Sunglasses for boating: the nine best models

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Great day to go out on the boat, perfect wind, bright sunshine, you finally get out of the harbor but … you forgot your sunglasses ashore. The most serious thing you can forget to bring on a boat is just your sunglasses, other than your smartphone (which sometimes it would be better to deliberately forget ashore).
Shielding your goggles from the sun when on a boat is essential: it is important to protect yourself from direct light, but even more so from reflected light, water or other different surfaces. Wearing sunglasses on a boat becomes essential even when the days are not extremely sunny, but are particularly windy. In fact, the frames not only protect against light, thanks to anti-UV and polarized lenses, but also against wind and water splashes.
Whereas once almost everyone wore heavy, rigid wrap-around sunglasses that tightened over the temples and nose, today there are models that are lightweight but equally provide full protection. And there’s more: today, many sports frames can be worn even once you get off the boat, because their design allows it. Polarized frames, which initially of are most popular in the world of sports, are also perfect and very useful when in a car because they protect against dangerous glare that can distract from driving. On a boat, sunglasses not only protect the eyes from light-direct and reflected-but also allow the user to be able to consult the screens and instruments of on-board electronics without difficulty.


Rudy Project – Spinshield

Rudy Project- Spinshield
Rudy Project- Spinshield – €139.90

The cylindrical lens widens the field of vision of this lightweight unisex eyewear, made by American Magic’s chosen brand for the America’s Cup. Ergo-grip rubber nose piece and temple ends prevent the frame from slipping.


Sailing 500 Sunglasses – Decathlon

Sailing 500- Decathlon Sunglasses
Sailing 500 Sunglasses – Decathlon – $31.99

Frame with polarized anti-UV lenses that floats in water if dropped. The lenses eliminate glare on water and wrap around the eyes while also protecting them from splashes and salt.


Tuamotu Glasses – Plastimo O’Wave

Tuamotu Glasses - Plastimo O'Wave
Tuamotu Glasses – Plastimo O’Wave

Unisex sunglasses with a minimal design perfect for use both on and off the boat. With category 3 polycarbonate lenses, it protects very well from sun and glare.


Pilot aviator sunglasses in metal and leather – Alaïa

Pilot aviator sunglasses in metal and leather- Alaïa
Pilot aviator metal and leather sunglasses – Alaïa – $630

Frame made with essential lines and precious finishes. The lightweight metal of the frame is accompanied by leather, from which the spoilers and deck are made, to protect the side field of view.


Jasper Sunglasses – Revo

Sunglasses Jasper- Revo
Sunglasses Jasper- Revo

Sports sunglasses in “tortoiseshell” coloring that enclose a crystal lens between two glass layers. They protect against direct sun and glare, not just on the boat.


Active – Sea Storm

Active- Sea Storm-2
Active – Sea Storm – With Band – 104 €
Active- Sea Storm
Active- Sea Storm – 104 €

This goggle offers complete protection from sun, splashes and wind. The frame can hold a graduated inner goggle, and the temples can be changed with an elastic band.


Floating Tech RH909S – ZeroRH Eyewear

Floating Tech RH909S- ZeroRH Eyewear
Floating Tech RH909S – ZeroRH Eyewear – 110 €.

ZeroRH frames are made with a special floating material and polarized lenses that protect against reflected light. Included with the goggle is the neoprene lanyard.


2142 Sunglasses – Polaroid

Sunglasses 2142- Polaroid
2142 Sunglasses – Polaroid – €65

Sports mask design and flexible rubber frame. These soft and durable material glasses have polarized lenses and are comfortable enough for everyday wear.


Jawbreaker Matte Black Prizm Trail Torch – Oakley

Jawbreaker Matte Black Prizm Trail Torch- Oakley
Jawbreaker Matte Black Prizm Trail Torch – Oakley -165.60

Very light and sporty goggle designed for use during sports. The lenses, which can be easily replaced, have useful holes for air cooling.

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