSlope.com

On a basic level, a polarized lens has a chemical film that reduces glare by filtering intense light that is reflected off of a flat surface.  Sure.  Ok.  So, what does that mean?

It all starts with the sun and light.  We need them; we love them; they’re great.  Light waves emitted by the sun vibrate in many different directions.  When light waves align on a single plane, they are polarized, and they are significantly intensified, producing distracting glare.  This happens when the light waves reflect off of a flat surface like a road, a windshield, or a body of water. The light waves align to match the surface angle of whatever they hit, so a horizontal surface like a lake will produce horizontally polarized light, causing intense glare that makes it impossible to see below the surface of the water.

Polarized lenses are coated with a harmless chemical film that contains molecules that align to filter out the horizontally polarized light so that you can see through the distracting glare.

So, are they really worth it?  Boaters and anglers certainly think so, as polarized lenses enable them to see below the surface of the water.  Some manufacturers like Costa Del Mar and Native Eyewear strive to develop and deliver some of the most innovative and effective polarized lenses on the market, appealing particularly to water sports enthusiasts.  Polarized lenses are also helpful when driving and cycling in conditions that will likely produce horizontally polarized light and glare.  In some cases, however, they are not necessary.  Consider the type of glare you may encounter to determine whether or not you need polarized sunglasses.

 

I’m not a scientist, and I’m pretty sure I would have failed physics, if I’d ever bothered to take it.  So, here are my sources:
“Polarization.” Light Waves and Color – Lesson 1 – How Do We Know Light Is a Wave? The Physics Classroom, 2016. Web. 16 Apr. 2016. 
Tyson, Jeff. “How Sunglasses Work.” Science: Everyday Inventions. HowStuffWorks, 14 July 2000. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.

 

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5 Ways to Wear Aviator Sunglasses This Summer


This summer, it’s all about those shades.  Aviator sunglasses are always a good choice and won’t fade out of fashion any time soon.  Whether you’re going casual in a simple black tee or adding some edge to that little black dress, a pair of aviators will not let you down.  Oh, and they protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.  Total bonus.

Need some ideas about how to style your favorite pair of aviators?  Unleash your inner Top Gun this summer, and check out these 5 summer outfit ideas that feature the one and only aviators.

01 Simple Black Tee Chic

02 LBD Boho Chic

03 Burgundy Boho Casual

04 Badass Beautiful

05 Slip Dress Glam

 

Whether you’re going for badass beautiful or boho glam, you can’t go wrong in a pair of aviators.

 

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Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses: Own a Piece of History

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Neon Oakley Frogskins: COWABUNGA, Dude!

An icon of 80’s fashion, Frogskins sunglasses put Oakley on the map, making the company one of the world’s top sunglasses manufacturers.  First released in 1985,  Oakley Frogskins became a style staple and made celebrity appearances in music videos, on the red carpet, and on the big screen.  Without compromising performance, Oakley developed a uniquely contagious design that also held up to everyday wear and the revolutionary trends of one of fashion’s most memorable decades.

Since their release over 30 years ago, other manufacturers have imitated the Frogskins’ standout design.

Native Highline
Native Eyewear’s Highline adds a modern twist to the 80’s classic.
Costa Prop
Costa Del Mar’s Prop sunglasses are a contemporary, chic take on Oakley’s original design.
Firedrill
Arnette’s Firedrill sunglasses take on the Frogskins’ iconic shape and bold colors.

Discontinued in the mid 90s, Frogskins made a comeback in 2007 with improved frame, lens, and hinge technology.  More popular than ever, Frogskins are now available in a variety of original and new colors.

Go retro with your own piece of Oakley history.  Check out our collection of Oakley Frogskins sunglasses.

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Oakley Frogskins – Sepia Ink Collection– Dark Grey – OO9013-03 :: NativeSlope.com
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