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Sunglasses 101: 5 Facts About Aviator Sunglasses

Rev up the jet engines and suavely put on a pair of classic aviator sunglasses as you get ready to learn about America’s most iconic shades. 

1. They Were Invented for Function Rather Than Style

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The military first designed aviator sunglasses for function rather than style. Bausch & Lomb made the first pair in 1936. The thin and light “pilot’s sunglasses” replaced cumbersome flight goggles.

The first aviators had large, curved lenses to cover as many angles as possible. Made of G-15 tempered glass, the original lenses let in about 15% of incoming light.  

Pilots loved not only the function of the new shades but also the style, and the sunglasses quickly evolved into what we now know as classic aviators. In 1937, Bausch & Lomb released a civilian design marketed as Ray-Ban aviators.

Worn by many military legends, aviator sunglasses are now associated with heroes and general badassery. 

2. A Legendary General Set the Fashion Trend

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General MacArthur propelled the heroic stigma of aviator sunglasses.

Military legend General Douglas MacArthur sparked the aviator sunglasses fashion trend when he landed on Leyte Island, Philippines. He was wearing aviators and smoking a corncob pipe. Newspapers published photos, and the rest is fashion history. We’re pretty sure that’s exactly what the five-star general was going for. Pretty sure.

3. Top Gun Was an Aviator Fashion Show

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Top Gun’s Maverick wore Ray-Ban 3025 sunglasses with a gold frame and green lenses. After the movie premiered in 1986, Ray Ban saw a 40% increase in sales. According to Like a Film Star, Top Gun was a Ray-Ban fashion show with seven different characters wearing seven different models. 

4. Classic Aviator Sunglasses Have a “Bullet Hole”

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Ray-Ban RB3483 Aviator Sunglasses | Gunmetal Frame and Dark Green Lens | $83 at NativeSlope.com

Originally designed for stability, the aviator double bridge was called the “bullet hole”.  Considering its position between the eyes and purpose during combat, “bullet-hole” is not the most sensitive name for the feature. It’s a good thing aviator sunglasses aren’t about being sensitive. They’re about keeping it real. Real badass, that is.

5. The Surgeon General Would Not Approve

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In 1998, Johnny Depp’s character Raoul Duke sparked a Ray-Ban Shooter comeback.

In 1938, Ray-Ban launched the Shooter model with more sophisticated lenses and a different bridge design. According to Lexotica, the makers of Ray-Ban, “the ‘cigarette-holder’ middle circle [was] designed to free the hands of the shooter.” We’re not exactly sure what that means or how that works, and we don’t blame Johnny Depp’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas character for using his own cigarette holder.

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Sunglasses 101: The Best Sunglasses for Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an easy way to enjoy all that a backcountry winter wonderland has to offer. It can also be hard on your eyes, as snow reflects high levels of harmful UV rays that can distort your vision and irritate your retinas.  Too much UV exposure may also permanently harm your eyes.

Your eyes are awesome. Don’t hurt them while you’re snowshoeing.  Choose the right sunglasses to get the most out of your backcountry experience.

Here are six things you should consider when you’re choosing a pair of sunglasses for snowshoeing.

 

1 :: Size Matters

Be sure to choose a pair of sunglasses that provide full coverage. Not only do you need to protect your eyes from UV damage, but you also need to protect them from elements like wind, snow, dust, and other debris.

2 :: Venting = Awesome

Choose a pair with anti-fog features like venting and/or a coating. Although coatings are helpful, venting is hands-down the best. Find sunglasses like Tifosi sunglasses, which come with vented lensesNative Eyewear also makes many vented and anti-fog options that are perfect for outdoor winter adventures

3 :: Polarized Isn’t Always the Best 

Many falsely assume that polarized lenses are better lenses, no matter the conditions. As it turns out, polarized lenses are better in certain circumstances; however, they can distort your vision in other circumstances, particularly snowy conditions.

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.

Polarized sunglasses cut horizontal polarized light and glare.  This is ideal when you want to cut contrast on water to see below the surface.  This is not ideal when looking at snow, as polarized lenses will smooth contrast and make the surface of the snow more difficult to navigate.  It’s science.

CLICK HERE to read more about how polarized sunglasses work.

4 :: Choose The Right Lens Color

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

Gray 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.  Native Eyewear makes a Sportflex lens, which is ideal in low-light conditions. 

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 look badass, so some models are made more for looks than performance.  

CLICK HERE to see our lens color guide.

5 :: Be Prepared to Switch it Up

If you can find a pair of sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, then you’re golden. Winter sun conditions can change quickly, so if you can quickly change your lenses as conditions change, then you’ll be a sunglasses superstar.

