Choosing the right sunglasses for your favourite activity
When practicing sports, good vision is essential to feel safe and adequately judge surfaces. Our vision guides more than 70% of our movements; therefore, sunglasses are not only a fashion accessory but also a tool that allows us to feel at ease as we engage in our activity of choice.
When choosing sunglasses, the two essential elements to consider are the frame and the lenses, two inseparable elements for a perfect combination. Here are a few criteria to keep in mind that will help you choose wisely.
Some frames are versatile and are specifically designed to meet the requirements of a particular sport. For example, there are glasses specifically designed for cycling. It's up to you to determine the frame's use and ensure that it fits snugly and comfortably on your nose because comfort and support are two essential criteria.
Hiking, cross-country skiing, running, cycling
Above all, you should choose a lightweight frame that you will literally forget you're wearing during your long outings. Also, choose thin or adjustable temples to easily slide your frame under a helmet or cap. We also recommend non-slip temple tips and an adjustable nosepiece to ensure maximum support when moving at high speed and through steep terrain. The ventilation of your frame is also an important criterion to avoid any fogging.
Since these sports are practiced on various terrains, we recommend a photochromic lens that will adapt to changing light conditions from clearings to undergrowth.
Water sports: sailing, kite surfing or paddleboarding
We recommend a soft, wrap-around frame to keep water out of the eyes but with good ventilation to prevent fogging. Whether on the shore or water, we strongly advise choosing polarized lenses because they eliminate the sun's reflection on reflective surfaces and allow a clear view of the horizon without any glare.
Photochromic lenses are most definitely the way to go in this case as well. They offer unquestionable visual comfort regardless of the weather, rain or shine.
Sun protection above all!
Finally, make sure your sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun's rays. To make a good choice, carefully read the label to choose glasses that protect 100% against UV rays which are the most harmful rays for your eyes. Also, as the rays can be reflected behind the lenses, a UV filter must be present on both sides.