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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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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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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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