Native Eyewear Ward Sunglasses – True Timber Camo – Polarized Bronze & EXTRA Sportflex Lenses

Native Eyewear Ward Sunglasses True Timber Camo POLARIZED Bronze XTRA Lens

Ready to conquer any challenge, Native Eyewear’s Ward sunglasses live up to the hardcore Colorado climb after which they are named. Talk about performance, grit, and simple badassery, these sunglasses are designed to deliver, no matter the season, no matter what you’re up to.

Native’s innovative N3 polarized Reflex lenses feature a patented coating that significantly cuts glare while also blocking up to four times more infrared light than regular polarized lenses.

 

Want to learn more about which lens colors to use in which conditions? CLICK HERE to check out our lens color guide!

Native Eyewear Andes – Matte Black – Polarized Blue Reflex Lens w/ Extra Sportflex Lens

Native Eyewear Andes Sunglasses XTRA Lens Matte Black POLARIZED Blue Reflex

True to their name, Native Eyewear’s Andes sunglasses were designed for high alpine, high octane experiences.  With polarized N3 crystal carbonate lenses constructed to protect your eyes from intense sunlight and an innovative perforated wrap frame for lightweight performance and ventilation, Native’s Andes sunglasses are perfect for your next adventure.

Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses – Iron Black Frame – Amber Sportflex Lens

Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses - Iron Black Frame - Sportflex Lens

Made for performance, Native Eyewear’s Nova sunglasses are perfect for running, cycling, climbing, paddling, or whatever awesome, high-intensity activity you’re into.  Ready to embrace the adventure, Native’s Nova sunglasses are lightweight, semi-rimless, and incredibly comfortable.  Native’s Sportflex lens is specifically designed for low-light conditions like mornings and cloudy days.

  • Rhyno-Tuff® Air Frame with side venting is durable and flexible for comfortable, all-day wear
  • Anti-Ocular Intrusion system adds impact protection
  • Venting system reduces condensation by enhancing airflow
  • Cushinol nose pads and Mastoid temple grips provide a secure and comfortable fit
  • Includes a zippered hard case and a microfiber cleaning and storage bag

Native Eyewear Kodiak Sunglasses – Snow White Gloss Black Frame – Polarized Blue Reflex N3 Lenses

Native Eyewear Kodiak Sunglasses - Snow White Gloss Black POLARIZED Blue Reflex N3

From snow to summer to everything in between, Native Eyewear’s Kodiak sunglasses are durable, comfortable, and ready for action. The interchangeable lenses make these the perfect pair of versatile sunglasses for bright and low-light conditions.

Includes an extra pair of Sportflex lenses for clarity in low-light conditions.

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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. Dont 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 youre 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 lenses. Native 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 thatpolarized lensesare 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. Its science.

CLICK HERE to read more about how polarized sunglasses work.

4 :: Choose The Right Lens Color

Its all about the lens. The following lens colors are best in winter conditions.

Gray lenses reduce the suns 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 youre golden. Winter sun conditions can change quickly, so if you can quickly change your lenses as conditions change, then youll be a sunglasses superstar.

6 :: Yes, Wear Sunglasses Even When Its 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 suns rays are like powerfully stealthy ninjas that can cut through haze, fog, and clouds. Dont let overcast conditions fool you. Speaking of ninjas, snow reflects up to 85% of the suns 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 its cloudy.

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


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Sunglasses 101: Wear Sunglasses, Even When It’s Cloudy

The suns harmful rays are way more sneaky than you may think. Able to cut through fog, haze, and clouds, UV rays make overcast days deceiving, and you should always wear sunglasses, even when its cloudy.

Don’t worry, sunglass manufacturers know this, and they make lenses specifically for low-light conditions so that you can see clearly and protect your eyes, even in overcast conditions.

Here are a few things you should know about wearing sunglasses, even when its cloudy.

1 | UV Rays Are Like Ninjas

80% of the suns rays can get through clouds. This depends on the types of clouds and cover. According to the American Cancer Society, some types of clouds can actually increase UV intensity. Cloud science is interesting, but you probably dont have the time or equipment to identify and assess the clouds each time you step outside. UV rays are sneaky devils that can get through clouds, making them easy to foolishly dismiss on overcast days. Dont let the sun’s ninja rays fool you. Wear sunglasses, even when its cloudy.

2 | Wear Sunglasses, Even in the Shade

Surfaces reflect UV rays, especially water, snow, sand, and pavement. Even if youre under an umbrella or wearing a hat, you should wear sunglasses. Those shifty rays can bounce off of a surface right into your eyes. Protect your eyes; wear sunglasses, even in the shade.

CLICK HERE to learn more about why you should always wear sunglasses in the winter.

3 | Change Lens Color as Light Changes

Brands like Tifosi and Native Eyewear deliver sunglasses with multiple lenses that you can easily change as light conditions change.

Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses - Iron Black Frame - Sportflex Lens
Native Eyewear makes a Sportflex colored lens designed specifically for low-light conditions | Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses

CLICK HERE to learn more about which lens colors to wear in which light conditions.

4 | Consider Time of Day and Elevation

According to the American Cancer Society, UV rays are the most intense between 10am and 4pm, and more rays reach the ground at higher elevations.

5 | Dont Forget About Your Eyelids

Your eyeballs are not the only things at risk when youre outside; UV rays can also burn your eyelids. Yikes. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid cancers may account for 10% of all skin cancers.

