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Three Great Custom Sunglass Makers

Three great reasons -- one classic, one affordable, and one uber-customizable -- to not settle for the doppelgänger shades everyone else is wearing.

Shades built for speed

Five for the Road: Best Driving Sunglasses

Sunglasses are sunglasses, right? If you're serious about safe driving, the answer is a resounding no. You can't just slap on a pair of clearance carousel drugstore shades and expect a great behind-the-wheel experience; nor does spending $300 on top-of-the-line sunglasses necessarily get you the best sunglasses for the road. You'll want to spend less time looking in the rearview mirror to see if they match your hair and more time concentrating on negotiating that hairpin turn like you were related to Fangio. We offer up some of the best in our roundup.

The good kind of shady

Clear for Takeoff: 5 Aviators for the Summer

Finally the brightness of summer is on its way. Now, for the harsh reality: you've had plenty of time during the last five months of gray to forget where you left your last set of sunglasses. If you're in need of a new pair, the beloved aviator never goes out of style, pairs well with everything from a suit to board shorts, and just looks damn good. Read on for the five best aviators for summer 2013.

Warby Parker x The Standard Sunglasses

The charitable and on-trend team at Warby Parker have partnered with The Standard hotel to create a limited edition pair of their Winston shades in a classic striped ale colorway. Blending 60s styling with a dose of modern confidence, they're a steal for $95, even if your days by the pool are still months away. Plus, they ship with a special orange lens cloth designed by artist Jeff Canham that we know you'll lose in a week. Like all Warby specs, purchasing this pair will also send a pair of optical glasses to someone in need. Look for them at The Standard hotels in the company’s new “Readery” kiosks (also developed in collaboration with Warby Parker) or purchase them directly online via the link below.

The real right stuff

American Optical Original Pilot for Duluth Trading Company

Whether credit goes to Don Draper or not, there’s no denying the current popularity of aviator sunglasses. And while there is no shortage of brands to choose from, if you want the original, there’s only one choice: American Optical. The US military started issuing AO Aviator sunglasses to its pilots, sailors and soldiers way back...

Everything you need to live it up

Roundup: Memorial Day Weekend

Looking to make your extended weekend celebration extra memorable? Well, our editors have culled through our latest posts to help provide some last minute inspiration for your Memorial Day weekend, whether the festivities are at your place, or elsewhere. You can thank us by throwing another burger on the grill. Two slices of cheese, please....

Let it Rainier

Bollé Rainier

Ugh. Another pair of sunglasses. Really? Well, until you actually try on the Bolle Rainier, like we did, you wouldn’t know that they are supremely comfortable and have what Bolle calls Thermogrip technology to keep the specs on your face. Consider them like tropical frog fingers for your face, providing a great fit and allowing...

From WWII to you

Breakthroughs: Tinted Eyewear

Protective eyewear dates back to prehistoric times when Inuit people created snow goggles out of flattened walrus ivory. The accessory, before it was an accessory, also made its way through the ancient Roman and Chinese cultures as unique visual tools. It wasn’t until the early-1900s when tinted eyewear stepped unto the style scene, thanks in...

Eyewear Turned Spywear

Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear

GoPro may be the leading provider of tag-a-long video equipment when crazy adventures call, but that doesn’t mean their solution is the only way to let your body be the camera man. Pivothead is peddling a new line of video recording eyewear. At the moment, four styles of glasses are available, all of which look...

Style Pick: Persol Clip-On Collection

Need proof that the fashion world is cyclical? The fact that esteemed eyewear brand Persol reintroduced clip-ons last year is all the evidence you should need. While traditionally synonymous with bad taste, the PO 3007 V and 3002 V frames make a strikingly good case for the design’s revival, especially considering their price and convenience...

Simply visionary

Serengeti Riano Polarized

Sunglasses aren’t just for the summer vacation months, especially when you’re driving. And it’s not just about looking good, though you should certainly avoid ill-fitting and overly trendy sunspecs, for personal dignity reasons, naturally. For a masculine look with some of the best optics around, look no farther than the Serengeti Riano ($219). We got...

The Sound of Sight

Our latest viewfinder comes courtesy of the esteemed sunglass makers at Randolph Engineering. After touring their factory last year, we were certainly impressed with the hard work and craftsmanship that went into every pair of glasses Randolph makes. The Sound of Sight is essentially an artful highlight reel of this process.

Six-Eyes

Oakley Fast Jacket

If you live an active lifestyle (note: intently watching the Ironman Triathlon while downing a bucket of chicken doesn’t count), you know how important optics are. Poor vision can be the difference between finishing in one piece or ending up on a gurney. Case in point, the Oakley Fast Jacket ($220), which is designed by...

