Best Oakley Goggles for Skiing and Snowboarding

Are you watching the Olympics as much as we are? It’s kind of a problem: we can’t stop! Some of our favorite moments so far:

  • Adam Rippon bringing the house down with each performance
  • 17-year-old Red Gerard sleeping in, winning gold in slopestyle, and swearing on national TV
  • Shaun White completing his third gold medal winning performance, and then hurling his helmet into the crowd, and then realizing that he needs that back
  • Finnish coach Antti Koskinen stress knitting while his athlete prepares for his snowboarding run (#2018mood?)
  • Snowboarder Chloe Kim landing back-to-back 1080s and winning gold (even while struggling with the hanger)
  • Mikaela Shiffrin earning her first gold medal in the giant slalom

Both Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim are sponsored by Oakley, a leading provider of sporty eyewear and manufacturer of some of the best skiing and snowboarding goggles on the market.

These goggles are strong, sturdy, and smartly designed to allow the proper amount of airflow while flying down the mountain and landing a gold medal-worthy jump. Oakley is known for providing skiing and snowboarding goggles that provide a good mix of comfort and quality, keeping your eyes protected from wind, snow, and ice and shielding you from harsh sunlight and glare.

Plus they just look cool.

Here are some of our most popular Oakley goggles for skiing and snowboarding:

Airbrake MX (Best Seller!):

Flight Deck:

Line Miner:

O Frame MX:

Canopy:

O2 XM:

 

 

Find more Oakley goggles for skiing and snowboarding here.

You can find more Oakley gear (including sunglasses, eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses) at FramesDirect.com!

PLUS: For a limited time, you can save 60% on Oakley prescription lenses! Click here to get your Oakley coupon code.

 

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Scene Stealing Eyewear from the 2018 Oscar Nominees

The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced, with some surprising snubs (No I, Tonya or The Florida Project for Best Picture, no Best Actor for James Franco). This has been a solid year for film: if you would have told me a year ago that the film with the most Oscar nominations was a romance between a mute woman and a fish monster, I never would have believed you.

Along with these films comes some incredible fashion! Here are some eyewear highlights from this year’s nominees:

I, Tonya – Best Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Film Editing

Somehow this was one of those movies where everyone stole the show, from Tonya herself to her clueless bodyguard to her horrific, abusive mother, played with a chilling lack of compassion by Allison Janney. The safe money is on her to take home the Supporting Actress trophy.

Janney’s most memorable fashion accessory (besides the bird):  her vintage eyeglasses. Check out a similar frame here.

 

Call Me By Your Name – Best Picture, Lead Actor, Song, Adapted Screenplay

Italy in 1983 is the backdrop for this quiet and bittersweet love story. The breezy clothes, the gorgeous houses, the sweeping Italian vistas… how could you not want to spend a summer in Italy after watching this?

Check out the classic Wayfarer and a Havana-colored Persol for a look inspired by the film’s characters.

 

Baby Driver – Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

A fast-paced action movie that deserved every one of its technical nominations! Each beat of the soundtrack matched the sharp turns, squealing tires and near-misses in this tightly edited caper. And of course, everyone looked great while committing auto theft.

Looking for sunglasses like Ansel Elgort’s in Baby Driver? Can’t go wrong with the Wayfarer or these semi-rimless Persols.

The Disaster Artist – Best Adapted Screenplay

One of the most surprising snubs this year was James Franco not getting recognized for Best Actor. He portrayed real life writer-director Tommy Wiseau in this wacky comedy that takes you behind the scenes of one of the absolute worst movies ever made, The Room. No acting nods, but the film did score a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Want to replicate Tommy Wiseau’s… um, let’s say unique style? Simple: snag a pair of wrap-around sunglasses, like these Oakleys, and wear them all the time. Oh, and don’t forget to wear at least two to three belts, and don’t tell anyone where your accent is from.

Molly’s Game – Best Adapted Screenplay

Jessica Chastain may have missed a Best Actress nom for her role as a professional skier turned underground poker organizer, but the film’s snappy Sorkin dialog earned it a Best Adapted Screenplay nom.

