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I have always been a proponent of el-cheapo sunglasses, my theory being if I lost them or broke them my monetary loss was sub-$15. However, lately the sub-par quality has been getting on my nerves. The cheapos seem to all be "polarized", but the polarized coating is terrible. I tried a friends Costas and really liked them. I was amazed at how much better I could see the water. Maybe it's time for me to pony up to alleviate my aggravation factor.

Anyone have brand/type suggestions?

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Foster Grant off the local drug store rack. Honestly, cannot tell the difference between them and the $200 Ray Bans which went in the drink back in July. In my view, when you buy a high-end pair of glasses or sunglasses, you are simply paying for the name on the side. Like buying a "coach" purse or some such thing.
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I love my Maui Jims on the boat and I have Serengetis for the car. Both of these are a lot more than throwaways so one takes care not to lose them.
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I don't leave home without my Native sunglasses. I have the Hardtop XP. Lenses, arms, nose piece are all replaceable and it came with a second set of lenses and arms (or whatever the things are called that keep them on).

Judging by the reverse raccoon eyes I am now sporting, the UV protection works.

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The one ABSOLUTELY key factor is that they filter out the harmful UV A and B.

Never mind how cool they look.
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Raybans! I have plastic framed plastic lenses. This because I find the heavier glass and metal frames too uncomfortable. Polarized is the minimum of high tech coatings that deliver a real benefit. Not only enabling you to see thru glare, but protecting your eyes from harmful effects of the sun. Mine were about $150.

Tofosi Sunglasses for sports. These run in the $50 to $75 range. They have one line called Fototec, which are polarized and adjust to lighting conditions. For example, when mountain biking and moving from bright sunlight into dark woods the lenses lighten up. They are also vented, big help with fogging when you are working up a sweat in cold weather. Buy online, at REI, or bike and Ski shops world wide.

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If you go with Polarized glasses and use an iPad, take your iPad with you when you try the glasses on. One thing Apple got wrong (at least on the iPad 2) is the polarization. When the polarized iPad screen and polarized sunglasses come together, there is a point when they cancel each other out and the screen appears to be completely dark (as if turned off). On Android tabs, that typically would be when you hold the display at a 45 degree angle. That is, you can see it fine in portrait and landscape mode, but not if holding it halfway between. With the iPad 2, it is blank in portrait mode. You can see it fine in landscape... just not portrait mode. :-( (and you can see it fine holding it at 45 degree angle which, of course, is of no value).

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... However, lately the sub-par quality has been getting on my nerves. The cheapos seem to all be "polarized", but the polarized coating is terrible....
I think you are confusing a mirror coating with polarizing. The effect is different and you need to decide what you want. Polarization is anti-reflected glare and mirror coatings are more anti-UV/blue. Easy to tell apart by their reaction to LCD screens.

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Regarding the Ipad -the techie term for the screen going black is extinction. it can be set by the manufacturer. Though i don't know exactly what "it" is.
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I have polarized, blue lens Wiley X's and they are fantastic...
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