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The 6 Best Sunglasses for Men of 2024

We tested men's sunglasses from Kaenon, Maui Jim, Costa del Mar, and many more to help you find your perfect shades
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Best Sunglasses Men Review (Testing sunglasses side by side.)
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Credit: Maggie Brandenburg
By Maggie Nichols ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 5, 2024

The Best Men's Sunglasses for 2024


Looking for men's sunglasses? We selected 14 pairs to test side-by-side, spanning various technologies and prices. We put them through their paces on snowshoe adventures and beach days, midday beer garden hangouts, and westward drives at sunset. We checked their fit across face shapes and sizes, scrutinized their construction, and asked a full panel of our friends to judge their comfort and style. From international vacations to neighborhood dog walks, these shades saw it all. Whether you're after the coolest glasses, the pair that can do it all, or the budget-friendly option you'll still love to wear, we're here to help you find the perfect pair.

If you're looking for a more feminine pair of frames, check out our in-depth testing of the best sunglasses for women. We've also outlined the best cheap sunglasses, sport-focused sunnies, and the best cycling sunglasses. Whether you need something for the hiking trails, a a day on the water, or your next international adventure, we've got you covered with a lineup of the best sunglasses on the market today.

Editor's Note: We updated our men's sunglasses review on April 5, 2024, including more information on how we tested each pair and some additional recommendations alongside our top awards.

Top 14 Sunglasses - Test Results

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Awards Top Pick Award Best Buy Award    
Price $140.00 at Backcountry$79 List
$79.00 at REI
$119 List$74.50 at Backcountry$319.00 at REI
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Pros Classic style, solid construction, durableComfy, versatile, classic styleGood lens color, classic look works on everyone, very comfortable, good priceSolid lenses, quality frames, durable styleFlexible hinges, a striking appearance, unexpectedly plush nose cushions, superb balance
Cons Top lets in light, heavyMoisture makes them slip, mediocre coverageNot polarized, less exciting style, can easily see your eyes through the lensesMirror coating is see-through, colors not quite trueNot everyone will like the style, slightly-small lenses, gradient lenses combine two hues
Bottom Line This timeless design is bulky but looks great on just about everyoneThese are cool, cozy, and fashionable sunglasses at a great priceThese sunnies are easy to love and look good on just about anyone, though they lack polarization or the brightest light protectionA new take on a classic style that distorts colors a bit, which could be good or badA strong, safe pair of sunglasses with superb lenses and greater coverage than one might anticipate with this particular frame shape
Rating Categories Ray-Ban Original Wa... CAMP Eyewear Trail Tens Classic Smith Lowdown 2 Maui Jim Kawika
Lens Quality (30%)
5.0
6.5
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Comfort (25%)
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Style and Versatility (20%) Sort Icon
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Frame Quality (15%)
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Specs Ray-Ban Original Wa... CAMP Eyewear Trail Tens Classic Smith Lowdown 2 Maui Jim Kawika
Lens Tested Green Classic G-15 Basic Polarized Grey Original (Brown) Chroma Polarized Gray Green Hawaii Lava
Polarized No Yes No Yes Yes
Fit Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Weight 45g 29g 39g 28g 33g
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) 15% 12% Not specified 15% 16%
VLT Protection Index Category 3 Category 3 Category 3 Category 3 Category 3
HEV/Blue Light Protection (claim) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Infrared Protection (claim) None None None None None
Neutral/Contrast Increased contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast Increased contrast
Lens Material Glass Triacetate Cellulose Not specified Polycarbonate MauiPure
Impact Resistant? No Yes Yes No Yes
Coatings and Lense Treatments None None Anti-scratch Hydroleophobic, antireflective Hydrophobic, oleophobic, scratch resistant, red mirror
Prescription Lens Compatible? Yes No No Yes Yes
Hinge Type Standard Flex/Spring Standard Autolock Flex/Spring
Case Included Semi-rigid snapshell case, microfiber cleaning cloth Sleeping bag with zipper Slimline, faux leather travel case and soft pouch Microfiber storage and cleaning bag Tri-Fold case, microfiber cleaning cloth


