If you’re among those who are wonder about what the different categories of sunglasses are, or what the filter is made of on your lenses, or if you just want to know a little more about how sunglasses protect your eyesight, then you need to read this article.
What you’ll learn:
What the categories of sunglasses are.
What the categories are of sun filters.
What type of sunglasses filters are right for each activity.
So let’s get started!
What are the categories of sunglasses out there?
One of the most frequent questions that come to us is in regards to the category or tone of our lenses. Before we answer, we want to first tell you about what these categories and filters mean.
It’s an ISO standard that’s called ISO 8980-3. All right, well, you might have stayed the way you were, right? Don’t worry, we’ll explain what an ISO standard is.
The acronym ISO is derived from the International Organization for Standardization, so an ISO standard is a standardization of products and services that are provided by this organization.
That means that each category or filter of sunglasses has been assigned a certain value. And this is done in order to guide consumers about what they are purchasing.
Because the sun is not equally intense at all times, during all seasons of the year or at all latitudes around the world, it may be advisable to wear a different category of sunglasses for each situation.
Before we go any further though, you need to know this:
The category of sunglasses is not the same as their UV absorption filter. When we talk about the category or filter of sunglasses, we are referring to the level of darkness provided by the sunglasses, also known as the level of light absorption. This is called Visible Light Transmission, VLT.
It’s possible to find very dark glasses that absorb a lot of sunlight but don’t have a good UV filter: this type of sunglasses are commonly found in your everyday supermarkets.
The categories of sunglasses are classified by their absorption of sunlight (or by the sunlight they transmit).
You need to know that the percentages shown here are indicative, a variation of 2-3% above or below is acceptable to place a pair of sunglasses in one category or the other.
Now that this has been made clear, let’s move on to the next point.
Existing SUNGLASSES CATEGORIES
Take a look at this chart:
And now let´s explain this,
When it comes to light transmission, these sunglasses transmit between 80 and 100% of the light. On the other hand, if we’re talking about absorption then these lenses would absorb between 0 and 20% of sunlight. As you can see, these values are inverted.
The sunglasses with these sun filters would be ideal for very cloudy days, for hours close to sunrise or sunset, for interiors, and they are suitable for driving or any other type of daily activity.
Let’s go to the next category.
The light transmission for this category is around 42-80 %, so the absorption rate is between 20 and 58%.
These are glasses that you could wear on partially cloudy days. They are suitable for driving, except at night, and it’s recommended to use them in conditions where there is no prolonged exposure to the sun. These are not recommended for outdoor athletic activities.
They have a light transmission rate of 18 and 42%. In other words, they have an absorption of between 58 and 82%.
These are lenses that are suitable for driving and recommended for use on cloudy or clear days. They can also be used in sports where there is no excessive sun exposure involved.
Now we’re moving on to the most famous category…
Cat 3 sunglasses are the top-selling item in the industry, and this is due to its high degree of sunlight absorption, consisting of 82-90%. If we are talking about transmission, then you know that the opposite figure must be applied: 8-18%.
This is a category that is suitable for daytime driving and offers comfortable protection against the sun’s rays. When I say comfortable, what I mean is that we feel that that the sunglasses fulfils one of its tasks, which is to prevent sunlight from bothering or blinding us.
These Category 3 sunglasses are recommended for all types of outdoor activities, such as spending a sunny day out in the country or on the beach. This is also perfect for all types of sports, with the exception of the ones that we will mention below.
All of our lenses are Category 3 sunglasses
Photochromics that range from Category 0 to 3.
Clear and yellow lenses are Category 0.
And now we are going to move on to the last category.
This is a type of sunglasses that incorporates lenses with a light absorption capacity of over 91%, which can reach up to 98%.
These are very specific lenses used for situations involving extreme sunlight, such as sports, sailing, or activities in the high mountains (skiing, snowboarding, etc). Keep in mind that with snow or water sunlight reflects much more as opposed to asphalt or grass. That’s why these types of activities require extra protection against sunlight exposure.
However, these lenses are not suitable for driving, and the police may even fine you if you wear them while you’re behind the wheel.
We’re convinced that this information will be useful towards your next purchase of sunglasses. Keep in mind that these categories are rather subjective.
While you may feel comfortable with a Category 1 pair of shades on sunnier days, another person may not think so. Each eye and visual system is different, and you should be the one to test those sensations, based on what’s mentioned in this article. (Exception: Category 4 is only for extreme sunlight exposure)
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This post will cover the best ski resorts in Europe, but I’m sure by now you’re wondering what this post is doing on a website about sunglasses.
You know that at Sunglasses Restorer we don’t just publish things about sunglasses or lenses.
Remember the posts about Women Beach Volleyball or the one about eye diseases caused by the sun? But to quote Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming,” so we thought we’d talk about something related to that.
Get ready to discover the 17 best ski resorts in Europe.
In order to hit the slopes, you’ve got to get the right equipment, your boots, your skis or snowboard and, of course, some ski glasses or other polarized sunglasses to protect yourself from the elements.
Before you start, if you want to get good ski goggles at the best price, stop by our Amazon store and take a look at our Baqueira Ski goggles. Click on the image below:
Now, we start with an emblematic
Zermatt Ski Resort (Switzerland)
This ski resort is located in the Monte Cervino. Zermatt is a place that will surprise you from the first moment you arrive. For example, if you travel in a car that is not electric you will not be able to enter the city (they promote the concept of an ecological city).
We can find tracks with up to a 60% slope, although they are not the most suitable option for beginners (i.e., we should not choose as our first destination).
We will have more than 360km at our disposal, even when skiing in summer on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. This place is consolidated as the highest in the whole of Europe when the summer arrives, with its near 4,000 meters in height.
However, this tourist destination is very elitist as we can see from the prices.
In any case, it is considered to be one of the best.
Now we’ll move on to France…
Val ‘Isère Ski Resort (France)
If you visit this ski slope, you will surely come back because its views are incredible. We have more than 300km to ski trails, so there are several hours of fun ahead of you.
This ski slope also hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and the 2009 World Championships.
In the same way as the previous season, in this one, we can also ski in the summer between the glaciers that surround the mountain (La Grande Motte and Pissaillas). The two glaciers are above 3,000 meters.
In addition, we will be able to enjoy the many activities the town has to offer: in it, we will find a vibrant nightlife, in addition to the popular bar Dicks, a very famous place.
The entire track is surrounded by mountains that measure over 4,000 meters.
The Saas Fee ski resort is known as “The Pearl of the Alps,” located at the foot of the Sun (a mountain at 4,545m).
It has 100km of tracks; 8 out of 10 are made up of red and black tracks, suitable for experts. We can even get out of the usual tracks without taking too many risks (although it is only recommended for the professionals).
The Saas Fee resort is even designed for people who do not ski and who go as a companion. Here we find the highest revolving restaurant in the world, located at an altitude of 3,500 meters.
There is also a large ice cave, a 900m roller coaster, and an underground funicular railway.
There’s no way to get bored in this place!
We change the country again
Ski resort Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Austria)
It is considered the best ski resort in Europe. This is the result of a study carried out by the Mountain Management Study, in which 4,000 amateurs took part. It stands out for its impressive views, the quality of its accommodations, as well as the facilities it has to offer to their clients.
It has an extension of tracks that reach 200km, as well as another 120km of tracks for cross-country skiing.
If we are starting out in this sport, the best thing to do is to use the wide courts. If we already have a certain level of knowledge, we will be able to pass the level and go directly to the red and black tracks. These ones are more complex, as they will require a certain amount of skill and concentration on the part of the expert.
To complement the above, the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski resort has special sunbathing areas with beach hammocks and ergonomic chairs. This is where you can bring out one of our lenses and enjoy a moment of relaxation in the sun.
The chairlifts have been integrated with a heating system and even a hood to protect against the most extreme conditions.
In addition, the children will have 150,000 square meters of space to improve their learning environment.
Let´s move back to France.
Chamonix Ski Resort (France)
This resort is located at the foot of the emblematic Mont Blanc. The Chamonix Valley is considered a very special place among ski fans, with a height of 4,810 meters.
You can ski with three different ski passes; Chamonix Le Pass, Domaine de Balme, and Grands Montets. In total, it’s 115km long. We even have the option of skiing between the adjoining resorts of Italy and Switzerland to connect the 410km trails of slopes.
It offers trails for all levels, both for amateurs who are just starting out and for those who want to test their skills.
We’re moving to Italy
Val Gardena Ski Resort (Italy)
We are now travelling to Italy to meet the Val Gardena ski resort, with 175 kilometers of slopes that can be extended if you connect to the neighboring slopes of Marmolada, Alta Badia, and Val di Fassa.
The most famous and recommended route of this station is the Sella Ronda. It is a circular route that goes up to the mountainous massif of Sella. You can do it in two ways; there is a yellow route that runs clockwise or there is the green route, which is much more complicated.
You must know that this resort has even won some important prizes, which makes it one of the most famous tracks in the country.
Here we can also find schools that will educate you in the first steps in the world of skiing or to help perfect your skills.
We return to Austrian lands, and this time the name is a little unpronounceable.
Ischgl Ski Resort (Austria)
It offers you up to 238km of tracks, equipped with modern and very fast lifts, as well as excellent access to the mountain.
One of the main reasons to visit this track is that Ischgl shares a part of the mountain with Switzerland, called Samnaun, and this area has no taxes. You can buy a variety of items at a much cheaper price than anywhere else.
We recommend Track 80, a perfect place to enjoy the Tyrol in all its splendor.
Val-Thorens Ski Resort (France)
This resort is characterized by offering the widest skiable terrain anywhere in the world, with more than 600km of slopes. We have slopes adapted to all levels, as well as activities such as cross-country skiing or snowparks, with which we can reach the Alps and enjoy a much fuller experience.
If we want to enjoy the best views of this place, we have to visit Caron’s Summit; from where we will be able to glimpse more than 1,000 summits of all the mountains of the Alps. A selfie in this place will be inevitable.
Of course, we can’t leave this place without eating at the Oxalys restaurant. It’s one of the best in the area. It even has a Michelin star.
We’re going back to one of the cradles of skiing.
Ski Resort of ST. Anton Am Arlberg (Austria)
This is a quality ski resort with 1,500 meters of slopes and some areas that are prepared only to be crossed by experts.
It is usually very busy, so lines can be eternal.
Fortunately, we can always go to the Stuben and Rendl sectors, which are further away from the center where the lines are much smaller.
In addition, in this mountain village, you can find a great variety of bars and restaurants that will open at 5 pm. A complete gastronomic route that will allow you to buy delicious street food (like a sandwich), and where you can enjoy the best beer in the world, which you can find in the Mooser Wirt bar, being the bar that sells more beer throughout Austria.
However, it’s only open at one half of the year, so you’ll have to try to make our visit coincide with the opening.
We’re still in the Alpine zone.
The ski resort of Aletsch-Arena (Switzerland)
This resort has three sectors that comprise a total of 100km of snow. Although it is true that this station is not as famous as Saas Fee or Zermatt, it has a very special place in this ranking.
The slopes are rather designed for skiers who have an intermediate level. If you are trying to improve your skill, this station can help to a certain extent, but when you reach a certain point you will have no choice but to choose any of the previous tracks.
As for the views, they overlook Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. It has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This is a place you can enjoy with all of the senses:
We don’t move much to find the next one.
Adelboden Ski Resort (Switzerland)
Adelboden is a family-friendly ski resort. That is to say, you will find ski slopes designed for the enjoyment of the whole family, with a whole series of activities that will be adapted to both adults and children.
For example, there are ski parks, sled rinks, ice-skating rinks, even cinemas where you can enjoy the latest releases.
In addition, it is characterized by being a fairly inexpensive station, being a good solution if you have a rather limited budget.
We now travel to Spain
Formigal Ski Resort (Spain)
Formigal is one of the most famous ski resorts in the country, receiving tourists continuously on an annual basis.
Although it is known for its incredible skiing facilities, it is also important to highlight all of the value of the natural space that you will discover.
You will be delighted with that characteristic blanket of snow that surrounds the peaks of the Pyrenees, being quite the spectacle.
Back to beautiful France
Les Deux Alpes (France)
The Les Deux Alpes (known in Spain as Los Dos Alpes) ski resort offers 200km of ski slopes. In addition, you can also do much more varied activities.
But what is undoubtedly its greatest advantage is that the slopes are available 365 days a year (even in the summer). But not all tracks: of the 200km of tracks, only 60km will be operational when temperatures start to rise. In any case, the simple fact of being able to ski in the summer in the Alps is considered a luxury, so this is another place you should definitely consider visiting.
It´s time for the Andorran Pyrenees
Grandvalira Ski Resort (Andorra)
In Grandvalira, there are almost 200km of skiable slopes. This makes it the longest ski slope in the whole of the Pyrenees.
In this place, you can find several various activities, so it is perfect to enjoy with the family, with the couple, or to have a great time with friends.
Snowparks are also available for snowboarding fans.
Andorra has always been an excellent destination for skiing, and resorts such as Grandvalira are considered the best option for doing so.
Now, we will travel down to the southernmost ski resort in Europe…
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort (Spain)
Sierra Nevada is the most popular ski resort in Spain, being an almost mandatory destination for ski tourists who decide to visit the country as soon as the temperatures drop.
Here you can find the perfect balance between snow, culture, and gastronomy that you will only find in Granada. In addition, you can even enjoy the sun on the beaches after you ski.
The slopes are quality, designed for both beginners and professionals. In addition, they are very beautiful, with views that few resorts can achieve.
You can also take advantage of your visit to Granada to enjoy the Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We’re still in Spain
Aramón Cerler Ski Resort (Huesca, Spain)
Near the end of this list, we find the ski resort Aramón Cerler, located in the Aragonese Pyrenees. It has 79km of skiable trails, with peaks that exceed 3,000m in altitude.
This was awarded the “Best Ski Resort in Spain” prize by the World Ski Awards. This award measures the quality of the resort’s service, in addition to the variety of tourist offerings that the user will find there.
