Aside from the indisputable style factor, the most obvious reason to wear sunglasses is to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. But they can also prevent dirt, dust, debris or insects from hurtling into your eyes at speed. Even on a dull overcast day or at night, glasses offer good protection from the elements.
Things to consider when choosing cycling sunglasses:
By having the right lens colour you will not only be able to see everything with greater clarity, but you will also protect your eyes. Most good quality cycling glasses come with different lenses to suit differing light conditions as follows:
- Grey lens - Good for dimming bright sunshine but with minimal contrast. Colour neutral.
- Brown lens - Good for sunny spells with cloud
- Pink lens - Good for bright or overcast weather conditions
- Blue lens - Good for poor visibility or foggy weather conditions
- Yellow lens - Good for brightening up your view in low light conditions
- Clear lens - Good for riding in the dark or very overcast conditions
Alternatively you can choose a Photochromic lens which will automatically lighten or darken according to the amount of daylight available, giving you the best view of the road or trail ahead. These are great if you don’t want the hassle of changing lenses or if the weather is a bit unpredictable. These are also particularly well suited to mountain bikers who ride in and out of dark forested areas and bright open spaces. However, the range of light conditions that Photochromic lenses can adapt to won’t be as vast as different light specific lenses. It’s also worth looking out for a Hydrophobic coating which will repel water when it rains and an anti-scratch coating for extra protection, especially if you are riding off-road. Polarized lenses help to reduce glare and provide better UV protection so are another good upgrade to consider.