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The 5 Best Sunglasses for Sports

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Yes, your Wayfarer sunglasses are classic. Unfortunately, they’re not the best shades to wear when you get sweaty (which you’ve probably realized if you’ve ever worn them on a jog and spent the entire outing pushing them back up your nose). But you don’t have to give up on sunnies when you’re active al fresco. Athletic sunglasses have come a long way, now sporting more fashionable designs, advanced materials, and features tailored to specific activities. Whether you’re getting outside this summer to go cycling or do some stand up paddleboarding, there’s a pair for you. Read on for our top picks.

1. BEST FOR RUNNING: NIKE VAPORWING ELITE; $395

Nike has thought of everything a runner needs with this new style. They’re ultra-light, so they won’t bounce with every step you take, and a floating nose pad also helps absorb shock while letting air flow—meaning your sweat won’t fog up the lenses and make the shades slip off your nose. Rubbery panels along your temples help keep them in place, too. One very cool feature: The lenses are a single piece, with no plastic bar between your eyes, so you get a totally clear view of the road ahead.

2. BEST FOR ROAD CYCLING: SMITH PIVLOCK ARENA MAX; $159

Smith added a larger, single-piece lens to these sunglasses for increased coverage and ultimate visibility on the road. This lightweight pair comes with two interchangeable lenses, so you can pop one out and slip in another based on how bright the sun is during your ride. The nosepiece is adjustable for a comfortable, customized fit, and the arms gently adhere to the skin around your temples—so they stay firmly in place as you pedal.

3. BEST FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING: OAKLEY EVZERO RANGE PRIZM TRAIL; $170

Grippy pads on the arms and nosepiece mean the shades stay in place when you get sweaty, no matter how bumpy the ride, while Plutonite Lenses filter 100 percent of UV rays. But the best part (and what makes these a top pick for off-road riding) is that Oakley’s Prizm technology enhances the browns and reds of dirt and makes the greens of grass and shrubbery pop. So if you’re riding on dirt and grass, it’s easier to spot transitions—making you less likely to wipe out. 

4. BEST FOR TRIATHLONS: ROKA PHANTOM; $275 (AVAILABLE JUNE 10)

This brand-new pair from triathlon-gear brand ROKA looks like your typical aviators but has high-tech features that make the pair a smart pick for biking and running. For one, grippy strips on the nose pads and arms keep them in place but won’t snag on your hair. They’re also available with polarized lenses to help cut down on glare. Plus, they’re way more stylish than typical athletic sunglasses—so you’ll look good in those finish line photos.

5. BEST FOR WATER SPORTS: VUARNET GLACIER [PDF]; $600

Unlike most sunglasses, these boast lenses made of mineral glass; they’re incredibly scratch-resistant, clear, and reduce glare from the sun and light reflected off water. Plus, a coating helps prevent fog and a buildup of sweat or sunscreen. Leather patches on the sides block light (though you can pop them off if you prefer), and a cord attached to the arms can be tied at the back of your head for an extra-snug fit. Oh, and Daniel Craig wore them in the latest James Bond film (pictured at top)—so you know you’re in good company wearing these bad boys. 

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Want Priority Boarding On Your Alaska Airlines Flight This Holiday Season? Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater
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Between steep fares and crowded terminals, flying during the holidays isn’t fun. But on Friday, December 15, a special Alaska Airlines promotion will ease boarding stress and transform packed planes into mile-high ugly sweater parties, in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the airline will offer free early boarding to travelers willing to don their holiday worst at the airport.

The promotion is good for all Alaska Airlines flights in the airline’s 115-city network, and for flights offered by Virgin America and Horizon Air (both of which are operated by Alaska Airlines). In addition to escaping the waiting crowds, passengers who share the most festive knitted looks will be featured on Alaska Air's social media pages if they tag their photos and videos using the hashtags #UglySweaterDay and #MostWestCoast. And since no plane aisle-turned-catwalk is complete without a soundtrack, “festive holiday-themed boarding music will play all month long to help get guests into the holiday spirit,” according to a press release.

Worried you’ll be the only person on the plane wearing a sequined Rudolph cardigan? Even if other passengers don’t get the memo, airline crew will also be wearing ugly sweaters—so feel free to unleash your inner Chevy Chase from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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