We can combine skiing with a visit to the village of Cerler, where we will enjoy its old town, which will allow us to make a complete journey back in time to the 16th century (since there are still some vestiges of the noble houses of that time).
And now we come to the final resort…
Baqueira Beret (Andorra)
The Baqueira Beret ski resort is a “high standing” resort. Both the Spanish royal family, as well as music and entertainment stars pass through it during the snow season.
Here we can find everything we need for an incredible experience, with 146km of tracks suitable for all levels… The problem? The high cost involved.
It is undoubtedly a paradise located in the Pyrenees, where we can find the best snow blankets of all Europe.
The original resort would be built in the 1960s, at an altitude of 1,500m. However, if you want to enjoy the beauty of the place in all its splendor you can use a ski lift that will take you up to a height of 2,516 meters.
These are the 17 best ski resorts in Europe for the next 2018-19 season.
If there is a resort that you know about that is not on this list, be sure to leave a comment and tell us about it.
Enjoy the great activities and incredible views they offer and remember to wear polarized lenses, whether they are Oakleys, Arnettes or Ray-bans.
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Sunglasses lens materials: what are sunglasses lenses made of.
The material that the lenses are made of is a question that many people ask us and ask themselves, especially when they physically touch the lenses and realize that it is plastic. Opticians always call it organic lenses.
The material that our sunglasses are made of is called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a plastic that is easily moldable with temperature.
Its name comes from the fact that many carbon molecules are grouped together (poly=many, carbonate=carbon derivatives).
It can be said that this material was developed in equal parts by Schnell and General Electric, and its discovery and industrial development began in the 1950s.
The most characteristic property of polycarbonate is its high-impact resistance. It can withstand the impact of bullets of certain calibers and is, therefore, a component of armored glass.
Another very important property for the optical industry is the high protection against ultraviolet rays. A clear polycarbonate lens has 97% protection against a kind of the UVA and UVB rays that are harmful to the eye.
Polycarbonate lenses are also characterized by their lightness and flexibility. If you have purchased one of our Oakley compatible lenses, remove it from your glasses and take the lens as shown in the figure below.
Press fearlessly until the lens bends a little bit; don’t be afraid that the lens will break, it won’t. If you take it in your hand, you will also see its extreme lightness.
On a negative note, polycarbonate lenses have the disadvantage of being easily scratched. A simple fingernail on the surface may scratch the lens. To partially alleviate this defect, anti-scratch treatments are included in all polycarbonate lenses.
On the other hand, they are somewhat more expensive than conventional organic lenses.
It must also be said that they are more difficult to colorize. But if you notice, our lenses have a good color finish. It is simply a matter of using better dyes and improving the dyeing process.
In addition to being made of polycarbonate, our lenses are also equipped with TAC film. TAC is another type of plastic that has wide industrial applications. It is used to make many things, including photographic film.
The TAC material used for our Oakley and Arnette lenses is a polarizing film, responsible for this important property. Similarly, this layer provides 100% UVA and UVB protection. The TAC film provides the extra protection needed to keep your eyes safe from the sun.
Finally, the lenses with the iridium finish have a semi-mirrored layer on the outside, formed by a metal oxide (iridium).
This simple “little plastic” that you wear on your sunglasses is the result of a complex industrial manufacturing process. So take care of your glasses just as they take care of your vision.
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Women’s beach volleyball is not just about girls in bikinis, photos of suggestive bodies, and stuff like that. We wrote this post to show you what volleyball is really like, and we hope you will contribute by reading all the way through and sharing it on your social networks.
In this post, you will read about the following:
A brief history about the origins of women’s beach volleyball.
The best beach volleyball players from around the world.
The players with the best record in history.
The women’s beach volleyball apparel controversy.
So let’s get to it!
A brief history of women’s beach volleyball
Beach volleyball has two possible origins:
One was in Hawaii in 1915, and the other in Uruguay a year earlier. In addition, there are other stories that point to the Californian coasts, as well as in Brazil and France, where the first federations were established.
It was precisely in Brazil where the first international competitions began, from 1987 to 1996; a kind of unofficial beach volleyball tournament. In Barcelona 1992, beach volleyball was an exhibition sport, and in 1996 it was integrated into the Olympic Games.
After the success of the Atlanta Olympic Games, the world championship was established in 1997. In contrast, the European Championship has been held since 1993, and 1994 for its women’s version.
We could talk at length about these competitions, winners, and the like, but that’s all information you can find anywhere.
Now, however, I want to talk about some of the players who have made history in women’s beach volleyball. We’ll start with the most successful couple today in the world of women’s beach volleyball.
Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst.
This German couple has not stopped reaping successes since they were formalized as official partners in 2013. They earned the European Bronze that same year, and two gold medals in the following ones.
Laura was born in East Berlin while the wall was still standing. Kira is from Essen, and it looks like the beach volleyball gene is in her family; they’re like Jedis. Both his brother and sister compete in this sport professionally.
It was undoubtedly 2016, the year of their total consecration, where they won the Gold Medal in Rio de Janeiro. They did it on the Arena of Copacabana beach, and they beat the Brazilians and local idols Agatha and Barbara: it was an amazing success.
During 2017, they won the World Championship in Vienna for the first time. This time they defeated the Americans, April Ross and Lauren Fendrick, in the final.
Laura is 32 years old and Kira is 27, so it seems that women’s beach volleyball has these queens for a few more years.
And now we come to the U.S. Beach Volleyball players.
This Californian was the player with the most tournament wins in history. According to Wikipedia, she received 112 trophies. The couple she made with Kerri Walsh(Jennings) is the most successful in this sport in the women’s category.
What do we call the couple who won the gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, 2008 in Beijing, and 2012 in London? The Usaín Bolt of Beach Volleyball?
In addition, the 2003 World Championships in Rio, the 2005 World Championships in Berlin, and the 2007 World Championships in Gstaad.
I can think of another nickname: The Eddy Merckx of Women’s Volleyball. Remember what they used to call the Belgian cyclist? Indeed, the Cannibal, however, May-Treanor is nicknamed “The Turtle”. We don’t know why.
Her career began in 1999 with Holly McPeak. They competed in several AVP Tour and FIVB Tour tournaments and even won a fair bit of them. They finished a deserving 5th place at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
But everything changed in 2001 when she joined her alma mater.
Kerri Walsh (Jennings)
Together they achieved incredible success in beach volleyball.
Kerri Walsh Jennings adopted her second surname after her marriage to beach volleyball player Casey Jennings. She continued her career after Misty’s retirement and surpassed her in terms of number of victories. To the three Olympic gold medals, we must add a fourth one: the bronze medal obtained in Rio 2016 together with April Ross, who we will talk about later.
Walsh Jennings surpassed the record of 112 tournaments won by May-Treanor in 2012, when they won the Grand Slam final in Xiamen, reaching a total of 113 wins in a row. She currently has 133 victories.
Kerri Walsh’s Olympic career also began at Sydney 2000, but in this case, far from the beach. She was a member of the U.S. indoor volleyball team.
California is the home of women’s beach volleyball in the US, which is where April was born in 1982. She is a great player who had the bad luck to coincide at the same time as the aforementioned couple.
However, she was the world champion in 2009, and a silver medalist at the London 2012 Games. In the final competitions in Rio, she finished in third place alongside Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Her career began in indoor team volleyball until 2008 when she met Jennifer Kessy, with whom she achieved great success with, including defeating Treanor-Walsh in the semi-final of the AVP Santa Barbara.
After Misty May-Treanor’s retirement, April must have thought, “If you can’t handle the enemy, partner with her.” She then paired up with Kerri Walsh.
No doubt a brilliant player, nicknamed The Boss.
Let´s move “a little bit” to the South
This Australian player is the first woman from her country to compete in five Olympic Games. Her career has been plagued by victories, including a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. Is there any better way to win the Olympic gold than at home?
Later, she won the bronze at the World Championships in Rio in 2003 with Nicole Sanderson. She then changed her teammate again to join Tamsin Bernett, finishing 5th at Beijing 2008. In London 2012 they were eliminated in the first rounds in her fifth Olympic Games.
But her greatest successes were achieved together with his first partner
Kerri was born in 1965 in Adelaide, also very close to Sydney where she had her greatest success with Natalie Cook.
Her career began in traditional volleyball, and she was recognized as one of Australia’s top players in 1990. She had a very complicated injury in 1992 that forced her to retire early. However, her knee did hold up well in the sand on the beach, and this led her to pairing with Natalie Cook.
Together they won the Bronze medal in the first Olympic Games where beach volleyball was an official sport in Atlanta 1996. That same year they finished second in the world championships.
After that, they separated until 2000, when they thoroughly prepared for the games that would take place in their country. In the Olympic tournament, they gave no choice to their opponents and easily won the Gold. Gold that would also earn them the most important decoration of their native country: The Order of Australia.
After these Olympic Games, Pottharst retired and Natalie looked for other couples, the ones mentioned earlier. That’s a pretty good resume for these two Australians, isn’t it?
Now, let´s move to one of the most important countries in this sport.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, this player also started out in indoor volleyball, playing professionally in the Italian league. Until 1995, she switched to beach volleyball and began a successful career with her partner, Shelda Bede, whom she won 114 titles with.
This hit gave them a place in the Guinness Book of Records until May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings broke it.
Born in Fortaleza in 1973, this Brazilian woman was lucky enough to cross her sporting life with Behar. Apart from the barbarity of the tournaments she won, her most notable successes were the two silver medals at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 games. But if you think about it, this may not leave them with a good taste in their mouths.
However, they won the world championship twice, in Marseille 1999 and Klagenfurt in 2001. Plus another silver and bronze in Rio and Los Angeles respectively. They undoubtedly had a successful career.
Let´s talk now about two of their peers.
Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva
Talking about Brazil in regards to beach volleyball brings about fear for any opponent.
These two players have the honor of having defeated “the greatest” in a world championship final – not Muhammad Ali, but the aforementioned May-Treanor/Walsh-Jennings duo. This hit was achieved in 2011 in Rome.
The following year they won bronze at the London Olympics, and had previously won two silver medals and bronze in world championships. They have been together since 2004, and despite their fall in the last few years, they can still fight back.
This list doesn’t end here, though. We are looking forward to your comments about the players you think should be on it. But before you leave your impressions, read on.
The controversy about women’s beach volleyball clothing
We have tried to investigate this as much as possible and we tried to reach a consensus, but the truth is that we have not succeeded in doing so.
Until the publication of this article, searching for “Women’s Beach Volleyball” on Google always shows results of players in bikinis, and content that sexualizes the sport. We don’t like it, and that’s why we’ve created this text so that with your help, we can put it on Google’s first page.
In this article, it´s highlighted the fact that initially there were very strict rules about players’ bikinis. Even the centimetres that the bottom part had to have.
Beach volleyball started out being played originally in swimwear, so it is normal that the first amateur competitions were like this. Kerri Walsh is a defender of this argument. Her literal words are,
“Original beach volleyball was played in bikinis and shorts, I don’t know what else they want us to wear…”
It seems obvious that the factor that is responsible for this controversy is the nature of the Internet. Everything becomes viral in just a few clicks and seconds, and digital photography has also played its part as well.
Starting in 2016, the International Beach Volleyball Federation made changes to its regulations regarding women’s clothing, and the types of garments that are permitted. At the Rio games, the Egyptian women’s team, Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy, wore long sportswear and adapted the traditional veil to compete in.
Going back in time, let’s look at this other article. New Zealand player Anna Scarlett, referring to a competition she was playing in, said the media focused more on the players’ bikinis than on the competition itself.
“I find it frustrating and I know that more players do too. I suppose, unfortunately, the sexual aspect has sold out a lot. But if that makes a lot of people interested in the game, it’s a good start.”
How would you take this comment? Is it better that people go see women’s beach volleyball just for the bodies of the players or instead having empty arenas?
No doubt this controversy was big at the time. And in this regard, Kerri Walsh also made another statement to be taken into account.
“When we play volleyball in the sand, it’s 100 degrees. I think we just have to educate the public, separate the grain from the chaff and make sure we’re working hard and not taking advantage of sexualization, because it’s inherent in any way.”
And perhaps this is the key to everything: educating the public and not just seeing female bodies in bikinis. Because girls and women train very hard, for many hours, and sacrificing several aspects of their personal lives to achieve their sports goals.
Do you agree with that?
If so, I’d ask you to please share this article, either on your social networks or on a blog where you can link it. Can you help us put this at the top of Google’s list? We’re counting on it.
That’s right, running glasses themselves do not exist. No glasses manufacturer designs sunglasses specifically tailored for running. Many people think that any sports glasses could be used for running but neither this isn’t really certain.
It’s true that the vast majority of athletic glasses can be used for running, but it’s also a fact that there are models not completely suitable for this sport.
But maybe we are wrong with this statement. If you read this article to the end, you may disagree.
If you search Google for “running glasses,” “running sunglasses,” “running goggles,” or any other variant, you may get two types of results. A list with the “supposed” best running glasses, and another series of websites that sell sports sunglasses.
At Sunglasses Restorer we always go a step further and try to be more analytical when we write our content. This post is a list in itself, but you won’t find a series of running glasses chosen at random, for pure taste or commercial interest.
We’ve made a selection based on the most popular sports glasses on Google when you’re looking for running sunglasses, trail glasses, cross glasses, etc.
In this article, you will learn
The most recommended type of running sunglasses.
Features that running goggles should have.
Running sunglasses models for less than €50.
Running glasses between €50-100.
Running goggles over €100.
Our Top 3 pairs.
Are you ready?
The most recommended type of running sunglasses.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, any sports sunglasses could be used as running glasses.
Even casual sunglasses as well. But it’s obvious that you won´t run as comfortably with low weight, high comfort sports glasses as you will run with Ray-Ban’s Olympia or Oakley Holbrook
And within the sports glasses themselves, there are models that are not entirely suitable for running.