Best Overall Sunglasses for Men


Kaenon Burnet Mid


83
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Lens Quality 9.0
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Style and Versatility 6.5
  • Frame Quality 9.0
  • Coverage 9.0
REASONS TO BUY
Incredible lenses
Very secure-fitting
Great coverage
REASONS TO AVOID
Sporty look isn't for everyone
Expensive

The Kaenon Burnet Mid sunglasses can truly do it all, and they're some of our favorites to wear. We've tested both grey and brown lenses, and both are outstanding. They offer top-notch clarity, superb color rendition, and heightened contrast without distorting reality. They also have almost zero back reflections, which is an impressive feat. The mid-size we tested offers a secure fit on most average-sized heads, gripping comfortably with a protective, face-hugging wrap. If you've got a larger head, the Burnet also comes in an XL version.

The biggest drawback to these glasses is their rectangular lenses have a sporty aesthetic. That said, they're not the most sporty-looking shades in our lineup, and all of our testers liked their look. The price is steep, but the extra bucks buy you a great pair of shades in this case. A lower-scoring but more affordable alternative to this style is the Tens Classic.

The quality of the Kaenon Burnet Mid continues to impress us.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Bang for Your Buck


CAMP Eyewear Trail


REASONS TO BUY
Solid performance in all metrics
Neat style
Comfortable to wear
REASONS TO AVOID
Just okay coverage
May slip when sweaty

We love the cool detailing on the Camp Eyewear Trail, which upgrades them from just another pair of wayfarers to glasses we were excited to put on and wear outside. They have solid all-around performance, with comfortable, crisp lenses and only a hint of blue to enhance contrast. They're very smooth and glossy, with an excellent shape that is comfortable and pleasing to wear for all our testers of varying head sizes. They'd be easy to love even without the wooden bows, but with them, they're just plain fun, and the wood helps keep them from sliding during casual use.

Unfortunately, the lack of rubber sections can be an issue when you're hot and sweaty — they don't stay put quite as well as some other contenders we reviewed. Moreover, the Trail has the standard coverage flaws of almost every pair of modern wayfarers, with medium-sized lenses and a rather flat frame that lets sunlight in the sides, bottom, and — depending on where you wear them on your face — over the top. Aside from these relatively minor disadvantages, there's still so much to love about these unique, budget-friendly shades, and we recommend them. A similar style that scored a little higher is the Tens Classic. This is a direct-to-consumer model, and we have seen the price fluctuate a bit: it might be available at a lower cost than the Camp Eyewear Trail.

With great lenses, real wooden bows, and a reasonable price tag, there are no shortage of reasons we love the Camp Trail.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

From Trail to Town on a Budget


Native Eyewear Wells


63
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Lens Quality 6.0
  • Comfort 6.0
  • Style and Versatility 6.5
  • Frame Quality 6.5
  • Coverage 7.5
REASONS TO BUY
Good coverage
Lightweight and comfortable
Secure fit
REASONS TO AVOID
Smaller than expected
Rubber pads could be cleaner cut

The Native Eyewear Wells is an affordable pair of sunnies capable of making an easy style transition between trail running in the morning and meeting someone for drinks in the afternoon. They're lightweight and slightly sporty without looking out of place paired with a polo shirt and khaki shorts. Their plastic frames are comfortable and secure thanks to their strategic rubbery pads at the nose and behind the ears. Larger lenses and a good base curve offer coverage without drowning narrower faces. To add to the list of reasons we love these sunnies, they're also one of the most affordable shades in this lineup.