If you want eyewear similar to the gorgeous glasses Chastain rocked in the film, check out these sleek Prada frames!

What do you think of the 2018 Oscar nominees – did the Academy get it right this year? Did we miss any iconic eyewear from the year’s biggest films? Who are you pulling for when the Oscars air on March 4, 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

Oprah’s Golden Globes Moment: Stealing the Show in Cat-Eye Frames

Days later and we’re still talking about it: Oprah’s showstopping speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Some corners of the internet wonder if her inspiring, powerhouse speech was a precursor to a presidential run.

Meanwhile, we’re wondering: who made her fabulous cat-eye frames?!

Source: YouTube, NBC/Universal

O looked stunning in a Versace dress and Sophia Webster black velvet Coco crystal pumps (following through on the night’s theme of supporting women), but the designer of her frames remains elusive.

However, we found a few that closely match the style, if you want something similar to Oprah’s Golden Globes glasses.

Zac Posen Verushka

Bold, trendy and flattering, these stunning Zac Posens show that you know good fashion when you see it.

Prada PR 29RV

For a more subtle look, these Prada frames boast a modern geometric shape.  

Miu Miu MU06PV

Much like O’s glasses, these playful and inventive Miu Mius include a sophisticated accent shade at the top of the frame.

 

Max Mara MM1317

Brand new! These frames have the classic seductive cat-eye shape with a head-turning 3D depth. The details in the shape of these frames are exquisite.  

Vera Wang DEA

Classic, sophisticated, stunning. These gorgeous and elegant Vera Wang frames represent the designer’s love of couture fashion.

And in case you’re having a bad day, here’s her speech again:

Are Sunglasses Allowed on Planes? Everything You Need to Know About Traveling With Sunglasses

When you’re traveling, your favorite pair of sunglasses are essential! But how can you be sure that they’ll survive your travels, and with the ever-changing TSA rules, you may be wondering if sunglasses are even allowed on planes anymore. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling with sunglasses.

Are Sunglasses Allowed on Planes?

Short answer: yes.

You may need to take them off when going through security before boarding the plane so TSA you can make sure you are who you say you are. If they have enough metal, they could also set off the metal detector if you have them on your person when you pass through.

You’re also free to wear them. Since sunglasses block light, good for sitting in a window seat (or if someone refuses to shut their window and your face gets blasted with sun beams).

If you have trouble sleeping on planes because of bright light, a comfortable pair of sunglasses can do wonders in allowing you some shut eye.

How to Pack Sunglasses

According to the TSA website, you are allowed to bring sunglasses in your carry-on or checked baggage.

However, unless you have a strong carrying case, this may not be the best place to pack your sunglasses. They can easily be crushed by other items in your luggage in your carry-ons.

And if you check them, there is a chance they could be lost or damaged! That’d be a terrible fate to befall your favorite pair of Ray-Bans, Oakleys or Pradas. Good luck trying to get their airlines to reimburse you for your nice sunglasses.

Your best bet is to get a sunglasses case to protect them. If you don’t have one, keep your sunglasses on you or at the top of your bag.

Are Glasses Allowed in Passport Photos?

According to the US Department of State you are not allowed to wear any glasses in passport photos. This includes sunglasses and eyeglasses.

However, the site does note that if you need to wear glasses for a medical condition, you can do so if you have a note from your doctor.

Do you have any advice for traveling with sunglasses? Do you have a favorite pair that you take on every trip? Let us know in the comments!

Should I Wear Sunglasses or Goggles for Skiing and Snowboarding?

What do you wear on your eyes when you hit the slopes? Snow stings at high speeds, and the bright sun reflecting off the ice can strain your vision. You need some sort of protection, but which is best? Should you wear sunglasses or goggles when you go skiing or snowboarding?

In Most Cases, Go with Goggles.

