Native Cable Shades

Native Cable Sunglasses- For the Glacier Park or Skate Park


Native Cable Sunglasses  

reviewed by Michael Arnold

nativecableA quiver of eyewear are necessary for the outdoor addict due to the range of environments and weather we encounter, especially in the always changing skies of the high peaks. 

Faced with blowing snow, glaring rock, falling ice, and flat light in the mountains where we play, it can be a constant struggle to find eye protection that provides the best optics in all conditions.  Durability is another big issue with most sunglasses in these environments as the bargain priced eyewear usually doesn't stand the test of time before plastic snaps and joints break at inconvenient moments.

The Cable sunglasses from Native Eyewear have stood the test of time as a wonderful all-around optic piece in what was a year-long testing process.  When I first saw the Cable model, I was honestly a bit hesitant about the durability of the frame and lens due to their super lightweight construction (I am a little abusive to sunglasses), but after hundreds of days in the field it's become clear that these shades are built for the mountain lifestyle.

The Cable uses their trademarked N3 Lens  that they claim is the most innovative and advanced polarized lens on the market.   N3 Lenses pass Z87.1 testing and feature up to 40% IR reduction, UV protection up to 400nm, and state-of-the-art blue light filtering,  which in the field that can make or break a guide's day in the off-piste.

The glare free vision assists on those splitter-blue bird days that are common in the high mountains and anywhere the air is pollution free.   And for those days when suffering in the ice-chocked clefts of RMNP is the thing to do, the Native Cables have the ability to change lens to their Sportflex “low light" that increases vision clarity while protecting your eyes from falling ice. 

The large size to these frames makes them comparable to a goggle in terms of wind and ice protection while having the ventilation advantage of sunglasses which is typically preferable in my favorite aerobic, heat-producing worlds of backcountry skiing and alpine climbing.


Native Cable Sunglasses

retail:  $129-149

on the web:

Features - Interchangeable Lens System, Rhyno-Tuff™ Air Frames, Venting, Cushinol™, Cam Action Hinges, Mastoid Temple Grip™, Anti-Ocular Intrusion System™

Fit Size - Best fits a large to extra large profile

Weight  - 0.71 oz

Frame - 6 Models

Polarized Lens - 4 Types


Native Cable Likes

-Interchangeable Lens

-Durability: Still holding up after 200 days in the field

-Competitive price compare to – Oakley, Zeal Optic, Smith etc

-Great carrying case to protect them in the pack.

-Life Time Warranty


Native Cable Dislikes

-Smaller shaped heads will not fit these particular sunglasses





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