Most sunglass reviews address fit, feel, and looks, but what about function? How effective are various sunglasses at providing a clear view without distortion while blocking UV light? Here, I put 33 glasses to two tests.

Decades ago, an Oakley representative brought an apparatus to VeloNews to showcase sunglass clarity — or lack thereof. The fixture had two lasers, set eye-width apart, that converged on a single spot on a wall across the room. He put sunglasses of various brands in front of the lasers. Every pair caused the single spot to split into two red spots — except the Oakley glasses, of course.

The Oakley rep claimed that, due to Oakley’s 1989 patent on “XYZ lens” tapering

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