Sept 12, 2021
The best pair of sunglasses for any sport!
Whether you are an enthusiast, elite athlete, or just enjoy being active outside, you know that sports require the right equipment. From boards to bikes, to shorts and harnesses, athletes spend hours and hours picking gear that fits “just right”. But, when it comes to eye protection, how much time do you really spend thinking about it? Do you just grab whatever sunglasses you have in the car before hitting the trail or lake? We can tell you, there are a LOT of important things to consider when selecting shades for your sport of choice. In this month’s blog post, we are going to break down 10 popular sports and our best styles specifically for each of them!
As a bit of an introduction, here are a couple of broad concepts to think about:
Plastic vs. Metal frames:If you are weighing plastic frames vs. metal frames for your sunglasses, there are two things to think about: will you be wearing them for a long time, and are you close to water? If you answered YES to one or both of these questions, we would recommend plastic frames. Why? Many people find that a solid molded nosepiece is more comfortable than nose pads for a prolonged period of time. As they are required because of their construction, all of our metal aviator frames have nose pads. Lastly, while our metal frames are made out of high quality materials, prolonged exposure to water is not recommended. .
Polarization: We’ve touched on this topic in a previous blog article; but we wanted to remind people what polarization is all about as several style recommendations below specifically mention it. Our polarization is injected into our lenses, and eliminates all glare. So, if you are going to be somewhere with a lot of reflectivity (think water, snow, ice), we strongly recommend a polarized lens! There are almost no cons to polarization.
Grips: If your sport has lots of motion, consider a pair of sunglasses with rubber tips and nosepads, this will ensure they move less during your activities. This is simply because rubber adds more friction against the skin than molded plastic will; this will help your sunglasses slide around less with side to side (think skiing) and up and down (think mountain biking) motions.
Lens color:Certain lens colors let in more light than others, so you may want to think about that based on your activity, and where you live. For example certain latitudes will have different sun angles than others, or, you may enjoy a sport that takes place in a more shady environment. Obviously your style preference is important too, but definitely keep functionality in mind!
So, now that you have the basics, let's jump into the recommendations by sport! We have divided the sports into 4 main categories: cycling, snow sports, water sports, and miscellaneous.