Generally speaking, goggles are the smarter choice. Compared to sunglasses, they offer:

  • A wider field of vision. Where sunglasses shield just a section of your face, goggles wrap give you a full panoramic view.
  • More coverage. Goggles protect more of your face, blocking cold air, snow, and ice particles from pelting you near your eyes.
  • A snug fit. Most goggles have an adjustable strap to keep them tight against your face, and most can fit over a helmet. Sunglasses are easier to lose or break when you’re zooming down the mountain.
  • Less fog. You’re gonna deal with foggy lenses, whether you wear sunglasses or goggles. As you go down the hill, air hits your chest and instantly shoots upward, passing in front of your lenses, along with your breath, fogging up your lenses. However, you’ll deal with less fog if you go with goggles, since the airflow is restricted. Most goggles have vents that allow some air to pass between your eyes and the lenses.
  • More protection. Sturdier and stronger than sunglasses, goggles are more likely to survive falls and crashes (and your eyes will thank you!)

 

What Kind of Goggles Should I Get?

You’ve got a few things to consider before you buy yourself a new pair of skiing or snowboarding goggles.

Lens Color. You’ve probably seen goggles that have a variety of lens colors, but it’s about more than coordinating the perfect ski outfit. Darker lenses or mirrored lenses block lots of light, making them ideal for bright, sunny days. Alternatively, if you’re carving up the slopes on a cloudy or foggy day, yellow, green or pink lenses would work better, since they let in more light.

For night owls hitting the slopes after dark, go with clear lenses.

Lens Type. There are two main options here: cylindrical and spherical.

Cylindrical lenses are more common. They curve around your head, horizontally, and they’re flat vertically.

Spherical lenses are curved both vertically and horizontally, giving you a wider field of view and less distortion compared to cylindrical lenses (which usually cost less than spherical).

Fancy Extras. To reduce fog, you can find goggles with an anti-fog treatment and double-layer lenses. Plus, you can find glasses with a tiny fans to dispel fog as it builds up!

What a time to be alive.

Should I Get Polarized Lenses for Skiing and Snowboarding?

Polarized lenses might seem like a great idea at first. After all, they reduce the bright glare you get when the sun bounces off an extra shiny slick of ice.

Unfortunately, this could create a safety hazard. Since polarized lenses make harder to see those icy patches, it could lead an injury or accident.

And if you wear polarized lenses on darker days, they will further darken your vision and make it harder to see the slope.

Polarized sunglasses for snowboarding may be a good idea on an extra bright day… just keep in mind they may hide potential dangers from you.

When Should I Wear Sunglasses While Skiing or Snowboarding?

While goggles are generally a better, safer choice for skiing and snowboarding, sunglasses are probably fine on warmer, clearer days, or if you have other activities in mind after hitting the slopes.

Sunglasses are lighter, and less bulky, and they can be fitted with your prescription.

You can always get the best of both worlds with over the glasses goggles, or OTG goggles. These models let you wear your prescription glasses underneath goggles, so you can see every breath-taking detail of the mountain while keeping your eyes safe.

What do you think? Do you stick to sunglasses or goggles when you go skiing or snowboarding?

Best Fishing Glasses? Why Polarized Sunglasses are Better for Fishing

Polarized sunglasses are indeed useful for fishing. They reduce glare and help the angler better see into the water to spot fish, habitat, and structure. Professional anglers know this, and you won’t find one without polarized sunglasses on the water. Fishing guides also understand the value of polarized lenses. But you don’t have to be a pro to take advantage of polarized lenses for fishing. A recreational angler can gain the same advantages.

For a limited time: Get a free solar charger when you purchase a new pair of Costa sunglasses! Perfect for keeping your phone charged on the fishing boat. 

Polarized Fishing Sunglasses Provide Better Vision

It’s no secret that polarized sunglasses cut glare and provide sharper, clearer vision. That makes a huge difference on the water. The sun’s rays reflect off the water’s surface, making it harder to see. Polarized sunglasses cut that glare so fishers can see above the water, and also into the water. Depending on the water’s depth, polarized sunglasses often help anglers see all the way to to the bottom. When you know the structure of a shallow lake, pond, or river, as well as submerged rocks, logs, and vegetation—you increase your chances of success. Of course, in certain conditions, seeing the bottom can also help the angler spot fish, such as trout holding in the river current, or a bass near a submerged log. And remember that prescription polarized sunglasses are available if you wear prescription glasses.

