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Costa del Mar Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades Sunglasses

Mossy Oak Grass sunglasses

Costa del Mar is known for its plethora of styles and high quality sunglasses, but its latest pattern is especially unique for its color blends. This is the latest addition to its lineup and is available in Costa’s Caballito, Fantail, Fisch, Hatch, Rockport and Tuna Alley frames.

The blades of grass pattern recall the attire of hunters and fishermen looking to conceal themselves in the marsh. My biggest pet peeve with any type of glasses is that the hinges sometimes lose their grip and the glasses bend outward. While this pair does adjust to the shape of your head, it has sturdier hinges and a solid nylon frame construction that does not feel weighty on your face.

Since these sunglasses are always worn outdoors, there is also a no-slip Hydrolite surface on the nose and interior linings to keep them from sliding down your face, which can sometimes happen in hot weather when sweating or in the rain.

The lenses block yellow light – the harshest light – from entering the eye, which helps to reduce strain, reduce glare, and provide excellent polarization. Lens colors are adjustable based upon your own preference, and I found my light blue frame to be quite stylish. I was worried that it would make it appear more shaded or darker for me, but on the contrary, it was easy to see through them. Sometimes, I find that darker glasses prove challenging to truly distinguish smaller details when wearing them.

The Mossy Oak pattern complements the brand’s camouflage line. They can be fitted with prescription lenses as well. These comfortable glasses are available online at Costa del Mar’s website or outdoor retailers starting around $159. You can also find some styles at Amazon. While they will appeal more to outdoorsmen than business travelers, it is a fun way to differentiate yourself while on the beach or sitting by the pool.

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Native Eyewear Linville and Perazzo Sunglasses

Native Eyewear Linville SunglassesThere are a couple schools of thought on sunglasses: buy the cheapest you can find because you’ll eventually lose or crush them, and buy decently-priced performance sunglasses because you want to treat your eyes well. (I’m leaving out the school that advocates buying the highest-priced performance or stylish sunglasses.) Native Eyewear’s Linville and Perazzo styles are new in 2014, and two of my favorite sunglasses.

The Linville is ideal for folks on the move, as the Rhyno-Tuff Air frames (made of high-performance thermoplastic material) can withstand the temperature extremes and occasional drops or smashing that’s likely to occur with travel sunglasses. The frames also incorporate a grippy molding into the plastic, so they’re not likely to slide off when you get sweaty.

Exhaust vents enhance airflow to lessen fog and condensation, which help when you’re really pushing yourself. Cushionol nose pads and temple boots work together to keep your sunglasses on, despite your athletic involvement, or for when you happen to look down into the water (oops).

Native Eyewear Perazzo shadesThe Perazzo is the more stylish of the two models—for when you’re done with a serious outdoors excursion, and you just want to chill at a sunny café. Or, perhaps major adventure vacations aren’t your preference, because you just love wandering around a new city. The frames are just as tough, the nose pads just as grippy, but these sunglasses are less likely to work well with a helmet.

Both models feature N3 Polarized Lenses, which have up to 40 percent infrared reduction, UV protection, and blue light filtering. The optical-quality, impact-resistant lenses block 100 percent of harmful UV light and eliminate. Polarized Reflex lenses provide superior glare reduction and enhanced styling.

For the Linville, style colors range from metallic fern (green), to asphalt (black), to wood. Polarized lenses are either brown or silver reflex lenses. For the Perazzo, style colors are iron (black), blonde fade, or metallic gold. Polarized lenses are either gray or brown.

The Linville sunglasses list for $129 (or $149 for the Reflex version) on the Native Eyewear website, and $129 on Amazon. The Perazzo sunglasses list for $109 (or $129 for the Reflex version) on the Native Eyewear website, and $109 on Amazon. You can also check prices at Moosejaw, Zappos, and REI.

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Eyefly Prescription Sunglasses for Travel

I’m not sure how I didn’t know about Eyefly sunglasses until recently. $94 gets you any pair, prescription or non-prescription, in any style. And these are seriously stylish glasses. I tried Eyefly’s Sunset Boulevard sunglasses in honey,  and have been wearing them all winter while driving and while outdoors in snow.

$94 is a decent price for high-quality sunglasses, but the fact that they can be upgraded to prescription glasses at no extra cost is worth talking about. If you’re looking for optical glasses (not sunglasses), those can be found on Eyefly as well. It’s easy to order a pair either way: I don’t need a prescription, so upon check out, I simply clicked the appropriate box. Should I have wanted prescription glasses, I’d just upload my Rx in the space provided. I’ll be purchasing a pair for my husband, who doesn’t always like wearing his contacts when traveling.