Eric Estrada should've been so lucky.

Randolph Engineering Concordes

Built with a heavy dose of human power, Randolph Engineering has been producing honest, premium quality eyewear, frame after frame at their family owned factory in Massachusetts. We’ve spent time with Randolph’s quintessential Aviators, but this time around we walked away even more impressed having had the opportunity to do an inadvertent test of the...

Hello Spring

Maui Jim Aloha Friday Sunglasses

Even if casual Fridays aren’t a tradition in your office, putting on a pair of Maui Jim Aloha Friday ($220-$300) will show the world what you’d rather be doing. Both the frames and lens treatments are saltwater safe, so if you do manage to swap that corner office for a patch of sand, you’re good...

Stylishly shocking

Electric Visual Sunglasses

Wireframe sunglasses are a departure for Electric Visual, a company who has built a reputation for their snow goggles and nylon framed sunglasses. The departure has been a good one, neither ill-conceived or hurried. The frames are well-built with hinges that flex, just so, to avoid the obnoxious flimsy feeling and offer 100% UV protection....

Tech-Laden Shades with a Classic Disguise

Activist Eyewear 10.01

There are hundreds of brands out there making Wayfarer-like pairs of shades, and at first glance the Activist Eyewear 10.01 ($450) may seem like just another imitator. Look closer though and you’ll notice details you won’t find on other specs. Before we dive into the specifics though, let’s first make it clear that Activist Eyewear...

Get Your Shine On While Keeping the Shine Out

Oliver Peoples Daddy B Sunglasses

These Oliver Peoples Daddy B ($325) shades may seem familiar because they have graced the face of more than a few celebrities including Jay-Z. That’s because thanks to their slightly oversized Mod shape, these classics standout with a 70s-retro flare that translates into classic cool. Note worthy details include options for CR-39 Polarized or Photochromic...

Ari Approved

Persol 2958

Lately, it seems everybody and their brother is wearing aviators and for good reason, they look great on your face (yes, even yours). While Ray-Bans are facing near-ubiquity, and options like the Randolph Engineering’s military-approved versions we reviewed are fantastic, something a little more unique never hurts. JRS, over at the excellent blog Red Clay...

Yes, You Can Pull Them Off

Ray-Ban Clubmaster

Almost everyone has owned a pair of aviators (thank you 2001), and when they realized they were unoriginal, they then bought Ray-Ban Wayfarers (circa 2006). Now you can’t turn around without seeing some variation on the theme – colored rims, lenses, brands, etc. This summer we’ve found a remedy: the Ray-Ban Clubmaster ($145). The iconic...

Color Your Perspective

Electric Hoodlum Acetate Color Series

Taking a step away from the more traditional colored shades out there, the Electric Hoodlum Acetate Color Series ($85) is a funky new limited edition collection that should appeal to eccentric/fashion focused folks in the audience (and not just those of you in Brooklyn). Despite their simple appearance though, don’t mistake them for the run...

A Tweak On The Most Famous Style in Sunwear

Ray-Ban New Wayfarer

Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer sunglasses have achieved more than any sunglasses style the world has ever seen. They have been worn by too many famous people to count, on the streets, films, and magazines. As many potential buyers have discovered though, just because they are immediately recognizable by everyone doesn’t mean they look good on everyone. If...

Easy On The Eyes. Easy On The Wallet.

Cheap Monday Night Watch Sunglasses

Swedish brand Cheap Monday consistently releases great style-oriented clothes and accessories that everyone can afford to pick up on a whim, and these newly released Night Watch sunglasses are no exception. Part of the brand’s new Clairvoyant Collection, the Night Watch frame mimics the same classic look of the Rayban Wayfarer with some slightly harder...

The Result of a Conspiracy

Anon Kennedy Sunglasses

Despite originally being a snow goggle company, the designers at Anon have skillfully captured the look of none other than JFK himself in these aptly named “Kennedy” glasses, while still keeping a bit of the boarder influence. Sold in 6 different frame colors, ranging from garish to classic, whatever pair you choose will still include...

The Street Side of Oliver Peoples

Mosley Tribes Sunglasses

Just because the heat and glare of the summer sun are gone, doesn’t mean the sunglasses are too. In fact, there’s no better time than when you’re scouting fall foliage or a sunrise/sunset drive, especially with the low fall/winter sun. Of course, if you’re having trouble finding a suitable frame for your face, follow our...

