I’m going to start with an analogy. A Ferrari is arguably the nicest car in the world. Well, you don’t go off-roading in a Ferrari because that’s not its intended purpose. Same with Michael Kors stilettos. You don’t go running in your high heels. So why on earth would you wear the same glasses for everyday life and fashion that you would for mountain biking or road cycling, hiking, running, or whatever fun athletic activity you’re into?
I find it a little bit crazy when I see people wearing their beautiful Chanel sunglasses or their brand new matte black Wayfarers when they’re riding a bike. They usually have the wrong lens tint, the wrong lens material, they’re not helmet compatible, they slide off your face…that’s not what they’re intended for. Even though they’re awesome, beautiful shades, it’s important to have sunglasses specific for the event or sport that you’re doing. They stay in place more securely, they protect from wind better, and they also help your other glasses last a lot longer. I mean, if you’re getting your brand new aviators sweaty and nasty every time you go for a hike, how much longer will they last for everyday use?
That said, why not get a pair of Oakley Flak Jacket XLJs or Nike Show X2s that are specific for the sport that you’re doing? They’re going to have the right type of frames, the right type of features, the glasses are going to stay on better, the lens tint will help you see what you’re doing, plus, your every day sunglasses aren't going to get rusty and ruined while you’re playing your sports.
So, buy 18 pairs of sport prescription sunglasses for every activity you do at sportrx.com. (We can also help you choose one pair of adaptable, multi-sport glasses 🙂) If you have more questions about sport-specific eyewear, check out the rest of our blog or feel free to call us and speak to a sports optician.