On this page, you can view our full collection of sports sunglasses. Sports sunglasses must meet stricter criteria than casual sunglasses. After all, you wouldn’t run a marathon on loafers or heels either. The criteria may differ per sport, and location and time are also factors that influence your choice. Of course, we also carry sunglasses that can be worn casually.
Sports sunglasses: lenses
The most important factor for outdoor athletes is UV protection. During your training and participation in outdoor events, your eyes are exposed to bright sunlight. Repeated and prolonged exposure can cause eyestrain, headaches, and photokeratitis – a painful eye condition affecting the cornea and conjunctiva. Protecting your eyes with a pair of quality lenses is worth the investment. All the sunglasses included in this overview offer UV protection you can rely on.
Sports sunglasses: lens colour
The colour of your lenses can influence your performance. Not every shade is equally suited to all purposes and weather conditions. Here is a short overview of the benefits of different lens colours and lens finishes to help you pick the right lens type:
Dark lens colours like dark blue, grey, green, and brown are highly suited to bright sunlight because these lenses usually have a higher CE filter category – cat. 3 or 4 depending on the model, the highest filter categories.
Lighter shades such as light blue, yellow, gold, and orange are primarily suited to low light conditions. Especially yellow and orange lenses enhance contrast and depth perception.
Mirror lenses filter away extra light, including some (but not all!) of the light reflected by surfaces such as glass, metal, water, and asphalt. This coating to an extent enhances the effectiveness of shaded lenses.
Polarised lenses filter out reflected (polarised) light far more efficiently than unpolarised lenses. These lenses filter out the bright glare of light reflected by asphalt, water, metal, sand, and snow, which can otherwise cause headaches and eyestrain.
Photochromic lenses automatically grow lighter or darker depending on the brightness of the sunlight. This means that you don’t have to pause to switch lenses when the weather conditions change.
Sports sunglasses: frame
A comfortable fit is essential. Athletes generally prefer the wrap-around type. Wrapped sunglasses rest close to the face and the temples exercise a light pressure that keeps these sunglasses securely in place without causing any distraction. Rubber inserts and nose pads provide additional grip and comfort. Adjustable and removable components further enhance optimal usage. For example, a number of Adidas sports sunglasses feature removable sweatbars, and adjustable temples and nose pads for a perfect fit.