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Find the perfect sports sunglasses

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Has COVID-19 changed the way you exercise? While most people enjoy an active lifestyle, 2020 has seen people unable to go to the gym or congregate in indoor spaces. Due to mitigation efforts and the quarantine, people have been going outdoors to run, walk and hike in record numbers.

If you’re one of those people who went from the gym to the hiking trail during COVID-19 and fell in love, you know you need the proper eye protection. Unlike in the gym, the sun is a constant factor. A pair of sports sunglasses is essential.

You might think they aren’t for you, but you can’t go wrong more. Read this guide and learn how to choose fashionable, functional and lightweight sunglasses.
The sunglasses you need for a round of golf are very different from the sunglasses you need for a long bike ride. Golfers need clarity and glare reduction when viewing manicured fairways and deep green roughs.
Anglers need lenses that allow better vision in deep water, while cyclists will want eye protection as well as Bluetooth capability.

Bluetooth glasses offer cyclists and runners the option of comfortable frames without the need for uncomfortable headphones. Stream music, podcasts or lectures through these high-quality frames and leave the headphones at home.

LENS MATERIAL
If you are spending a considerable amount of money, you want to make sure that your glasses are strong and durable. Glass and polycarbonate are the two most common glass materials. Glass provides more clarity than polycarbonate and is less likely to get scratched. The downside of glass is its inability to withstand impact. Polycarbonate lenses are much less likely to break in high impact scenarios.

WEIGHT
You also want lenses that won’t weigh too much. Heavy glasses during outdoor exercise inhibit performance. Glass glasses weigh much more than polycarbonate. Frame materials also contribute weight. Lightweight soft plastic frames will make you feel like you’re not wearing glasses at all.

LENS TYPE
Sports sunglasses, like all other types of sunglasses, have different types of lenses. These lenses all serve different purposes and tend to adapt to a variety of outdoor activities. The best thing about them? Lenses, regardless of their type, offer the same UV protection.

POLARIZED
Polarized lenses are ideal for activities requiring glare reduction. Water sports, fishing and boating are all cases where glare reduction is needed. Reducing glare is also beneficial in sports such as golf, baseball, and softball. These lenses make the difference between hitting the spit or catching that flying ball for a third. Be aware, however, that polarized lenses can interact badly with certain windshield tints. If you have a tinted windshield on your car or motorcycle, you may experience blind spots or lose the ability to see some LCD panels.

PHOTOCHROMATIC
These lenses adapt to the lighting conditions. The lenses darken in bright light and brighten in low light conditions. These lenses are perfect for riders who experience a variety of lighting conditions on the track. Photochromatic lenses are not intended for cold weather activities such as skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. They don’t adapt as quickly to cold climates. Use polarized lenses for these exterior diversions. Please note that they will also not transition while you are driving. Car windshields limit UVB rays that trigger the photochromatic transition.

INTERCHANGEABLE
Some sports sunglasses come with a set of lenses that you can swap out. These lenses allow you to choose the color and type of tint you will need. They are wise investments. Rather than buying multiple pairs, you can use one for every possible light.

TINT
The color of your lens affects the amount of light that reaches your eye. The hue will also affect the contrast and how your eyes perceive other colors. The tint of the lenses you should choose depends on the visibility conditions.

DARK COLOURS
Brown, green and gray hues are suitable for most everyday outdoor activities. These shades cut glare and protect your eyes from bright light. The green and gray tint will not distort colors, but you should expect minor distortion from brown lenses.

LIGHT COLOURS
Yellow, gold and amber hues are perfect for low light conditions. They also provide the wearer with excellent depth perception. Use them for moving outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling where you need high contrast and improved visibility.

ADJUSTMENT
Whatever their purpose, the best sports sunglasses should fit perfectly. You don’t need them to slip off the bridge of your nose or reduce visibility when they are supposed to improve it. Here’s how to make sure your sunglasses fit:
Snug fit over nose and ears with no pinching
Uniform weight distribution
Eyelashes should not touch the lenses

It’s best to wear a pair before buying them, but most people love the convenience of shopping online. Look for face size descriptions when choosing.

INTELLIGENT CAPACITY
We love our smart devices, and nowadays most of what we have has smart capabilities. Sports sunglasses are no different. Modern sports sunglasses come with a variety of features that are suitable for an active outdoor lifestyle:

Bluetooth connection
Integrated speakers that eliminate the need for headphones
Camera on frames
Weapon controls