To protect your eyes from potentially damaging UV rays
Looking for a good pair of sports sunglasses? Well, you're in the right place then. Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, or someone who likes to work up a sweat outside, proper sports sunglasses are one of the essential pieces of kit you definitely need to have in your arsenal for summer. And no, sunglasses from your local newsagents that cost £3.50 but have no legit UV protection won't cut it. Here's why.
Andreas Nilemo, Co-founder & CEO of Spektrum Sports, explains: 'It’s important to consider purchasing quality sports eyewear – sports sunglasses have greater respect for the different conditions and/or light conditions you might experience when exercising outside. Not wearing eyewear increases the risk of getting bugs, or even gravel or branches, in your eyes while cycling or running.'
Adequate UV protection is also key. 'Multiple eye diseases including cataracts, and acute injuries like keratitis, are associated with UV exposure. Check that your sunglasses offer good UV protection and, if you're unsure, it's definitely worth investing in high-quality performance eyewear.'
Thirdly, proper sports sunglasses boost your performance – fewer distractions, better visibility and the confidence of knowing your eyes are properly protected are all reasons to invest.
Cast your assumptions about sports sunglasses aside – they aren't *all* clunky and unfashionable by any means. Here are 10 of the best pairs to shop now that tick both the 'style' and 'performance' boxes.