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Maui Jim Olowalu $320 Available Summer, 2013
The Good: Light as a feather, the most comfortable pair of sunglasses I’ve ever worn.
The Bad: The price is high, but one test fit will convince you why.
The Awesome: Seeing the huge fish swim by while your friend squints from the glare.
When the sun is beating down and the water’s glare is almost blinding, a good set of sunglasses make all the difference. But, an exceptional set of sunglasses brings back the enjoyment to an adventure. Maui Jim’s new Olowalu design features the company’s new Mauipure™ lens and lightweight hingeless titanium frames. The flexible stems have a light touch, but hold securely during high intensity activities. The glasses are so light, it’s easy to forget they’re even there. The proprietary lenses shield from harmful UV rays, and brings out a subtle contrast for richer colors with more depth; and the Olowalu sheds water and sweat thanks to a durable coating.
We tested these glasses over the course of a month on various outdoor adventures in the water, running, and for everyday use. The lightweight design held firm during every activity without fail, delivering clarity with no distortion or blurring. The polarization cut the glare on water and while driving, and the bronze tint was so natural they were inadvertently worn inside on multiple occasions. The frameless edge really lets the natural tint blend into the surroundings, while wrapping around enough to cut side-glare as well. The flexible titanium stems are a bit unnerving, they are so lightweight and flexible that I worry about longevity. But a company like Maui Jim is known for exceptional quality so I tend to trust in the materials for the long haul.
If you’re in the market for the clearest, lightest set of sunglasses you’ve ever seen, this is sure to be at the top of the list. Available in Bronze, Lighter High Transmission, and Neutral Grey, there is a lens for every every condition or style. Keep an eye out for Summer 2013 availability.
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