Jessica is a caffeine dependent life form that can often be found helping with Fuse events, sending out emails, watching cat videos, giving away all of our stuff, or answering your questions on social media.
Jessica is a caffeine dependent life form that can often be found helping with Fuse events, sending out emails, watching cat videos, giving away all of our stuff, or answering your questions on social media.
All About Visible Light Transmission

All About Visible Light Transmission

So, what is visible light transmission?

You may have noticed on every single one of our sunglass lens listings we have a category number listed. You might be asking yourself, what does this mean? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

The category number refers to the visible light transmission (or VLT). This simply refers to what percentage of ambient light is allowed to pass through your sunglass lenses (aka how dark the sunglass lenses are). For instance, our Clear lenses have a VLT of 100%. This means that 100% of the visible light passes through them (because they’re clear). The darker your lenses get, the smaller that percentage becomes (and the higher category they are included in) because they are letting in less light. This number does not refer to how protective the lenses are, just how dark they are.  

VLT is affected both by lens color and the coatings that are put on top of the lenses. You can have the same grey base lens, but if you add a mirror to one of them, it will change the way the lens allows light to pass through, and thus affects the darkness of the lens. But, you don’t have to worry about figuring it out on your own – we list the category number of every one of our sunglass lenses, remember?

There are 5 categories of VLT that your sunglasses can fall under. You may see the cut offs vary from source to source, but the categories are generally accepted. Those categories are as follows:


Glacier Mirror Replacement Lenses

Our Glacier Mirrors are dark enough for a bright day out on the boat!

Category 0: 80 – 100%


Category 1: 46 – 79 %


Category 2: 18 – 45 %


Category 3: 10 – 17 %


Category 4: 3 – 9 %

Now, let me break it down for you.

Category 0: 80 – 100%

Very Low Light/Night

As I mentioned before, our clear lenses would fit into this category. Our clear lenses let in 100% of the light around you, making them ideal for night time when you don’t need any darkening power. Our Gaming lens (yellow tinted with our Ion backside coating) also fits in here. Obviously, you can wear these lenses outside and at other times during the day, you’ll just have to squint a little. Your eyes will still protected though – all of our lenses, even our clear lenses, are 100% UV protected!


Category 1: 46 – 79%

Low Light

Lenses in this category are great for lower-light conditions or  basically anytime you want lenses but aren’t out in the blazing sun. Our Photochromic (Darkening) lenses start out in this category and darken as you spend time outside.


Category 2: 18 – 45%

General Use

Lenses that fall into this category are great for everyday use – errands, driving, looking cool – you name it. Sunglasses in this category darken your view enough to increase eye comfort but are still bright enough to be able to see exactly what you are doing. All of our fashion gradients fall into this category, they are a perfect choice for a day out on the town. Our yellow polarized lenses also fall into this category. Yellow polarized increases color contrast and can help your view drastically on hazy days. 


Category 3: 10 – 17%

Strong Light

A majority of Fuse Lenses fall into this category. Lenses in this range are great for sports, going to the beach, fishing, and other outdoor activities. These lenses cut through bright light and but are still perfectly suitable for driving. Just a few examples are our Cosmic mirror, Cascade mirror, Nova mirror, brown tinted lenses, and more.


Category 4: 3 – 9%

Very Strong Light

Lenses from this category, you won’t find in retail stores often. They are commonly specialized lenses for activities that require more darkening and glare reduction then most people need. We sometimes have one or two lenses that creep into this category – just know that the darkest we can (legally) sell is 8% VLT, so don’t be crazy. We want you to be comfortable, but still be able to see. 


So, there you have it. VLT categories all broken down! If this is too much and you just want to know what lens is the best for fishing, driving on cloudy days, or what our darkest lens is – just ask us! Email us your questions anytime at and we’d be happy to help you out.

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Can’t Sleep? Wear Sunglasses

Can’t Sleep? Wear Sunglasses

If you thought that wearing sunglasses at night was reserved for the celebrities or other cool people among us, you might be surprised. There is now a growing number of scientists joining this club.


