How to Find the Perfect Sports Sunglasses

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 adequate eye protection. Unlike in the gym, the sun is a constant factor. A pair of sports sunglasses is a must.

You may think they’re not for you, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Read this guide and learn how to pick fashionable, functional, and lightweight sunglasses.

What Activities?

Anglers need lenses that allow for the best vision into deep water, while cyclists will want eye protection along with Bluetooth capability.

give 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 earbuds at home.

Lens Material

If you’re spending a considerable sum, you want to make sure your lenses are strong and durable.

Glass and polycarbonate are the two most common lens materials.

Glass offers more clarity than polycarbonate and is less likely to scratch. The downside to glass is its inability to withstand impact. Lenses made from polycarbonate are far less likely to shatter during high-impact scenarios.


Frame materials also contribute to weight. Lightweight frames made from flexible plastics will make it feel as though you’re not wearing glasses at all.

Lens Type


Water sports, fishing, and boating are all instances where glare reduction is necessary. Glare reduction is also beneficial in sports like golf, baseball, and softball. These lenses are the difference between hitting the pin or catching that fly ball for a third out.

Be aware, though, that polarized lenses can interact poorly with some windshield tint. If you have a tinted windshield on your car or motorcycle, you may experience blind spots or lose the ability to see some LCD signs.


Photochromatic lenses are not for cold-weather activities like skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling. They don’t adjust to cold climates as rapidly. Use polarized lenses for these outdoor diversions.

Please note that they also will not transition while you’re driving. Car windshields restrict the UVB rays that trigger the photochromatic transition.


These are wise investments. Rather than buying multiple pairs, you can utilize one for every possible light.


Dark Colors

Green and gray tint won’t distort colors, though you should expect minor distortion from brown lenses.

Light Colors

Use them for moving outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and motorcycling where you need high contrast and enhanced visibility.

The Fit

  • Tight fit on nose and ears without pinching
  • Even weight distribution
  • Eyelashes shouldn’t touch the lenses

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

Smart Capability

Modern sports sunglasses come with a variety of features that suit an active outdoor lifestyle:

  • Bluetooth connection
  • Built-in speakers that eliminate the need for earbuds
  • Camera on frames
  • Controls on arms

Choose the Correct Sports Sunglasses

A pair of sports sunglasses are a necessary purchase for any outdoor enthusiast. Consider the activity, the lenses, tint, and fit when purchasing. If you want an upgrade, consider a pair with Bluetooth features.

Written by Harrison Gross

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