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Serious Floating Shades

Stuff going over the side is one of the hazards of sailing, but these new “Floater” polarized photochromic shades from Australia’s Barz Optics provide hope by staying at the surface, even in rougher conditions. Though not as well known as some other brands, Barz shades are affordable, comfortable, durable and effective in a wide range of conditions, with performance to match that of many other pricier brands on the market. Three different frame styles are available, including a cool “faux” carbon-fiber weave. The glasses’ polarized photochromic lenses darken in full sun or lighten when the clouds roll in. $80.

Barz Optics, barzoptics.com

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