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Hot new shades for 2014

Protect your peepers! Not only do sunglasses help you see outside — and under the water — better, but they also help keep debris and hooks out of your eyes. Here are the new styles introduced for 2014.

<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Tuna Alley Costa's Tuna Alley sunglasses won Best of Show in the Eyewear category at ICAST, the world's largest sportfishing trade show. Tuna Alley offers a large, wrap-around fit to protect against outside glare. The front frame vents to alleviate lens fogging, as well as a no-slip interior lining to keep them in place all day. The sunglass is available in tortoise, matte black, white, crystal and blackout, in the full spectrum of Costa 580 lenses.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Big Rush Berkley announced its foray into the sunglass market at ICAST 2013. The Big Rush is one of 12 styles in the company's new line of eyewear. All models retail for between $25 and $45. The Big Rush comes in three frame and lens combinations.
<p><strong>XCalibur<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - XCalibur Jason Christie Signature Series XCalibur has entered the sunglass market, working with one of the season's standout pros, Jason Christie. The Jason Christie Signature Series features six styles of sunglass, plus four lens color options and four frame colors. The lenses are polarized and offer UV protection. It's only $14.99 for a pair of the shades.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Conch Costa Del Mar's Conch offers a comfortable large fit and a super tough frame. The lenses feature 100 percent polarization and UV protection. The wearer can choose glass or plastic lenses in five colors, and the frame comes in palladium or gunmetal. The retail price is $279.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Squad Gill, maker of high-end rainwear, is rolling out a line of shades this year that remedy a problem every angler has had: lost shades. These and the rest of the line float and are 100% polarized and protect you from all the sun's harmful rays Squad comes in black or red and costs $70.
<p><strong>Vicious<span class=
Vicious Vision Victory is one of four new styles in the Vicious Vision lineup. The Xperio UV polarized lenses have a multilayer surface treatment that provides glare elimination, polarization and scratch resistance. They also resist dirt, smudges, oil and water. The Victory is good for small to medium head sizes. Six lens colors are available.
<p><strong>Wiley X<span class=
Wiley X Saint Your reputation doesn't have to be spotless to sport the Saint, one of Wiley X's newest frames. They're polarized and come with all the protection you've come to expect from Wiley X.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Miss Brit Miss Brit is a ladies sunglass with a medium fit. It offers 100 percent polarization and UV protection. The stylish frames come in four colors: tortoise, ocean, coral and squall. Wearers can choose among five lens colors in glass or plastic. You'll pay about $169 for these sunglasses.
<p><strong>Smith Optics<span class=
Smith Optics Frontman Smith's Frontman features thick arms to block out lots of peripheral light and polarized lenses that provide all the UV protection you'll need.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Altus The Altus is one of the models in Berkley's new line of eyewear. It has a thinline performance wrap frame, contoured temples and no-slip nose pads. The lenses are polarized and scratch resistant. Altus has a black frame with three lens color options.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Cayan Costa's Cayan is a stylish rimless sunglass with an extra-large fit. The 580P lenses come in blue mirror and gray, and the frames come in thunder gray and tortoise. Retail price for these sunglasses is $179.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Speed Gill's Speed sunglasses float, so if you drop them in the water, you can still catch them before they go down deep. Speed comes in black or brown, and the lenses are polarized and offer UV protection. It retails for $89.95.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman San Carlos The San Carlos is a stylish addition to the Flying Fisherman Action Angler collection. It's a medium-fit frame that is lightweight and comfortable. It comes in four frame and lens color options. It retails for $21.95 to $29.95.
<p><strong>Vicious Venom</strong></p> <p>Venom is a modern sunglass with periphery protection. It features Xperio UV polarized lenses, which are made with a multilayer surface treatment that cuts glare. The frame comes in black, black/silver and tortoise.</p>
Vicious Venom Venom is a modern sunglass with periphery protection. It features Xperio UV polarized lenses, which are made with a multilayer surface treatment that cuts glare. The frame comes in black, black/silver and tortoise.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Tower Tower by Costa Del Mar has a frame built of Monel, a super tough, corrosion-resistant alloy material. It comes in three frame colors — gunmetal, gold and palladium — and four lens colors. It costs $199. Tower protects eyes from UV rays and is fully polarized.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Spectrum Spectrum sunglasses float, so you don't have to freak out if they go overboard. Plus, the hydrophobic outer coating sheds water and reduces salt residue. The lenses also repel other vision detractors, such as fingerprints, sunscreen and oil. Spectrum comes in matte black or matte dark brown and retails for $89.95.