For being advertised as a “large” fit, the Wells are smaller than we expected. Across our team of variably sized and shaped faces, they're best fitted on averaged-sized heads and are tight on wider faces. The inserted rubbery pads in the bows and nose do the job, but they're not the cleanest fit. However, these irregularities haven't worsened after having had and worn these glasses regularly for several years. If you want one pair of sunglasses that look just as natural in the woods as in the city, these more budget-friendly frames are a great fit. Those who require a larger fit may want to consider opting for another large model or even the Kaenon Burnet Mid in size XL.

sunglasses mens - the native wells slide right into the space between your favorite...
The Native Wells slide right into the space between your favorite outdoor playground and a relaxing afternoon around town.
Credit: Jason Peters

Best for Water Lovers


Costa del Mar Rinconcito


81
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Lens Quality 9.0
  • Comfort 8.0
  • Style and Versatility 6.5
  • Frame Quality 8.0
  • Coverage 9.0
REASONS TO BUY
Great for bright light and high glare
Secure, comfortable fit
Excellent coverage
REASONS TO AVOID
Very sporty vibe
Expensive

If you spend a ton of time on the water, the Costa del Mar Rinconcito is a fantastic pair of sunglasses. These seriously impressive lenses are darker than average, with total polarization and 100% blue light blockage. They are one of very few shades we tested that have nearly no reflection on the backs of the lenses. Small rubber pads embedded in the nose pads and backs of the bows keep them securely attached to your face as you water ski — or even downhill ski. They have just the right amount of curvature to add extra coverage to these medium-large lenses where you need it most.

However, the Rinconcito may give you pause if you'd rather have just one pair of sunglasses you can wear everywhere. These high-performance shades are some of the sportiest-looking models in the bunch. If that's your vibe, then there's no problem. And yet, if you want a pair to wear to a black tie event or blend in while visiting a fashionable city, these sunglasses may not be the best pick. The less-versatile look and above-average price are the only drawbacks to an otherwise impressive pair of glasses. If you want more versatility for your dollar, the classic look of the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic may be right up your alley. Just note that aside from style and versatility, it scored lower than the Costa del Mar Rinconcito in all the other metrics.

The lenses in the Costa Rinconcito are the best we've found for top-notch eye protection on and around the water.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Excellent and Comfortable Shades


Kaenon Rockaway


80
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Lens Quality 8.5
  • Comfort 9.0
  • Style and Versatility 6.0
  • Frame Quality 8.0
  • Coverage 7.5
REASONS TO BUY
Easy comfort
Secure without being tight
Great lenses with minimal glare
Stylish twist on a classic
REASONS TO AVOID
Lenses can feel a bit light
No hard case included
Not the boldest style

The Kaenon Rockaway are a great pair of well-balanced shades. They are secure without feeling tight, providing enough comfort to forget you're wearing them — which is exactly what you want. They have excellent lenses and solid coverage that allows for minimal glare on the backsides of the lenses. Our testing team all loved the feeling of wearing the Rockaway and felt they brought a touch of added style to a classic frame shape. They stayed put on sweaty runs and looked good during backyard barbecues, making them a fantastic all-day companion.

The lenses we tested featured a protective VLT of 12%, but they felt a tad lighter than many other models in the same ballpark. Not enough that we felt the need to squint on bright days, but these lenses are noticeably brighter when looking into the sunset than many other sunglasses with a similar VLT. Other Kaenon models we reviewed included a good quality zippered hard case, but this model only came with a microfiber drawstring bag. And while we like the look, these shades aren't exactly pushing the mold regarding style. Still, the Rockaway performed well in all our driving, hanging out, and lifestyle tests, proving a comfortable fan favorite at a great price. If you prefer darker lenses, the Costa del Mar Rinconcito performs excellent in bright light.

sunglasses mens - the rockaway felt great to wear all day.
The Rockaway felt great to wear all day.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

A Timeless Classic


Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic


REASONS TO BUY
Classic, versatile style
Look great on everyone
Robust and sturdy
REASONS TO AVOID
Slant leaves the top open
Heavy

The Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic has never gone out of style, looking as great today as when it debuted in 1952. We found them attractive on every face and with every style, giving off that cool-as-a-cucumber laidback vibe that so many of us love. They work just as well with board shorts as a polo shirt — even many women love these glasses. Though no sunglasses are truly unbreakable, these are hefty and robust, lending a serious level of credibility to their durability — backed up by an almost unheard of seven barrel hinges on each side.

