COSTA SUN­GLASSES SLACK TIDE

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OUR TAKE Sunny, shady, cloudy, snowy, windy, and rainy were among the con­di­tions we faced while wear­ing the Slack Tides—and they met the chal­lenge. Costa caters to fish­er­men, but that ocean DNA—clar­ity and glare re­duc­tion—trans­lates well to win­ter use. The key is twofold: The wide, rec­tan­gu­lar frames of­fer enough cov­er­age to block glare off the snow, while ver­sa­tile, green-mir­rored lenses have a cop­per base for high con­trast in muted con­di­tions. (Though we think the Green Mir­ror lens is best for win­ter and all-around use, the Slack Tides are avail­able in six other op­tions.) The lenses fit faces of all sizes, but one smaller-faced tester re­ported that the arms didn’t sit right on her ears.

TRAIL CRED “The Slack Tide never slipped, even when I was work­ing hard, boot­ing up a sun-warmed couloir,” one tester says, cred­it­ing the rub­ber nose pad. “They fogged at the edges when I stopped mov­ing, but al­most im­me­di­ately cleared back up, thanks to the tem­ple vents.” Start­ing at $209; 1 oz.; costa­sun­glasses.com

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