<p><strong>Wiley X<span class=
Wiley X Static The Static is ideal for smaller faces but still features large lenses for lots of coverage. The lenses are shatterproof and offer 100 percent UV protection and polarization. The wraparound frame comes in matte black with smoke green lenses or pearl while with silver flash lenses.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Prop Wearers can go retro with Costa's new Prop sunglass, based on a classic design from the 1950s. It comes in six frame colors, including one that has a black front and white sides. Choose from four lens colors and two lens models. Prop costs $169.
<p><strong>Yum<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Yum Polarized Sport Optics Yum-branded sunglasses offer 100% UV ray protection and polarized lenses. They cost only $4.99 per pair. Six frame styles and four frame colors are available.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa KC The KC sunglass is a limited-edition frame that was specially designed for country music star Kenny Chesney. It comes in palladium or a custom copper color with Chesney's signature and is fitted with a dark amber lens. Even better? Each pair comes with a Kenny Chesney Kit, which includes a Kenny Chesney visor, bottle opener and lens cleaning cloth. While it lasts, it costs $179.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Tactic Gill's Tactic shades are part of the company's floating sunglasses collection. They come with 100 percent UV protection and polarized lenses. Tactic comes in matte black or silver and costs $89.95.
<p><strong>Typhoon</strong></p> <p>Typhoon is expanding its line of eyewear for female anglers. The Moriah and the Coral are new offerings for the ladies. Each comes in tortoise and black. Typhoon sunglasses come with a lifetime warranty, and the lenses are polarized and offer UV protection.</p>
Typhoon Typhoon is expanding its line of eyewear for female anglers. The Moriah and the Coral are new offerings for the ladies. Each comes in tortoise and black. Typhoon sunglasses come with a lifetime warranty, and the lenses are polarized and offer UV protection.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Apache Berkley Apache is a sport-style semi-rimless sunglass. It has anti-slip temple tips and nose pads. The lenses are polarized and scratch resistant, and they come with Berkley's Revo mirror coating.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Inlet Inlet by Costa Del Mar has a snug, medium fit. The frame is made of durable co-injected nylon. Frame options go from the funky — pomegranate fade and coral — to the traditional black or tortoise. Several lens options and colors are available. The retail price is $169.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman Boca Grande Flying Fisherman has added mirrored lenses to its Boca Grande line of sunglasses. Blue and green mirror are the two mirrored options for the sunglass. Prices for Boca Grande are $139.95 for the original version and $149.95 for the new mirrored version.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Hatch Costa Del Mar's Hatch is a semi-rimless sunglass made with a large fit. The lenses — which come in multiple colors — provide 100 percent UV protection and are polarized. The frame comes in five colors, including a camo option. The retail price is $179.
<p><strong>Rebel <span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Rebel Sportsman's Optics Rebel's new line of sunglasses offers 100% UV ray protection and polarized lenses. A variety of frames and lens colors is available. Each pair costs $9.99.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Edge Gill's Edge sunglass offers glare-free vision and reduced eye fatigue, but its biggest plus is that it is part of Gill's floating sunglass collection. Edge comes in black or brown and costs $89.95.
<p><strong>Vicious Vengeance</strong></p> <p>Vicious describes the Vengeance model as having "aggressive styling with an attitude." It's best suited for medium to large head sizes. The lenses resist smudges and water, and they eliminate glare. Frames come in black, tortoise and white.</p>
Vicious Vengeance Vicious describes the Vengeance model as having "aggressive styling with an attitude." It's best suited for medium to large head sizes. The lenses resist smudges and water, and they eliminate glare. Frames come in black, tortoise and white.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Grand Catalina Costa Del Mar is offering a limited re-release of the Grand Catalina, a popular vintage model. It has a comfortable large fit and is made with a stainless steel integral hinge. The durable nylon frame comes in seven colors, including a red white and blue white, which have a colored front and white sides. Grand Catalina costs $169.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Bullard The Berkley Bullard has a slimline wrap frame with ultra-lightweight co-injected temples. The lenses feature Revo mirror coating and are scratch resistant. Bullard's frames are black, but the side accents match the lenses in gray, blue or orange.