6 :: Yes, Wear Sunglasses Even When It’s Cloudy

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.  Add snow to the mix, and your eyes are at risk of major irritation and burn. Yes, that’s right, if you’re not careful, you can burn your eyeballs. 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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about why you should always wear sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy.

Want to know more about which sunglasses are best in the winter? CLICK HERE to find out.


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Hello, Hoven! 6 Things We Love About Hoven Sunglasses

Born in San Diego in 2002, Hoven Vision lives and breathes West Coast action sports, and they deliver sunglasses that appeal to professionals and amateurs alike. Hoven strives to reach people with a true passion for what they do and how they live.

Hoven visionaries know who they are and what they want: We are Hoven.  Passionate. Independent. Legitimate. Wherever you are, whatever you’re into, and whatever the weather, we’ve got the eyewear.

Photos: Hoven Vision & Niall Morga @shorebreakimagery


:: Here are 6 Things We Love About Hoven Sunglasses ::



1 :: These Shades are Innovative & Badass.  And, THEY FLOAT!

Hoven’s innovative Argonaut Series sunglasses feature a complete wraparound design with their patented CliC Magnetic Technology for a legitimately secure and comfortable fit on the water. Oh, and they float! Yes, that’s right; they float, as in you drop your favorite pair of shades into the water, and they will be waiting for you, bobbing on the surface. Check it out:

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2 :: Hoven Keeps it Real

When we asked our Hoven sales and marketing rep for some promo photos, he sent us quite a few, and most of them were of real people having real fun in real situations. They aren’t kidding when they say that Hoven Vision isn’t just a sunglasses company; it’s a lifestyle.  

Photos: Hoven Vision

We’re also incredibly impressed with Hoven’s customer service and responsiveness. When we ask their team a question or place an order, they respond quickly, and time doesn’t seem to matter; our latest response came on a Sunday morning, which was completely unexpected and totally awesome.  


3 :: Hoven Provides Options. We Like Options

Hoven makes their sunglasses for professionals and amateurs alike.  With different options and price points, you can get a pair of shades that will keep up with whatever adventure you have planned, no matter the intensity, no matter the speed.  All Hoven sunglasses are constructed of quality materials, and most are polarized.

Ever wonder what makes polarized sunglasses polarized?  CLICK HERE to find out!


4 :: The Hoven Lifestyle is Worth Living

We’ll let more pictures speak for themselves:

Photos: Hoven Vision

 5 :: Hoven is Inclusive & Authentic

Hoven expresses their inclusive and authentic attitude best in their mission statement: Hoven has an agenda to connect broad audiences, from surf and skate to bikers and fishermen. Those who identify with an attitude rather than a sport and strive to represent a way of life in a way that reflects legitimacy and the ultimate authenticity.


6 :: Hoven Sunglasses Look & Feel Good

Photos: Hoven Vision @HovenVision

I’m obsessed with my Hoven Big Risky sunglasses, and so is everyone else. These shades grab serious attention. With my Big Risky sunglasses, the compliments come not only because the shades make a bold statement but also because they’re clearly made with consideration and skill. Whenever someone comments on my Big Riskys, I take them off and let the admirer hold them. They are handcrafted and made of quality materials, and you can immediately tell.  Any pair of sunglasses that make me look and feel good while also keeping up with  my active lifestyle is a keeper, and my Hoven sunglasses are my new favorites.

Photos: NativeSlope.com @NativeSlope

 

 


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Halloween Costume Ideas That Feature Sunglasses

The best Halloween costumes come with sunglasses. Obviously. Here are some Halloween costume ideas  for men and women that feature sweet, sweet shades.

 | Melania Trump at Night |

Photo: Yahoo! Lifestyle

Dressing up as the first lady is one thing; dressing up as the first lady in sunglasses at night is quite another. Grab a group of gal pals and sport many of Melania’s “shady” nighttime looks.

| Halloween is the Best Time to be Bad |

Photo: AMC

Grab a friend, your pork pie hat, and some science to cook up a Halloween night o’ fun as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

| Ever Seen Lil Jon Without Shades? Yeeaaaah, no.  |

Photo: Vibe.com

This photo speaks for itself, and so will your costume.

| Grab Some Wayfarers and Get Risky |

Photo: Warner Bros.

