HOT SHADES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

APAIR OF GOOD sun­glasses pro­vide much more than just pro­tec­tion against the el­e­ments (dust, de­bris, etc.) and re­lief from harm­ful UV rays for your eyes in the bright sun. Sun­glasses can re­duce glare, which can help per­for­mance by mak­ing it eas­ier (and some­times even just pos­si­ble) to see vary­ing road or trail con­di­tions. Many of the glasses we re­view here can also im­prove your abil­ity to see what’s coming ahead of you by im­prov­ing con­trast and def­i­ni­tion.

With that in mind you’ll also want to pick the lens (or lenses) for your glasses with your par­tic­u­lar needs in mind. More of­ten than not you’ll see grey or smoked lenses on bikes in tran­si­tion. These pro­vide pro­tec­tion from bright light and glare with­out chang­ing colours. Am­ber or brown lenses are good in in­ter­change­able light con­di­tions. Pho­tochromic lenses take that to the next level, ac­tu­ally chang­ing the level of tint based on the light con­di­tions, mak­ing them a nice choice for days where the light is chang­ing con­stantly. Yel­low lenses are good for en­hanc­ing con­trast on foggy or darker days – these are a good backup lens to have for dark or rainy days so you can still wear a pair of sun­glasses to pro­tect your eyes and still be able to see clearly.

Which all means that a good pair of sun­glasses can be­come a valu­able piece of your train­ing equip­ment. Don’t just pick a pair be­cause they look good – make sure you’re get­ting a pair that fits you well and pro­vides all the tech­ni­cal needs you’ll want to per­form at your best.

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