Performance Shades Sans Blades

Bollé Kickback

Two weeks of wearing the Bollé Kickbacks and we’re already hooked. We at Gear Patrol are firm believers that men should broaden their horizons and find situation-appropriate products. Case in point: wearing sportier sunglasses for more active situations. There’s no rule that says a man can’t have a collection of sunglasses at his disposal. If...

A Modern Spin on Classic Aviators

Serengeti Velocity Sunglasses

Sunglasses are the quintessential male style accessory. Much like a watch, a great pair of sunglasses can be the piece de resistance to a well assembled wardrobe. The trick is finding a pair that accommodates your face shape, as well as making a personal style statement. I may have found just the pair.

Spy Optic Hailwood and Bronsen

Now that the age old questions has been settled (you know, the one about which sunglasses look best covering your wacky mug), it’s high time that you slough off those discount store shades in favor of a more robust pair. By robust, I mean high quality and stylish to boot. I love companies that make...

Clarifying the Situation

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses

Sunglass lenses come in a myriad of configurations. If you’re serious about your eye protection though, you can’t beat the polarized variety. Polarized lenses are made to filter out the glare that normal lenses let right in. This is particularly useful to combat the glare from surfaces like snow, water, and glass. Unless your name...

7EYE Vortex Sunglasses

The fall driving season is nearly upon us. You know what that means: annoying glare and blind spots. Upgrade your sunglasses with something that can do more than just look cool. Here’s a question: what do your sunglasses do? They probably look good, they fight off some glare and maybe even protect you from UV...

Maui Jim Peahi

By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo On your face, or on my grill (as shown here), the Maui Jim Peahis are sharp. As a guy that reads GP you must know the importance of eye protection. You probably own a pair of stylish sunglasses already that compliment your facial features. I trust you don’t have a...

Oakley MLB Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses

Show your MLB team fanaticism with a pair of Oakley’s all-new MLB Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses. The special editions Flak Jackets use Oakley’s Black Iridium interchangeable lens with high definition optics, 100% UV filter, XYZ optics to maximize peripheral vision and a hydrophobic lens (smudge-resistant) coating that repels sweat, skin oils and dust. The MLB...

Ben Sherman 70’s Aviator Sunglasses

These handmade 70’s inspired aviator style sunglasses from Ben Sherman look spot on with a handsome amber tinted tortoise shell frame instead of the traditional wireframe. The countoured arms and gradient tint perfectly round out the aviator look. Signature Ben Sherman logo detailing are found on the top left corners and black case with printed...

TAG Heuer Reflex 2007

TAG Heuer’s foray into sunglasses has been sublime. Their approach towards, what they deem, avant-garde eyewear has fallen under the radar to many but overlooking their frames would be a shame. The Reflex 2007 is our choice. A frame with tailor made comfort due to it’s beta titanium temples coated with a soft-touch elastomer mould...

Oliver Peoples Strummer

Most aren’t blessed with the classic bone structure of Italians and other Southern European countries. That’s just a fact of life. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that many eyewear designers design around this particular look leaving the rest of us out to dry when it comes to well-fitted good looking sunglasses. Enter Oliver Peoples....

Tag Heuer Zenith Sunglasses

From the famous watchmaking company comes sunglasses and we’re keen on the Zenith series. Available in several combinations (the Zenith 5106’s are pictured) of gray or brown lenses giving you a great combination of sport and suave. Constructed of beta titanium and goggle in 2.5mm polyamide, the easily adjustable glasses are just as durable as...

Oakley Radar Pitch Sunglasses

The Radar Pitch Polarized sunglasses are designed with the uncompromising demands of professional athletes in mind. The Pitch shades are equipped with medium size lens that offer you comfort and visual clarity no matter what the sport.. The Radar Pitch Sunglasses offer a permanent hydrophobic lens coating that repels water, dust, and smudges when your...

Ray-Ban Highstreet RB 3218

We understand that aviators aren’t to everyones tastes, but that doesn’t mean the cheap $10 two-for-on knockoffs are going to work either. It’s your eyes after all. These sunglasses are designed with a lightweight metal frame and scratch/impact resistant lenses which assure you of 100% UV protection. What this means to you: Every man should...

Adidas A18 Golf Sunglasses

Developed to provide the golfer with maximum vision, focus, performance and comfort from tee off to final putt. The A-18 range of eyewear uses leading edge optical technologies to eliminate sunlight distortion. Lightweight and flexible SPX frame. [via product page] Features: Double-Snap Nose Bridge SPX Flex Zones TRI.FIT Temple Grip Systems Vision Advantage PC-Lens Quick-Release...