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Our extensive range of sports style sunglasses suitable for running start at just £9.95 and include free UK delivery on orders £15 and over in value. Choose from top brands like Oakley, Uvex, BLOC, Evolution and Bollé. At the bottom of the page is a full length article with more advice to help you choose.

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Choosing running sunglasses

The first thing to think about is that you will need a sport style sunglass. These are quite different from fashion and leisure styles in that they are much more wrap around – in other words closer fitting – and the frame will be made of a lightweight, non-metallic material like polycarbonate or TR90 (nylon).

Sports, wrap around style sunglasses give plenty of eye protection to keep out wind, rain and harmful UVR. Lightweight frames are essential and impact resistant lenses recommended. Frames will typically also have rubber or silicone nose pads and temple tips to stop them slipping off your face when you’re running and perspire. One good thing about sports sunglasses is that as they are close fitting they tend to fit both men and women, and the majority of sports sunglasses are unisex in size and style.

The single biggest reason for wearing sports sunglasses is to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) when outdoors, in particular the more damaging UVB radiation. UV rays from sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye and lead to cancer of the eyelids. Too much UVR exposure is linked to conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. As the eye cannot see UVR, good quality sunglasses have an important function in blocking UVR.

The most popular lens colours for runners will be grey or brown which are suitable for strong sun. If running in low light (at dawn or dusk or in woods) a yellow lens is ideal. For overcast conditions an orange or rose lens will be useful. For this reason more and more running enthusiasts are choosing multi-lens interchangeable sets.

For high glare conditions, polarised lenses are needed. Polarised sunglasses are mainly used by watersports and fishing enthusiasts because they eliminate glare off the surface of water. But as they also block glare off any hard surface (roads & pavements) they can be useful for runners too.

Polycarbonate lenses that fall onto a hard surface like a pavement will easily scratch so it’s also a good idea to wear a retainer (also called frame cords and cord grips); these attach to the temples (frame arms) and will stop your sunglasses slipping off your face when you are mobile and you perspire.

Sunglasses For Sports has a wide selection of models especially suited to running with prices starting at just £9.95 with free UK Delivery.