Some sleep experts believe that wearing sunglasses before going to bed may help regulate your circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms help determine our sleep patterns. It’s basically your body’s clock. It uses melatonin production and other factors to tell you when to be awake or asleep.


In general, light exposure determines this pattern in the human body. It’s historically more useful to be awake when there is sunlight out. So, the body aims to be awake during the day and asleep at night. Make’s sense, right? However, artificial light – think the cell phones, laptops, and TVs we can’t seem to ever look away from – can disrupt these patterns.


The general idea is that if artificial light is disrupting this pattern, artificial darkness might help get it back on track. We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep is – it can help you be more productive, more creative, and help remove toxicities in your body. So, if you are someone who can’t seem to fall asleep, you might want to give it a shot. We suggest getting a yellow, brown, or amber base lens. Then, just throw on your shades 2 hours before bed time. Sweet Dreams! 


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Why Florida is OKAY

Why Florida is OKAY

We recently heard that a certain someone, *cough cough* Thrillist, decided to put Florida at the bottom of a list ranking all 50 states. We get you, we know that sometimes Florida can be… you know. Especially with Florida Man running around and all the hurricanes and what not. But, we do think Florida is pretty great and here’s why:

Beaches, hello?

According to the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida has 663 miles of beaches, with a total Coastline of 1,197 miles. So that’s literally 663 miles where you can chill, drink in hand, and do nothing all day long. In fact, Florida has the largest coastline – more than Cali and even more than Hawaii. Unfortunately, our coastline is quite a bit smaller than Alaska’s – 

but, since it’s very cold up there, I’m not counting them. You can bring any disputes about this directly to me.

No Snow

Sure, some days it feels like you’re walking out into a literal sauna. But, just think about the good times – the winter. The weather hardly dips below a pleasant 60 degrees, and there is not one ounce of snow that you have to shovel or drive through. I don’t even know what a snow tire looks like. We can swim and wear tank tops all year long – that’s enough to make any other state jealous. Hashtag – what is a heating bill?


Yes, I said sandwiches. First, I’ll start with the Cuban sandwich. Whether it came into being in Tampa or Miami, one definitely can’t argue that it is authentically delicious. The Cuban bread, the ham, the roast pork, the Swiss cheese, the pickles, the mustard – I see absolutely nothing wrong here. Second, I will take that and raise you a Pub Sub. If you haven’t ran to a Publix before the beach or on your lunch break and subsequently bit into deli deliciousness, you are missing out. While Pub Subs, like the Cuban, are also found elsewhere nowadays, you have the Sunshine State to thank for them. So, on behalf of everyone here – you’re welcome.

Disney World

It might be a sweaty, kid infested nightmare to some. But, just think about the children. Kids literally cry with joy at the thought of making a journey to the sacred Mouse’s kingdom. Plus, if Disney isn’t your jive we’ve got Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure, LEGOLAND, Seaworld, and I could go on.


I was first going to tell you about the crystal clear springs ripe for exploring and diving. But, then I remembered we have Manatees that habitat some of those places. Not only are they Florida’s state animal, but they are also called sea cows – which just sounds so dang cute. Plus, they are some of the calmest and most gentle creatures on the planet. Manatees are a Florida win for sure.

Honorable Mentions

Let me just list some bonus things: Oranges, Key lime pie, sunsets, craft beer, St. Augustine, and Fuse Lenses. Just throwing this out here – without Florida, how are you going to upgrade your dingy old sunglasses?


So, there you have it. Here are just a few reasons why Florida is pretty dang awesome. Bash on us all you want, but Florida is here to stay and be considerably more awesome than most other states. Or – at the very least – more noticeable.

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Should kids wear sunglasses?

Should kids wear sunglasses?

Picture this – You’re about to walk out the door. You’re going to a neighborhood child’s birthday party. You open the door and promptly get blinded by the bright sunlight outside. You squint a bit, then reach for your favorite pair of sunglasses (hopefully with fresh Fuse Lenses). Then, you turn around and usher your precious child out the door with you. Are they wearing sunglasses too? If you’re anything like almost 70% of parents, the thought may have not even crossed your mind. But, this is a serious problem. Check out some reasons below why you need to always have a pair of kiddie glasses on hand:

Because their eyes are little and precious.