For example, the Oakley Jawbreaker.
This is because the Jawbreaker is a wrap-around frame model designed to protect cyclists from the wind.
And all this leads us to:
The most recommended model to use as running sunglasses which, from our point of view, should be a rimless sunglasses.
This type of glasses allows for more ventilation, and therefore the lenses will tend to fog less.
These glasses are lighter too.
And when you’re at the end of your race, anything that takes the weight off your shoulders is appreciated, right?
If the lenses are vented, much better.
Is it now clear in regards to the running glasses you should choose?
Features that running goggles should have.
To a greater or lesser extent, all running sunglasses should meet these requirements:
Semi-rimless frame – this is the essential requirement we already mentioned.
Vented lenses – the air must circulate to prevent condensation and fogging.
Flexible and soft rubber rods – this feature is for maximum comfort, and believe me, you will agree with me if you wear sunglasses that don’t have this feature for several hours.
Soft rubber bridge – this is another element that provides comfort.
Anti-fog lenses – if they have this feature you will appreciate it.
Height-adjustable bridge – if it’s possible to adjust it according to the anatomy of your nose, it will give you an extra point of comfort.
Interchangeable lenses – it’s not a must, but it’s better.
Leave us a comment if you think there´s a feature we missed.
We will now list the models we have chosen.
Running glasses for less than $50.
Running Sure goggles
We consider that the model of sports glasses La Pedriza is ideal for running.
It’s a lightweight pair of sunglasses, only at 17 grams, with no frame on the bottom and at an irresistible price.
It’s only $27 and the best part is that you get a free replacement lens. You can choose between photochromic, transparent, or yellow.
If you want to take a look at it, please click here.
Let us continue.
The Endura brand is characterized by developing sports glasses at reasonable prices. In particular,
this model is very popular in cycling, but it’s also recommended for running.
It has a single lens, and its nasal area has adjustable pads for different shapes and sizes for noses.
In addition, the final part of the rods are flexible.
All these features and its price make it a very popular pair of glasses for runners.
It costs around $36, and you can find it on online sports stores.
Next up is the…
Among all Decathlon’s sports glasses, this is the only one that’s really worth it.
The unreasonably low prices of $4.99 are an aberration, and those of its high range, which cost around $40, are too expensive for their features.
In the middle, we have this model that costs around $20, with an acceptable performance.
Photochromic lens (not interchangeable)
Adjustable bridge for the nose
It’s an option to consider if you don’t want to spend too much.
Uvex 221 SportStyle
This model is very popular on Internet searches and has an interesting price. Honestly, we haven’t tried it yet, but we included it in this list for the following reasons:
Brand of recognized prestige.
Price around $38.
Pretty good, right?
And that’s it for the low-priced segment.
Running sunglasses from 50 to 100 euros
Nike Cross Trainer
In recent years, one of the most important sports brands is pushing out in the sunglasses sector. This American multinational company has its own division of eyewear,and as a result, they have several models in different ranges.
This one is in the mid-range and has the following features:
Lightweight: the material used is nylon, light and resistant.
Adjustable nose bridge.
The lens is a bit large and non-vented, but if you want Nike sunglasess at an affordable price, this is your best option.
Simple yet elegant is how we define these sports glasses from the French brand.
They look similar to the Oakley Flak Jacket, which we’ll talk about later. Simple but functional, with outstanding features:
Flexible soft rubber bridge and rods.
The possibility for prescription lenses.
This last feature makes it very valuable for people with myopia or astigmatism. The vast majority of sports glasses have a curvature that is difficult to use for prescription lenses. And there are athletes who can’t wear contact lenses and need glasses like this.
Its price around $55, making it a very important option to take into account.
This great brand of sports eyewear cannot be missing from our list. And this model is the one chosen for its great value.
Its features are the following:
Light and resistant Grilamid frame.
Lenses with anti-fog treatment.
Flexible rubber bridge and terminals.
Its price is around $52.
This next one won’t leave you feeling indifferent.
Eassun X-Light Sport
This brand of sunglasses, specialized for athletics, is a hard-hitter.
The X-Light model boasts of being the lightest sports sunglasses on the market. The model called “Sports” weighs in at just 15 grams. It´s a big deal no doubt.
This pair is made of Grilamid.
The rods are soft and flexible at the end of the temple, and it has interchangeable lenses that come with an extra-clear lens.
The price is quite competitive at around $70.
And now we’re going to the level.
Rudy Project Stratofly
We are in love with these sunglasses, and in general with the whole Italian brand.
Take a look at its features:
An extremely lightweight Grilamid frame
Interchangeable and anti-fog lenses
An adjustable soft rubber bridge
Soft and flexible rubber rod terminal.
We do have to warn you that they are narrow. We don’t recommend this pair if your face is wide.
It is a beautiful pair of sunglasses, and you can find it from $75 in specialized shops. Also, remember that we have spare lenses for it.
Don´t miss the next one
The concept of running sunglasses starts to take shape here.
These sports sunglasses received an award a few years ago – the ISPO Award Gold Winner 2013 (one of the most important sports convention in the world).
Remember how Oakley relied on Mark Cavendish to develop the Jawbreaker? The French sunglasses company co-worked with Sébastien Chaigneau, a well-known trail runner in France.
Trail runners tend to use sunglasses more often, so instead of running goggles, we could name these glasses trail sunglasses.
But the main feature of this model are the rods. The end of the temple is an independent piece, which is attached with a small screw that is made out of hypoallergenic soft rubber. It’s an incredibly comfortable material that allows for total grip on the head.
These sunglasses have been on the market for some years now, that´s why you can find them for €70 in specialized stores.
Now we move on to a very famous brand.
This model is the starting point for Adidas eyewear when it comes to running or sports frames in general.
This is a lightweight frame with interchangeable lenses and quality guaranteed by the German brand.
However, it lacks soft rubber rods in the temple.
Regarding the quality of this pair and their interchangeable lenses, everything is correct.
The price is more than acceptable, at around $80. Considering that Adidas eyewear used to cost more than $100, this is a good improvement.
Now we move on to Oakley.
Oakley Flak Jacket
In general, the entire Oakley Jacket range is geared toward sports eyewear. But we chose the Flak Jacket model because it has an affordable price within good quality standards.
The features of this model are similar to those of all the other models in this medium range.
Soft, flexible rubber terminals
Soft rubber bridge
The frame is somewhat heavier than the other models.
On the contrary, it provides a perfect fit to the face. You can also order prescription lenses.
Its price varies depending on where you buy them from. On Oakley’s official website it’s over $100, but in speciality stores, it’s anywhere from $70 and $90 depending on the lens you choose.
If you choose to rely on the warranties of a brand like Oakley and don’t want to spend a lot of money, then this is your model.
And now we move onto the top-tier models.
Running glasses over $100
Adidas Evil Eye Pro HALFRIM
This model has two variations, and the Halfrim is the one that meets the standard of a semi-rimless frame (just look at its name after all).
This pair of sunglasses is great, but it does have a negative feature: it doesn’t have flexible soft rubber rods, one of the most important things needed for athletic goggles.
It’s a common factor throughout the Adidas eyewear range, and we don’t know why.
They have replaced it with a double silicone band on the inner side of the temples to give them extra grip.
But on the contrary, let’s look at its many virtues:
The rods are adjustable in position. They have a system that allows varying the inclination with the front of the glasses. This is the differentiating factor from other sports glasses because it allows personalized adjustments according to the different facial characteristics of the users. In addition, they can be directly removed and replaced with an elastic band if desired.
The bridge is also adjustable by a three-position system, which is awesome.
An anti-sweat pad on the top of the frame. Which is located right next to the eyebrow. It is a soft foam pad that absorbs the sweat that eyebrows can´t stop. This is an extra bonus that we haven’t seen in any other model:
interchangeable photochromic or polarized lenses. They are of high quality and incorporate anti-fog technology.
They cost around $120 depending on where you buy them.
You won’t regret it.
Now let’s check out a classic
There’s nothing more to say about this Oakley model.
It was one of the first to be seen on the runners’ faces several years ago, and when it was launched it was a revolution.
With an ultra-lightweight frame and soft rubber rods at the end, this pair of sunglasses offer a soft rubber bridge (non-adjustable) and extreme ease when replacing lenses. You can choose the shape of the lens among Path, Path vented, Pitch, or Edge.
Its current price ranges from $165 to $240, depending on the lens you choose, and where you buy it.
They’re a top running sunglasses, but it´s about to be discontinued by Oakley, so the excessive price doesn’t make it the best option.
Rudy Project Tralix
These sports glasses were born in 2016 and since then has been one of the favorites among the riders who have tried it.
At first glance, it looks like just another cycling goggle, and can indeed be used for cycling or any other sport. But what makes it an ideal pair of running sunglasses is its incredible elasticity. The frame opens completely from side to side if you stretch it from the rods, and it can be twisted as well (do not try this at home please).
The entire frame is made of elastic Grilamide, a material that is also hypoallergenic.
Also, the bridge is adjustable
In addition, it is optimally ventilated due to its countless “holes” along the entire front and side of the frame.
The lenses have two ventilation holes on the bottom, and they are of course interchangeable.
It’s a pair of running sunglasses that would achieve the highest benchmark in any test.
The price is €140, and if you do a little research you will find some better offers.
Don´t miss this next one though.
At the beginning of the article, we told you that “running sunglasses don’t exist.” Well, at this point I have to tell you that maybe we weren’t being entirely fair.
Because if running glasses really existed, the Vaporwing would fit that definition.
Like Adidas, Nike entered this industry by bidding for high quality, and developing this frame based on aerodynamics.
To be honest, we find it hard to believe that these glasses give some aerodynamic advantage over others, but that’s what Nike says so we have to at least mention it.
The Vaporwing is state-of-the-art sports sunglasses. The elements to highlight are the following:
The front of the frame is made of Magnesium. In theory, this material does not absorb heat, so the glasses would not get warm in the sun and it helps prevent sweating of the forehead.
It has completely flexible and ventilated rods. Its design and comfort is really spectacular.
There is a ventilated and self-adjusting bridge. Tith the time of use, the bridge is deformed to adapt to your nose, which is amazing.
Also, it has anti-fog lenses with exceptional optical quality. The company responsible for its production is the prestigious Zeiss.
But precisely the lenses is the feature with the one we are angry, because they are not interchangeable. The shield-lens is anchored to the frame so it cannot be replaced. Nike guarantees its durability by claiming that it is virtually indestructible, and we believe it because the material is made of polycarbonate.
But there’s no guarantee against scratches. If the Vaporwing falls off and you’re unlucky enough to get scratched in the vision area, you have to throw them away.
And its price isn’t exactly cheap, as you might have guessed. It’s around $200.
There are two models, the Vaporwing and the Vaporwing Elite. They differ only in the appearance of the lenses. The Vaporwing Elite has the appearance of a single-lens pair of sunglasses, while the Vaporwing Elite looks like two separate lenses. However, that’s not exactly true; the lens of this latest model is also unique in that the shape of the frame includes a bridge in the front.
Both are pretty, both are good, and both are expensive. Are you up for it?
We are finishing with one of our favorites.
Oakley Radar EV
The Radar EV is the natural evolution of the Radarlock.
In fact, it’s so popular in the cycling environment because it’s an improvement on the Radarlock, but it’s ideal for running. Take a look at its features:
Several lenses to choose from
High quality frame.
Very high comfort
This stability is really exceptional, and the frame hardly will move on your face.
Its price is not excessively high either. Although the official Oakley website sells it for $172, you can find it for $110 but with a nonpolarized lens.
Now let´s check out our three favorites.
Top 3 Running Glasses by Sunglasses Restorer
We will choose one pair of glasses for each price segment, so let’s get to it.
The best running glasses with low range: Sure La Pedriza
We can’t be objective as we have developed athletic sunglasses with an excellent value and something that no other brand offers you: to choose an extra spare lens completely free. Choose between photochromic, transparent, or yellow. Other brands give you a second lens, but you can´t choose.
In addition, we’ll always have replacement lenses and you will enjoy the direct warranty from opticians.
If you find something similar for only $27, buy it with no remorse.
The best mid-range running goggles: Rudy Project Stratofly.
You already know that we are in love with this Italian brand, and the Stratofly is of exceptional quality. You won’t regret spending $70-80$on this pair of glasses because it has all the features of higher ranges at that price.
The writer of this article would be the one who would choose if he had to buy one.
The best high-range running goggles: Oakley Radar EV Path
Although we have awarded the Vaporwing as the only true running sunglasses, the Radar EV has greater versatility and a better value for the money. If you have a high budget, it is certainly a great investment.
And that’s everything! We hope you liked our selection and find your next pair of running sunglasses.
Now it’s your turn. Leave us a comment and let us know if you think any sunglasses are missing from this list.
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We’re going to discuss Oakley cycling sunglasses. When you finish reading this, you’ll be well informed about exactly what kind of Oakley eyewear you should get.
The brand, with its more than distinctive “O”, has always been associated with sports and sports eyewear, but in the case of cycling, it has gone beyond just being eyewear.
Oakley ranks as a company that offers some of the most athletic sponsorships in regards to the optical market.
Oakley sponsored Greg Lemond, who was the very first American rider to win the Tour de France. Without a doubt, that’s a pretty good reputation.
Since then, it hasn’t stopped being involved with teams and athletes on the international level. For all their accomplishments, they deserve a special shout-out on our blog.
In this article, you’re going to learn…
-A quick history of Oakley and its cycling sunglasses. -The most popular models of eyewear -Some of the athletes sponsored by Oakley. -Features and recommendations on how to choose the Oakley sports sunglasses for you.
A little of history
Greg Lemond was wearing the mythical Oakley EyeShades over his face when he wore yellow for the first time on Champs-Elysées. Half of his squad wore them, then they followed up by wearing the Razor Blades.
A great model that became an instant classic.
After these two hits, the competition got creative by darkening their brand a bit.