Make Sure your Fishing Glasses have UV Protection

Improving your sight and thus improving your angling success is the key advantage to wearing polarized lenses, but it’s important to protect your eyesight against ultraviolet light. UV rays can cause permanent damage, and the intense sun coming off the water puts anglers at particular risk. Ensure that your polarized lenses offer 100 percent UV protection. Polarization alone does not protect against UV rays—UV protection is another layer that must be added to the lenses.

Buying Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

There are a few sunglasses manufacturers who specialize in polarized sunglasses for fishing, including Costa Del Mar and Maui Jim. Good fishing sunglasses will also block light entering through the periphery of the frames, so wraparound designs are helpful. And don’t forget the strap for your glasses. A short strap allows you to remove your fishing sunglasses when you need to, and keeps them out of the way while you’re trying to land a fish, or release that fish back into the water. Some straps also have flotation built in, giving you an extra measure of security if they somehow get knocked into the water.

Get a new pair of Costa fishing sunglasses and a free solar charger now at FramesDirect.com while supplies last!

Should I Wear Sunglasses While Driving?

You should wear sunglasses while driving to improve safety and comfort, both of which will be enhanced if you choose the right lenses for your sunglasses—lenses with the proper tint, polarization, and UV protection.

How Do Sunglasses Help While I’m Driving?

Seeing clearly while driving is essential, and wearing sunglasses will help in most cases. Whether it’s bright and sunny out, or even when the skies are overcast, sunglasses help out a ton. And polarized sunglasses in particular reduce glare coming off the road, other vehicles, and from other sources. Polarized lenses not only reduce the glare, they make objects sharper and enhance colors on the road, providing a crisp view and safer driving.

Should I Wear Polarized Sunglasses?

Yes, you should wear polarized sunglasses while driving. Polarization is what provides the clarity when there is glare on the road, one of the biggest impediments to safety behind the wheel. The sun coming off another car’s windshield, a piece of metal, or the wet road can make it extremely hard to see. Police reports often cite glare as a cause of a crash. But even if you are able to arrive at your destination safely, driving without sunglasses can leave you fatigued and can lead to vision problems in the long term.

Sunglasses May Help in Rain and Fog

Sunglasses will help, but polarized lenses in your driving glasses will help you see better in rainy or foggy conditions. Without polarization your glasses will simply make it darker and harder for you to see. But a lens with a lighter tint and polarization can make foggy or hazy conditions more clear. Polarization helps clear up the glare caused by light reflecting off the wet road and objects. Polarized lenses also filter the haze caused by humidity in the air.

How Dark Should My Driving Sunglasses Be?

Good driving sunglasses will not allow too much or too little light to get through. Sunglasses you use at the beach or for other activities outside in the bright sun may not be the best for driving. Many drivers will buy two or more pairs of sunglasses for driving. Glasses with a dark tint will be appropriate for the brightest days. But you’ll need a lighter tint on days when the sun is less bright, or for overcast, foggy, or even rainy days. Drivers too often buy the darkest tint they can find and ignore them when it’s cloudy. That’s a mistake. Good sunglasses can be helpful on days with less sun, providing a crisper view and improved visibility. But how much tint do you need?

  • Strong sun – 70% to 85% tint
  • Medium sun – 40%-55% tint
  • Low sun – 15% to 30% tint

Avoid wearing sunglasses darker than 5% to 10% for driving at night.

Other Types of Lenses for Driving

If you’d prefer to buy only one pair of glasses, there are a couple of options. Photochromic lenses change with the amount of light — turning darker the more light is detected. Just make sure you buy lenses that are sensitive to visible light as well as ultraviolet light. Vehicle windshields often have UV filters, which can make your photochromic glasses react differently to UV light than they will to visible light.