This beefiness does come with a cost — the Original Wayfarer is heavy. Don't get us wrong, they're very comfortable to wear, with glossy smooth frames that feel great — as long as you don't mind their heftier weight. Made in the OG of wayfarer style, they have a very exaggerated forward slant to the lenses, which looks cool but leaves a pronounced gap over the tops, lessening their coverage. But if you've got your heart set on this look, we don't think you'll be disappointed with the performance of these classic shades. Still, if you need more coverage, we suggest considering other top contenders like the Kaenon Burnet Mid.

sunglasses mens - it&#039;s hard to feel anything other than og cool in the ray-ban...
It's hard to feel anything other than OG cool in the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
83
Kaenon Burnet Mid
Best Overall Sunglasses for Men
$175
Editors' Choice Award
81
Costa del Mar Rinconcito
Best for Water Lovers
$233
Top Pick Award
80
Kaenon Rockaway
Excellent and Comfortable Shades
$125
Top Pick Award
76
Vuarnet Legend 03
$250
71
Tens Classic
$119
69
Smith Lowdown 2
$195
67
Maui Jim Kawika
$319
65
CAMP Eyewear Trail
$79
Best Buy Award
63
Native Eyewear Wells
From Trail to Town on a Budget
$99
Best Buy Award
59
Dragon Burgee LL
$140
58
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic
$171
Top Pick Award
57
Ray-Ban Aviator Classic
$221
56
Maui Jim Lighthouse
$189
55
Oakley Holbrook Polarized
$217

sunglasses mens - we love a great pair of shades for bright days and active endeavors...
We love a great pair of shades for bright days and active endeavors - and enjoying a beer afterward.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

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How We Test Sunglasses


We sifted through hundreds of pairs of the best men's and unisex sunglasses to choose the most promising models spotlighted here. After purchasing them, we put them through a robust testing regimen, which started with wearing them incessantly. We went on snowshoe hikes and neighborhood walks, ran errands, and relaxed at outdoor cafes. We put them to the test: driving, hiking, walking, and more, comparing their fit across face sizes and putting their lenses side by side to tease apart the differences.

Our sunglasses testing uses five key metrics:
  • Lens Quality (30% of overall score weighting)
  • Comfort (25% weighting)
  • Style and Versatility (20% weighting)
  • Frame Quality (15% weighting)
  • Coverage (10% weighting)

To read more about our testing process, check out our How We Test article.

Why Trust GearLab


Bradley Nichols and Senior Review Editor Maggie Nichols led the review team. Bradley has been an outdoor adventurer for years, living and recreating in Reno, Nevada, one of the sunniest places in the United States. From hitting the slopes in the winter to backpacking in the summer, Brad always keeps his eyes protected and comfortable wherever he roams. Maggie has been leading backcountry trips for over 15 years in blindingly bright environments, from kayaking the Caribbean and snorkeling the Galapagos to rafting the American West and backpacking the Sierra Nevadas. As a glasses-wearer since age four, Maggie is a self-professed “glasses junkie,” demanding a lot from her eyewear. She and Brad enlisted the help and critical eyes of many friends, family, and coworkers to test and rate these shades.

Spying high value items like these CAMP Trail sunglasses.
Spying high value items like these CAMP Trail sunglasses.
Now that you&#039;ve found your perfect shades, get out there and go on...
Now that you've found your perfect shades, get out there and go on an adventure!
Checking coverage in some exceptionally bright conditions.
Checking coverage in some exceptionally bright conditions.
We test sunglasses in as many seasons and conditions as possible.

Analysis and Test Results


We demand a lot from our sunglasses, and you should, too. We assessed their competence and performance across five metrics to test every pair. While the combination of these weighted ratings gives each pair their overall score, in what follows, we break down the metrics and discuss which pairs perform best and why.


