Choosing sports sunglasses & eyewear
- A wrap around style for plenty of eye protection and to keep out wind, rain and harmful UVR
- Lightweight frames for extended wear comfort
- To prevent sports related eye injuries, polycarbonate impact resistant, shatterproof lenses will be required
- The option to choose different lens colours
It’s worth noting that the vast majority of ‘designer’ and leisure style sunglasses have grey lenses. Grey only dulls light it doesn’t add contrast. With sports style sunglasses and eyewear other lens colours will be available such as brown, amber, rose, yellow and orange all of which provide contrast enhancement; a desired feature for most sports like fishing, tennis, shooting, golf and skiing.
Most sports style sunglasses use polycarbonate as the lens material because it has 20 times the impact resistance of glass and is 3 times lighter.
- Lens colours & density of tint
- Style of frame
- Use in high glare conditions like fishing on / by water and watersports
Men’s, Women’s and Unisex styles
As part of the description for each model we have indicated whether the style is aimed mainly at men, women or is unisex. Most sports sunglasses with their wrap styling are closer fitting (than fashion / leisure styles) and therefore unisex. For each brand / model the frame and lens colour can be seen in the picture shown but in most cases we also give the frame colour in the description and in all cases we describe the lens colour(s).
See the section on ‘Eyewear Information’ for more detail about polarised / polarized lenses and their benefits. To make it easier to quickly identify a model with a polarised lens look for the ‘Polarised’ symbol shown in the image.
Lens colours and their use
‘Smoke’ is the lens colour typically used as the base colour when a mirror finish is applied to the lens. It is similar to grey but can have a brown or blue hue.
Amber and Brown
Popular colours that increase contrast (field of vision will appear sharper), they provide a warm appearance and work well where judging distance is important (like golf). The are good for most weather / light conditions.
A light enhancing colour – good for low visibility, dark, hazy and cloudy conditions. Provide exceptional contrast and enhanced depth perception. Not suitable in strong sun or high glare conditions.
Green (also called G15)
The Green / G15 lens was first popularised by Ray-Ban and used in their classic aviator sunglasses. It provides a soothing tone to colours and enhanced contrast. Often combined with grey; the grey-green lens is a good alternative to plain grey for bright sun conditions.
Red, Rose and Orange
These colours filter out blue light which causes eye strain. They are high definition lens colours that will make objects appear in sharper focus. Suitable for most light but especially overcast conditions. Popular with golfers, cyclists and shooting enthusiasts.
A fashion colour but also helps to emphasise the colour yellow so useful for tennis players (yellow ball) and archery enthusiasts (yellow / gold bull).
Mirror and ‘Revo’ lenses
Mirror and mirror-revo are coatings applied to the front of the lens (usually applied to a base ‘smoke’ lens – see above). Mirror coatings can come in a wide variety of colours. The term ‘revo’ usually applies when the mirror has more than one colour e.g. red-orange. Whilst mirror coatings are often chosen for their cosmetic effect they also limit glare and increase the filtering power – this can block an additional 10 – 60 % of visible light for greater comfort in intense, full-sun conditions. As they limit light exposure that could cause photokeratitis (snow blindness) on bright, sunny days they are often chosen for snow sports and mountain climbing.
A flash mirror finish (to the base lens colour) is not a full mirror effect but gives a slight reflection.
Interchangeable lens sets
- Category 0: 80-100% VLT
- Category 1: 46-79% VLT
- Category 2: 18-45% VLT
- Category 3: 8-17% VLT
- Category 4: 3-8% VLT
- Category 0 – Clear, Light Yellow, Pale Orange and Yellow
- Category 1 – Orange, Rose & Vermilion
- Category 2 – Purple, Red, Amber & Light brown
- Category 3 – ‘Standard’ Grey & Brown
- Category 4 – Dark Grey & Dark Brown