I purchased my first pair of Maui Jim polarized sunglasses 15 years ago - it was the Gulfstream - a really small sized frame with lots of curvature and heavy strong gauge monel (copper nickel alloy) construction , with real glasses lenses. It was elegant, streamlined and low key. I was in love and have been ever since.
Had this pair stolen 7 years ago and discovered the beautifully built (in japan) Gulfstream was discontinued. Luckily I was able to find some virtually new pairs on ebay (bought 6 in all) -that's how much i loved them. They are still the sturdiest pairs i have seen except for the oakley juliets (crappy optics)
Admittedly I haven't shopped for sunglasses in 2 years (and never bought any in 7 years) but why do all sunglasses have such big lenses vertically? and why is there so little thought to lateral eye coverage. And the frames just get bigger and bigger but flimsier and flimsier!! Is everyone out there Mr Potato head?
End of rant!
BTW my Gulfstreams have 8% light transmittance. What is the current polarized brand with the lowest light transmittance?