HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SPORTS SUNGLASSES?

Your eyes need to be focused during sports like hiking, skiing, cycling, running, or kitesurfing, and bright sunshine and UV rays can throw you off and cause serious damage.

Normal sunglasses are all well and good, but you’ll struggle to keep them on during activities, so it’s worth investing in sports sunglasses that have been specifically designed to stay put. Now, how do you know which sports sunglasses are right for you?

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There are three different types of sports sunglasses: mountain sports sunglasses, which are best for hiking and skiing, water sports sunglasses (so that’s sailing, kitesurfing, and kayaking), and cycling and running sunglasses.

HIKING AND SKI SUNGLASSES

In the mountains, UV rays are even stronger because of the high altitude and reflective snow, so it’s very important to protect your eyes.  Wraparound sunglasses are best for hiking and skiing as they have a curved shape that will fit flush against your head and face, keeping them in place and stopping even a shred of light getting in.

SAILING AND KITESURFING SUNGLASSES

Whether you sail on the open seas, kitesurf in the bay, or kayak down rivers, sunglasses are an essential to protect your eyes. You’re less protected from the sun by things like trees and buildings, and surrounded by light-reflecting water.

But what if you drop them? You wouldn’t be the first to admit you’ve lost a pair of sunglasses to the sea or riverbed (!), which is why most water sports-friendly sunglasses are now designed to float. Clever, eh?

CYCLING AND RUNNING SUNGLASSES

Cycling and running sunglasses have a specific shape to help prevent fogging. Most styles are semi-rimless, making them very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Pierre-Antoine

Optical Specialist

Check that the lenses of your sport sunglasses have a full UV filter to protect you from the sun's harmful rays. And opt for polycarbonate lenses – they’re highly shock-resistant.

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