<p><strong>Booyah<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Booyah Sunglasses Booyah Bait Co. has expanded into sunglass products. The glasses, priced at $14.99 per pair, offer 99% polarization to cut glare. Anglers can choose among six styles, from wraps to rimless.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Cut Cut is a classic-style sunglass with a large fit. It comes in four frame colors, including ocean and coconut fade, with multiple lens options. Cut retails for $219.
<p><strong>Gill<span class=
Gill Sofia The Sofia is Gill's ladies sunglass in the floating shades collection. Suntan lotion and fingerprints won't stick to the lenses. Plus, the wearer can enjoy glare-free vision and clear contrasts. Sofia comes in a matte dark gray/blue or black, and it costs $89.95.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Falcon Berkley Falcon sunglasses have a high-profile wrap frame and performance-sculpted temples for comfort. With temple tips and nose pads, Falcon will stay on the wearer's face without sliding down the nose. The frame is in black, and the polarized lenses come in three color options.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman Cali The Cali is a sporty rectangular frame that's an addition to the RhinoLens collection by Flying Fisherman. It's made from TR90 Grilamid, a strong, lightweight and flexible polymer. The Cali is shiny black with three lens color options and three reader magnifications available. Prices are $69.95 to $89.95.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Ansil The Ansil is named after Bahamian bonefish angler Ansil Saunders. The semi-rimless frame is made of nylon and has an extra-large fit. Ansil comes with Costa's 580P lenses in several colors. Ansil costs $169.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Frying Pan Cut the side glare from your peripheral vision with Berkley's Frying Pan sunglasses. The lenses are polarized and scratch resistant. Retail price for all of Berkley's sunglasses is $25 to $45.
<p><strong>Vicious Velocity</strong></p> <p>Velocity is a sleek sunglass with Vicious' special Xperio UV polarized lenses. The wrap frame protects eyes from side light, and it has comfort strips at the temples and on the nose pads. Velocity comes in black, brown and white. </p>
Vicious Velocity Velocity is a sleek sunglass with Vicious' special Xperio UV polarized lenses. The wrap frame protects eyes from side light, and it has comfort strips at the temples and on the nose pads. Velocity comes in black, brown and white.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman Breeze Flying Fisherman's Breeze is a midsize sunglass that has padding designed to make the glasses fit snugly. Breeze comes in two frame colors and two lens colors. The lenses are polarized, hard coated and scratch resistant. It retails for $21.95.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Thunder Berkley Thunder protects eyes from the sun and makes the wearer look smooth. Thunder comes with Revo mirror coating on the lenses, which are polarized and scratch resistant.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman Morocco The Morocco has an extra tough frame that's also fashionable. The Morocco comes in a striking crystal color or a matte black. Four lens colors are available. It retails for $69.95 to $79.95.
<p><strong>Costa<span class=
Costa Straits Straits is a semi-rimless sunglass made to fit comfortably on extra-large faces. The durable nylon frame comes in white, silver or black matte, and the lenses come in silver mirror and gray. Expect to pay about $189 for Straits.
<p><strong>Berkley<span class=
Berkley Zephyr Berkley Zephyr has a sleek performance wrap frame that fits comfortably on the face. Included among the frame choices is a camo model. Lenses feature Revo mirror coating, and they're scratch resistant, too.
<p><strong>Flying Fisherman<span class=
Photo: Laurie Tisdale - Flying Fisherman Gaffer The Gaffer is a youth style that is new to Flying Fisherman's Action Angler collection. Although the sunglass is made to protect children's eyes, it's designed to look like grown-ups' glasses rather than kids' styles. The frame is a shiny black with amber lenses. Gaffer costs $14.95.