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Going Big

Going Big

By Kellee Katagi
posted: 08/14/2001

Rarely does fashion enhance function. Exception: this spring's ample-coverage shades.

1Serious coverage is the hallmark of the smith Stance ($70), designed for large faces. Rubber nose and temple pads add comfort, while an angular design ensures you make it down the mountain in style.

2 The Kaenon UPD ($139) features a simple frame and a high-tech lens, whose unique material provides the strength of polycarbonate but the clarity of glass. Choose from seven tints; Copper 28 and Grey 28 work best for skiers.

3 Using magnets to snap the lens into place, the arnette Mixer ($109) makes the act of swapping lenses ridiculously easy—and fingerprint-free. Plus, a light, semi-rimless frame lends a barely-there feel.

4 If you like your shades just so, consider the semi-rimless (read: lightweight) briko Gotham ($99—$135). It comes with two sets of interchangeable lenses, and moldable temple ends make for a customized fit.

5 The ultralight nike Skylon.R ($89) is a best-of-both-worlds wrap. It grants generous coverage without swallowing smaller faces. A rubber nose bridge and flexible temples keep the Skylon in place while eliminating pressure points.

6 Value-seekers will appreciate the Uvex Shooter SV ($50). It's loaded with features—expansive coverage, frame vents, foam nose pads and brow bar, and adjustable temple ends—at a price that pleases.

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