Value


Like many types of gear, a higher price typically means better performance for sunglasses. However, this relationship is far from perfect, and we found several lower-priced pairs that buck this trend, offering exceptional value. The Camp Eyewear Trail is one such pair with terrific value. Great lenses in frames that feel great, these sunglasses come with a price tag lower than their impressive performance would lead us to suspect. The Native Eyewear Wells aren't far behind; with excellent protection, an impressive fit, and a sportier performance, these glasses offer a lot for your hard-earned buck. We also love the comfortable and fairly-priced Kaenon Rockaway and Tens Classic for those who can spend a bit more.

sunglasses mens - the camp trail are well-built, feeling thick and solid.
The CAMP Trail are well-built, feeling thick and solid.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Lens Quality


The most important aspect of any pair of glasses is the quality of their lenses; otherwise, why bother wearing them? We tested lens quality by comparing every contender side by side and ranking how well they performed in challenging lighting conditions, how they rendered colors, and how comfortable they kept our eyes after hours of direct sun exposure.


Hands down, the best lenses we tested were in the Kaenon Burnet. The Ultra Grey 12 lenses are everything we never dared to dream a grey lens could be. Not only are they crystal clear, but they're also versatile, performing equally well in both bright and low light. They have almost no reflections off the backs of the lenses and manage to increase contrast by boosting colors in ways we normally associate with brown lenses. We tested the Kaenon Rockaway with their Brown 12 lenses, which are nearly as good. They're just a touch lighter than we typically want, but they provide exceptional clarity and enhanced contrast without drastically changing the color of things.

sunglasses mens - the kaenon burnet have some of the best lenses of any pair we tested.
The Kaenon Burnet have some of the best lenses of any pair we tested.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Costa del Mar Rinconcito had nearly as impressive a performance. Their Blue Mirror lenses provide excellent clarity and true-to-life colors, with a hint of increased blue-ish contrast. They have nearly no reflections from the backs of the lenses and do extremely well in bright lighting conditions, though not quite as well in lower light situations.

sunglasses mens - the costa rinconcito have great lenses that work well, with great...
The Costa Rinconcito have great lenses that work well, with great clarity and just a touch of increased contrast.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Vuarnet Legend 03 are also some of our favorites, scoring near the top. Despite not being polarized, they have a dual gradient (darker on top and bottom for sun and glare, respectively), have a darker tint, and have an excellent mirror coating. The Maui Jim Lighthouse lenses are also impressive. These ridiculously lightweight glasses are some of Maui Jim's latest non-glass lenses, but with all the best contrast and clarity they have made themselves known for.

sunglasses mens - even without polarization, the vuarnet legend 03 offer serious...
Even without polarization, the Vuarnet Legend 03 offer serious protection from bright light and glare.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

The Maui Jim Kawika lenses we tested, however, proved to be polarizing (pun intended). We tested their Hawaii Lava lenses, which have excellent clarity and minimal back glare, but the top half is blue-grey while the bottom is amber. Some of our testers didn't mind this, while others found it distracting. The Tens Classic and Smith Lowdown 2 both feature excellent amber lenses with a very pleasant combination of color enhancement and clarity, making them very easy to wear in the sun.

sunglasses mens - the kawika lenses are crystal clear, but these hawaii lava ones we...
The Kawika lenses are crystal clear, but these Hawaii Lava ones we tested are two different colors - blue-grey on top and amber on the bottom - which not all of our testers loved.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Comfort


Ensuring your sunglasses are comfortable enough to wear all day is not a task we take lightly. We considered as many aspects of comfort as possible, measuring every pair and testing their balance on different-sized faces. We wore each pair for hours to see if they became tight, heavy, or uncomfortable. We noted where they touched our faces and if that changed as different people wore them.


