December 2010 Issue

Sunglasses For Pilots: Oakley, Vedalo Tops

Wrapping Oakleys were our overall favorites, even though Vedalo clearly offers the most advanced lens and Mile High wins for the maximum value.

Reviewing sunglasses is like reviewing clothing: Itís grossly subjective and one size never fits all. But there are some important qualities to look for when choosing sunglasses for the cockpit. Special-purpose sunglasses arenít cheap but the price tag isnít a reliable predictor for performance. While sunglasses are an important part of pilot ego, we think theyíre also a critical tool. In addition to protection from both visibly blinding and damaging UV sunlight, they should reduce eye fatigue, aid the eyes in transitioning from daylight to darkness and add clarity for effectively spotting traffic. They must also be comfortable under headsets for hours at a time and work well with modern cockpit glass displays. And they have to look good.

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