Kids are still developing (duh). And while some parts are no brainers, like their height or teeth for example, their eyes are still developing too! Children’s ocular lenses do not yet filter UV light as effectively as adults. Meaning each stream of light passing through their eyes is just that much more harmful to them as it would be to you. I think we all know what can happen to eyes after prolonged UV exposure – and it ain’t pretty. Plus, unlike sunburns of the skin, there are very little visible warning signs for a sunburnt cornea. 


Because of recess.

Children spend a lot of time outside. Recess, playgrounds, birthday parties, and sports teams alike all take children out into the elements. You may think hats are a good fix, but they only protect from the sun above – reflected light from puddles, concrete, or other surfaces are still letting dangerous light into their eyes. It’s even been said that around half of our lifetime sun exposure could come from the first 20 years of life.


Because they’re still learning.

Most children haven’t learned the effects of sun exposure yet. They don’t know where skin cancer comes from. They probably don’t know what UV stands for. So, they probably also stare into the sun more than they should. You can start teaching children now what the sun can do to them and how they can protect themselves! This will not only give you something to talk to your kids about besides Paw Patrol, but will also help build healthy habits that they will use for years to come. 


Because it’s not even that expensive.

You don’t need to buy a 4-year-old expensive Ray-Bans to protect his eyes. (Although they do have kid’s sunglasses and that is definitely a possibility if you have an extra $100 or so burning a hole in your pocket). Even a cheap pair of sunglasses can do the trick. However, you always want to check that they have 100% UV protection, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses, and a comfortable fit.




So, if today you were thinking about whether or not you should spring for sunglasses for the whole family – we say, stop thinking and just do it! Grab a pair for you, for Grandma, Dad, and especially little Jimmy. Everyone may not appreciate it at first, but in years to come when they do not have degenerating eye tissues, they will (maybe?) remember you. Plus, you will know what frames they have for a guaranteed best gift ever – Fuse Lenses.



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Coastal Clean Up

Coastal Clean Up

Fuse Lenses teamed up with Keep Pinellas Beautiful to participate in the International Coastal Clean Up! Every year, the Ocean Conservancy leads a international movement to clean up our communities and track the kinds and amounts of trash found. Like a typical beach clean-up, we were out there putting in the work with gloves and trash bags. Unlike a typical clean-up, one member of each group had to tally every single item we picked up! After, the Ocean Conservancy receives that data. They use the data to find out (and hopefully combat) the most common litter items. Pretty cool, right?

All Smiles

Getting Ready

This year, the Fuse Crew tackled Honeymoon Island State Park. Honeymoon Island is by no means a trashy beach. But, what we found in just a few short hours would surprise you.

Cigarette ButtCigarette Butts really took the cake, we found 741 in total. Some other notable litter we found was bottle caps, plastic pieces, food wrappers, drink containers, and plastic bags. Some of the weirder things we found were flip flops, golf balls, and glasses – although, they do make sense for Florida.

Family Searching for Trash


If you didn’t make it to this clean up, you can still make a positive impact! Pick up trash when you see it – it does make a difference. Also, don’t create it! 85% of litter is the result of individual action. So, don’t be a piece of trash and drop it on the ground. Always, always find a proper place to dispose of your trash.

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The Final Race: Petit Le Mans

The Final Race: Petit Le Mans

Fuse Lenses Mini Car


Earlier this month marked the end of the race season for our favorite Mini driver, #FuseAthlete Dr. Jay. The Fuse crew made the long road trip up to Road Atlanta in Georgia.  Petit Le Mans is one of the largest races in the Southeastern United States. The main event is a 10 hour endurance race on the last day. While unfortunately, a crash took the Fuse car out of commission before that, we still had a great time. Like always, the Fuse crew was out there cutting lenses, giving away free stuff and keeping the party going with the help of our awesome DJs: The Time Travlrs!


Thanks to everyone who stopped by, bought lenses, or just hung out with us and the Fuse Girls at the booth.