We were very impressed by the comfort of the Kaenon Rockaway. These medium-sized glasses fit well on all our testers' heads, from those who wear XL helmets to those who wear small hats. They manage to fit securely without ever feeling tight. They're lightweight and balanced well enough that we found it easy to forget we were even wearing them. Rubbery nose pads feel great even when running, preventing bouncing and slipping. We loved wearing these glasses from sun up to sun down.

sunglasses mens - the rockaway fit comfortably on heads of all sizes.
The Rockaway fit comfortably on heads of all sizes.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

The Kaenon Burnet Mid is very comfortable, with a snug, secure fit — they also come in a larger size for wider faces. The Costa Rinconcito is impressively comfortable, too, with flexible frames to accommodate varying head shapes and perfectly placed rubbery padding to keep them in place without squeezing. The Maui Jim Lighthouse stands out here for being absurdly flexible, to the point that they feel strange compared to other glasses. They're ridiculously lightweight and have pliable bows and even nose pads that conform easily to the face. We've never worn another pair that felt like the Lighthouse. Most of our testers loved the feeling, though some didn't enjoy the odd sensations as much.

sunglasses mens - though not everyone&#039;s favorite pair of sunglasses, the maui jim...
Though not everyone's favorite pair of sunglasses, the Maui Jim Lighthouse are almost impossibly lightweight and extremely flexible.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

The Smith Lowdown 2 fit in that casual way that we find effortless to wear all day. The Tens Classic and Camp Eyewear Trail are both modern wayfarer styles with just enough extra details that we appreciate. The matte frames and near-perfect shape of the Tens Classic make them well-suited to most shapes and sizes of faces. The Camp Trail has a glossy finish and wooden bows that look good and feel surprisingly comfortable for long periods.

sunglasses mens - the smith lowdown 2 have color-enhancing chromapop lenses and a fit...
The Smith Lowdown 2 have color-enhancing ChromaPop lenses and a fit and feel we can wear all day.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Maui Jim Kawika are more comfortable than anticipated for their style. Though heavy-looking across the brow, these shades are well-balanced and rest close to the face. The adjustable nose pads are comfortable without being intrusive. The Dragon Burgee LL is an easy-to-like pair of sunglasses that are solidly pleasant and lightweight, if not outstanding.

sunglasses mens - the dragon burgee offer a slightly different take on a classic...
The Dragon Burgee offer a slightly different take on a classic style, spiced up further by a gradient or even a bold pattern.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Style and Versatility


Though style is subjective, some sunglasses look good on many people and in various situations, while others seem to fit only a few or have limited applications. We asked as many folks as we could wrangle up to tell us how they liked the look of every pair. We also considered how well they work in different scenarios, from lounging in the hammock to hiking in the local hills.


If style is your number one priority, it's hard to go wrong with the timeless look of the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer. These classics have been practically unchanged since they were first introduced in the 1950s. They look good on everyone — no matter the gender, age, or style — and have an appearance that goes with many outfits and situations.

sunglasses mens - we tested the best and coolest, like the ray-ban original wayfarer.
We tested the best and coolest, like the Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

For anyone who's a huge fan of the classic wayfarer vibe, the Ray-Ban Aviators brings that to life. Their thin metal frames and oversized, slightly triangular lenses remain a time-honored and well-loved look for a reason. The Maui Jim Kawika are a bit more specific in their look, but many of our testing team also loved their vibe. The red mirror coating of the Hawaii Lava lenses we tested gave a distinctly beachy impression. Their heavy brow with thin metal rims and the metal bridge were fondly described as “nerdy chic” by one member of our testing team.

sunglasses mens - if you love aviators, then these classics from ray-ban may be...
If you love aviators, then these classics from Ray-Ban may be calling your name.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

The Camp Trail earns high marks for style, too, with their mostly-wooden bows and excellent take on a modern wayfarer style. Not far behind are the Tens Classic, with a universally appealing matte finish and near-perfect proportions for faces of all sizes and shapes. If you're looking to match the level of your sunglasses style to that of your new tailored vest or pressed polos on your European vacation, the Vuarnet Legend 03 are the perfect pair, always on point with premier wardrobe choices. For mixing outdoor and activity performance with style, the Smith Lowdown, Native Eyewear Wells, and Oakley Holbrook Polarized are all solid options.

sunglasses mens - we found it difficult to not enjoy the look of the tens classic on...
We found it difficult to not enjoy the look of the Tens Classic on all kinds of faces.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Frame Quality


Since no one wants something that's just going to break or fall apart after a few months, we scrutinized every frame. We looked into construction materials and inspected hinges. We checked the fit of the lenses and the overall flexibility of each model. We also scoured the internet for recurring complaints from other users to see if we could replicate their issues.


