Ready, steady, go: sunglasses for sports
Whether in water or on dry land, on a surfboard, snowboard or bike: when doing sport, having the right equipment is half the battle. It’s worth investing in the right shoes and outfit, as functional clothing is an essential part of sport, and the same rule applies to eyewear.
Sports sunglasses ensure not just a clear view, but also protection against injury. However, everyday sunglasses aren’t really up to the job. Sunglasses specifically designed for sport have frames made of special materials, while different models are better suited to different kinds of sport.
Overview of which lens colour suits which sport
Water, like snow, can be the cause of highly bothersome glare. In the case of water sports, sports glasses with a polarising filter can provide the solution. This filter improves distance viewing, minimises glare and heightens contrast. It also helps you to recognise objects that are under water more clearly. Category 2 lenses, or category 3 in more southern regions, are ideal on a boat or surfboard, with grey, green or brown lenses representing the best choice for clear vision. Sunglasses that float or have a headband or strap help to make sure you won’t lose your glasses if you leap or tumble into the cool water.