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Sunglasses for Runners

Now that the weather is warming up (at least in my corner of the multiverse), I’m getting more and more questions regarding the appropriate sunglasses for various outdoor activities like golf, driving, swimming, fishing, and boating. Another common activity is running or jogging, so I thought I’d make that the topic for today’s post.

People who advocate running or jogging often obsess over their shoes (which is understandable), but few of them give any consideration to their sunglasses.  However this is a mistake, because not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they also help protect your face from dust, road debris, insects, projectiles from passing cars, etc.

Therefore the first thing you want to make sure of is that the sunglasses fit on your face properly.  A proper fit will maximize protection from the sun as well as debris.  If your sunglasses do not fit correctly, they will move and bounce as you run which could cause chafing, indentations on the bridge of the nose, irritation behind the ears, and other unpleasant consequences.

Another consideration is the shape of the sunglasses.  Avoid sunglasses with small lenses (for example, Morpheus Sunglasses & Seraph Sunglasses) and opt for wraparound lenses (for example, Twins Sunglasses).  This style of lens is best for runners because it blocks out the UV rays that penetrate from the sides of your eyes.

In terms of the specific type of lens, runners are advised to get sunglasses with strong UVA and UVB protection (UV400 protection), shatterproof polarized lenses to counteract the glare from reflective road surfaces, and anti-fog lenses for clarity of vision.

Finally, you are probably wondering what brands of sunglasses are best for runners.  Unfortunately none of our Matrix Sunglasses are specifically designed for runners, but there are plenty of styles that are.  Some examples are Oakley (M-Frame, Oil Drum, or Bottle Cap styles), Nike 476 and Nike EVO475 sunglasses, and TAG Heuer 5101 sunglasses.  Good luck and happy running!

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