See and Be Seen

Outside Magazine|Summer Buyers' Guide 2020

See and Be Seen
Shades that’ll protect your eyes and turn heads
MIKE STEERE

District Vision Junya $250

Ignore the woo-woo branding. In the hands of this Lower Manhattan–based company, whose glasses are crafted in Japan, eyewear ascends to art, with gracefully curvy, minimalist designs. But the Junya earns our accolades for more than aesthetics. It offers the sharp optics, full protection, and supreme comfort you need for pounding out miles in town and in the mountains, in sun or shade, without resorting to the flashy astronaut looks of so many race frames. The Black Rose synthetic lenses have a purple tint that works in a startling range of bright ness, with incredible acuity and depth of vision in low to medium light. The frames seem small compared with showier shields but provide top-notch coverage and shelter even in gale-force winds. Frosty temples look like skinny icicles and have bendable titanium-wire cores for dialing in fit. Rubber-clad nosepieces hold their position, and the frames’ feathery weight reduces bounce. Beauty is as beauty does—in this case, it does a lot.

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Summer Buyers' Guide 2020