Running should be a must-do in your fitness plans this year. Platforms like Pinkathon, and the Bangalore Marathon are a few examples, to show how people in India take running really seriously.
And if you are one of them then you should start investing in the proper gear for your run. And one such accessory, that is equally necessary, is your sports sunglasses, something many deem unnecessary. But we would think otherwise.
Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while choosing sunglasses for your run.
Why choose sports sunglasses while running?
The first point of getting good sports sunglasses is to protect your eyes. And if you are running then it becomes even more important.
Reports show that only 5 per cent of folks who go for a run in the morning or participate in races actually use sunglasses.
It’s always good to carry sunglasses for times like these because it helps cut out glare from the sun and make navigation easy.
Sunglasses that are crafted for running are equipped with elements that can add to your vision.
Choosing your lenses correctly
When you are looking for sports sunglasses, the first thing is to figure out what category they belong to. For example, sunglasses that belong to category 3 are darker and provide constant UV protection while also preventing glare.
On the other hand, sunglasses that come within the category 1 are almost transparent, are suitable for trail runners running in cloudy conditions to protect their eyes from the disruptive elements of nature—insects, branches, sand and more.
A useful fact: Photochromic lenses, optical lenses that darken when exposed to specific types of light, are particularly useful for long outings during which the weather conditions are liable to change.
Lens Tints and Coatings
Not all tints are created equal, they all have their uses—bright, sunny day or a dark, cloudy evening, there is a colour for every situation. The following is a list of tints and their purposes:
- Mirror tint: A mirror tint is perfect, especially sunny days. This type of outside lens has an outer coating that gives a reflective mirror appearance. Much like a real mirror, these lenses reflect light and reduce glare. Mirror coatings are great for wet or snowy conditions when light reflecting off of the white snow creates intense glares.
Clear: This is not technically a tint or coating, clear glasses still create a barrier between your eyes and the wind. Clear lenses prevent your eyes from drying out or tearing up while running.
Yellow tints: Yellow tinted lenses help sharpen your view of the running environment by filtering out the darker blue light. These lenses are best in low-light conditions, such as dusk or overcast days. The brown or amber coloured lenses make lamps, lights and road signs brighter and more visible. Sunglasses with light orange-coloured lenses can also be worn. They have the same effect.
- Dark tints: They can sharpen the appearance of your surroundings. Green and grey tinted lenses are best for bright, sunny days. If you live in an area with good, moderate weather, you’ll likely get the most benefits out of a dark tinted lens.
It’s imperative that you get lenses with a scratch-resistant coating since your body is in motion, or if you dash with someone, chances are you might drop your glasses. In such situations, it’s good to them because the lens can withstand the damage.
See if they have UV protection
Since you will be out running under the sun, it important that you get sunglasses that come with 100 per cent UV protection. UV protected lenses don’t just filter out harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, but also add a cooling effect!
See if they are Polarised
Polarization helps cut glare. The reflected light travels in a horizontal direction and hits our eyes, causing visual discomfort, and in some cases, even temporary blindness.
We have all been in situations when surplus sunlight has hindered the view especially near lakes or the beach, right? This is exactly what happens when you don’t have polarised sunglasses.
Frame materials in sunglasses are typically made with a metal or plastic frame. Metal frames, while lightweight and durable, often feature incredibly sleek designs.
It is sometimes possible to dent a pair of metal sunglasses; you can often bend the glasses back into place, but you risk weakening the metal and distorting the fit depending on how bad the dent is.
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How ventilated is it?
Sweat and weather conditions are a few things your sunglasses needs to fight like a boss, so choose a pair that has raised nose pads, and is built keeping a sports design in mind.
Air has to pass freely, otherwise, you will be removing your frames every time you sweat. Discomfort is the last thing you would want in your sunglasses.
The aesthetics of your sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses while running can be a style statement for some, but we reckon you do it properly because they are specific to get the details right. Aesthetics is really important if you want the accessory to add to your performance. Here are a few things you might want to get right:
1. Lens material
When you are looking for running sunglasses, we suggest you opt for lenses that are shatter-resistant. Like lenses that are crafted of polycarbonate. Glass or plastic lens break easily, so we reckon you keep them at home!
2. Rubber padding
Talk to any trail or ultra-runners and they will tell you that comfort is important. Since all sunglasses touch you at the ‘pinch points’ (the skin at the nose and temple arms) and these areas have to be soft. Also, rubber paddings grip the temples more firmly if they get wet or hot.
3. Adjustable/comfortable nose pads
Since they are felt the most, the pads have to be comfortable and irritation-free.
4. Half-rim design
Another important aspect. This is not a fluke, this frame type adds to the overall design. This serves a few purposes. No bottom rim means:
1. The frame is lighter.
2. It also changes the centre of gravity of the sunglasses frame so there is less weight at the bottom of the sunglasses frame which reduces the sunglasses from sliding down your nose.
3. Sweat which rolls down your face is prevented from accumulating at the bottom frame/rim of your sports sunglasses. (this would otherwise obscure your vision and is very annoying)
Crosswind to the rescue
Since Crosswind is made for activity, the construction pans towards that and just that. It features a light aluminium frame, super strong polycarbonate lenses that make the lenses highly impact resistant, add polarisation to that, and you have your quintessential sports sunglasses.
In a nutshell, Crosswind is your ticket to that high octane-inducing lifestyle you always wanted.
Have you ever used sunglasses while running? Let us know in the comments below.