Quality sunglasses are vital for safe and comfortable running. Here are some basic things you should consider when choosing running sunglasses.
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 on lenses is usually standard with most producers.
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
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.
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.
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.
Can the frame take a prescription if needed?
UV AND BLUE LIGHT PROTECTION
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?
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.