If you’ve ever left your sunglasses at home—you’ll know how important they are for your adventure. Seriously, driving without sunglasses just plain sucks. We take a look at some of the best, and most stylish options on the market.
Serengeti are legendary among the motorsport community for their commitment to enhancing the driving experience through high-performance driving lenses. Their sophisticated sunglasses are packed with pioneering technology. Photochromic lenses eliminate glare and optimise contrast and colour, while their unique polarising treatment won’t delaminate. Lens options include glass and Trivex®.
Roll up to your own secluded beach, don these funky shades and relax. Handcrafted in Australia from lightweight acetate with stainless steel hinges and CR39 Zeiss lenses, these specs will shield you from the sun and keep you looking swell. Keep them safe in your kangaroo skin case. Polarised lenses available on request.
Julbo Run (Falcon lens)
French company Julbo has been committed to optical innovation since its creation in 1888. Their photochromic polarised Falcon lens is designed for driving, with a copper tint that enhances contrast and makes colours radiant. The Run’s wide, anti-fog lenses give great coverage so you won’t miss a single peripheral rock or branch. Compatible with prescription lenses.
Maui Jim High Tide
With casual styling and uncompromising optics, the High Tides are inspired by the coastal life. The Maui Evolution™ lightweight glass lens offers superior optics and a balanced, calming colour palette. They also boast oleophobic, anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings and a quality polarising treatment. The featherweight metal frame is flexible and durable.
Dirty Dog Puddle
Designed in Australia, these robust shades will stand up to just about anything. With TR90 polyamide frames and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses, they are flexible and tough. Wraparound frames allow uninterrupted peripheral vision and protection from reflected glare. Polarised brown lenses offer clarity and defend against the harsh Aussie sun.
Top Heads Strachan
Hipster in a Hilux? Show your true colours with these groovy shades from Australian outfit Topheads. From humble beginnings in a Bondi garage, their retro-inspired frames are still handcrafted in Sydney. More than just a fashion statement, Topheads sunnies are crafted from sustainable wood sources, they float and their lenses are polarised.
Otis Capitol (Cool Grey Polarised)
The Otis Capitol sports curved polarised lenses for wide coverage and superior glare reduction. A cool grey tint darkens evenly across the spectrum, giving you true-to-life colour perception. Proudly Australian made and owned, Otis trades exclusively in mineral glass lenses: the most optically correct, distortion free and scratch resistant lens material around.
Spotters Ellie (Penetrator lens)
Proudly Australian owned and made in Melbourne, the Spotters Ellie is small in size and big on technology. Lightweight thermoplastic frames balance practicality and class with a sleek temple design. The photochromic polarised Penetrator lense is recommended for driving, improving depth perception and enhancing low light vision. Made from crown glass, its optics are as crisp as they come.
Spotters Bolt (Stone lens)
Engineered for weightlessness, the Bolt frame balances lightly, minimising pressure on your ears and nose. Slim-fit arms slide easily under a helmet or hat. Seriously scratch-resistant crown glass lenses resist micro-scuffs and keep your vision clear, while cool grey tinted lenses will cut the glare and keep colours real.
Carve Digger (Kids, Revo lens)
Don’t forget the kids! With 100% UV protection, Category 3 glare reduction and durable polycarbonate frames, these sunglasses are made for long summer days rolling down the biggest dunes and building the biggest sandcastles. Carve’s range of stylin’ kiddo-sized frames will fit most little faces. Proudly Australian owned.
Oakley Special Edition Scuderia Ferrari Two Face
What do you get when premium eyewear brand Oakley teams up with celebrated motorsport racing team Scuderia Ferrari? A special edition sunglasses line inspired by a commitment to precision and performance. Custom design your lenses with optional polarisation, prescription and glare-reducing lens treatments plus scores of tints to choose from.
Byfield Optics Outback
It’s hard to argue with Byfield’s motto that its sunglasses are the “toughest under the sun”. Check out the video to see what “ballistic rated” means. Byfield is Australian-owned with a military pedigree. The handmade frames feature Byfield’s “Liquid Armour” anti-fracture system. The Outback will protect your eyes when you have the chainsaw out to clear a track in the High Country.
Anti-fog A chemical treatment that stops condensation and fog from building up on the inside of your lenses.
Anti-reflective A thin, hard coating on the inside of your lens that stops reflected light from bouncing back on your eye, which can cause eye strain and ghost images.
Mineral glass lens Hard, durable, distortion-free lens made from ground mineral glass. Highly resistant to fine scratches from dust and dirt.
Oleophobic A chemical treatment on the outside surface of the lens which makes it easier to clean. It aso acts to prevent water, oil, grease, fingerprints and dirt from sticking to the lens.
Photochromic technology Molecules which react to UV light embedded in the lens. They change shape when exposed to UV rays, becoming darker and blocking the rays. Photochromic lenses adjust automatically to changing light conditions from dawn to dusk, minimising eye-strain and optimising vision.
Polarised lenses Lenses which have a filter to block horizontal light, allowing only vertical light through. When light is scattered off your windscreen, bonnet, the road or fog, it is reflected at many angles. The horizontal light creates glare. Polarisation reduces eye-strain and improves clarity of vision.
Polycarbonate lens Lightweight, impact-resistant lens made from a synthetic resin. The qualities of the lens (anti-scratch, durability, weight) can vary depending on the composition.