By the mid 90’s, Oakley decided to get back out there again and create the M-Frame, a model that seemed to reinvent the old EyeShades. Oakley managed to put them on the face of a very famous American cyclist: Lance Armstrong. Ever heard of him?
He and the entire Motorola team wore them and took it a step further creating a new generation of cycling eyewear.
At the beginning of the new millennium, Oakley put out a bizarre model called Over the Top. No doubt, this model was considered “over the top.” It even appeared in Blade II.
These glasses were followed by the Racing Jacket, which was made fashionable by George Hincapie. When the “Chief Commander” came back, after recovering from cancer, the Oakley Radar signified a new milestone in cycling eyewear.
The Oakley Radar is considered to be modern cycling eyewear, so we’ll end Oakley’s history here, for now.
The most popular models
There’s no logical order, but we are going to try to group the most popular Oakley models by family. What I mean to say is that the eyewear has names or similar forms. Just as the Jacket or the Radar.
We’re not going to discuss the two near mythical models, EyeShades and RazorBlades, because even if (and that’s a big if) they can be found on the internet, they certainly are not functional today.
We are going to be making a brief analysis of each pair of Oakley’s by talking about the following bullets:
Description and a brief history
Measurements and variations
If you’re interested in any pair in particular, here you will find a list of all the Oakley eyewear we have mentioned. You can click the one you like the most to go directly to its section in this article.
Supposedly, a re-launch, the public did not like this pair, as opposed to later models. Oakley set again as an emergent star in America like Lance Armstrong was.
Either way, the M Frame had moderate success and is still around.
Has ultra thin glass.
Maintains the original retro design, with aggressive corners in the frame.
The temples are flat and horizontal, with the O of Oakley imprinted on them.
Face width: 170 mm
Temples: 121 mm
There are 4 different models of lenses:
Sweep, Strike, Hybrid, and Heater.
It obviously has interchangeable lenses.
Oakley has its exclusive model, Prizm. They exist both ventilated and non-ventilated.
They’re also ventilated and standard, from polarized to photochromic.
It adapts well to any kind of face.
The M2 Frame and the M2 Frame XL.
Has a similar aspect, but you can see the differences on the following pictures.
You can find the M Frame for €100 in eyewear specialist stores, and the M2 on Oakley’s Official website for €129.
We follow Hincapie’s favourites.
Oakley Racing Jacket/ Oakley Jawbone
Description and brief history
This model was developed during the change of century and its first designs are far different than what they are today.
The Oakley Jawbone are sisters, almost twins, to the current Racing Jacket.
You can say that Oakley quit making the original RJs, developed the Jawbone, and later remade the Racing Jacket with an almost identical design to the later models.
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
It has enveloping glass that is really close to the face. This is a great advantage for some. But it’s also inconvenient for others since it fogs up easily after a bit of sweat.
There is a solution to the fogging issue that we’ll get back to in a moment.
Measurements and Variations
The Racing Jacket measures at 124 mm, which includes a bridge of 18mm between each ring.
Temples measure at 126 mm.
Rings height is at 40mm.
If you want to know all the differences between this and the Jawbone, visit this article.
The lenses are interchangeable through a curious system that we’ll show you in this video.
Oakley has PRIZM Lenses for this model as well.
Matching exists from polarized to photochromic, ventilated and standard.
Round, medium sized.
These sunglasses are used by professional cyclists as well. The most famous of which is George Hincapie.
However, its higher market share and success has actually been with runners.
Oakley doesn’t have the Jawbone available in its official catalogue, but the Racing Jacket has a price starting from €229. You can find them in other online stores ranging from approximately €140.
Oakley Split Jacket
Description and brief history
The Split Jacket is a variation of the Racing Jacket and the Jawbone.
It has a lens release system identical to the two mentioned models. It has very similar glass but is slightly smaller, with rougher angles.
Measurements and Variations
Interchangeable, there are polarized lenses, photochromic, ventilated and non-ventilated.
All kinds of sports because of its great comfort and adaptability.
Ready for more?
With this special pair, we are going to discuss it a bit out-of-the-box, bullet by bullet. Because it has so many things to talk about and it would get pretty repetitive explaining everything.
Description and brief history
Without a doubt, this is one of Oakley’s “Golden Eggs.”
The Oakley Radar, with its different variants such as the RadarPath, RadarlockPath, Radarlock Pitch, Radarlock Edge, is a huge success.
Without a doubt, the original Radar was a revolutionary pair of eyewear because of its lightweight frame, robustness, high range of vision, all with the possibility of exchanging lenses to boot.
Oakley was smart by sponsoring Armstrong again. The rest of the cyclists took notice and got a pair for themselves.
The Oakley Radar Path were the first ones.
A revolutionary pair of glasses, these were extremely lightweight for its time, brewed with hypoallergenic materials, comfortable, and tough. Including a magnificent range of vision, it had it all. Well… almost.
Although the lenses were interchangeable, it wasn’t an easy task. In the first models, the notches for loosening the screen weren’t well developed and proved puzzling for the first users.
But, the model evolved and the later versions made everything easier.
You can watch the process in this video.
As humans are in a state of constant evolution, this cycling eyewear evolves as well.
The Radarlock were born.
The revolutionary Switchlock system ensures that the lenses are exchanged with ease.. They simply added a removable part in the elbow of the frame (if you don’t remember what the elbow of the glasses look like, check out this article).
Lifting SwitchLock easily removes the lenses.
Since this innovation, it has created a huge variety of exchangeable crystals for the Radarlock.
Many shapes of lenses also came up, that could focus on the different types of faces that could exist among the users.
The Radarlock Path had a curve on the bottom of the lenses, in order to avoid sticking to the cyclist’s cheekbones, preventing contact to the face.
Fogging of lenses and annoying rubbing against the glasses were avoided this way.
Also, there is the Radarlock Pitch.
It is a lens with greater height and length coming from the upper part to the bottom. These are clearly designed for larger faces.
On the other side of the spectrum, there is the Radarlock Edge. This is the opposite of the Pitch as it has a more refined design and is curved in its external part.
These are mainly designed for small faces and are very popular among women cyclists.
It must be mentioned that the Radar just shares the same design as the Path, while the Radarlock has the two other features mentioned earlier.
The lenses for all of these models, are obviously interchangeable and there are several types available; polarized models, photochromic, ventilated, PRIZM, etc.
Measurements and Variations
The Radarlock width is at 138mm.
The rod’s length is at 131mm.
For the Path Model, the lenses height is at 44mm.
The Radar Path is no longer on the market.
The Radarlock Path go from €120.
The Radarlock Pitch go from €169.
The Radarlock Edge: Oakley has discontinued this model. You have to find them in alternative marketplaces.
Cycling as well as any other sport, from beach volleyball to golf, or even water sports.
Let’s jump ahead a few years and talk about another Radar.
The Radar EV.
Description and brief history
These sunglasses went public not too long ago and the Oakley marketing department, managed to put them on the little face of yet another yellow maillot.
Chris Froome began to popularize them among his great crew.
Following the RadarLock, the EV has two forms.
Radar EV Path: with the same curve design in the bottom.
Radar EV Pitch: big lenses.
Is a natural evolution of the Radarlock, because of the lightness of the components, and improved range of vision.
This particular Oakley model has had a hard struggle for its domain on the market because many competitors make their brand so similar to this model. There’s a strong back and forth between Oakley and its competitors to make this model best suitable for cyclists, as well as other athletes.
Measures y Variations
The glasses have a total width of 138 mm.
The temples measure at 128 mm.
Just like we said, there’s the Radar EV Pitch and Radar EV Path.
Exchangeable, ventilated, and non-ventilated. Oakley has the Prizm. Photochromic, and polarized.
Pitch and Path Models.
All types of faces because of its adaptability and its varied lens sizes.
Any kind of sport since its extremely comfortable and lightweight.
On Oakley’s official website, they have them starting at €169.
Now, hop in the Delorean and we’re going to go back in time like we’re Marty McFly.
Oakley Half Jacket
Description and brief history
This Oakley model is a classic. One reason is because it has two independent lenses instead of a screen.
Typically when you think of cycling eyewear, you think “sporty glasses with a screen covering the whole face.” Well…not these.
The Half Jacket, in this case, is a model that has the advantage of being sports eyewear as well as street sunglasses.
The rubber finishing of the rods are spectacular, and of course, the lenses are interchangeable.
Measurements and Variations
The goggles have a total width of 124 mm, with a bridge of 15 mm.
The temples measure at 133 mm.
Half Jacket: height of 36 mm.
Half Jacket XL: bridge height of 42 mm.
Interchangeable lenses through pressure.
Polarized, photochromic, and Prizm.
There are no ventilated lenses.
Two sizes: Standard and XL.
The Asian Fit version is specially designed for Asian faces and for arguably smaller faces.
The other versions are recommended for large faces.
The standard Half Jacket 2.0 has a base price on the Oakley website of €119
This next pair is the first cousin…
Description and a brief history
The Flak Jacket is sporty eyewear similar to the Half Jacket. It is a little bit wider, allowing it to form naturally around more rounded faces.
The design is not as good as the Half, and currently, there is eyewear out there that is much more ergonomic. Even so, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a sturdy pair of glasses as it is resistant to falls and fairly tough.
The temples open “automatically” when they extend to a certain degree.
Measurements and Variations
The glasses have a width of 116 mm, with an included bridge of 22mm.
The rods measure at 133mm.
Alternatives are the Flak Jacket 2.0 model as well as the 2.0 XLJ.
Interchangeable through pressure.
Polarized, photochromic, but there’s no ventilated alternative.
Standard Lenses and XLJ.
They’re ideal for cycling and running.
This pair can be perfectly used as street glasses.
On the Oakley website, they go from €149.
Oakley cycling sunglasses Flak 2.0
Description and brief history
It’s difficult to distinguish between all these similar glasses. And in this article, we’re trying to highlight the differences a bit better.
The Flak 2.0 isn’t the same as the Flak Jacket, even if they look alike. The Flak 2.0 is the natural evolution from the Flak Jacket.
They differentiate from the Flak Jacket because of the rods as the Flak 2.0 rods are slightly curvier.
It has a more revolutionary design and much more ergonomic finishes. It has a more sportier look than the Flak Jacket. Is this an advantage or just inconvenient?
It’s slightly wider than its predecessor and according to experts, slightly more comfortable.
Also has two lens sizes, standard, and XL.
Remember that we always talk about two crystal sizes for the same glasses, the difference is in the vertical measurements.
Measurements and Variations
Even though it itself is a variant, we have to mention that it has the Asian Fit variant.
The width measures at 128 mm, with rods at 133mm.
The lenses are interchangeable by applying pressure, it has the original Prizm lens, and there are polarized and photochromic ones, as well.
This model has no ventilated lenses.
It is important that you have clear Flak 2.0 lenses or else they won’t fit in the Flack Jacket.
Since they are wider, they’re recommended for bigger and more round faces.
All kinds of sports.
These go from €149 on the official site, but you could find them cheaper at some online stores.
We finish with the Flak…
Oakley Fast Jacket
Description and a brief history
We’re going to talk about these glasses even though the model has been discontinued.
This is a peculiar model. You’ll just have to see it to believe it.
Those two little holes in the upper and external part are locked in the frame. It has a lock and release system similar to the SwitchLock.
Not surprisingly, this Oakley model was not loved among the public and as such, it has been discontinued.
Measurements and Variations
These glasses have a considerable width of 142 mm, with a bridge of 9 mm.
The temples measure at 124 mm.
The lenses are interchangeable through a similar system to Switchlock.
Currently, only the polarized lenses exist.
These are discontinued, so you can only find it in second-hand markets.
One of the all-star models is the…
Oakley Jawbreaker cycling sunglasses
Description and brief history
Few eyewear has had such a resounding success as the Jawbreaker.
This model was developed by Oakley along with Mark Cavendish, who started a whole revolution within sports eyewear.
After the British sprinter, practically half of the international squad wore them.
It was the first cycling sunglasses that had a unique screen, but a complete frame.
As in, the lenses are not mounted, they sit exclusively on the upper part of the frame. This allows it to have a greater height above any other.
By being so big, these lenses allow having a range of vision even wider than the other models.
Measurements and Variations
These have a total width of 131 mm and the temples measure 121 mm.
The total height of the lens is no more than 53 mm.
As this is one of Oakley’s pride and joys, it has all the lenses that you can imagine: Prizm, polarized, photochromic…
They are interchangeable, but it’s not the simplest thing in the world to learn. On this video, we will show you how to use it.
Large, round faces.
Any sport. We even use them as ski goggles.
On Oakley’s official website, you can find them starting from 189€.
There is a last variation of Radar, but this one deserves its own space.
Oakley Radar Pace
Description and brief history
The Radar Pace was created to apply the latest technology onto a pair of Oakley’s.
The Radar Pace incorporates rods, auricular connectors, and even a microphone.
So it’s kind of like Google Glass applied to sports.
It can synchronize with your mobile device and with an app that acts as a personal trainer.
It measures distance, calories burned, etc.
Just like Google Glass, you can “talk to Google” and ask it to start or stop training.
You can even use it as a music player and a phone.
Measurements and Variations
The measurements are identical to the Radar EV.
It has interchangeable Prizm and Polarized lenses.
Running and cycling.
And, more importantly, for fans who like it when technology is applied to sports.
It costs €439 on Oakley’s website.
In this video, the glasses are shown in great detail.
Oakley cycling sunglasses EVZero
Description and brief history
This eyewear is a recent release and Oakley released them in an attempt to offer a type of frame whose lenses can’t be exchanged. Meaning that if the glasses you bought get scratched, you have to buy a whole new pair.
“Purito” Rodriguez was the first elite cyclist that wore these glasses.
Phil Dalhauser, the mythical American beach volleyball player, also used them in the past Rio Olympic Games.
Oakley was the first company who created sports eyewear with exchangeable lenses, and these glasses offer an entirely different concept.
Its main virtue is that these glasses are extremely lightweight.
