No matter what your favorite activity is, you want to have the best sunglasses to support your outdoor adventures. Whether you skateboard, ski, wakeboard or snowboard, you need the best sunglasses for your daily activity. Here are a few factors to take into consideration when finding the right pair to match your needs.
The lens you choose can determine the weight, clarity and comfort of your glasses. Start by looking at the materials of the lens. Glass is a common material due to its clarity and scratch resistance. However, it is also more expensive and weighs more than other materials. Polycarbonate lenses are lighter weight, inexpensive and impact resistant. However, with these you sacrifice the clarity and they are less scratch resistant. For a good combination of these 2 materials, look to NXT Polyurethane. This material has better clarity, is more scratch and impact resistant and is light weight. The only downside to this material is the cost; they are expensive but worth it in the long run. If you do not actively wear your sunglasses, consider acrylic lens. It is an inexpensive alternative, but is not as durable as the other materials.
The color of the lens can also affect your decision. Brown, gray or green lenses are would be best for general outdoor activities such as hiking, skateboarding, bmx biking and chilling in the wakeboard boat. They cut down on the brightness but do not distort color. If you are going to be out on the slopes, consider yellow or rose tinted lenses. Both Rose and Yellow lenses are used to enhance contours in low light conditions. Mirrored lenses will give you the added benefit of deflecting sun light on those blue bird days, but can often times make things darker than they are when passing into different areas of the resort. To take it to the next level consider polarized lenses to cut down the glare.
UV Ray Protection lenses will protect your eyes from harmful rays. Almost all sunglasses have UV ray protection. This is very important when thinking of the long term health of your eyes. Always find how much UV protection is offered. If it is low, this can sometimes be more harmful to your eyes as they are exposed to higher levels of UV rays.
Once you have your lens chosen, you’ll need to find the right frame to fit your style and face shape. Again, material is important to consider. Metal is a common material for sunglasses as it is easy to adjust and does not block your vision. However, it is more expensive and less durable. Thus it is not recommended for outdoor usage.
Nylon is better for outdoor sports as it is lighter weight, more durable and may even offer high impact resistance. However, they do not adjust easily to your face, which can be uncomfortable.
So with lenses and frames out of the way it is time to fit your sunglasses. Find a pair that are snug against your ears and nose, but do not pinch. The sunglasses should be light enough to avoid any discomfort, but should not cause any friction when moving. Also, be sure that the lens are just far enough from your face so that your eyelashes do not brush up against them.
Follow these tips and you will find the best pair of sunglasses for your needs.