Choose between just under 40 optical or sunglass styles for both men and women on the Eyefly site, with multiple color options for each. Trust me, you’ll be there a while deciding on the right pair for your personality and needs. You can upgrade to polarized lenses for about $50 more, but I found no need. My Sunset Boulevard sunglasses have met all my needs (and have made me look significantly cooler than I am on numerous occasions). I know it’s hard to select sunglasses without trying them on, but no worries: Eyefly offers free shipping and free returns on all glasses. Given enough time, you could try and return as many pairs as you like before making your choice.

Many travelers I know lack prescription sunglasses, settling for the standard offerings when in the sun, and I love that for the price of a quality pair of shades, the prescription comes included. I’m thinking an Eyefly gift card would make for a great travel stocking stuffer for the nomads in my life next holiday season.

The Sunset Boulevard sunglasses I tried out come in four colors, including the honey I recommend, black, light tortoise,  and dark tortoise. The retro style is fun and hip, and works in almost all the travel situations I find myself in. Every purchase comes with a travel-ready glasses case. Pick up a pair of your own for $94 at Eyefly. Due to the prescription-based ordering system, Eyefly sunglasses can’t be purchased elsewhere to my knowledge.

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Bolle Swift Comfort Sport Sunglasses

Bolle Swift sunglasses

If you’re looking for a pair of polarized travel sunglasses that will work on a bike, on a paddleboard, and around town, these Bolle Swift shades are a good bet.

Bolle is best known for being the king of the slopes when it comes to ski and snowboard goggles, but they like the summer too. We’ve reviewed a number of Bolle sunglasses here in the past. They may not have the cachet (or high price tags) of some of the high-end brands, but they’re usually reliable and comfortable. They’ve been doing this for 60 years and offer a one-year warranty.

This Swift sunglasses model is a sport edition that’s meant to stay in place on your face and be aerodynamic when you’re whizzing down the hill on a bike or have the wind in your face on a boat. They’ve got grippy “Thermogrip” parts on both sides of the nose rest and also on the end of the ear stems. These will actually absorb moisture instead of getting slippery when wet.

Swift sunglasses review

The spring hinges have a lot of give and combines with a flexible frame, these adjust to a lot of different face shapes and are easy to get on and off in a hurry.

And most of the Bolle Swift lens choices are polarized, giving you better contrast in bright light and less glare from snow or water surfaces. Naturally you get the full UV protection you can expect from quality sunglasses. They come in five different frame colors, including the two pictured here.

I’ve worn these biking by the water in Tampa, kayaking on the water, and walking around town in high-altitude Guanajuato, Mexico. They’ve performed well in all conditions and enabled me to see more detail around me than I would have with a lesser pair of shades.

These Bolle Swift sunglasses vary a lot in price depending on what lens configuration you get, but as is common with many sunglasses. what you’ll actually pay is a good bit less than the $80-$130 list price—especially after summer is over. Check the Bolle site, but they’re currently running $54 to $85 on Amazon, which is a great deal.

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Flashy Tuna Alley Sunglasses from Costa

Tuna Alley sunglasses

Named after a stretch of deep water favored by migrating tuna off an island in the Bahamas, these Costa Tuna Alley polarized sunglasses naturally work great when scouting for fish. If you’re going to be anywhere near the water, however, including just lying on a beach, these shades will perform at a high level while looking great too.

I don’t normally get too crazy with my travel sunglasses, but after noticing almost all of them in all of my photos were black or a very dark tortoise shell color—for years on end—I decided to give these Tuna Alley ones a try. They’re white and they’re flashy, yes, but that’s backed up by some serious performance cred.

I’ve yet to try out a pair of shades from this brand that I didn’t like and we’ve reviewed quite a few models of Costa sunglasses between us on this gear blog. If you live anywhere there are lots of boats and fisherman, you’ve probably seen their logo quite a bit. (If you haven’t, start looking around at marinas and docks and I bet it won’t take you long to spot it.)

Tuna Alley reviewThis Tuna Alley style has all the Costa signature benefits, including about the best lenses money can buy, with 100% polarization and 100% UV ray blocking. The scratch-resistant lenses deliver the kind of clarity you can’t believe if you’re using to cheaper glasses. You also get a lifetime warranty and a nice zippered case to carry them in.

I like these glasses because they fit well on me and stay in place. The frames are two materials molded together: hard plastic for most of the surface, then softer rubber at the places where the glasses need to grip. So around the nose, the bottom of the eyes, and around your ears. So besides them being good around-town sunglasses, they have also held up well when I’ve been riding fast on a bicycle or cruising along on a windy boat ride. There are also three small ventilation holes on each side to let a little air flow through.

The Tuna Alley style comes in five frame colors (including some more sedate ones) and multiple lens colors in three overall styles of glass or polycarbonate. List prices range from $170 to $250 depending on the combination. If you’re going to be paddling on the water or just want some good-looking sunglasses that will protect your eyes while making the world look better, you’ll be very happy when you put on these Tuna Alley ones.

Get more info and buy them direct from Costa del Mar or check prices at Backcountry and Zappos.

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