Measurements and Alternatives
These glasses have up to 5 alternative models.
EVZero Stride: comes in a small and large model.
EVZero Swift: recommended for women.
EVZero Pitch: slimmer profile lens and more suitable for small faces.
EVZero Range: comes with a large lens with many edges. This model has some of the best ventilation.
EVZero Path: the name “Path” indicates a bottom edge cut so it doesn’t touch the cheekbones.
The lenses aren’t interchangeable but exist in almost all types: Prizm, photochromic, and polarized. There are no ventilated lenses, however.
With a great variety of sizes and forms, they’re recommended for all facial types.
In regards to sports, cycling is the star of the show.
Dalhauser used them in his volleyball matches, but the lens suffers too much contact with the abrasive sand. And remember, you can’t exchange the screens on this pair.
It costs €149 on Oakley’s website.
Did you like our collection of information about Oakley cycling eyewear?
There are other models that can be considered Oakley cycling sunglasses, such as the Bottle Rocket, the Turbine, the Crossrange, or the Tombstone.
But we didn’t include them because they don’t belong in our “pure and tough” criteria of cycling eyewear. If you disagree, or if you believe that we’re missing another model that we didn’t mention in here, please feel free to leave a comment below.
So now that winter is here (at least in the northern hemisphere), it’s time to talk about ski goggles replacement lenses and interchangeable lenses.
Having the right snow sunglasses or goggles in good condition is a must while doing any winter sports. Lots of people who live in places that don’t get snow are always caught off guard at how strong the sun can be on top of a snowy mountain. So, they usually get a worse sun burn than they would have gotten at the beach at home, and they spend the whole day squinting in the sunlight reflected off the snow.
As you can see, a good pair of ski goggles or at least a decent pair of polarized sunglasses is essential for both personal comfort and safety when skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or whatever it is you like to do when you get a few inches of fresh powder (am I saying that right?).
Speed test: which ski goggles have the fastest lens change?
For those of you who want to go all out with a legit pair of snow goggles, we’ve got a fun speed test for you. This is a breakdown of which ski goggles have the fastest, easiest to use mechanism for switching between lenses.
Now, at Sunglasses Restorer, we don’t sell ski goggles replacement lenses, but we are very deep into the replacement sunglasses lenses industry. And I know that some of our friends from beachier climates might not be eager to spring for a fancy pair of snow goggles that they’ll only wear once before they get lost in the garage somewhere. So after we give you the lowdown on the fastest lens changes for ski goggles, we’ve got a little guide to making your favorite polarized sunglasses hold their own on the mountain.
Let’s get started with the speed test!
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right snow goggles for skiing, snowboarding, or whatever your winter sport of choice is. We ranked the 6 ski goggle models below according to one factor, and one factor only: how fast you can remove one lens and replace it with another lens.
The fastest model isn’t necessarily the best model, but exchanging lenses quickly and easily does come in handy if conditions change unexpectedly. If you’re on the ski lift and the cloudy morning suddenly turns into a bright, sunny afternoon, it’s nice to be able to change to a stronger lens without a lot of hassle.
How we measured speed:
We timed each model from “on” position with the first lens to “on” position with the second lens. So if one model had to be taken off to switch the lenses out, that is accounted for in the time. If another model doesn’t have to be taken off, that is accounted for, too. Basically, this is a simulation under real-life conditions.
Fastest ski goggles for replacing lenses
6. Smith IO7: 48 seconds. These ski goggles have a clip in the back to put the goggles on and take them off, which you think would make it faster, but it still comes in last place. Lining up the new lens to click into place on each side is more challenging compared to the other models, and that is what really makes it so much slower than the other five. But still, less than a minute ain’t bad.
5. Oakley Airbrake XL: 30 seconds. The Oakleys have a switch lock that requires a little bit of precision to insert the new lens into, and they have to be taken off, which slows things down considerably.
4. Spy Doom: 25 seconds. You have to remove these goggles to change out the lens, but they do have a handy little button that you just press with your thumb to click out and click the new lens in. Nice because you don’t get fingerprints on your lens.
3. Electric EG3.5: 23 seconds. The EG3.5 are the fastest of the goggles that have to be taken off for a lens change. And surprisingly, they don’t have any fancy tech to lock the lens into place. You just kind of pop them out and then press around the edges to pop the new one in. Simple. Elegant.
2. Dragon X2: 7 seconds. Like the Anon, you don’t have to take these off. Andthat makes things go a lot faster. There’s a little locking mechanism on the bottom outer sides of the frame for easy click in and click out.
1. Anon M3: 4 seconds. I know that sounds incredible, but it’s true. The secret to the M3 is… magnets! You don’t have to remove the goggles to replace the lens, and the magnets just do all the work for you.
Which sunglasses to wear when you don’t have ski goggles
One of the funny things about being a Florida transplant in Colorado is that I’ve discovered through personal experience that many of my favorite boating and fishing sunglasses worked quite well before I finally splurged on some real ski goggles (those were lean times). The technology used to filter out light while improving image quality in fishing sunglasses is the same used in snow sunglasses and ski goggles.
So if you are on a ski trip from a place where you go fishing on Christmas in shorts and flip flops, here’s a guide to using your normal polarized sunglasses in lieu of snow goggles in a pinch.
Amber/copper lenses on snow sunglasses
The copper/amber lens color was my go-to in Florida: general, all-purpose sunglasses that would hold their own on a fishing trip.
Anyway, before I moved to Colorado and visited my brother for spring break many years ago, I obviously brought my Costas along with me, because they were my main pair of sunglasses. And I must say, they performed admirably as snow sunglasses. (Even when I took a wrong turn and was forced to go down *that* slope – you know, the steep one that’s always out front with hundreds of those mogul thingies? Talk about a thigh workout!).
Green mirror lenses on snow sunglasses
So here was my evolution in both fishing and snow sunglasses. I liked looking through my lenses and seeing that amber color, but I felt like there were times I needed better light protection than what my amber lenses were giving me.
Enter: green mirror lenses. These became my all-time favorite lens color out on the water. And wouldn’t ya know it? They looked suspiciously similar to some of my bro’s snowboard goggles (he swears by these Oakley Airbrake snow goggles, in case you’re wondering). And let me tell you, that green mirror lens made for a very respectable pair of makeshift snow sunglasses when it was extremely sunny. Basically, the encapsulated mirrors block out more light and glare, but they still have that warm amber look that I prefer.
Blue mirror lenses on snow sunglasses
Just like the green mirrors, they are excellent at blocking out reflective glare that is always a problem on open water. I haven’t tried this lens color myself out in Colorado, but I imagine they would perform well as snow sunglasses for the same reason.
The main difference between the blue mirror and the green mirror (other than the color that other people see when you wear them, obviously) is the mirrors are encapsulated in a smoky lens instead of amber. So when you look through the blue mirror lenses, the color sensation is cooler, more of a grey tint than an amber tint.
Yellow lenses on snow sunglasses
Finally, there are yellow lenses (without mirrors), which is a lens color with a very specific purpose, whether it’s on ski goggles or performance sunglasses, and that is for low light conditions. Colorado is a very sunny place (more so than the “sunshine state”, truth be told), but we do have our overcast days. And that’s when the yellow ski goggles come out. Supposedly, the yellow lens improves how well you see while filtering out just the right amount of light for early morning/evening or very cloudy days.
Well, that’s that. Now you know more about ski goggles replacement lenses:
you know which ski goggles have the fastest lens changing mechanisms. And if you aren’t quite ready to spring for some proper snow goggles, now you know how to make your polarized sunglasses work in a variety of conditions, at the beach or on the mountain.
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Nowadays, wearing polarized sunglasses has become essential for boaters and fishermen, as well as many other outdoor sports enthusiasts. Water-sport athletes, cyclists, joggers, and golfers – they all can truly benefit from having polarized lenses in their sunglasses. As an avid fisher in sunny south Florida, I know how important good sunglasses are.
As you may know, polarized lenses have a film coat that helps neutralize glare, which can be caused by the reflection of the sun’s light off of water, snow or solid surfaces. This helps us see things more clearly, relieves eye strain and helps protect them from the harmful effects of UV light as well as preventing temporary blindness caused by glare.
While regular sunglasses only minimize the light that gets through the lens horizontally and vertically, the chemical filter on polarized lenses eliminates glare by allowing light to travel in only one direction, absorbing horizontal light waves and allowing only vertical waves to pass through.
But in this article, we are going to talk about another topic.
Pay attention – you don’t want to miss this.
The best 7 fishing sunglasses with polarized lenses
Here at Sunglasses Restorer, we don’t sell sunglasses, but we know how important it is to wear the appropriate ones for every activity you practice. That’s why we’ve done the research and found the 7 best sunglasses for fishing, to help you make the right choice when you need to buy a pair for that sunny (or cloudy) fishing day.
So, here are some of the best fishing sunglasses you’ll want to check out if you’re planning to go for a fishing trip soon, whether off the dock or on the open sea.
Let’s get started!
Fortis Wraps Fishing Sunglasses with Switch Technology
In addition to quality sunglasses that protect your eyes from harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays, we all want a good pair of sunglasses that allows us to easily spot fish under the water no matter what time of day it is. Personally, I love this pair because whether I’m fishing in the bright afternoon sun or at dawn, the Switch Technology in these sunglasses will adjust the light filtration level to allow me to see perfectly. This is simply the brand’s name for their photochromatic lens.
These glasses have a perfect, close fit with side lenses for complete eye protection while fishing. And for the quality, you simply can’t beat the price!
You can get your own pair of these excellent and affordable sunglasses from Angling Direct.
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Costa Fantail Polarized Sunglasses
These are incredibly stylish yet effective unisex sport fishing sunglasses. Their 100% polarized lenses prevent glare, improve vision, and have unique color technology as well. The frame is made of nylon to fit snugly on any sized head with durable stainless steel hinges.
These sunglasses are lightweight and resilient. The Green Mirror polarized glass lenses block yellow light while boosting red, green, and blue lights, which is a technique that improves contrast and definition. Blue Mirror is another option that we would recommend for very reflective open water fishing.
For more information on these Costa Fantail Polarized Sunglasses or to purchase some, visit their website.
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Flying Fisherman Boca Grande Polarized Sunglasses
These sunglasses are designed carefully to provide the best vision even in the toughest environments. An ophthalmic glass is used for the lenses, which are treated to provide many more benefits. These treatments include primarily AcuTint polarization, which eliminates glare and reflections and sharpens images. The colored lenses filter out certain colors and harmful UV rays. The lenses are strong with a hard coat finish, not to mention very stylish with their mirror coat.
You can learn more about the Boca Grande fishing sunglasses from Flying Fisherman in their website.
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Dockside Sunglass from Smith Optics
These are high-quality sunglasses, a great option for fishing or everyday wear, depending on the lens color you choose. Stylish, durable and effective sunglasses for fishing.
Using polarized lenses made from strengthened glass with their proprietary ChromaPop Technology, in my personal opinion, these sunglasses have all the best features in a sleek, comfortable design. Aside from being lightweight and scratch-resistant, these Smith Optics lenses are both water- and oil-resistant. The unique frame covers a large part of your face, and the lenses cover more of your eyes with the largest ChromaPop lenses you can find. Stainless steel components resist corrosion, even if exposed to the salty air of the ocean.
Suncloud Warrant Polarized Sunglasses
Now, these might be on the lower end of the price spectrum, but they definitely do not skimp on protection and quality features. Their large polarized lenses, which fully cover the eyes with minimal light leakage, are made from polycarbonate, to stay lightweight but durable enough for many years of fishing trips.
They have a curved frame made from nylon, designed to fit comfortably on larger sized heads. These sunglasses are a great option for guys on a budget who still want a good quality product. Best of all, these come with a lifetime warranty. If they are damaged, Suncloud will replace them for free.
You can snag a pair of these stylish glasses from AvidMax.
Keep reading – we’ve saved the best for last!
Costa Coba Polarized Sunglasses
This is kind of a unique choice in terms of appearance using an interesting nylon frame with a more comfortable fit, with the lower half of the lens exposed. The large polarized lenses made from polycarbonate ensure eye protection to the max with encapsulated mirrors for a sharp, vivid image. The Coba sunglasses frames are varied in styles to provide a great option for fishing and to fit in a casual environment as well.
See what customers have to say about their Costa Coba sunglasses on Sierra Trading Blog Post.
And last but certainly not least, it’s time for…
Maui Jim Peahi with HCL Bronze Lenses
There are many reasons that make these sunglasses a great option for fishing. In addition to having Maui Jim’s unbeatable PolarizedPlus 2 lenses, you’ll find another element of protection in the wrap around the frame style. As it is made of a highly durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic frame material, it will definitely provide a long-lasting, all-day comfortable fit.
Click here if you want to know more about Maui Jim Peahi fishing sunglasses from REI
And that’s all. Are we missing your favourite? Maybe a pair of Oakley sunglasses? If so, leave us a comment below with the sunglasses you think deserve to be on this list.
We hope this was useful information to help you find the best fishing sunglasses in order to improve and fully enjoy your fishing experience while protecting your eyes. We’re all about helping you save time and money.
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Anyone said: “How to clean glasses“? Or taking care of them? This is not another tasteless blog post with 4-5 common tips. This is much more.
Don´t run and raise your hand who hasn’t cleaned their glasses with their shirt, or who hasn’t put their sunglasses on their head ever!
All we have done that, at least once. Even every single member in Sunglasses Restorer (before we work in the company, of course)
And we’re also sick of cleaning up our glasses. But they last much longer than yours. You know why?
Because we know every trick there is to care for and clean glasses.
In this article, we’re going to show you the most important tricks that exist to keep in good condition your glasses and its lenses.
Both sunglasses and prescription glasses because although they have things in common, each has its own little peculiarities. And you must know that very single tip to clean glasses applies for polarized sunglasses or photochromic ones.
First, we’ll tell you how to clean the lenses and frame of your glasses.
Later we will give you a few tips to care for them and extend its life.
