Top Tips For Choosing Running Sunglasses

Tips For Choosing Performance Eyewear

Quality sunglasses are vital for safe and comfortable running. Here are some basic things you should consider when choosing running sunglasses.

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Is the tint suitable for the conditions and do they improve your vision?
LENS TECHNOLOGY

Do the sunglasses provide a clear view, without distortion, across the full lens? Is the tint/color appropriate for the conditions/use and do they improve your vision?

ANTI-FOG COATING

Anti-fog coating on lenses is usually standard with most producers.

ARMS

Are the arms of the glasses adjustable to create the ‘best fit’ around your temples? Are they also detachable in case of accident?

COMFORT AND FIT
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Are the arms of the glasses adjustable to create the ‘best fit’ around your temples?

Do the glasses sit snugly, yet comfortably, on your face? Do the contact points grip without feeling too tight? Make sure that the glasses aren’t too big or loose because this will create movement on the run.

LIGHTWEIGHT

Are the glasses light compared to other similar models at that price level? The lighter the glasses, the more comfortable they are likely to be over long runs.

NOSE-PIECE

Does it fit the shape of your nose and is it adjustable and comfortable? Runners usually have a problem with glasses slipping down because of poor-quality nose-pieces.

PRESCRIPTION COMPATIBLE

Can the frame take a prescription if needed?

UV AND BLUE LIGHT PROTECTION
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Do the glasses come with a lens that is versatile in most conditions – or do they give the option to swap lenses?

Do they provide 100% UV A,B and C protection? Additionally, do they filter out blue light, which, experts inform us, can cause serious damage to eyes?

VENTILATION

When on, the glasses shouldn’t fit so closely that there is no room for air-flow to ventilate them.

VERSATILE LENS FITTED / INTERCHANGEABLE LENS OPTIONS

Do the glasses come with a lens that is versatile in most conditions – or do they give the option to swap lenses in the frame? In the latter case, do the glasses come with a second lens? Additional lenses are often expensive.

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Written by Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams likes to say in a joke that she preferred running to walking already as a child. Regular running has always been part of her life and she has joined several running events. She loves long runs with her loyal playful companion Vicky, Brittany Spaniel, in the early morning or in the evening.

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