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The 4 Best Sunglasses of 2019

Enjoy the sunshine with these shades.

Sunski Treeline

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Same great Sunski price—but more protection. That’s what you get with the Treeline, the company’s most technical option to date. Its aviator-style frames are made with a flexy polymer that bends without breaking and pairs with dark-gray, polarized lenses. 

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Costa Pescador

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Take plastic out of the ocean and wear it on your face. The Pescador, one of four frames in Costa’s Untangled Collection, features large, square nylon frames made from 100 percent recycled fishing nets. It has mineral glass lenses (like a watch face), which are clearer and more resistant to scratches than plastic.

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Smith Basecamp

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Don’t have an XL noggin? Get top-notch coverage in a compact package with the Basecamp. Smith’s latest offering—which the company touts as best for “medium” faces—sports slightly smaller-than-average rectangular frames that protected our eyes without swallowing our faces on trail runs, hikes, and ski tours. 

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Vuarnet 03

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 The Dude probably isn’t the sort of guy to hit the trail, but if The Big Lebowski protagonist did, he’d be covered. Vuarnet’s 1960s model makes a grand return this year with best-in-test tech. It starts with oversized mineral glass lenses, which offer markedly better clarity than plastic, and, in Vuarnet’s case, filter out more harmful infrared light.

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Get rid of those gas station shades: The best sunglasses of the year won’t just protect your eyes, they’ll let you see the world in unmuddled, crystal-clear detail. Did we mention they look cool?