Road Atlanta Collage


Dr.Jay and his team were also racing with a very special reason, bringing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each car featured a name on a pink ribbon of someone lost too soon. This month Fuse is also working to help give hope to those in need. For each pair of Bella lenses sold until 11/30/17 we will be donating $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Breast Cancer Awareness



Photography/ Video by:
David Martino Photography and Kanga Marketing

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What are you doing with your Eclipse Glasses?

What are you doing with your Eclipse Glasses?

The Great American Eclipse 2017 was one of the most anticipated astronomical events, maybe ever. But, it is now in the past. If you’re anything like me, you are stuck with eclipse glasses that you have no idea what to do with. You can throw them in the trash; but then you may get haunting nightmares about global warming and trash-filled oceans. You can try and save them for the 2024 Eclipse; but if you’re being real with yourself, how are you going to remember where you put some cardboard glasses for 7 years?



So, now I present you with a third, feel-good option – donate them.
While last Monday’s eclipse was probably the most hyped up eclipse in our history, they actually happen pretty often! Astronomers without Borders is helping communities that may not have access to eclipse glasses get prepared. They will be collecting and testing eclipse glasses before sending them to schools and institutions across the globe for free! Right now, they are getting prepared to send glasses to South America and southeastern Asia which will both experience eclipses less than 2 years away in 2019.



If this sounds good to you, throw your glasses in an envelope and send them to:
AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762



We hope you keep those eclipse glasses out of landfills and junk drawers and do your good deed for the day.
You can read more about the Astronomers without Borders Eclipse Glasses Donation Program here.

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Tony Carroll | Pro Wakeboarder

Tony Carroll | Pro Wakeboarder

Tony Carroll Wakeboarding
  • AGE // 27

Living the Dream

Getting ready to shred

One fateful day 15 years ago, some kid in Tony Carroll’s class asked if he wanted to go to the

 lake – and the rest is history. Fast forward to today and Tony is now the kick-ass wakeboarder we all know and love. Originally a California native, he packed up and moved to Florida to get a place right on Clear Lake. Now Tony spends every chance he can get doing what he loves; either shredding his home lake with friends or traveling the world for competitions, meeting more awesome people along the way.  

jumping the wake

While Tony lives everyday with no regrets, probably the only thing he would change would be to somehow gain the ability to fly – since that would definitely make his life easier. Either way, he promises to keep getting better every single day, on or off the water. He lives his life with one philosophy; If you’re more fortunate than others, build a longer table instead of a taller fence. You can be sure there will always be a place at Tony’s table for you. You’ll just have to squeeze in somewhere between his friends, who flock to his house for Tony’s cooking after a long day hanging at the lake.


The Fuse Crew has already spent one day on the lake with Tony and his grilling skills. We have to say – we can’t wait for more. Welcome to the Fuse team Tony!


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How to Not Go Blind During the Solar Eclipse

How to Not Go Blind During the Solar Eclipse

In case you haven’t heard, it’s dangerous to stare directly at the sun.

On August 21st, 2017, hundreds of thousands of people across the Continental United States will be doing exactly what their mothers warned them not to do – staring directly at the sun. Staring at the sun on a normal day is fairly bad and can cause plenty of UV-related issues to your eyes. However, on the day of the “Great American Solar Eclipse”, the sunlight will be even more dangerous. Looking at a partial eclipse can literally burn the image into the back of your eye. Scary, right? Well, don’t worry – there is a safe way to view the eclipse! Check out some tips below:


