It's the Little Things: Glasses


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If you’ve ever had to borrow a friend’s cheap sunglasses for a day on the slopes, you know that the technical features on higher-end models are more than just hype. This year’s shades are more techie than ever, with features ranging from fog-fighting vents to moisture-wicking nose bridges.

When You Buy Find frames that don’t slip or put pressure on your head. Choose the right lens color: yellow and red for cloudy or flat light conditions, brown or green for moderate or variable light, gray or mirrored for bright light; try polarized to cut glare.

Y5 $79
A sleek frame complements the Y5’s high-contrast lens, which selectively filters light to keep your vision sharp. Soft, flexible temples provide comfort and support.

Minute $80
Small faces rejoice. The Minute offers Oakley’s signature styling and full-wrap coverage in dimensions just right for you. It’s available with prescription lenses and in 12 colors, from pearl to tortoise.

Vulcano SV $45
Vulcano SV combines a traditional black frame with funky orange lenses that are not only break-resistant, scratchproof and anti-fog, but also ideal for overcast conditions.

Arch Racing Ski $99
After a two-year break, Carrera’s back on the sunglass scene. Its Arch Racing Ski model includes a sweat-stopper pad across the forehead and bendable-metal temples that mold comfortably to the head.

Mainline $99
The Mainline focuses on technical details, without ignoring style. Three interchangeable, lightweight lenses make it useful in all snow conditions, and moisture-absorbing nosepads and temples keep it from slipping.

Rake $85
The Rake fends off fog with interchangeable, ventilated lenses and a frame that is scalloped in the brow to improve airflow. A no-slip nose bridge and temples hold the glasses in place.

Viper $85-$105
With foam padding that seals the eyes from wind and snow, the Viper bridges the gap between sunglass and goggle. Filtered vents in the frame battle fog, and the traditional, narrow profile fits a wide variety of faces.