Why side shields on sunglasses?
Normal sunglasses don't come with side shields and bridge blockers. They're mostly only on mountaineering sunglasses like the Vuarnet Glacier 1315 (as worn by James Bond) for a cool $640 or the cheaper Julbo Vermont Classic for $149.99 or the Oakley Clifden featured here for $196.
These sunglasses not only block light from the front of your eyes, they block it from every direction so none of the harmful UV rays reach your eyes. This is critical in a mountaineering situation where the light is more intense.
Wearing normal sunglasses in the mountains could actually do more harm than good because UV light can reach your eyes in a dilated state from the sides.
Built for adventure
There are 3 lens option for Oakley's Clifden which are perfect for the mountains and 3 more for other outdoor pursuits. These lenses enhance color, contrast, and detail to make the most out of any activity. Prescription lenses are also available for the Clifden.
The side shields and bridge blocker prevent harmful UVB light reflected from snow, land, and water from reaching your eyes.
The Clifden also comes with a coated woven steel leash so you can be confident about not losing your sunglasses in the chaos of adventure and to conveniently hang them around your neck when you don't need them.
If for whatever reason you don't need the side covers and bridge blockers, you can easily pop them off. It gives the Clifden a different look on your face, almost like a different pair of sunglasses.
If you're exposed to the sun from the sides on a daily basis, for example when you're driving, the Clifden is a great pair of sunglasses to consider. Even if you don't like the look with the side shield, you can take them off when you're around people if you're that embarrassed and pop them back on when nobody's around.
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