  1. Plan Ahead
    Just head over to NASA and you can see the exact path the sun will be taking! Knowing the times can help you plan a party or viewing, know when to grab your glasses, and help you be prepared. For traveling, remember that crowds will be all heading toward totality so accurately plan for extra traffic; that way you aren’t stuck on the freeway during this one in a lifetime event.
  2. Solar Eclipse Glasses
    As much as we know you love your Fuse lenses, even our darkest lens (which is Fuse +Plus Glacier BTW) lets in around 8% of light. In contrast, eclipse viewing 
    glasses only let in about 0.003% of light as well as reducing radiation. These are specialty glasses that you absolutely need if you plan on looking up, even if you do not live in the path of totality. 
  3. Test Them!
    A lot of manufacturers know that Americans are jumping on the solar eclipse wagon and are unfortunately pumping out glasses without accurate testing and false ISO ratings. To ensure your glasses are safe, you can check out the American Astronomical Society’s list of reputable dealers here. When you put them on, they should be so dark that you can not see anything at all – no other light sources – until you look up at the sun.
  4. Keep Them On!
    If you live in the path of totality, you can take off your glasses ONLY during the totality phase of the eclipse. Even the slightest band of sunlight peeking through is still very dangerous to your eyes! Keep the glasses on until your vision is totally blacked out; then, you know it’s safe to take them off (but only for a minute or two).
  5. Save the Puppies! (Or Not)
    OK, I’ll admit the first thing I googled was whether or not my dog needs solar eclipse glasses. However, most pets should be good! It definitely wouldn’t hurt to affix them with a pair (and it would make for a cute picture). But, on a normal day how often do you stare at the sun? Probably zero times because it hurts. Our animals are the same way and they likely won’t know the difference between E-Day and any other day. I would just limit outside time, leave them at home while you’re at eclipse viewing parties, and keep the blinds shut.
  6. Be Camera Wary
    It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience that some people probably want a picture of. However, looking through cameras and binoculars, even with eclipse glasses on, concentrates and magnifies light – which is very dangerous. Many companies sell eclipse filters for your camera so you can eclipse-proof your equipment! You will need one if you plan on photographing this event. However, because of the distance, brightness, and many other factors it can be hard to get a good eclipse picture. Unless you are a professional, maybe just spend your time enjoying the eclipse instead of being frustrated behind the lens. 

We hope this helps you safely view the eclipse. We definitely aren’t eclipse experts; if you are interested in having the best eclipse experience possible, we recommend you go check out Eclipse-101 at NASA has everything you’ll need to know and will even have a live stream of the eclipse on the 21st! 


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Busted! Common Myths About Sunglasses

Busted! Common Myths About Sunglasses

With summer in full swing, many will be or have been reaching for their favorite summer accessory – shades. However, there are a lot of misconceptions floating around about sunglasses. Of course, we know that you know better because you read our blog! So, this summer when you hear a naive sunglass-wearer utter a falsity about their sunglasses – you will know how to respond.

They say: “Darker Lenses offer more sun protection.”

You say: Wrong! Darker lenses offer the same UV protection as their lighter counterparts. Darker lenses can be more comfortable to wear, especially in bright light, since they significantly decrease the amount of light passing through the lens. This can work against you though if you do not make sure that you are buying sunglasses or lenses from a reputable dealer. Since your pupils are more dilated behind dark lenses, if your lenses do not have proper UV protection, harmful UV rays can flow right into your eyes.


They say: “Polarized lenses are better for your eyes than regular lenses.”

You say: Nah. If you don’t know what polarized lenses are, you can read up on them here. The short of it is that polarized lenses vastly improve comfort and clarity by blocking annoying glare and increasing contrast. While polarized lenses are definitely recommended due to this fact, they do actually offer the same amount of UV protection as their non-polarized counterparts.


They say: “Sun Damage to the eyes is temporary.”

You say: Not Always… Sometimes, some cases of eye sun damage can be temporary – like certain cases of snow blindness. However, most damage develops over time, over a lifetime of UV exposure, and becomes irreversible. Sun exposure contributes to macular degeneration, cataracts, and many other conditions.


They say: “I only need to wear sunglasses in summer when the sun is out.”

You say: Try again! Your eyes need protection year round. Yes, even on cloudy, rainy, blah days. Mornings and evenings have more reflected light that can make it straight into your eyes. Light bouncing off of snow is extra harmful. Wearing polarized lenses in the rain can actually help you see! Does that cover all of the excuses? You just have to check out your lenses’ Visual Light Transmission (or VLT) to make you’ll still be able to see out of your shades on those dark, gloomy days.


They say: “My child is fine without sunglasses.”

