"With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60."
There's a certain duality associated with sunglasses. As Nicholson points out, they do a fair job of making us look a certain way. In Jack's case, that look is cool if not outwardly vain while watching an indoor LA Lakers basketball game. But sunglasses also serve a much more functional purpose, a purpose those of us who spend time on the water are very familiar with. That purpose is, of course, to protect our eyes from intense glare and UV radiation. Heck, even the Mayo Clinic recommends sunglasses based purely on their functional purpose.
And so, I've taken it upon myself to try out some more sunglasses marketed at outdoor adventure types and boaters. [You can check my previous review of sailing sunglasses here]
First up, a pair of offerings from Tifosi Optics. The Mast SL model is a full frame for medium to
|Mast SL from Tifosi|
The Tifosi Core sunglasses remind me of old-school Oakley Frogskins, as they are more of a "wrap-around" style frame. As with the Mast, the
|Core from Tifosi|
|Keel from Guideline Eyegear|
|Mantis-Bifocal from Guideline Eyegear|
Lastly, I've got the perfect sunglasses for the sailor who can't get enough of the look, feel and smell of teak. The Deckster sunglasses from Nautique Optix offer a very unique slant on a classic style. At first glance, wood sunglasses may seem like a novelty item, but if you're at all familiar with the benefits of certain woods in marine applications such as boat decks and handrails, you'll appreciate the comfort, look
|Deckster from Nautique Optix|
I'm not sure exactly why, but I could definitely feel something different about wearing the Decksters. I think it's because the wood feels stiffer than the plastics of most sunglasses. This isn't necessarily a bad feel, just noticeably different. The wood grain immediately identifies these as authentic wooden sunglasses as opposed to plastic look-a-likes and draws plenty of attention from passerby's. The Carl Zeiss Vision polarized lenses offer really clear optics and seemed a bit sharper than any other lens in this post. Of course some of that could be that I expect a $190 (including custom case, lanyard, and cleaning cloth) pair of sunglasses to perform. In fact, $190 is the entry price because a few of the wood options like zebra wood and bubinga go for $235. However, if you're looking for a totally unique look with excellent optics that screams "salty sailor", this is one of your best, if not only, options. Nautique Optix also offers several styles in addition to Decksters, and no two pair are identical!