Ready to make your glasses shine?
How to clean glasses?
And especially how clean them so they last longer.
We are talking about both cleaning eyeglasses and sunglasses.
The trickiest part of the glasses you know which is, right?
Indeed, the lenses
How clean the lenses?
Almost everyone knows that they should not be cleaned with the shirt we are wearing at that time.
Or to breath on them and then rub.
We still do it, but at least almost everyone knows that this damages the lenses.
So, how I clean it?
And anything else?
You could use mild soap, but be careful with this
Because certain types of soap are not as neutral as they claim to be, and because the soap itself has abrasives components.
Are you wondering how to clean mirrored sunglasses?
In addition, those coloured mirrored lenses that you love so much, are much more fragile.
So, the best to clean glasses is to follow the next procedure.
If they have dust or sand on the surface:
You have to put them under running water to remove all dust and dirt that may have.
Once they are wet, you must dry them with a microfiber cloth. Again: a microfiber cloth.
It is forbidden to dry them with paper because the paper is not a good friend of lenses.
The paper contains abrasive particles that are primarily responsible for scratching the glass and lift the mirrors on the lenses with these characteristics.
If there are no particles on the surface:
It´s irremediable touch the lenses with our hands, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and thus the lenses have small spots from the grease we have on our fingers.
If they are mirrored lenses, these spots are much more noticeable.
In this case, it´s not absolutely necessary to put the glasses under the tap, you can clean them with the microfiber cloth mentioned above.
But pay attention to the following
The Proper way to clean glasses with the microfiber cloth.
Typically, it is usual to take the glasses and clean them like they are a kitchen plate, making circles on the lenses.
Well, that’s over. Follow these steps.
Hold the glasses for the part that you are cleaning: Do not hold them by the opposite lens. If you grab the opposite side, the glasses as a whole will suffer more because it will move components causing unnecessary tensions.
If you don´t clean your glasses like this, may nothing happened at first sight, but eventually the glasses will suffer more and may end up breaking somewhere, usually the temple or the hinge.
All these steps may seem too much, but I tell you one thing, among friends, don’t complain later if the lenses deteriorate before time.
Alternatives to clean glasses lenses
There are alternatives on the market to clean glasses, but sincerely to us, they do not seem optimal.
– Lens cleaning wipes: are sold in many supermarkets and optical shop, and can be a specific solution.
The chemical compounds in these tissues are not ideal for the care of the glasses.
-Roll-On cleaner: we strongly discourage the use of this, because of both the head, as the chemical in it, are not beneficial at all to the lens.
In addition, you will surely use your shirt sleeve or shirt to “clean” them.
Ultrasound device: It is a way to clean and disinfect glasses, which we use in optical shops and optical workshops.
The glasses are put on a tray, the machine starts and after a few minutes of action, the lenses and frame come out shining.
If you have an extremely dirty glasses, it is more comfortable for cleaning.
You cannot lose the following
How to Clean the frame?
The lenses are the dirtiest part for obvious reasons. But we must also take into account the rest of the glasses: the frame.
If you have seen the article mentioned above about glasses parts, you know that the frame is divided between the front and the temples.
In short, the front is the part that holds the lenses, and the temples hold the glasses to our ears.
And how do I clean this?
It’s as easy as follow the next procedure we have described for glasses.
– Cleaning Inside out.
It is very important in this case, leave the frame well dry if it has been wet.
Because the screws and metal parts may rust easily if they spend much time wet.
As mentioned above, if the frame is very dirty, the best idea is to run it through an ultrasound device.
This part was easy, let’s go to the next section.
How to take care of your glasses.
To care for sunglasses or prescription glasses, and that they last as long as possible, you just have to use common sense.
Let us begin
Taking care of your glasses, by how you put it on and take it off
It is as easy as always use both hands to put it on and to take it off.
When we pull the glasses with one hand, which is usual, the opposite side of the glasses suffers more than necessary.
The screws and/or springs that hold the temples in front of the glasses suffer tensions for which they are prepared relatively.
The big glasses companies have realized this problem and increased more flexible materials in the frame’s hinges.
Although the glasses incorporate the temples called “flex”, if the use is still inadequate, the frame will tend to break long before that if the glasses are put on and take off with both hands at once.
Taking care of glasses in their corresponding case.
Obviously, the glasses will last longer if you keep it always in its case than if you leave it anywhere.
Any slight movement of the table, or the swipe of a child who passes by, will end with the glasses on the floor.
As you can see you just have to use common sense.
Do not leave sunglasses in the car.
Whoever has a visual defect, they are required to have a second pair of prescription lenses.
Leaving the glasses in the car implies that they will suffer extreme temperatures, both heat and cold.
This can seriously damage the glasses. So if you have the obligation to leave your spare glasses in the car, try not to appreciate them too much.
Taking care of glasses put it them in the correct position.
It is very common to put the glasses upside down.
This will cause unwanted scratches on the lenses, so always, always leave them folded facing up (and if it is in their case, much better)
Remember that you can´t remove scratches from glasses.
Taking care of glasses, not putting them in the head.
A whole “eyeglasses-breaker” classic is put them in the head. Yes, it is very comfortable and prevents you lose them; but it is not advisable.
It is also normal hang them by a temple on the shirt.
In this situation, buttons or necklaces can scratch the lenses
All these tips seem enough to care for and clean sunglasses and prescription lenses?
But the best is about to come: your own tips and experiences about taking care and cleaning eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Leave us a comment below, telling us your tricks or some anecdote related to the care of glasses.
We all know that we must protect both the skin and our eyes from the sun. But, do you know which ocular diseases you could avoid when using sunglasses with quality UV filtered lenses?
Read this article to know
There are several types of eye diseases caused by solar radiation.
The following classification is according to the areas of the ocular anatomy where they appear.
Ocular diseases caused by Sun on the Eyelid
The eyelid skin is more sensitive than other areas of the body. It is thinner and therefore has less epithelium, which tends to suffer from external aggression.
Wearing sunglasses with a proper UV filter abates the offending action from sunlight and decreases the possible formation of:
-Blepharitis: Which is an inflammation of glands located at the edges of the eyelids. It is very commonly caused by sun exposure.
– Actinic Keratosis: This is a precancerous skin lesion that can turn into squamous cell cancer. It starts as a red scaly area, and that can lead to a larger crust.
To diagnose it requires a skin biopsy
It can be treated by cauterization, scraping, cryogenics or removal if it has progressed to become a tumour.
If it’s frequent, a doctor may schedule laser treatments, called photodynamic therapy.
– Bowen illness: similar to actinic keratosis lesion in appearance. Both can lead to cancer and to differentiate, a biopsy of the damaged skin is required.
Squamous Cancer: the most common of eyelid skin cancers, it usually appears as the development of the two aforementioned diseases.
The area should be protected from the sun if the person will be exposed to the sun for a time.
Ocular diseases caused by the sun in the conjunctiva.
The conjunctiva is a transparent tissue covering the eye area, most often known as the “white” and which in medical terms is called the sclera.
The conjunctiva is well known for producing one of most common eye diseases: conjunctivitis, which literally means “inflammation of the conjunctiva.
In discussing the influence of sunlight, let us explain:
-Photoconjunctivitis: As its name suggests, it is conjunctivitis produced by sunlight. The signs and symptoms are the same, widespread eye irritation, itching, tearing, etc. It can start up to 8 hours after prolonged sun exposure.
An ophthalmologist will suggest treatment, that could be eye drops with antibiotics or steroids.
-Pterygium:. This problem is the gradual emergence of a white tissue in the conjunctiva born in the part closest to the nose. It can grow to invade the area of the pupil. In that case, it becomes a very serious problem because it can interfere with vision.
It is a very common disease in tropical countries and whose impact would be greatly diminished if sunglasses were used.
The treatment is surgical excision, the sooner the better in order not to injure the cornea.
-Pinguecula: This is somewhat similar to pterygium, an abnormal growth of the conjunctiva, but in this case it does not invade the area of the cornea which does not interfere with vision. It also tends to have a yellowish colour and a very recognizable shape, a small lump to the naked eye.
Treatment also involves removal of it.
Eye Illness caused by the sun in the Cornea
-Photokeratitis: Keratitis is a condition that affects the cornea, the most exposed part of the entire eye because it´s the first layer.
Photokeratitis is produced by the sun and the patient complains of grittiness in the eyes, pain and abnormal sensitivity to light.
Corneal abrasions as small points, which are responsible for these symptoms, are formed. It can also cause redness of the conjunctiva and the eyelid skin.
The treatment also should be determined by an ophthalmologist. They can prescribe an antibiotic collyrium or corticosteroid.
Ocular diseases caused by the sun in the Lens
The lens is the internal objective of the eye, responsible for allowing light in (the focusing mechanism), and is responsible for focussing on the nearest objects and allows us to see properly in these situations.
-Cataracts: they are the main problem caused by solar radiation on the eye. The UV between 300 and 400 nm is the major cause of this problem, and radiation accumulated over the years tends to produce cataracts. But what are cataracts? Is the formation of dark areas inside the lens, which is where they have accumulated the harmful effects of solar radiation.
This results in a deterioration of vision and is the reason why many old people complain of poor vision.
The treatment for a cataract is surgery but is only done when it really is a serious problem for vision.
Ocular diseases caused by the Sun in the Retina
-Retinopathy: there are different types of retinopathy. In this case, we speak of course about solar retinopathy. It usually appears when an eclipse occurs and people do not take appropriate measures for viewing it. Most of all, because nobody should look at the sun directly. The cells of the retina deteriorate and can severely compromise vision.
However, it has a poor prognosis depending on the degree of the injury. It can be treated with anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids.
-Macular degeneration: macular degeneration or AMD is on of the most serious of ocular diseases
The macula houses the point of greatest visual effectiveness of the eye, called the fovea. This is the part of the eye responsible for central vision. If this area is damaged, it can result in loss of central vision
There are many causes that can cause AMD, but solar radiation is one of the most important.
Treatments vary depending on the type of AMD, but can range from drugs, laser and photodynamic therapy, which is a combination of both.
Here´s the deal.
We do not intend to scare you with this article this is just information. You could already find it on the internet for a long time.
We just wanted to make a compilation of the diseases that can be avoided with the use of sunglasses with good UV filters.
But please, the fact that you use sunglasses does not mean that you will be 100% protected against these solar radiation-related diseases, but it will certainly help you to have much less chance of suffering from them.
Did you ever hear about Photochromic lenses or sunglasses?
You know that in Sunglasses Restorer we like to provide information that can be useful, sometimes related to our products, and sometimes not.
This article has a bit of both
We are going to talk about
We are going to explain you:
We are going to explain you:
Scientifically definition of photochromism
Advantages and disadvantages of photochromic lenses
Usages of Photochromic lenses
Is it enough for you?
First let’s define scientifically what photochromic lenses are:
Photochromism is a reversible light-induced change between two states (A and B) of a molecule with different light absorption spectrums.
LIGHT and CHANGE … just keep these two words in mind.
Let’s create a more understandable definition.
Photochromic lenses are those that turn dark when sunlight (or ultraviolet) impinges on them, and become clear in the absence of such sunlight.
Now it seems clearer, right?
Photochromic lenses are those that change color (darken) if the sun shines in our face, and when we enter into a closed place, become clear.
They have several advantages and disadvantages.
Photochromic lenses advantages
-They are useful when we go shopping for the day: we enter and exit stores continuously, but it´s inconvenient to put on and remove our glasses from our faces.
-When we ride bikes and our journey goes through different sites with shadows and light; on days with sunny spells where you often don’t know whether put or take oof your glasses or throw them away when you’re tired of them.
-All Photochromic glasses have protection against UVA / B 100% up to 400 nm. That is, they offer protection from damaging rays of the sun for eye health.
If we go the beach and are under an umbrella, sunlight still reaches to our eyes (ultraviolet rays).
If, for example we need reading glasses, some photochromic lenses protect us from harmful sunlight.
Inconveniences of Photochromic lenses
– The photochromic effect ends up losing its effectiveness and lenses take on a greyish or yellowish hue.
-They don´t work for extreme sunlight situations(snow, water sports, fishing, etc)
-They don´t activate inside a car (as explained below)
-They’re more expensive than conventional lenses
Ok, here´s the deal
We can talk about two types of photochromic lenses.
Photochromic Lenses manufactured en masse: During the manufacturing process, the photochromic material is incorporated into the body of the lens itself. There is a lot of the photochromic material inside the glass. This has the advantage of much faster activation: the glass darkens much sooner.
Photochromic Lenses with a surface film: when the lens is semi-finished, a thin photochromic sheet is added on the outer side of the lens. Then this coated film is hardened by a treatment which does not come off easily. This makes the lens much cheaper to manufacture, but the effect of color change is much less effective.
What is the composition of Photochromic lenses?
Photochromic lenses for sunglasses, in most cases, are made of polycarbonate.
The photochromic surface treatment is predominant in this type of glasses.
Changing colour materials are often composed of chlorine alloys, silver and copper. It took years of research, until it was found that these compounds were reactive to light and the absence of it.
Each manufacturer determines its final components.
What are they used for?
As mentioned, photochromatic sunglasses are ideal for sports with continuous changing light conditions. The most representative example is the Mountain Bike (MTB). For triathletes who practice IronMan (changes in light from morning to night) and for golf players (the greens are very variable in light conditions), they are a highly recommended option.
So we said before: for sports such as skiing or water sports where the incidence of the sun is extreme, they are not recommended. Ultraviolet radiation is very high, and polarized lenses are recommended in these situations.
Well, that´s all. Did you like it?
Do you now know what a photochromic lens really is?
We really hope so, if not this article would be useless. Please, leave us a comment below. Or maybe do you prefer the Wikipedia definition of photochromism, but it´s very similar to the one we wrote at first.
We have lived great moments as the three medals of Usain Bolt, the great Michel Phelps withdrawal, or the Brasilian Futbol Team´s gold Medal.