Two glasses stand out here for their beefy and durable frames: the Kaenon Burnet Mid and Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer. Both are thick and feel strong and sturdy in hand, with wide hinges and very solid builds. Though slightly less burly, the more flexible Costa Rinconcito also stands out. The Rinconcito feel durable despite slightly thinner frames. They have rubbery, well-attached pads and flexible spring hinges that accommodate overextension. The Kaenon Rockaway isn't quite as beefy as the Burnet Mid but is still built solidly with good quality, durable materials.

sunglasses mens - no worries about durability here, in the kaenon burnet mid.
No worries about durability here, in the Kaenon Burnet Mid.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

The Vuarnet Legend 03 also features solid construction that doesn't loosen with regular wear and has just the right level of flex to be adaptable. The Maui Jim Kawika may look delicate, but every thin metal component we tested proved sturdy and strong. Unlike some models with adjustable nose pads, we weren't left worried that we would snap the Kawika's right off.

sunglasses mens - all the kawika components seem solid and sturdy - even the little...
All the Kawika components seem solid and sturdy - even the little metal arms holding the nose pads.
Credit: Maggie Nichols

The Camp Eyewear Trail frames are thick and solid, with treated wood making up a portion of the bows around a stabilizing metal skeleton. They also boast some of our favorite over-extendable hinges, both in their exaggerated beefy build and with their ideal pressure that's both comfortable and secure. The Tens Classic and Smith Lowdown 2 are also built well, with sturdy frames that have a small amount of give. The Classic have regular hinges that feel solid, while the Lowdown 2's autolocking hinges that putting them on even easier.

sunglasses mens - the wooden bows of the camp eyewear trail proved not to be a weak...
The wooden bows of the Camp Eyewear Trail proved NOT to be a weak point during our testing.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Coverage


Leaving large gaps around the edges of lenses can completely defeat the purpose of wearing sunglasses in the first place. We tested coverage across various face sizes and shapes to see which ones keep you covered and which ones don't quite cut it. We also tested how well they stay put once you start sweating on a hot summer day.


Models with the most coverage combine large lenses, face-hugging curves, and a close-fitting frame. We found the best, most consistent coverage from the Kaenon Burnet Mid, Costa Rinconcito, and Vuarnet Legend 03. All three of these sunglasses have large, rectangular lenses in frames that wear comfortably close to the face, nearly sealing edge gaps without any of them being full wraparound models. The Native Eyewear Wells, Oakley Holbrook Polarized, and Kaenon Rockaway aren't far behind, with their larger-than-average lenses and decently face-hugging base curves. These models are simply a bit smaller than the previous three, therefore providing a bit less coverage.

sunglasses mens - the kaenon burnet mid offer excellent coverage without feeling like...
The Kaenon Burnet Mid offer excellent coverage without feeling like you're wearing goggles.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Modern wayfarer-style sunglasses like the Tens Classic and Camp Eyewear Trail — and even the not-quite-a-wayfarer, Dragon Burgee LL — provide pretty good coverage, with wider frames and medium lenses, though they leave obvious gaps around their edges because of their flatter shapes. The Smith Lowdown 2 are about on par with wayfarers for coverage, falling somewhere between the lens shape of sportier glasses but with a slightly flatter fit like wayfarers.

sunglasses mens - in a sea of sunglasses, we can help you find the ones you&#039;re looking...
In a sea of sunglasses, we can help you find the ones you're looking for.
Credit: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


We know there are a ton of sunglasses out there to choose from, so we've spent months — in some cases, years — wearing, testing, and comparing the ones in our lineup to help you find an ideal pair for your lifestyle and your budget. Now go out and soak up some vitamin D!

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Maggie Nichols