Protective eyewear to help you run like the wind: things to consider
I guarantee you: one of the very first things you will learn as a runner, is just how ungainly and undignified trying to run in normal glasses can be. And let’s face it – standard glasses just aren’t up to the job of supporting your running efforts.
Your everyday specs might serve you just fine when you’re lounging at home or sat typing away in the office. But they aren’t anywhere near durable enough for athletic activity – that’s if they don’t keep slipping off your nose or fly off your head whenever you rotate it quickly.
So, let’s skip all of that bother, by helping you to pick the dedicated protective eyewear that’ll help to shield your eyes and relax your face. That way, you’ll be able to focus on what’s important… your performance when running. Here are some key factors to think about when buying.
How much are you looking to spend?
It hopefully shouldn’t need to be explained that the more you’re prepared to spend on your protective eyewear, the more features you can likely benefit from.
Of course, you’d expect someone like me to urge you to spend more on your glasses, but there are also definite benefits of investing more in protective eyewear. Cheaper glasses can sometimes be more vulnerable to damage than their more expensive counterparts, and if there’s a certain vital feature missing from those cut-price specs you’ve just bought, they might not do you much good.
It’s not impossible to get a good pair of running glasses for a relatively low price, though – it all depends on what you need. So if you’re on a tight budget, first make a list of those features you really need to have. This’ll help you to more confidently narrow down the options presented by leading brands like Ryders Eyewear.
How well will you need to be protected from the sun?
This might seemingly depend on where, and at what time of year, you are running. But the truth is, even very affordable eyewear should give you comprehensive protection here. Just look at Ryders Eyewear’s Nimby – Standard specs, for example, which block 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays.
How effective will the eyewear be at reducing lens fogging?
Fogged lenses are one of the most frustrating things for many runners, so you should look for specs that will help to make this less of an issue. Again looking at the Ryders Eyewear range, antiFOG technology is specifically incorporated into many of our glasses, so that you won’t be distracted by condensation at the worst possible times.
It’s not just antiFOG that could help to lessen fogging, though. Simply ensuring your chosen eyewear is adjustable could make this less frequent a problem, too – so it’s handy that such glasses as the Bowery – antiFOG specs come with adjustable nose pads and temple tips.
This functionality will enable you to fine-tune the amount of airflow behind the lens, so that your face stays cool and comfortable, too.
How tough will the glasses be?
It’s important to have reasonable expectations here. No runners’ glasses will be utterly invincible, but they ought to have certain common-sense features – such as impact resistance and scratch-resistant coatings – to make them an appreciable step up from whatever you wear in the office.
All of our lenses here at Ryders Eyewear – not just the range-topping ones – are both impact-resistant and scratch-resistant. By this, we mean that your specs won’t break up into loads of little shards if they are struck with force – and as for the scratch resistance, I’d urge you not to take this term too literally. Our glasses aren’t diamonds, so it isn’t completely impossible to scratch them, but they’ll still scratch a lot less easily than so much of the alternative eyewear out there.
No particular pair of running glasses, of course, can do absolutely everything. If you’re an inexperienced runner, you might go through a few pairs over time, as you gradually figure out what you really need in athletic specs, and what you don’t. Still, the above advice should hopefully give you a sense of some of the things you need to contemplate when comparing options.