When it comes to sunglasses the choice can be overwhelming. Key criteria when choosing sports sunglasses:
A wrap around style for plenty of eye protection and to keep out wind, rain and harmful UVR is essential.
Look for a lens that promises to block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Most sports sunglasses come with this protection, but beware of cosmetic eyewear as it may not. This protection is especially important if you experience prolonged exposure to the sun when enjoying your sports. Lifelong overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays has been linked to the development of cataracts later in life.
The amount of UV protection offered by sunglasses lenses is determined by the lens material and coatings or additives applied to the lens. When pick up the right lenses material, you have a handful of options here: glass, polycarbonate, plastic, or polyurethane. All of them possess particular advantages in terms of visual clarity, durability, and cost. To prevent sports related eye injuries, polycarbonate impact resistant, shatterproof lenses will be required.
- Glass lenses are are more likely to break or chip if dropped, so they are not welcomed among the outdoor sports enthusiasts. They are also a bit heavier, which can be an issue; however, they do provide excellent visual clarity.
- Plastic lenses offer a similar visual appeal as glass without some of the breakage issues; however, they do scratch easily without a resistant coating. This can be a cheaper option for athletes looking for a pair of limited use or back-up glasses.
- Polycarbonate lenses are a very popular option among sports enthusiasts. They are light and impact resistant. For optimal performance, add anti-scratch and anti-reflective treatments to these lenses.
- Polyurethane lenses are the top-of-the-line choice. They are almost as clear as glass without the breakage concerns. These lenses are lightweight and shatter-resistant, and they block 100% of the sun's harmful UV rays without extra additives or coatings.
Lightweight frames for extended wear comfort.
Lighter weight frames need less to keep them in place, which means you don't need snug pads pushing into the bridge of your nose or pressing into your head behind your ears. A little goes a long way when your glasses are light enough to almost float on your face.
In our eyes, the best sunglasses for water sports such as fishing, kayaking, and etc. have to float and have to keep up with whatever you throw at them. The best floating sunglasses tend to be made out of plastic, a composite material, polycarbonate, or bamboo. These lightweight materials naturally stay afloat and will keep your glasses on the surface of the water. You don’t have to worry about losing them when being on the water.
The last but not least thing you should consider is to choose different lens types: polarized and color. Polarized lenses are the best protection against UV rays. They are highly effective to cut out glare and bright sunlight that is being reflected horizontally from the water.
- Grey Lens offers better contrast, truer colors, allows you to see outdoor colors as they appear naturally, without glare or light pollution, enhances your depth perception, increases your visibility at any time of day and reduces eye fatigue in overall bright sun light. Suitable for all outdoor sports in bright light conditions.
- Blue Lens blocks blue light and glare that comes from the surface of the water. Suitable for fishing, surfing, paddling.
- Yellow or Orange Lens heightens contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions outdoors or indoors. It performs especially well early or late in the day. Suitable for cycling, hunting, shooting.
- Pink and Red Lens lessens eye strain and increase depth perception. They are especially suitable for severe, snowy weather conditions. Many alpine and racing athletes prefer these lens colors.
Here are the sunglasses that RUNCL provide and recommend to anyone hitting the water. They are all affordable while providing excellent style and sun safety.
Flexible | Tough | Reliable | Protection
Floating | Tough | Reliable | Protection