You say: Child abuse! (Just kidding please don’t say that). However, a very significant portion of UV damage can happen before a child is 18! Think about it – kids are outside SO much. Each time they go outside, the UV rays are working their way into their little eyeballs. You give your kid knee pads while he’s learning to ride a bike, why not throw some sunglasses on him too? A bonus is that the shatterproof polycarbonate lenses can help protect their face and eyes if their bike kicks up a few rocks along the way.


They say: “Sunglasses are sunglasses. Style or lens color doesn’t matter.”

You say: *Gasp* How dare you? Different styles and lens colors can have awesome benefits. For instance, wrap-style glasses are perfect for blocking sunlight at any angle while bike riding or playing sports. Different lens colors can then help up your game by increasing certain color contrasts. For instance, golfers often prefer amber-rose lenses, like our F30, and hunters look and perform sharp in yellow tinted lenses that can help enhance visibility in low-light conditions. By the way, Fuse has a ton of lens colors that you can test out and find out your favorite lens for all kinds of activities.


There you have it! A few common misconceptions about sunglasses, debunked. Now – when anyone starts muttering lies about UV protection, you’ll know what to say. Plus, we’re here to back you up whenever you need. Email us anytime at

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Three Tips to Find Your New Favorite Sunglasses

Three Tips to Find Your New Favorite Sunglasses

With summer rapidly approaching, seemingly everyone is scrambling for a pair of sunglasses to shield their eyes from the intense UV rays to come. Obviously, we all want to look our best in the number one go-to summer accessory (sunglasses). One way to figure this out is figuring out your face shape. However, this is a process not everyone has the motivation to go through. Not to worry – here are three surefire tips for finding the perfect pair of summer sunglasses for you, the fastest and easiest way.


#3 Size Matters:
Especially when you are shopping online and can’t try on the frames, always check the description to find the sizing. Some frames are made with wider faces in mind, and are sized accordingly. You don’t want to have your petite features swimming in an oversized frame that won’t stay on.


#2 Balance is Key:
A tried and true rule to sunglass shopping is to find a shape that’s opposite of your features. This creates balance on your face and will help compliment your looks. If you have a rounded face, a rectangular frame can help ground you. And, the opposite is true – if you have more angular face a round frame can soften your features.

#1 Pull from your Past:
Not every new season requires a brand new frame. We all have shades we hold near and dear to our hearts – the ones that match every outfit and every adventure. (Or we at least have a few pairs we used to like hiding in a junk drawer somewhere). Fuse Lenses is here to help you update your old faves and get them looking fresh and summer ready.

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Sunglasses are all about fashion… right?

Sunglasses are all about fashion… right?



Actually, I’m not sure if anyone really believes that sunglasses are only for fashion since everyone knows they serve another important purpose – protecting your eyes! However, I am sure that not many people really understand why you can get sunglasses with so many base tints. You can get a brown, green, grey, rose, yellow, and more! And, I’m happy to report – it isn’t just a marketing scheme.

Each of these tints help accentuate colors and create contrast in the world around you. So, at first when you try on a pair with a more copper tint, you may feel a little strange – like you’re viewing the world with a copper sheen. However, you should still be able to accurately recognize colors for what they are, and you should notice the increased contrast. This can help you gain an edge in many sports and outdoor activities, especially those in which you are traveling fast – where you may not be able to identify all the dips and dangers on your path.

As to which you tint should choose, I hate to say that it really is up to personal preference. If you haven’t tried any different tints out, do! A good starting point is looking at whether you’ll be on even or uneven terrain. Browns, roses, and yellows are suggested for athletes with uneven terrain. For instance, if you are a trail runner or cycle through the woods you may benefit from the increased contrast these lenses have to offer. If you are running, cycling, skateboarding, or even just walking fast on the even terrain of a road or sidewalk, a grey tint will work just fine and provide a nice, neutral view. This is also why most of our mirror lenses are on grey bases. This allows for maximum versatility, all while staying flashy. 
You can check out our lens colors here. If you need more help choosing the best tint for your activity, check out this blog post or you can always email our customer service team at for help!  

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