Another popular type of lens is the graduated tint lens, ideal for drivers who find wearing darker sunglasses difficult when they try to read the car’s instrument panel. But you don’t have to settle on one tint for the entire lens in your driving sunglasses. Graduated lenses can have a darker tint in the top portion of the lens to block out the strongest sunlight, giving way to a lighter tint near the bottom to better see your instruments inside the vehicle.

Ray-Ban New Wayfarer RB2132 with Gradient Tint

Should I Get UV Protection Sunglasses?

Yes, ultraviolet light protection is important in all glasses, but particularly in sunglasses. The darker tints in sunglasses let your pupil enlarge, exposing your eye to potential UV damage. Contrary to popular belief, polarized glasses do not automatically include UV protection—it has to be added to the lenses.

What is UV Protection and How Do UV Sunglasses Help?

UV glasses, which protect against ultraviolet radiation, are growing in popularity as more and more people learn about the harmful rays from the sun. While most people protect their skin from the sun, some don’t realize they should protect their vision. After all, your eyes absorb the same harmful rays. UV blocking glasses can help prevent serious damage. The health risks are real and include cataracts and macular degeneration. UV protection sunglasses may help prevent the damage UV radiation can do to your eyes.

Risks of Eye Exposure to UV Light?

There are three different types of ultraviolet radiation — UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. You probably don’t hear much about UV-C because the earth’s ozone layer absorbs it so its threat is minimal to nonexistent. But UV-A and UV-B each can cause long-term and short-term damage to your eyes and your vision. And while the sun is the daily risk when it comes to ultraviolet radiation, welding machines, tanning beds, and lasers can also produce UV rays.

Short-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation without wearing UV protection sunglasses will most likely cause short-term effects similar to a sunburn, but in your eye. Your eyes may be red and puffy and could feel gritty, like you have sand in them. You could be very sensitive to light and may suffer excessive tearing. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually only temporary. But if your eyes are exposed to long-term solar radiation, you stand a greater risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life.

What are UV Protection Sunglasses?

UV protection means blocking the ultraviolet light from reaching your eyes. Just as sunscreen helps protect your skin from UV damage, UV glasses block most of the ultraviolet rays reaching your eyes. It’s possible to block 99 percent to 100 percent of ultraviolet rays from reaching your delicate eyes and causing damage.

UV sunglasses, however, must offer both UV-A and UV-B protection to block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation. They should also block 75 percent to 90 percent of all visible light to maximize protection. Be cautious of buying sunglasses that are not UV-blocking glasses. The dark tint may allow your pupils to remain larger, exposing you to greater impacts from UV radiation.

Anybody who spends a lot of time outdoors should consider wearing wraparound UV glasses to cut down the amount of UV radiation that may enter the eyes from the periphery. And, it’s important not to forget children and teenagers. While it may be tempting to skimp on children’s UV sunglasses, don’t! Protecting children’s eyes is especially important because they spend so much time outdoors.

Does Polarization Mean UV Protection?

Some people get confused by the difference between the terms polarization or polarized sunglasses and UV sunglasses. They are not the same thing, even if some companies advertise them together. While most polarized lenses are also UV-blocking glasses, polarization by itself does not protect your eyes from UV radiation. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, “polarization is unrelated to UV protection, so you still need to ensure UV absorption of the lenses.”

The effects of a polarizing filter on the sky in a photograph. The picture on the right uses the filter.

Do Regular Glasses Have UV Protection?

UV protection may be applied to regular sunglasses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says “UV coatings on prescription clear lenses are as effective as those on sunglasses.” The AAO points out that it is not the dark tint that blocks the UV radiation, but the UV coating that is applied. Also, the type of lens material matters. According to the AAO, polycarbonate lenses block ultraviolet radiation without any coating, but plastic lenses must have the coating added to be considered UV blocking glasses.

Make sure you buy sunglasses with UV protection or you’re risking eye problems later in life. And when you get regular prescription glasses, opt for the UV coating to better protect your eyes all the time.

Featured image: jase on Flickr

Is It OK to Wear Glasses All the Time?

