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Performance and Sport Sunglasses

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Performance and Sport Sunglasses

The boom in outdoor sports activities like mountain biking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, golfing and in-line skating has also created the extreme popularity of sports- and performance-oriented sunglasses.

To meet the demands of the casual and competitive sportsperson, much research and development has been done by the sunwear manufacturers as to how they can create the best sunglasses for the most people. The results: lightweight, flexible and durable materials, no-slip components that do not fail in the heat of the moment, and of course lenses, lenses, lenses.


Perhaps the most important aspect of effective sports sunwear is the optical quality and visual enhancement of the lenses. Many lens colors that are particularly effective in certain situations (such as brown, green, gray, yellow, orange, etc.) are now available.

Polycarbonate lenses are also extremely popular, as they are super strong and impact-resistant, a benefit that is particularly appealing to many people involved in sports.

Polarized lenses are also in demand, because they reduce glare produced on flat surfaces such as water or a field of snow. There is, however, some debate as to polarized lenses' effectiveness when it comes to sports that require contrast definition like downhill and mogul skiing. [Read more about polarized lenses, including why they might be less than ideal for use in snowy settings.

Glass lenses are used occasionally in sports eyewear (like in sunglasses for golfing) because of their great optical quality, but many people involved in more extreme sports shy away from them because of the potential for shattering upon impact.

What's Your Sport?

One major trend that has hit the sports eyewear arena recently is sports-specific sunwear. Frames and lenses are now available that are targeted specifically to the golfer, the cyclist, the boater, the rock climber and so on. This availability and specialization has created great consumer interest and increased sales.

If you prefer to be Jack of all sports, there is also a variety of multipurpose sports sunglasses on the market. Changeable lens systems are now offered by many sunwear companies and offer the wearer options when it comes to usefulness for different sports and different conditions.

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