Choosing the Best Running Sunglasses!
No more squinting with our award-winning running sunglasses. Momentum sunglasses from the house of MarsQuest feature anti-slip technology, a highly flexible frame and premium coatings for the ultimate running experience.
Here at MarsQuest, we are big fans of our line of running sunglasses. However, there are several options available. Depending on what you seek from your running sunglasses, you may have several options to choose from.
So, unless you want to spend days and weeks exploring dozens of running glasses, this brief guide will help you find the right sunglasses to suit your needs.
Running outside has several benefits. You get to take in the fresh breeze, keep yourself fit and healthy, explore new routes and enjoy nature at its best. On the flip side, too much exposure to the sun isn't good for your eyes. UV rays can not only affect your skin but the eyes too.
No matter whether the sun is at its peak or is playing hide and seek with the clouds, you must always protect your eyes with a pair of quality sunglasses.
Benefits of running sunglasses
Without appropriate protection, the ultraviolet rays can wreak havoc on your eyes, resulting in cataracts or worse yet cancer. Moreover, you will find yourselves squinting every time your eyes hit the harsh glare from snow, asphalt or cars. This will make things excruciating while you are running.
For people who run regularly, the discomfort and risks of UV exposure are high. That's why you must invest in a pair of good quality running sunglasses.
The best running sunglasses protect against UVA and UVB, ensuring your eyes remain healthy. They reduce glare and when you wear prescription running glasses, they can even improve your vision.
Where normal glasses may slip off or jiggle when you are on the run or sweat, the best running sunglasses remain seated on your face. If you are not comfortable running in glasses, that's perhaps because you are not wearing sunglasses designed for running. Wrap-around running sunglasses, for example, thanks to their wrap-around design, offer more shade compared to fashion sunglasses.
What makes the best running sunglasses?
When looking to buy the best running sunglasses, consider our top 5 tips.
Buy Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
While design is important, safety must be your top priority when choosing running sunglasses.
Sun damage can affect your eyes in several ways. It can cause cataracts, growths on the eyes, macular degeneration, sunburn to your eyes and even increase your chances of eye cancer.
If you thought that all running sunglasses are created equal, think again! Not every sunglass can block out the sun effectively.
When shopping for running glasses, look for two crucial features.
The first feature to look out for is polarization. Polarized sunglasses are designed to block out glare. If you have never used polarized glasses before, you will appreciate the difference polarization can make.
When you are wearing non-polarized lenses, you experience glare that constantly interferes with your vision. Any reflective space can create glare including snow, water, tarmac and glass. When the sun hits a reflective space, the light will hit your eyes, affecting your running experience. So whether you are running errands or running cross-country, it's important to protect your eyes with polarized glasses.
But how do you identify polarized sunglasses? Most manufacturers advertise this fact. However, you can even try on your lenses and compare them with non-polarized shades for comparison.
Another important feature to consider is UV protection. This one is especially important. While polarized lenses reduce glare, sunglasses with UV protection coating will keep your eyes safe from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
UV light is electromagnetic radiation. The two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB, can cause considerable damage impairing your vision.
The good news is that this can be easily avoided with running sunglasses with UV 400 protection. This will keep your eyes safe without affecting your vision.
What's more, you won't be compromising on the fashion quotient with polarized glasses. These glasses are just like any other shades, so you won't compromise form for function.
Pick running sunglasses that fit your face
Poorly fitting running sunglasses are uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, this is easily fixed. The best part is that you don't have to visit a brick-and-mortar store or try a pair of glasses to find a pair that fits you perfectly.
Simply measure the length of your temples and use the following guides to pick a pair of shades that fits your face perfectly:
- 47 mm to 53mm – ideal for people with small faces (4.5" to 5.1")
- 54 mm to 57mm - ideal for people with medium-sized faces (5.25" to 5.5")
- 58mm to 63mm - ideal for people with large faces (5.75" to 6.25")
Most people do not measure their faces before buying sunglasses. So, whether you are looking for men's running sunglasses or women's running sunglasses, be sure to measure your face and you will end up with a perfectly fitting pair.
Do not compromise comfort over looks
When it comes to running with glasses, comfort is everything.
Although sunglasses have evolved over the years, many products available in the market still don't meet the standards when it comes to comfort.
No matter how good a pair of glasses is or how well it fits on your face, if the shades are not comfortable, you will find yourself running without glasses more often than not.
Not to forget, you would have wasted the money spent on the pair.
The level of comfort that a pair of glasses offers does not depend on the material it's made of. The factors that determine the comfort of your glasses include:
- Anti-slip design
- Flexible frame
- Spring-flex hinges
These features will ensure that your glasses stay in place without the frames weighing down on you. This means that you won't have any discomfort. The frames won't fall off your face no matter how fast you are running, nor will they slide here and there, which can leave red marks. At the same time, you can be sure that the bridge isn't pressing down hard on your face or the frame is placing pressure on the top of your ears.
Although many people want their running glasses to look great, it's important to invest in a pair of glasses that won't fall off or cause any pain.
The good news is that these days you won't have to compromise on fashion or comfort. Better yet, you won't have to break the bank when buying such a pair.
The best running glasses are not necessarily the most expensive
Unless you haven't shopped for shades before, you must already know that most sunglasses cost a bomb.
Although the prices may often be insanely high, only a fraction of the price goes towards making the product while most of it goes towards savvy marketing.
Expensive sunglass brands can charge high prices because they have invested heavily to market their products in a way that makes you want to buy them. So, when you see their logo on a pair of sunglasses, you are convinced that it must be worth all that money.
But the truth is that you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars to buy a pair of running sunglasses that look good and fit comfortably.
If you thought $150 for a pair of Ray-Bans is the bare minimum you have to pay, think again.
These days, it's not hard to find a quality pair of shades for under $50. At that price, you can get your hands on a couple of different shades for different occasions.
Buy our award-winning running sunglasses – Momentum
Momentum is one of the most popular running sunglasses from our collection. Made from EMS memory plastic with a molded nose bridge, Momentum frames allow you to stay active without worrying about losing your sunglasses. You can run all you want without your sunglasses moving or falling off your face.
These sunglasses have been put to one of the most extreme durability tests ever – by being run over by a car – and these frames can endure extreme impact effortlessly. Momentum glasses feature premium coatings including UV-protecting polarized lenses.
Here's a look at some of the features of Momentum frames:
- Anti-scratch surface – You won't have to worry about your lenses getting damaged no matter whether you are running in the rain or under the harsh sun.
- Highly flexible frame – Made from EMS memory plastic, Momentum running glasses will fit comfortably to your face.
- Anti-slip technology – The molded nose bridge sits on your face no matter how intense your run is.
- Premium coatings – Momentum sunglasses come with all our standard premium coatings including UV protection and polarized lenses.
- Lightweight – The EMS memory plastic is lightweight and extremely durable.
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