We recently visited our mates at Maui Jim to get the low-down on their collection of stylish sunnies, what makes them so special and the importance of good quality eye protection, not just in summer, but all year round.
Launched in 1980 with humble beginnings in Maui, Hawaii, Maui Jim has gone on to become one of the world’s leading sunglasses brands, and today offers more than 125 styles of exceptional quality sunglasses.
Combining great design with clever technology and engineering, Maui Jim’s sunglasses feature the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2 lens, which offers 100 percent protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, without compromising on the world’s brilliant colours, whether you’re on the beach, in the city or on the slopes.
Did you know that during winter, the sun is at its lowest, meaning it’s also at its most damaging to our eyes? And if you think that any old pair of sunnies will do, you’d better think again because wearing non-protective sunglasses actually does more harm than going without. Shading your eyes will cause your pupils to dilate, but without sufficient UVA and UVB protection, it means your eyes are even more exposed to those harmful rays, and if you’re on the snow, the harsh glare reflecting off the snow can cause serious damage.
Sunglasses that offer exceptional quality and protection such as Maui Jim, which also blocks out 99.9 percent of glare giving you a super-clear view, should be a top priority when packing for the snow. So if you’re willing to invest in good quality snow gear, don’t forget the sunnies.
Here are our favourite Maui Jim looks this season.
This classic square shape features large, black glossy frames contrasted by tortoise temples, oozing high-fashion style. Other colours include Koa Tortoise and Crystal with a Hint of Pink.
A sweet addition to Maui Jim’s flourishing assortment of cat-eye styles, Honey Girl is perfect for those looking for a fashion-forward style perfectly suited for the ski lodge while enjoying a lunch break from the slopes. Available in three unique colours including Dove Grey, Caramel and Blush Pink (pictured).
The epitome of sophistication with perfectly round fronts and extra thick temples, Jasmine delivers a real on-trend look. Featuring SuperThin Glass lenses these sunnies will showcase your world with superior clarity and the most vibrant colours – perfect for capturing your scenic views this ski trip.
Featuring a comfortable lightweight wrap design made of nylon – Barrier Reef is perfect for all-day wear for your long days on the slopes.
Boasting a durable nylon frame material with a rubber inlay, Waterman is the comfortable ski accessory you’re looking for. The Maui Rose lens is perfect for variable conditions and with the highest contrast available, it’s ideal for fast moving sports like snowboarding.
For those living in unavoidable icy areas and seeking a style that’s perfect no matter what the weather, Kahi is the classic choice. Boasting a comfortable wrap design and matte finish, Kahi is a valuable addition to your everyday wardrobe.