We were lucky enough to be among the first people to preview a new collaboration last week, as SALT. Optics and outerwear company AETHER, teamed up on a new, limited-edition collection of sunglasses. The two Southern California-based companies combined their aesthetic and passion for the outdoors by creating a pair of cool, motorcycle-inspired frames. Meet the “SCOUT” and the “EXPLORER.”
Combining technical elements and a laidback California style, the unisex frames feature a super lightweight, beta-titanium construction. Flexible temples that let you take the sunglasses on and off easily while wearing a helmet. Titanium nose pads keep the glasses in place.
The best and most intriguing part of these glasses are their side “windshields” and extended frame-top, which add a racing-inspired look to the frames, but also help with reducing wind flow and peripheral sunlight by more than eighty percent. The side windshields feature tiny, calibrated “holes” that ensure peripheral vision is not obstructed (I.e. You can ride your bike and still check your blind spot).
Aside from their technical design, the glasses look pretty darn good too. They’re stylish and sporty without veering into athletic gear territory, and we can see them paired as easily with a leather jacket as with a bathing suit on the beach.
The frames are available in four different colors (we’re partial to the black-on-black aviator styling of the “SCOUT”) and four different lens options as well. Check out the SALT Optics x Aether collaboration exclusively at www.aetherapparel.com.