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How to Choose the Best Eyewear for Active Lifestyles

man wearing athletic rectangular frames

Wearing glasses while trying to maintain an active lifestyle can be a challenge. They need to be attractive and stylish, but they also need to be durable enough to stand up to the many activities you participate in.


What kind of advantages do sporty eyewear frames offer? What kinds of factors should you consider when making your choice?


Read on and find out more so you can maximize your performance and style next time you’re getting active!


Advantages of Sporty Eyewear Frames

It’s important to have the correct eyewear when it comes to sports and activities. For example, a cyclist will want polarized lenses that can reduce glare and improve visibility. Here are a few more reasons for having the right eyewear:


1. Protection

Many activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing, and water sports, can expose your eyes to debris, dust, wind, UV rays, and other hazards. The right eyeglasses or sunglasses can protect your eyes and prevent injuries or discomfort.

2. Performance

Good eyewear can enhance your performance by improving your vision and visual clarity. Lenses that have polarized or photochromic properties can reduce glare and adjust to changing light conditions, giving you a better look at your surroundings.

3. Comfort

Sports and other activities can be physically demanding. Uncomfortable eyewear can be distracting, which hinders your performance. Good eyewear should be comfortable and fit securely on your face so you can focus without worrying about adjusting your glasses.

4. Durability

The impact of these active activities or sports can be tough on your eyewear. Constant movements, exposure to the elements, and impacts can all cause damage to your eyewear. Choosing strong and durable eyewear that can withstand the rigours of your chosen activity means you don’t need to worry about your glasses breaking or failing in the middle of it.

What You Should Consider When Buying Active Eyewear

Impact Resistance

An active lifestyle can really put the durability of your eyewear to the test. Choosing frames and lenses that can stand up to impact is important for keeping up your active lifestyle. Choose materials like polycarbonate, which is strong and lightweight.


Fit and Comfort

Comfort is always a factor but can be even more so when you’re active. You don’t want your eyewear to slip or slide around. Find frames that fit snugly but comfortably on your face, with nose pads and earpieces that are adjustable.


Lens Coatings and Tint

If your activity involves spending time outdoors, then UV protection is a big feature to look for. Glasses with lenses that provide 100% UV protection are a must. Sunglasses may even help you do better in your chosen sport. Polarized sunglasses, for example, help reduce the glare from reflective surfaces like water and snow, allowing you to paddleboard or snowshoe in a safer manner.


Different lens tints and coatings are used for different sports or activities. Yellow or orange can enhance contrast in low-light conditions, whereas polarized lenses can reduce glare on snow or water. Anti-fog lenses are also great for preventing fogging up during intense activity.



And finally, you want to look while you’re doing it all. Consider eyewear that fits your personal taste and fashion sense. Whether you want a classic look or modern trends, there are always plenty of options that combine style and performance.


Find Your Next Pair of Active Eyewear

At solis optics, we carry a wide range of brands with great frame options for active lifestyles such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Nike.  


Visit our first rebranded solis optics locations in Vancouver, Burlington and Dundas or visit one of our partner locations across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.



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