Top Sunglass Manufacturers

  • Black Flys
  • Bolle'
  • Cebe
  • Costa Del Mar
  • Eyehawk
  • Maui Jim
  • Native Eyewear
  • Oakley
  • Ray-Ban
  • Revo
  • Serengeti
  • Sexx Vision
  • Shields
  • Sun Tiger
  • Vuarnet

Imposters

Then there are the imposters. You go to a discount shop or a flea market and see vendors offering sunglasses that look exactly the same as the high-dollar brand names for a fraction of the cost. Are you really paying that much for a name or are there fundamental differences between the look-alike sunglasses and the brand-name ones?

The biggest problem with cheap sunglasses is in the way the lenses are made. Inexpensive sunglasses have lenses made of ordinary plastic with a thin tinted coating on them. While the tint color and a similar frame design may make them look like Oakley X-Metal Romeos or Ray-Ban Predators, the actual lenses are very different. You will learn exactly how different they are, and how important the differences are, in the following sections.

Keep reading for a complete description of specific technologies like polarization, photochromic lenses, anti-reflective coatings and so on.