6 | All Sunglasses Are NOT Created Equal

Always read the label before purchasing a pair of shades. If they do not say that they provide at least 98% UV protection, – 100% is obviously the best – then dont buy them. Stay away from labels that say things like UV absorbing or blocks most UV light. Look for a specific rating. Speaking of ratings, sunglasses that provide 400nm protection also provide 100% UV protection.

Costa Del Mar Rockport Sunglasses - Tortoise POLARIZED Sunrise Yellow 580P
Always check the label or sticker to make sure the lenses provide 100% UV protection. |Costa Del Mar Rockport Sunglasses

7 | Size Matters

It’s true. Always consider size and fit. Some sunglasses may look awesome, but if the lenses do not completely cover your eyes, including the sides, or there is too much space between the frame and your face, then the sunglasses will not be awesome defenders against UV rays. Sport and wrap sunglasses typically provide the most protection.

8 | Polarized Does Not Mean UV Protection

Polarizedlenses have a filter that reduces glare from sunlight thats reflected off of a flat surface.Polarization alone does not provide UV protection. Most quality polarized sunglasses like Native Eyewear, Costa Del Mar, and Kaenon also provide 100% UV protection, but you should always double-check a pair of sunglasses’ UV protection rating, and you should always wear sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy.

CLICK HERE to learn more about polarized sunglasses and how they work.

 

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Sunglasses 101: Lens Color Guide

Choosing the right lens color can be overwhelming, especially when youre shopping performance sunglasses. Below is a basic guide to help you understand how different lens colors work in different light conditions.

:: The Basics ::

Darker lens colors like gray, green, and brown work best in medium and bright light conditions.
Lighter lens colors like yellow and rose work best in lower light conditions.
Got it? Good.

:: Lets Get More Specific ::

 

Gray Lenses

Gray lenses are an excellent choice for everyday, general wear. They are the darkest lenses that provide the most light reduction in bright conditions. They can also function fairly well in lower-light and hazy or foggy conditions. They are ideal when on water, as polarized versions work particularly well to reduce reflection and glare.

Green Lenses

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses -SMALL 52mm Matte Black - Green Lens - RB3044

Green lenses are also quite versatile and excellent for everyday wear. Green lenses are good in bright conditions, and they work particularly well in moderate-light or partly cloudy conditions, as they enhance contrast and color.

Copper Lenses

Costa Del Mar Straits Sunglasses - Blackout Black - POLARIZED Copper 580P

Copper lenses significantly increase contrast in medium and bright light conditions. Sunglasses with copper lenses are a popular choice for anglers, boaters, and paddlers because they enhance contrast without distorting color.

Brown or Amber Lenses

Kaenon Pintail Sunglasses - Matte Tobacco - B12 Brown POLARIZED 029-02-B12

Lenses in the brown color family provide the best contrast in the widest variety of light conditions, and this is an excellent lens color for everyday wear and versatility. Brown lenses will distort color more than gray or green lenses, but they offer better contrast in overcast or flat light conditions.

Yellow Lenses

Costa Del Mar Rockport Sunglasses - Tortoise POLARIZED Sunrise Yellow 580P

Yellow lenses are excellent in low-light, hazy, or foggy conditions. They are popular amongst pilots, drivers, and marksmen. Runners and cyclists also prefer yellow lenses in early morning or evening light conditions. Sunglasses with yellow lenses are also an ideal choice for those who desire eye protection from computer screens and other devices that emit harmful blue light. They are not a good choice for bright light conditions, and they will distort colors.

Native Eyewear Nova Sunglasses - Iron Black Frame - Sportflex Lens

Native Eyewear offers a “sportflex” lens color that’s a great alternative to a yellow lens. The sportflex lens is made to reduce color distortion while enhancing contrast in low-light conditions.

Blue or Purple Lenses

Aside from being fashion-forward, blue and purple lenses are ideal for winter sports or other flat-light conditions that require depth perception and enhanced contrast. They work particularly well in foggy, hazy, and snowy conditions. If you have sunglasses that enable you to switch out lenses as conditions change, then a pair of gray lenses for bright conditions and a pair of blue or purple lenses for low-light conditions are ideal, especially on water and snow.

Pink, Red, or Rose Lenses

Pink, red, or rose lenses also offer excellent visibility in low-light and snowy conditions. Providing the greatest amount of contrast, they are ideal when driving or being active in the snow in low-light or flat-light conditions. They are an excellent choice as back-up lenses to replace green or gray lenses as light conditions change.

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Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses – Crystal Orange Frame – Polarized Copper XTRA Lens Set

Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses - Crystal Orange POLARIZED Copper XTRA Lens

Like their namesake, Native Eyewear’s Lynx sunglasses are sleek and made for fast-paced, stealthy action. With the interchangeable N3 lens system, you can easily adapt as light conditions change.  The lightweight and durable Rhyno-Tuff® Air Frame is vented for added comfort and performance.

Native Trango – Wood – Polarized N3 Silver Reflex Extra Lenses

Ready for your next outdoor adventure and stylish enough for that cute neighbor’s backyard BBQ, Native Eyewear’s Trango sunglasses are one versatile pair of performance shades.  With two sets of interchangeable lenses, Trango will be your go-to pair of sunglasses no matter the activity and season.

Native Trango – Iron Black Polarized Blue Reflex XTRA Lens

Ready for your next outdoor adventure and stylish enough for that cute neighbor’s backyard BBQ, Native Eyewear’s Trango sunglasses are one versatile pair of performance shades.  With two sets of interchangeable lenses, Trango will be your go-to pair of sunglasses no matter the activity and season.