At Sunglasses Restorer, we have been very attentive to the sunglasses of many Olympic athletes, and we have written an article talking about of some of them.
Therefore we’ve created this post
The best Olympic Sunglasses of Rio 2016
These are not all that there are, but are all those that matter. Here are our individual gold medals for Olympic sunglasses.
We have included several athletes by medal colour because three medals wouldn’t be enough.
Olympic sunglasses – Bronze
We will begin with a “new” sport
Justin Rose and his Adidas Eyewear
Golf was premiered in Rio as an Olympic sport and this Brit has become the first winner in this competition.
He was wearing a casual style of Adidas Eyewear, far away from a sports sunglasses.
We need to say that he got a hole in one. Do you think that the sunglasses helped him?
Marcus Cooper Walz and his Oakley Radar EV
This Spaniard from a British father and German mother gave the surprise in the K1 1000 canoeing race in calm waters.
He got the gold against all odds, making a memorable comeback.
He was shielding his eyes with the Oakley Radar EV, and pay attention to these sunglasses because we will come back to talk about them in this article.
Kerri Walsh and April Ross
The mythical beach volleyball player Kerri Lee Walsh, with three Olympic gold medals behind her, came to Rio with a new partner after the retirement of Misty May-Treanor.
April Ross is her new partner, and together they got the bronze medal, a good position considering the veteran Kerri (38 years she served in the same tournament) and the competitiveness in the current women’s beach volleyball.
Walsh has been wearing the new Oakley EVzero Path during the Olympics, with a very striking pink lens. Ross has opted instead for the famous Jawbreaker, more suitable for cycling.
It was a pleasure to see them compete on the sands of Copacabana.
We now go to the silver medals
Olympic Sunglasses – Silver
Smallest ones are the biggest.
Saul Craviotto and his Siroko.
His pal, Cristian Toro, should perhaps be included, too.
The Spanish canoeist won two medals in Rio, one gold in the K2 1000 and a bronze in the K1 200. These two gold medals plus the ones achieved in Beijing and London 2012, make him a great canoeist.
Siroko eyewear brand has undoubtedly successfully sponsored them, designing an exclusive goggle for these Olympics.
Quite a coup without a doubt. Congratulations
Greg Van Avermaet
The Belgian cyclist won the gold medal against all odds in the men’s cycling course.
While certainly he was seen to benefit from the falls of Nibali and Henao, he was capable of reaching Majka with Jakob Fuglsang and in the sprint did not yield option.
The Oakley Jawbreaker he wore in the race is already very accustomed to victory.
Next silver medal.
British Olympic rowing team
Peter Reed, Scott Durant …. and all other members of this team have taken out a big thorn that had stuck in the British Isles, from Sydney 2000.
Rowing in Britain is almost a religion, it could not be too soon to climb to the top of the podium at the Olympics.
So this large group of rowers created joy throughout their country with victory in the “men’s eight” race.
Most members of the team wore Oakley, including RadarEV, Radarlock, and EvZero.
Our most sincere congratulations because certainly, they deserved it.
Next one is one of our favourites
The Swiss biker was one of the favourites to win the MTB race and did not fail.
The new EVZero Path with a transparent lens undoubtedly helped in the task, on a coppery day with a lack of sunlight
Congratulations to all participants, because the race was really hard.
And now we turn to gold medals.
Olympic Sunglasses – Gold
The German women’s beach volleyball player and her partner Laura Ludwig picked up the gold against all expectations.
The players are among the best in the world, but there were other favourites such as the aforementioned Ross/Walsh or Bednarczuk and B. Seixas Brazilian whom they defeated in the final.
Kira wore Radar EV, but we didn’t see her partner Ludwig wearing any glasses.
Congratulations to both of them.
We are sticking with the Beach Volleyball, and now it´s necessary to speak of Brazilians
Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt
These Cariocas have become national heroes, winning in the sport they say they invented, although there will be many Americans who think differently.
It was certainly an excellent tournament, soundly defeating none other than Lucena and Dalhausser in the quarterfinals.
And on their faces they wore the sports sunglasses that will be prevalent in the coming years: The Oakley Radar EV on Cerruti and EVZero on Schmidt.
And now we move into the last Olympic gold sunglasses, sharing two incredible athletes.
Ruth Beitia, Britney Reese and their spectacular new Nike Wing Precisions.
No doubt the goggle is awesome, but let’s face it, a bit quirky.
The two jumpers, one in high jumping and the other in long jumping, have worn this brand new and exclusive model of Nike, designed for these Olympic Games.
As far as we were able to find, only Beitia, Reese and the Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigtsen have worn this exclusive model, valued at no more and no less than 1,200 dollars.
These are such a marvel of technology where optics are concerned, a real treat that the magnitude of the event deserved.
You can obtain more information about these glasses in this article
The Spanish jumper was the most veteran Olympic athlete to win gold in the high jump.
The American Reese has not been able to regain the Olympic title in long jump achieved in London 2012 and has had to settle for silver.
However, both have the gold medal for the most spectacular Olympic sunglasses
And here we are.
As we have said before, sure there are more sports sunglasses not included in this article, so we ask you to leave us a comment with which you believe may be worth mentioning.
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Yes, the 2016 Tour de France is over, but I know you have been looking at the cycling sunglasses in the race. We are, too, so we have created this article:
The most popular sunglasses models in this 2016 Tour de France.
Let’s talk about differents brands, models and the cyclists who wear them. Oakley, Rudy Project, Bollé, Lazer and relatively new brand called POC, with a model that has not been to a sporting spectacle, at all. To do this, you will have to read the article to the end.
We will start with a modern classic of all sports sunglasses
Cycling Sunglasses Oakley Jawbreaker
This model developed in collaboration with Mark Cavendish and was the dominator of cycling glasses last year and this year it’s going down the same road. Cavendish, himself, and many of the squad are using them, including the great Peter Sagan.
In the picture you can see the two greatest sprinters in this Tour, sharing laughs and sunglasses.
Do you want to win today, or shall I, Mark?
That could be one of their conversations.
Oakley Radar EV
This goggle is the direct competitor to the Jawbreaker.
I would not dare say which of the two is used the most, but it´s a fact that this new Oakley model has already surpassed the mythical Radarlock.
The key is the ergonomic design of the lens and the shape of the frame that offers a wider field of vision.
If the three times Tour de France´s champion, Chris Froome, is using them, the glasses should be good, right?
As you can see in the picture, they are personalized with the colors of the yellow jersey.
But the maximum customization is found in the following model.
Thomas De Gendt offers the best example of this cycling sunglass, but his entire team also uses them, including André Greipel.
Last year Lazer was already a supplier of material for the Lotto-Soudal team and have repeated that this year.
But look at the next picture.
De Gendt´s sunglasses are customized with red spots as the Mountain´s leader. They are awesome.
And they are the subject of many comments and photos.
It´s a success from Lazer Marketing.
But we have more.
Adidas EyeWear Zonyk
This Cycling Sunglasses has not yet been released for sale to the general public.
Adidas has decided to create a small collection for the most visible faces of the bunch, they promote it in this 2016 Tour.
No doubt Alejandro Valverde is a face the new Zonyk fit well and look great on. All the Movistar team except for Quintana use them.
And what glasses is Nairo Quintana wearing?
We will see later.
Rudy Project Tralix
Rudy Project Ettix-Quick Step Tralix.
As you can see in the picture, Tony Martin is wearing this model developed exclusively by the Italian firm, for Ettix-Quick Step team.
It’s a lightweight design with great ventilation in the frame itself, and with interchangeable lenses.
No doubt it helped the German, Marcel Kittel, to get his victory in stage 4 of the 2016 Tour
This model used almost exclusively by Alexander Kristoff, follows the example of the Adidas Zonyk.
They are not yet on sale like the Ekoi AK Kristoff, already used by the Katusha rider in the past.
We do not know the exact name of these glasses, but we sure will soon.
Furthermore, these glasses have a slight resemblance to the next.
Oakley EVZero Range
“Purito” Rodriguez has left behind the Radarlock, and is the top representative of this new model of Oakley.
They are sunglasses without a frame, they do not have a frame around the lenses.
It consists of two lateral temples and a big lens (shade) on the front.
This makes them the lightest cycling sunglasses in the market, at 22 grams for the Path model, and 25 grams for the Range model,which is the one we see in the next picture.
New cycling sunglasses for Purito, before his departure at the end of the year.
We will miss him and his sunglasses.
Come up with another brand
These cycling googles are the top model of the French brand, quite popular in the bunch.
AG2R and Orica cyclists use them.
Vuillermoz and Mathew Alexander Michaels are some of the riders who opt for this model of the great French cycling goggles brand.
There are still 4 but they have a lot to offer, don’t miss them.
In this post, we are going to talk in details about cycling clothing.
In fact, there will something about
Cycling clothing for each part of the body
Body can be divided into couple of categories:
Trunk and upper extremities
It is well known that if you build a house, you need to start it from foundations, but this time, we will start it from the roof.
Cycling clothing for the head
When it comes to the head, we have two basic pieces of clothing, helmet and sunglasses. Other optional items, used more during winter are the skullcap, the neckwarmer, ear muffs and “face warmer” or mask.
There are as many different types of helmets as there are many different types of cyclists, but what is mutual for all of them is that they are based on the same principles.
If we stick to the kind of competition you will find the following:
Mountain Bike Helmets
The most popular are the classic ones with visor.
Helmet for Trail is also a popular option within the amateur category.
The helmet for Enduro should be completely different, resembling the one for a motorcycle. It is not in vain that this helmet is the most specific one within the range of helmets for mountain biking.
Road Cycling Helmets
We can make a classification such as it follows:
There is not much to talk about the classic type and when it comes to the other two, we can say that their usage is growing increasingly in the professional field because of their great aerodynamics.
The semi-aero gives good ventilation while the Aero is practically zero and it is used for very specific moments such as sprints.
The short-tailed helmets are very specific and they are used mostly for time trial and triathlon. They are extremely aerodynamic, but this type of helmet has reduced ventilation.
This binomial aerodynamics/ventilation is inversely proportional, for obvious physical reasons.
As its name indicates, these are helmets that are produced for customers living in big cities. Lately, these have become trendy for the further proliferation of fixie bikes and urban ones in general. There are plenty of different designs, from the most classic ones to the most extravagant.
Specifications of bike helmets
Now, let’s talk about some of the technical aspects of bike helmets.
Main manufacturing material is polystyrene. Depending on the type of the chosen helmet, material will be of a better or lower quality.
One of the most important things that you have to bear in mind is the weight of helmet case. It is not the same if you wear a helmet weighing 200 grammes or the one of 350 grammes. This “little” detail can affect your entire back.
Another essential characteristic is ventilation. The better helmet ventilation is, the more comfortable it will be for you to use it.
And last, but not least important are straps. In the event of an impact, the cyclist’s safety will depend on a good fit. It is important to assess both straps, main ones and the back ones. Cases with high-end solutions are more comfortable and more effective than the ones with low-end.
And now, let´s talk about the remaining cycling equipment that belongs to the head area. Of course, those are cycling sunglasses.
Types of Cycling Sunglasses
As we all know, there are plenty of sports sunglasses so it is hard to make a proper classification. And because of that, it is even harder to make an exclusive classification for the cycling glasses since many models can be used in several sports.
However, we can talk about two following classifications.
Glasses for cycling by the type of Mount
Sunglasses for cycling by the type of lens.
Sports sunglasses depending on the type of frame
This classification considers taking into the account lenses at the same time. So, this is why they are listed in two groups:
Solar shields frames
Frames with two rings.
The first group is the one where famous Radarlock Path, Radar Path, Bollé 5 h Element, etc belong.
These are sports sunglasses of excellent quality whose origin can be traced back to the mythical EYESHADES that were popularized by the great Greg Lemond.
These are very light glasses, of aerodynamic shape, with components which are ergonomically optimized and above all, they are very comfortable.
As for the second group of sunglasses, those are, as its name tells, glasses that have two lenses.
If we are talking about two rings frames in the field of cycling or any sport in general, we must mention the Racing Jacket or Flak Jacket, as well as the Rudy Project Stratofly or the Adidas´Evil Eye.0
Although they have two rings, the vast majority of these glasses has a complete frame, which is almost frameless glasses. (invisible?)
I would recommend you this article if you are interested in understanding the matter a bit better.
Cycling sunglasses depending on the type of lenses
There are tons of different lenses for sunglasses so it is not of vital importance to make a classification based on this category.
So, let’s assume that the material used for making lenses is polycarbonate.
A large classification that should be taken into account is the group of polarized lenses and not polarized lenses.
However, in our humble opinion, since cycling is an outdoor activity that considers spending many hours in the Sun and under the reflections of the same, it must require the use of polarized lenses, without any doubts.
So, if we leave all these factors aside (although they are pretty significant), we can make the following classification based on the color of lenses.
We can talk about:
Classical lenses are usually considered as the ones of evergreen colours: brown, grey and green. The grey ones are also known as black.
Mirrored lenses have become popular in recent years. The mirroring effect has the function of providing higher degree of darkness, something which is very important on a sunny day and during hours of the day when the Sun is at its peak.
If we are talking about yellow and transparent lenses, these are recommended for rainy days or for the parts of a day when there is the little light, such as sunrises and sunsets.
And finally, photochromic lenses are the most common and most attractive option for MTB lovers.
Why is this so?
Because mountain bikers, who go through a great number of places, change the surroundings from very sunny ones to the ones that are darker because of tree shadows, for example.
Photochromic lenses are (Wikipedia) lenses that become darker when exposed to a certain intensity of light, most commonly UV radiation. When activating light is absent, lenses return to their original condition.
This is a common definition. A better definition will be available in our next article.
They are ideal for both cloudy and clear days.
That would be all about glasses, now let’s move on to other items that complete cycling equipment for the head.
It is the name used for a winter cap. But, this is not a usual hat. It is made of specific materials in order to avoid cold getting through to your head. Producers tend to opt for thermal materials that allow air to pass in and out. Other kinds of materials would cause excessive sweating.
