Key Features for Cycling Sunglasses
Whether you are a newly minted glasses wearer or just due to replace some well-worn riding shades, cycling-specific prescription eyewear can enhance and improve your time on the bike. We’re not guaranteeing that the right eyewear will make you faster, but it just might just give you a little edge over your friends that don’t take their equipment as seriously as you do.
Instead of attempting to make do with non-functional (yet very stylish) fashion sunglasses, or squinting through rides in your regular, everyday glasses, step into the world of performance prescription sunglasses. Here are a few things to consider about frame style and design before making your purchase:
As a cyclist, protecting your eyes and ensuring you have the proper vision in all scenarios on your bike may be the difference between a great ride and a great fall. Regardless of where you ride, it’s important to choose a style with lenses that “wrap” around your face. A wrapped lens design offers protection from debris, wind, and bugs and minimizes the amount of glare that comes from light bouncing off the back of the lens and into your eyes.
Shatterproof lenses are also a necessity. Shards of glass (even tempered glass has sharp edges when it shatters) are bad news in a crash and can do more damage than just the impact of the crash itself. High-grade polycarbonate or Trivex are the materials we recommend for cycling. Both are lightweight, provide excellent impact resistance and are used by all of the top cycling eyewear brands.
Frame Fit and Design
Often, people want to take a curved fashion or lifestyle sunglass that they already own and use it for cycling. While this may seem like a good idea on the surface, the main difference between cycling-specific glasses and curved casual frames is a good, athletic frame fit.
In addition to being lightweight and durable, cycling glasses have rubber on the nosepiece and earstems and provide a secure three-point fit, even while perspiring. This will make a huge difference when you are bombing down a hill, sweating like crazy, and don’t want to take your hands off the bars to adjust your glasses.
This sounds silly, but one advantage of styles that don’t have a frame on the bottom of the lens is that sweat just drips off. In more of a lifestyle design, sweat tends to pool in the inside corners of the lens and leak into the eyes at the most inopportune moments.
Oakley’s Racing Jacket, built specifically with cycling in mind, is one style that was designed to actively channel sweat through ports in the frame and away from the eyes. The design of the frame and the way it handles sweat may make the difference between you making that corner or getting a new batch of road rash.
If you have any other questions about cycling specific prescription glasses, give us a shout at 888-507-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.