Better views on tour with the right sunglasses
Snow goggles, ski goggles, cycling glasses, running glasses... There is a wide range of eye protectors that not only look good, but also help you to be safer on the road outside, because they prevent glare so you can perceive your surroundings clearly.
Here's an overview of the various characteristics of the different types of eyewear and what you need to consider when buying the right sunglasses.
Types of sunglasses
For ambitious users out there, there are basically three basic categories of sunglasses.
Ski goggles are the largest and most protective sunglasses. If you're on the snow all day, then it's very important that the eyes are not blinded by the bright, reflected light. It's not just to prevent snow blindness, but sunglasses also have to make sure you can clearly make out any contours or outlines all day and in changing light conditions. So safety on the slopes is significantly increased. Especially off piste (freeriding, backcountry, all mountain), it is even more important that you can clearly make out any dangers early on in the sunglasses - whether in bright sunlight or cloudy weather.
Therefore, the overall size and the lens is of absolute priority when choosing sunglasses for skiing. For freeriders skiing on less-maintained trails a wide lens for an even bigger field of view is recommended. There are also smaller models for sporty downhill racers.
For the lenses you can chose between photochromic or monochrome lenses. This depends on the light intensity. For this, you should consider how long and in what weather you will mainly use the sun glasses. In addition there are glasses with a special polarizing filter which takes out the light reflected from snow glare in extremely bright surroundings.
The band, ventilation, adjustment and frame size are also factors to consider when you buy sunglasses for skiing. Ski goggles are also perfect for mountaineering and expeditions.
It's completely the opposite for sunglasses for distance-based activities such as cross-country skiing, speed hiking, mountain biking, road and trail running and normal running. They are lightweight, as well as elastic and impact-resistant. There are monochrome, adaptive and interchangeable lenses. You need to consider the correct type of sunglasses for the type of sport and its demands.
Glacier glassesare great for alpine environments, because they combine the ease of mountain eyewear with the all-round protection of ski goggles. Sunglasses like this are compact, but closed on the sides, so no glare from snowfields or glaciers interferes when climbing. For those kind of sunglasses a safety band is advisable.