Whether you’re pushing big watts in search of mountain summits or chasing Strava segments at your local parkrun, it pays to protect your eyes from flies, wind, debris and the sun’s glare.
A good set of sports shades should fit comfortably and stay put under pressure.
Here’s our pick of the best sport-friendly eyewear to keep your goals in focus.
MF BEST BUY + MF 5 STAR PRODUCT
These face-wrappers change the shape of ocular protection for downhill pursuits, with a wide-vision, single-piece lens with a high-wrap frame keeps insects and rays off your eyeballs and extends your field of vision so you can see more of the road ahead.
Patented High Definition Optics focus incoming light into one spot, so your brain and eyes compute a single image – that means less mental work, picking out potential dangers.
The 30g Kato’s lenses filter out 100 per cent of troublesome UVA and UVB rays up to 400nm and a repellent coating sees off water, fingerprints and sweat. Though we’re not sure about blood and tears.
MF RECOMMENDED + MF 5 STAR PRODUCT
Roka Falcon Titanium
Roka’s impeccable design proves Aviators aren’t just for beachbar swagger. At 19g shades don’t get much lighter, while the impressive anti-scratch, glare, fog and reflection skills of the Polarised lenses keep roads and trails in sharp focus.
The real mind-blower, though, is the patented nose and temple pads that give these unshakeable grip.
CimAlp Vision One Sport
Designed for hiking, cycling, running and generally moving fast up and down hills, these close-fitting wraparounds stop sunlight sneaking in the sides, while an anti-glare lens with UV 400 blocks 100 per cent of bad UV rays to keep your vision sharp – and eyes protected.
Adjustable temple ends and nose bridge make it easy to find a secure fit.
Built for the rigours of a range of sports spanning golf to cycling, the versatile Encoder pack wide vision Prizm™ lenses that deliver excellent contrast and colour leaving you free to focus on the task at hand.
Chuck in impact protection, great staying power and hat-friendly temple arms, and you’ve got excellent all-rounders.
Bose Frames Tempo
Ideal for soundtracking sunny runs, rides and fitness pursuits, these sport-friendly, glasses/headphones mash-up kick out high-quality audio from two speakers, leaving your ears open so you can hear cars, dogs and other stuff sneaking up.
The lenses are interchangeable to suit the conditions, and they’re water-resistant.
SunGod Renegades 8KO
The adventure-friendly Renegades bring a bit of classic style to your outdoor escapades with lightweight frames that can bend, twist and take the knocks. The crystal sharp – and interchangeable – polarised lenses come in ten different tints and pack full UV protection.
The fit is comfortable, but better suited to long days getting stuck into more leisurely-fitness pursuits.
Designed in Patagonia, made in Italy and with a focus fixed equally on performance and the planet, these specs are made from regenerated ocean plastics.
Rubber nose grips ensure a reliable fit while the polarised lenses provide pin-sharp viewing and 100 per cent UVA /UVB protection.
Words: Kieran Alger