Enjoy the view with the right sunglasses
Glacier glasses, ski goggles, cycling glasses, running glasses... There are so many types of eye protectors on the market! Not only do they look great, but they also prevent glaring to ensure you’re safe on the go.
Here’s an overview of the different types of eyewear and what you need to consider when buying sunglasses.
Types of sunglasses
There are basically three types of sunglasses made for athletic activities.
Ski goggles are the largest and most protective sunglasses of them all. If you’re spending the entire day out in the snow, then it’s important to protect your eyes against the binding, reflecting light. These will help you perceive contours and outlines in changing light conditions to significantly increase your safety on the slopes. Especially when off-piste skiing (freeriding, backcountry, all mountain), it’s important that you can clearly see dangers coming up ahead, be it in bright sunlight or in cloudy weather.
When choosing ski goggles, you should look at both the overall size and the type of lens. We recommend freeriders to get a pair with a wide lens because it offers a larger field of view. As for downhill racers, they can opt for smaller models.
In addition, there are two types of lenses on the market: photochromic and monochrome. Your choice will depend on the light intensity, so you should consider how long and in what type of weather you’ll be in. Plus, there are glasses with a special polarising filter, which takes out the light reflected from the snow glare in extremely bright environments.
The type of straps, amount of ventilation, adjustability and frame size are all factors to consider when buying ski sunglasses. You can also use ski goggles whilst you're mountaineering and on expeditions.
Sunglasses for distance activities, such as cross-country skiing, speed hiking, mountain biking, road running and trail running are very different from ski sunglasses. These are a lot more lightweight, are somewhat elastic and break-resistant. As for their lenses, you can choose between monochrome, adaptive and interchangeable models. When choosing a pair, you’ll need to consider the type of sport and its demands.
Glacier glasses are great for alpine environments because they combine the lightness of sunglasses with the all-round protection of ski goggles. These types of sunglasses are compact, but are closed at the sides to prevent the glare from the snow and glaciers from bothering you. When purchasing such sunglasses, we also recommend getting a safety band.