Is it OK to wear glasses all the time? The internet is awash with claims that wearing eyeglasses will ruin your eyesight. Does this myth sound familiar? While many seem to believe that wearing corrective lenses will hurt your vision, it is just not true. The reality is that because you are used to seeing clearly with your glasses, it takes longer to adjust when you remove them. Also, because your vision deteriorates with age, your vision will continue to decline after you get prescription eyewear. This timing may make it seem like your eyewear is the cause. However, the vision problems are likely age-related and have nothing to do with how often you wear your glasses. You will not damage your vision by wearing eyeglasses, and your eyesight will not improve if you stop wearing them.

Is it OK to wear glasses all the time?

Should you remove your glasses throughout the day, or wear them all day long? That depends on why you wear them in the first place—you should follow your eye doctor’s recommendations on the matter. Since wearing glasses will not cause your vision to deteriorate, there is no reason to deal with blurry vision throughout the day. If you are more comfortable wearing your glasses all day, then do it. If you need them only for reading or driving, there may be no reason to wear them otherwise.

Wearing prescription glasses when you need them will prevent eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, and other discomfort, and anti-reflective and UV coatings will protect your eyes from the sun and glare. If you choose not to wear your glasses, you may experience eyestrain and spend your day squinting to see clearly.

Can I wear reading glasses all day?

A pair of nonprescription drugstore glasses may be helpful when you need to see for activities such as reading, sewing, gardening, and using your computer or phone, but if you notice you are using them more throughout the day it is time to visit an optometrist. Reading glasses are intended for occasional use, and while wearing reading glasses won’t permanently damage your eyes, an eye doctor will be able to provide you the appropriate vision correction for full-time use. Consider progressive or bifocal lenses to correct both up-close and distance vision.

When should I avoid wearing glasses?

If glasses help you see better while watching TV, driving, working, or for another activity, wear them. If you are comfortable, there is no reason you shouldn’t wear your glasses all the time—with a few exceptions.

Wearing Glasses While Sleeping

Of course you don’t need your glasses while sleeping since you’re closing your eyes. Still, here’s a friendly reminder that you should avoid falling asleep in your glasses. When bedtime comes around, put them in a case to prevent breaking or bending them.

Wearing Glasses Playing Sports

Glasses and sports don’t always mix. Prescription sunglasses may be better suited to some outdoor sports, and you should always use UV protective lenses while you’re out in the sun. Wearing regular prescription glasses while playing contact sports can be hazardous. You could bend or break your glasses or shatter your lenses, which could hurt your eyes. Glasses may slip or fog up, and may not perform well in glaring sun or lights. Protective eyewear, goggles, or rugged eyeglasses made for sports should be worn for activities like football, basketball, skiing, running, and biking.

Nor are glasses the best choice for swimming. Water splashing on the lenses is a hassle, losing your eyewear at the bottom of a lake is no good, and chlorine from pools can damage your glasses. If you can see to swim without them, your optometrist will thank you. If not, consider prescription goggles. Avoid wearing contact lenses when swimming—water trapped behind the lens could cause a bacterial infection.

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Wearing Glasses at Work

When you face eye hazards at work—such as flying wood, metal, dust, or other particles, the presence of chemicals, or exposure to bodily fluids—absolutely wear protective eyewear. This practice should extend to the home as well; wear safety glasses while working in your home wood shop, doing yard work, and engaging in activities where a foreign body or injury to the eye may occur.

Prescription eyeglasses usually don’t meet workplace standards for protective eyewear. Safety glasses have impact-resistant lenses and offer additional coverage. Wearing your safety glasses is imperative to prevent eye injury on the job, but clear vision is also necessary. If you need prescription eyeglasses and don’t wear contacts, choose prescription safety glasses, goggles, or safety glasses made to fit over your eyeglasses to best protect yourself.

Your glasses give you clearer vision and you can wear them all day without detriment, but there are times when it may be better to go without or to choose eyewear specific to your activity. While avoiding glasses on these occasions has nothing to do with prescription glasses ruining your vision, eye health and safety are definitely at stake. Choosing the appropriate eyewear in all circumstances will keep your eyes safe.