All you need are some black wayfarer sunglasses, a black polo, some jeans from your dad’s closet, and a really good-looking blonde, and you’ve got yourself a costume.

| Hit the Road in Some Yellow-Tinted Beauties |

Photo: Universal Pictures

Bucket hat, check. Floral Acapulco shirt, yes. Yellow-tinted, oversized aviators, yup. Now all you need is your buddy Dr. Gonzo and a suitcase full of fun, and you’re ready for the ultimate “business” trip.

| Say Hello to Some Badass Sunglasses |

Photo: Universal Pictures

Ok, sure, the heading for this one is beyond cheesy, but your Tony Montana costume won’t be.

| Get Twiggy With It |

Photos: Marie Claire

Iconic sunglasses make for an iconic costume.

 | Wrangle Some Buddies and Take it Easy |

Photo: Columbia/Tristar

This trio isn’t just about  putting together the right the headgear, hair, and shades; you’ll also need to pick up and put on a particularly easy-going, spontaneous, roll-with-the-flow kind of attitude.

| Step Into the Danger Zone |

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Speaking of trios, here’s a classic.  Too cliche?  Never. If you must change things up, then be this crew after retirement. Or, maybe as zombies. Zombies are never cliche, especially when they’re wearing sunglasses.


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Sunglasses 101: Can You Wear Sunglasses to View the Eclipse?

Repeat after me: My eyes are awesome, and I WILL NOT wear anything but ISO 12312-2 safety standard compliant eyewear to look at the eclipse. Ever. 

So, the answer is a big fat HECK NO, sunglasses WILL NOT protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays while you look directly at the eclipse.  

If that’s all you need to know, then trust us, and ditch the sunglasses, snag yourself some approved eclipse eyewear, and enjoy an incredibly unique experience without risking your eyesight.  

If you’d like to know why wearing sunglasses to directly view the eclipse is a terrible idea, then read on.

:: Why Sunglasses WILL NOT Protect Your Eyes During the Eclipse ::

  • Sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from reflected, indirect sunlight. Sure, you may occasionally look directly at the sun, but it’s rarely on purpose, and it’s almost always only for a second or two. According to NASA, retina damage will occur within a minute of direct sunlight exposure, maybe even less. Don’t look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on.
  • Here’s some perspective: Eclipse glasses block 99.9999% of the sun’s light. Your sunglasses do not do that. If they did, then they would totally suck. Imagine cycling and only being able to see 0.0001% of the sunlight. Yikes.
  • Depending on the lens color and technology, most sunglasses filter about 60% of the sun’s light. 60% is not 99.9999%. (CLICK HERE to learn more about lens colors and how they work.)
  • Joel Schuman, chair of ophthalmology at NYU Langone Health, told VOX, “The light from the sun is very intense and concentrated into a very small area, and then that light is converted into heat, and that heat cooks the retina.” Even if you’re wearing sunglasses, the sun will literally burn a hole in your eyeballs if you look directly at it for too long. I’d like to keep my retinas raw, thank you.
  • Eclipse glasses look way more awesome than regular sunglasses, so you’ll probably get a date while you’re wearing them. Bonus.
Image: Scott Winterton via WashingtonPost.com

 

:: Other Important Things to Know ::

  • Make sure your eclipse eyewear or viewer is legit. There are many scammers out there trying to make a buck while you potentially damage your eyesight. Jerks.
  • Do not use a solar viewer or filter if it’s scratched or damaged in any way.
  • According to NASA, most filters only last about three years. Let’s believe NASA because the people who work there are smart.
  • DO NOT remove your approved solar filter unless you are in the path of totality, and the sun is totally covered by the moon. CLICK HERE to see if you’re one of the lucky ones who will get to experience a truly total eclipse.
Image: Eclipse 2017 via http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

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Other Helpful Eclipse Resources:

NASA’s Eclipse Safety Site

How to Make a Pinhole Camera to Safely View the Eclipse

Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers

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10 Things We Dig About Tifosi Sunglasses

These are in no particular order. Like Tifosi sunglasses, this post is lightweight, simple, and authentic.

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Tifosi is an Italian word that means “enthusiast” or “superfan”, which is just awesome. Who doesn’t love being extremely excited about something in Italian?

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Most models have vented lenses for increased airflow and reduced fogging. Airflow is essential, and fog is a drag. 

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Tifosi does not offer direct sales; they exclusively support their retailers, big and small. AND, they are willing to work with online retailers who don’t waste time and resources on brick and mortar stores. Thank you for meeting us in the 21st century, Tifosi!

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Tifosi’s lenses are scratch-resistant and shatterproof.

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The ear pieces are adjustable for custom comfort and performance.

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Oh, and the nose pieces are adjustable too. Sweet.

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All lenses are optically decentered to eliminate distortion and prevent unwanted magnification. Science.

:: 8 ::

Tifosi was founded by Joe and Elizabeth Earley who saw a need in the eyewear industry and made their vision a reality. Mad props for putting an idea into action.

:: 9 ::

Tifoi’s mission is to provide innovative and technologically advanced performance eyewear at prices that won’t break the bank.  That’s pretty much what we’re all about.

:: 10 ::

Not only does Tifosi offer models that appeal to cyclists, runners, and golfers, but they also offer models that just look good. Yeah, we might be suckers for a little fashion now and then.

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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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