The Best of... Sunglasses

By: James A. Frank

This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of LINKS.

Summertime, and the living is bright! But the newest golf-specific sunglasses do much more than simply darken the scene. High-tech lenses protect eyes from harm and glare without obscuring and distorting important details like the ball and the flag. And frames in all shapes and sizes are lightweight and sturdy. A good pair, like any of these, truly is a sight for sore eyes. 


The G30 Iridium lens—shown in Flak Jacket XLJ frame—helps make Oakley the leading brand on the PGA Tour. It’s engineered with the company’s High Definition Optics (HDO) technology for razor-sharp clarity as well as contrast and depth perception. Besides showing exactly where the flag sits, the lenses are impact-resistant, offer 100 percent UV protection, and also come polarized.  $150 (non-polarized), $210 (polarized)


Featuring a frameless, full-shield design, the new, lightweight Podium XC promises an unobstructed field of vision. Along with making a fashion statement, the interchangeable, UV-blocking lenses—reflective blue (for bright sun), extreme-contrast (overcast), and multi-purpose options all included—repel water and sweat, and make it easy to track balls in flight and read greens. $79.95


The first-of-its-kind photochromic, polarized Mela-Lens™—available in three models,
including the Laser shown here—is packed with scientific advances: Photocromic means it darkens in sunlight and lightens in shade; polarizing reduces glare; and Mela is short for “melanin,” the natural pigment that acts like a sunscreen to filter UV and other rays so eyes are protected without losing clarity or distorting color.  $149.99 (only from the website)

Maui Jim

New MauiPure lenses (shown in the Olowalu style) are the clearest non-glass lens made, ultra-lightweight as well as scratch- and impact-resistant. Enhanced color and definition make the ball pop against green backgrounds, while the company’s proprietary polarizing technology protects from UV rays and glare. Lenses are available in grey, bronze, and green, in a number of styles.


With its wrap-frame design, the Show X2 maximizes coverage, protection, and optics. Adjustable temples, with rubber-grip texturing, create a customized fit and maximum stability. The Show X2 comes either with one pair of Nike Max Transitions Golf Tint lense —which adapt to conditions, lightening and darkening to dim sunlight and brighten shadows, while enhancing green contours—or two pair of regular lenses. $199.


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