Extreme Sports Eyewear: different shades for different sports.

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You wouldn’t wear the same bra you wear to work on your morning run. The same goes for eyewear

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adidas EE halfrim Pro XS, $309.95 – These glasses are built for cycling and triathlon, and are available in three sizes for a perfect fit.

Just as our busts need different support for different occasions, our eyes need protection when taking on any physical activity. Vision drives performance and there are a lot of factors to think about. Bondi Beauty has put together five crucial points to think about when you go to choose your next set of frames.

By Fashion Contributor, Narissa Moeller

Vision:

Clear-cut vision is vital in sport because if our eyes start to fatigue, guess what? So does our concentration and performance. To eliminate this, adidas introduced Light Stabilising Technology, designed to balance out any distracting and dangerous light and shadow fluctuations, perfect for outdoor use. Similarly, Nike’s new Max Transition lenses are designed to dim the sun and respond to changing light, great for anyone wanting to see sport better, without having to think about it. Another technology to look out for is polarized lenses. They’re designed to reduce glare and also enable you to see beneath the surface of clean water.

Protection:

Protection is an obvious factor, given we’re talking about sunglasses, but when looking for new sport frames it’s important you go for the highest optical quality. Ensure you’re getting a pair of lenses that are 100% UV protected, anti-fogging if you’re planning on working up a sweat and scratch-resistant to fight off any strong impact forces.

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Image 2: adidas Tycane S, $209.53 – A part of the adidas water sports collection; they provide perfect protection from sunlight and water.

Fit:

Everyone’s face shape is different, so you want a pair that will adjust to fit only you. Adidas performance sunglasses have three frame sizes available, a temple adjustment system reaching up to 8 degrees, Double-Snap Nose Bridge and Traction Grip temples, to ensure fit won’t be a problem. Likewise, the Nike Show-X2 also features adjustable temples and an adjustable ventilated nose for stability. Without having to worry about glasses falling off means better focus and ultimately better performance.

Durability:

Outdoor activity is going to take its toll on your sunglasses, so you want a pair that are going to last. Typically sports sunglasses are made of metal, plastic, or nylon. Nike uses a Polycarbonate material. It’s a versatile, tough plastic used due to its strength and is also really lightweight so you won’t even know they’re on. If you’re into extreme sports, you might want detachable hinges to allow temples to detach from the frames under impact. This will avoid breakage and can easily be reinserted back onto the frame afterwards.

Style and Prescription:

From skiing and running to cycling and golf, a fantastic range of styles are available to suit whatever activity you’re taking part in. There are woman’s specific frames, casual-wear sunglasses, most brands and models can be obtained in prescription correction using various technologies and great ranges of filter colour. It’s important to know that different lens colours can enhance specific colours in different sports. For example, yellow lenses are recommended for tennis as they heighten the colour of the ball against the colour of the sky.

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adidas EE halfrim Pro #, $309.95 – These cycling and triathlon sunglasses provide the widest field of vision with their 10-base wrap lenses, and have additional features such as a removable sweat bar and a lens-lock system (to protect your eyes in case of a fall).

Photography: Thomas Dang

Styling: Narissa Moeller

Models: Nicole Leadbeatter (blonde) and Katrina Ramunni (brunette)

 

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Narissa Moeller

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