The 10 Best Polarized Sunglasses For Men

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This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Specially treated to block electromagnetic waves with up to 400-nanometer wavelengths, polarized eyewear is a must-have for trips on the water, the road, or anywhere glare and excessive brightness can be an issue. Whether it's a cheap and functional choice, or a pricey, designer model, one of these pairs of men's sunglasses will keep your eyes safe and you looking good at any time of day. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Maui Jim Kaupo Gap

2. 4est Shades Bamboo

3. American Optical Pilot

Editor's Notes

September 14, 2019:

We'd be lying if we didn't admit that sunglasses are just as much about expressing our personal fashion sense as they are for eye protection from harmful UV rays. Luckily, with the wide variety of polarized styles on this list, you don't need to compromise on either factor.

If you prefer a sporty and casual look, you'll probably gravitate towards the 4est Shades Bamboo, Ray-Ban New Wayfarers, Maui Jim Kanaha, Duco Sports 8550, Shady Rays X. For those who want something a bit more classy, we have included the Maui Jim Kaupo Gap, American Optical Pilot, Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck, Costa Del Mar Loreto, and Ray-Ban Clubmaster.

Anyone who has ever owned a pair of Maui Jims can attest to their impressively-crisp optics, so we wanted to make sure to include at least one sporty model and one classic, more refined pair. This way, no matter what type of event you are attending, you'll have a pair that offers near-unrivaled optical clarity that also perfectly suits your attire.

Another pair that deserves special mention is the American Optical Pilot. They are built to military specs, and in fact, have been issued to soldiers and pilots for more than 50 years, so if you want something with a durability to match their good looks, these would be a smart choice.

The eco-conscious buyers out there should look to the 4est Shades Bamboo, while those who want something akin to what many celebrities wear will want to check out the Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck and Ray-Ban Clubmaster. If you want a pair that are ideal for angling, the Costa Del Mar Loreto will do nicely, as they have lenses specially designed to enhance contrast and cut glare for sight fishing. Don't worry though, if the Loretos aren't quite your cup of tea. We also have a dedicated list for the best sunglasses for fishing, which contains a variety of different frame styles.

Special Honors

Blue Otter Tallapoosa With a sleek, sporty style and featherweight frame, the Tallapoose are ideal for outdoor activities. They feature a handmade thermoplastic frame and stainless steel spring hinges that make them quite durable, and fog-, scratch-, and impact-resistant lenses.

Torch Eyewear Holeshot Fishing With a one-piece, injection-molded, wraparound frame, the Holeshot Fishing is an innovative offering that is less likely to break than other options. Its arms and lenses are interchangeable, allowing you to switch up the performance and style to meet the demands of the day,

4. Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck

5. Ray-Ban New Wayfarers

6. Maui Jim Kanaha

7. Costa Del Mar Loreto

8. Ray-Ban Clubmaster

9. Duco Sports 8550

10. Shady Rays X

Brett Dvoretz
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