It doesn’t matter whether your outdoor adventures are around home or away when it comes to having sunglasses that protect your eyes and perform well during your varied activities. Sure, you can snag an inexpensive pair at the local drugstore or gas station, but when it comes to great sport shades that you can wear running, hiking, biking, paddling, or sailing, you don’t have to spend too much more to make a huge difference.
The Native Eyewear Catamount Polarized Sunglasses are so good that after I tested them for a few months, my husband stole them from me and they’re now his go-to pair.
These sunglasses have an interchangeable lens system so you can switch out lenses to accommodate a variety of light conditions and activities. The act of switching them out takes a short while to get used to, but they’re as easy as any other shades I’ve had with interchangeable lenses.
The sunglasses’ N3 polarized lenses block 40 percent of infrared light to decrease eye fatigue, and also have blue light filtering and 100-percent UV protection to minimize haze and enhance clarity. All Native Eyewear sunglasses have polarized lenses.
The lightweight frames (made with bio-based plant resin) can withstand high-velocity impacts and extreme highs and lows in temperature. The self-adjusting nose pads and ear stems incorporate a nonslip grip right into the frame construction to keep your sunglasses in place while you’re getting after it. If you have long hair and like to wear your sunglasses on your head when you aren’t using them (I know, it’s not great for your sunglasses, but some of us have bad habits), the nose pads can easily get tangled in your hair. Maybe that’s the quickest way to break out of the bad habit.
The Native Catamount Polarized model comes in a variety of options for frames and lenses, from dark crystal gray to matte black frames and green reflex lenses to gray lenses. Depending on the combination, the sunglasses can run from $79 to $99.93 on the REI site.