Field Tested: Salt X Aether

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Aether Apparel around here, when they announced their collaboration with Salt optics for a motorcycle specific set of sunglasses I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair.

With two models to choose from, the Scout and the Explorer, I went with the latter, a more square-framed version of the traditional aviator. The first thing I noticed was their weightlessness; they are by far the lightest sunglasses I’ve ever had my hands on. Salt achieved this with a titanium frame paired with Beta-titanium, an alloy commonly used in orthodontics due to its strength and flexibility. The temples are so flexible and thin, putting them on while wearing a helmet is much easier than most other glasses. That’s not where the motorcycle specific features stop. They added side windshields and an extended frame top, which the boys at Aether claim cuts wind by 80%.

I tested the glasses in an Arai XD 4 at 80MPH with no windscreen. I was impressed how well they kept the wind off my eyeballs while letting the air circulate around and through my helmet. It’s really like A.C. for your face which will come in handy this summer.







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Sinuhe Xavier is a commercial photographer and director invited to join the Director’s Guild of America in 2008. When he is not telling stories for his advertising clients he can be found as the creative director for Overland Journal or behind the wheel of his 1962 Land Rover Series IIa mapping remote routes across Utah.