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The Best Sunglasses for Your Calgary Staycation

With COVID 19 happening this summer, many Calgarians have turned from vacations abroad to staycations local.  Did you know that Calgary is the sunniest place in all of Canada? Calgary averages 333 sunny days and 2396 hours of Sunshine per year! So get out your sunglasses, because it looks like if you’re going to have to stay home this summer, sunny Calgary is the place to be!

Get your sunglasses ready!

This brings me to my topic, Sunglasses!  Have you ever wondered if there really is a difference between expensive sunglasses that you buy at an optical store versus the sunglasses you purchase at any other store? Well, I used to be the person who bought just any plain pair of sunglasses. The cheaper the better! This was because I tended to lose my sunglasses and didn’t really see the value of investing money in a more expensive pair. But, since working in the optical industry at the Glenmore Landing Vision Center I have bought some higher-end sunglasses. And let me tell you there IS a difference in quality!  And since I’ve spent more on my sunglasses, thankfully I haven’t lost one pair – this is probably because now I see the true value in my sunglasses.

Have you heard of the Sunglass brand Maui Jim?

My favorite sunglasses which we carry in our office are Maui Jims.  Maui Jim Sunglasses all have polarized lenses. If you aren’t aware, polarized lenses eliminate blinding glare from the sun, water, snow, etc. They also block 100% of harmful UV rays.  In my opinion, Maui Jim sunglasses also have optically superior lenses to look through. The best thing about Maui Jim sunglasses is that they boost colors, making greens greener and everything so crisp and clear.  All of their sunglass lenses also have high-end coatings to prevent scratching and reduce glare as well.

Endless Options with Maui Jim

Maui Jim SunglassesThe options are endless with Maui Jim.  There are 4 lens colors you can choose from; grey, bronze, rose, and green. Each lens color is designed with a specific purpose. The grey lens is for those people with high light sensitivity, who like to have the least amount of light coming through their lenses. The grey lens also keeps colours looking truest. The bronze and rose lenses aren’t as dark as the grey lens as they let in a bit more visible light. These lenses are great for cloudy days and at dawn and dusk.  They also perform well when worn on full sunny days too.  The green lens lets in the most amount of visible light and is specifically designed for golfers. This lens allows you to have incredible depth perception which in turn should help take strokes off your score.  It is also great for those who don’t like to darken their vision at all with sunglasses but still have their eyes well protected.

If you still have questions about how to choose the best colour of sunglass lens for yourself, click here!

Maui Jim also has several full fashion mirrors tints that you can choose from. The mirror color tints include blue, pink, and green mirror as well as dual mirrors that are gold-silver, blue-silver, and silver-black.  Not to mention, Maui Jim has a great selection of different frames to choose from. Having the ability to mix and match prescription lenses in all these different lens colors and mirrors with stylish frames makes for endless options.

Maui jim also allows you to choose from a bi-gradient mirror which very subtly mimics the squint of our eyes so you get the most light through the center, allowing your eyes to relax, or a single gradient where the lens is darker on top, lighter at the bottom allowing the light to come in where needed the most.

I just can’t say enough about Maui Jim Sunglasses, and to top it all off, their warranty is amazing!

Come in to see us today so we can get you set you up with your first, or 10th pair of Maui Jims!!  You’ll definitely see and feel the difference!  Happy Staycationing!

Article was written by Chantelle Davidson,


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