How to Choose Sports Sunglasses
If you need sports sunglasses, then you’ll want to get the right ones so that you don’t make an expensive and time consuming mistake.
Here’s what you need to think about.
1. You’ll know what sport or sports you do, and so will have some idea of what you need, or why your current sports sunglasses aren’t up to the job.
2. Perhaps you’ll need different cat eye sunglasses for different times of the year. You might want to have a pair that will help with the glare of winter sun, and a pair for summer. You might also want training and racing sunglasses too.
3. The time of day you’ll be running, riding, golfing, fishing or sailing, can also make a big difference to the sunglasses you choose. Perhaps you only ever run in the mornings, and so want a different sort of lens to someone who runs or rides at lunchtimes in the sun.
4. Knowing how long you’ll be wearing your sunglasses will help you decide which ones to choose as well. You might want a more substantial pair of you’re going to be wearing them for 4 hour mountain bike rides, whereas if you’re a 100m runner, you might only need them for a few seconds at a time.
5. Many sports sunglasses have the ability to change lens, so that you can have the right colour of lens for the weather condition. You might want darer lenses when it’s sunnier, and lighter lenses when it’s less sunny. Alternatively, you might want polarising lenses, which adapt to the amount of sunlight, so the lenses are darker when it’s sunnier, and clearer when it’s not so sunny. If you’re an endurance athlete, then you might prefer to use polarising lenses, so that you don’t have to stop and change lenses. Changing your lenses before your next shot on the golf course, is much less hassle than having to stop part way up or down a mountain whilst rock climbing, or cycling.
6. You’ll want plenty of UV protection from your sports sunglasses. If you spend all day outside, perhaps fishing or playing golf, then you can be exposed to a lot more UV rays than someone who spends less time outdoors.
7. The fit of your sports sunglasses is important too. You won’t want your sunglasses to slip, and constantly need pushing up when you’re running in a 100m race. You won’t want your sunglasses to rub when you get hot and sweaty a couple of hours into a 100 mile bike ride. You won’t want you sunglasses to fall off, every time you’re trying to land a fish.
8. Comfort is essential too, as you might be wearing your sports sunglasses all day. Perhaps you go fishing every weekend, or are planning a 2 week cycling holiday, or have cricket practice several nights a week.
9. The durability of your sunglasses is important too. You won’t want your sunglasses to fall apart after your first few rides, or after a days fishing. You’ll need to be able to rely on your sunglasses whether you’re downhill mountain biking, or playing golf.
10. Your sports sunglasses need to be right for the job, and there’s no point in buying the wrong ones, just to save money. You don’t want to find out too late, that you’ve bought the wrong sports sunglasses.