Ear muffs (Head Band)
The name says it all. There are cyclists who use ones made of thermal materials which allow the wind to pass, and the ones who opt for materials that are impenetrable. This choice depends on each person.
This garment perfectly protects neck, mouth, and ears. But, during very cold days this may not be enough.
You must admit it, the first time you saw a picture of this piece of garment you thought of Hannibal Lecter.
Face warmer is a very important piece of equipment of every cyclist during winter because it protects him from the cold air that he breathes.
Some manufacturers had put together these four items and made only one piece. When you put a CAP, earmuffs, Neck Warmer and Face Warmer in a single garment it is called Balaclava.
It is the best solution if the winter is hard in the area where you ride.
After going through the clothes and accessories that make the head equipment for a cyclist, we will pass to the next part of the body.
Cycling clothing for the trunk and upper extremities.
The first and most important garment for any cyclist, whether are starting young or as an adult, is the Jersey (Maillot).
Everyone recognises very well the yellow Jersey (Maillot Jaune), so it is well known outside cycling world and most often it is its symbol.
But of course, there are more items of the cycling equipment made for trunk and arms. They are listed here:
As same as when it comes to the head, there are two essential parts of equipment. Those are Jersey and gloves. The rest of garments is usually more related to winter equipment so they are optional.
We are going to talk about every part of equipment starting with, of course, the Jersey or Maillot.
We going to make a basic classification for this piece of clothing by its sleeves:
Short Sleeve jersey
Long sleeve jerseys
The strapless jersey is most commonly used for triathletes. These athletes often paint its dorsal in the area of arms and in this way make it recognizable for the Organization of the event. This is also a good way to save yourself time of changing clothes during the process of transition from cycling race to running race.
The jersey with short sleeves is the one that is widespread within cyclists in general, both for road and mountain, professionals and the amateurs.
The long-sleeve jersey is a piece of equipment used for winter cycling.
Another classification of jerseys can be made by the type of zipper:
Jersey short zip
Jersey with full zip
Short zip is the most popular among amateurs. They are cheap and very functional.
Half-zipper is also very popular in this group of users since it allows a much more significant amount of air to pass through the chest. This is something that is very important in times when you are making great efforts and the heat is unbearable.
Full zip jersey is the one that is mostly used among professionals. These are very comfortable when opened fully, both because these permit air to pass through the chest or to put the grateful and typical newspaper when a cyclist should ride down a mountain.
Jerseys depending on the type of fabric used for manufacturing
There are several types of tissues, which are called textile fibre. Within these textile fibres, there are a lot of different types including more or less known ones.
Among the most famous are Lycra, Neoprene or the Gore-Tex.
There are many more materials, such as Windstopper, and Thermo-Elastane, etc. This topics is a interesting one and we plan a whole post about it in the future.
Of course, it is worth investing more money in the jersey, since it is garment t closest to the body of cyclist, and the second most responsible for his comfort or, discomfort.
Now, let’s move on to the garments for arms:
The sleeves or arm caps
These are a highly recommended part of the equipment for seasons such as spring or fall when the weather is changeable.
It happens very often that you leave your house in the morning when the weather conditions are intensively cold, and come back at noon when there has been a significant temperature rise.
Changing your winter garment with summer one can be a real pain in the ass. As you can imagine, the winter clothes would make us sweat at noon, and the summer ones would make us feel cold in the morning or the evening.
Good sleeves are ideal both for protecting yourself from the cold in the morning and also when the sun becomes harsh so you just have to lower them or remove them completely.
They are manufactured from tissues elastic and thermal.
Now let’s turn to other cycling clothing
In our humble opinion, gloves are the third most important cycling garment after the helmet, and the shorts (culotte).
When a fall happens, it is a natural tendency of human beings to put their hands forward. If your hands are not protected, asphalt can seriously harm them.
Because of that, use of gloves is essential during winter and summer also.
Summer gloves: they are cut at the height of the first phalanx and manufactured of highly breathable fabrics. These two features provide a good “grip” on the handlebar.
A glove that does not perspire can make our hands sweaty, and a glove made of a piece of fabric that does not have proper mechanical fastening for handlebar can jeopardise cyclist’s safety.
Winter gloves: obviously it is a full glove, whose manufacturing fabrics combine the breathability, features that protect from the wind and that have “the grip”.
Gloves of Gore-Tex which combine these three characteristics are very well known.
Let´s talk about the next part of the body.
Cycling equipment for the legs.
Toes will be separated from legs since we believe that feet deserve different treatment.
If we are talking about cycling equipment, after the jersey, shorts (culotte) are the second garment that is most well known by general public.
What is not so well known is that there exist different parts and various types of culottes.
We must differentiate the padding from other parts of shorts. The padding is a part of the culotte located in the crotch and the one that protects areas that are sensitive such as the perineum or pelvic floor.
A padding of good quality makes the difference between good and bad shorts.
We can establish three major divisions within cycling shorts:
Cycling shorts according to the gender of the cyclist
Cycling shorts with or without shoulder straps
Shorts or Tights
Male shorts are not the same as female shorts for reasons which are more than obvious, so this would be the first major division.
Paddings for women are different than those for men.
Strapless shorts is a classic that is most famous. It is an elastic garment that is mostly used in amateur categories.
Bib shorts are more technical and originally made for professional cycling, but amateur cyclists adopted these as well.
In theory, the function of straps is to prevent excessive pressure on the waist. The bib holds shoulder and that is how the pressure is gone, so sweat is not concentrated in this area.
Many riders prefer it, but there are also others that are more inclined to classic shorts.
There is one thing that should be clear about cycling equipment and that is that there doesn’t exist better or worse equipment, but only the one that is best for every individual cyclist.
Regarding shorts or tights (culottes,) it seems evident that the long ones are for winter and short ones for summer.
The fourth division could be made according to the type of material they are made of. But, as this it have been mentioned before in the section on jerseys, this topic deserves an article for itself and we will publish it in the future.
Warmers are a cyclist garment made for the lower part of the legs, twins and tibiae, which were once used in cold weather. Lately, this cycling equipment has been replaced by long shorts.
Now we turn to the last part of the body:
Cycling clothing for the feet.
There are three types of garments for feet:
As for cycling socks, they aren’t much different from any other type of sports sock. They must be as breathable as possible, cool in summer and hot in winter.
Typically, the ones for summer are cropped and the ones for winter are of medium length.
It must be said that in recent years, manufacturers have developed another type of socks that are very technical, such as waterproof socks. They are ideal if you want to keep your feet dry and hot regardless of the fact does the cyclist use covered boots or not.
They are highly recommended for winter and rainy seasons.
Shoes are an essential part of the equipment for a professional cyclist, but nowadays, even for amateur cyclists.
If we are talking about this category, we must divide it into boots for mountain biking and road cycling shoes because the hooks are completely different, and there are, of course, boots for the triathlon.
Road cycling shoes
Cycling fans are accustomed to seeing professional cyclists wobble the podium or other firm areas when they walk in their boots.
The reason for this is that the boots for road bikes have fasteners with quite considerable coves. This is so because the cleats of the pedals must be large enough to make a grip and optimum pedalling.
The shoes are very rigid and have at least three strips of mooring.
Triathlon bike boots.
They are very similar, but somewhat more open, with a less rigid outsole and somewhat smaller cleat. This found its use in changing positions from bike to running.
They usually have two Velcro fastening.
Shoes for MTB
This type is very different since mountain bikers have to get off their bike on many occasions and take it in tow. For this reason, they are designed with a multitude of heels and smaller cleats.
Usually, it’s velcro adjustments have three straps.
And the last part of the equipment are:
Overshoes can be divided into two types
Actual overshoes are complete. They are made of windstoppers and thermic materials. They should be as waterproof as possible and cover perfectly the whole shoe.
The bottom must have an optimal opening so it can allow removing gear from the cleats of the pedals.
Toe covers must have the same characteristics of impermeability, but the only difference is that these cover the front of the foot, as their name suggests.
They are used for seasons such as spring and autumn.
So this is the end of our lengthy article. We have created this infographic to sum up everything we tried to elaborate.
All the cycling clothing you should have.
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In this article we are going to talk about the purpose that Oakley vented lenses have. The difference between using vented lenses and regular lenses.
Before talking about Oakley Vented lenses, we will dig in another issue.
Sports material technology advances very quickly. There has been a boom in the fitness world during the last years. Hundreds, thousands of people go outside to do sport, be it running, cycling or paddle tennis, for example.
People have become runners and MTB riders. There is a whole culture around physical exercise from which companies have seen an opportunity in the market and promoted it.
It is difficult for a runner not to wear a bracelet to attach his or her mobile phone with the app that will indicate the trajectory. A biker must have the last kilometer counter available. And a paddle tennis player has to use the most efficient racket for his or her game style.
This is good, very good because it introduces the great public to products that before were exclusively for elite sportspeople.
Let’s talk about our field. Sunglasses have evolved very quickly during the last 10 years. Before we could count the number of people who used polarized lenses with our fingers, and today it is weird not to find this type of sunglasses.
Likewise, there is innovation in materials, looking for greater lightness and comfort. This way, the durability of glasses is also being scarified. We can’t fight against that, since we are in the throwaway era.
Regarding sports sunglasses, the evolution hasn’t been so plausible. Since the beginning of the 80s, Oakley has been innovating in this field. The article where we talked about Greg Lemond and the Oakley History mentions innovation from the first moment of this great brand. The Razor Blades became an entire revolution in sports glasses and cycling glasses more specifically.
Since that model which the legendary Lemond made well known, until the recent Jawbreaker that were developed with the collaboration of Mark Cavendish 3 decades of research and development of new models have passed. But we can’t go beyond what’s possible, the human face is the limit. We have two ears and one nose, and it is difficult to fight against that.
It seems a truism, but glasses models try to find ergonomics that gets better every time, and our physical characteristics sometimes limit that advancement.
However, 5 years ago approximately, vented lenses were developed for the first time. In our opinion, they marked a real advance in sunglasses ergonomics and functionality.
Oakley vented lenses, just as their name indicates, allow the pass of certain quantity of air through the wholes of the borders. This is ideal because this way it gives more oxygen to the face, thus avoiding that some sweat gathers around the eyes. This is very annoying because it can produce discomfort in sports people who wear sunglasses to practice their activity.
Likewise, it favors the reduction of mist in the lenses because of that air entrance. It is an effect that is similar to the one that happens in the interior of a vehicle when there is a difference in temperature which is sensitive between the exterior and the interior. What do we do in that case? We open the windows to balance that difference, right?. In this type of glasses, a similar phenomenon to “opening windows” takes place.
Thus, some simple holes at the extremes of the lenses make these important functions possible. But, even though the seem simple, these holes are very well designed and their location is very sell studied. This design has been analyzed for several years to get the most appropriate form for the lens.
That’s why vented lenses are the best type of lenses for you if you practice a sport where you use glasses and the sweat is accumulated around the eyebrows, like running, paddle tennis, cycling or any of their modalities.
We are going to explain the different parts that form both traditional glasses and also sunglasses.
We will talk about eyeglasses and sunglasses parts
Well, this article may seem ridiculous for many of you. But we are recording video products and I realized while recording these videos, that we use words which not everyone knows.
It is logical that terms like lenses, or frame are words easily recognized by everyone. But for example, if I mention the “rim” of the glasses, you won’t probably know what it is.
Likewise, there are other parts of glasses that are named wrong, such as the arms of the glasses.
Therefore, I decided to elaborate this article so that we all learn a little bit more about what each thing is. This way, whenever someone talks about these elements, they will sound familiar.
Now I’m going to show you a few pictures to make everything clearer.
Let’s start with the first great division:
Lenses and frame.
The most famous eyeglasses or sunglasses parts
This division is the most obvious one and it is not necessary to explain. But we should bear in mind that lenses can also be referred to as crystals. And the same happens with the frame, it can also have other names which are understandable, although some may not be completely correct.
Within the classification of LENSES or CRYSTALS, let’s clarify some aspects.
For example, when the lens is only one, just like the picture below, there are a few names like:
Optical shield, shades or visor.
These kinds of lenses became famous at the beginning of the millennium, then their fame decreased around the end of the first decade of that millennium and got back a couple of years ago. This resurgence was very linked to the boom of sports goggles.
This means that optical shades are exclusively for sunglasses, and although they may be used in traditional glasses too, it is actually very weird and requires extra modifications.
Lenses are lenses, and there isn’t much to say about them, at least regarding their parts. The only part they have is the lens itself. But I’ll clarify a little detail about the borders of lenses. The next picture shows a regular border.
As you can see, it is neither plain nor blunt, but it rather has a sharp point form. This is called the BEVEL of the lens and has this form to fit perfectly in the frame so that it doesn’t fall easily.
Now that the lenses explanation is finished, let’s talk about the frame, which has more parts to explain.
To start, we will divide it into FRONT and TEMPLES. Temples are what I previously mentioned as ARMS. I guess people call it “arms” because of their form. There’s no problem if you say arms, every optician will understand you if you say that you have a problem with the arms of your glasses. However, let me tell you that temple is the correct term to refer to this part.
The front, on the other hand, is the part of the frame that is most visible, where the lenses fit.
This front has different parts, the most visible one is the rim. The rims of the glasses are the part where lenses are.
Within this rim there is another part I must explain, do you remember what I sad about the bevel of lenses? Its function was to make those lenses fit in the frame. Well, lenses fit on the rims, and therefore these rims also have a part called BEVEL.
In this case, the bevel of the frame has a complementary form with the bevel of the lens. Thus, lenses fit perfectly in the frame and keep subjected without difficulty. Glasses with optical shades may have a unique rim or no rim at all.
Rimless glasses don’t have a “classic” frame, so to speak. Lenses are attached to the temples and the bridge and pads, that way they can fit the face.
The bridge is another element of the front of the glasses. It is the area that puts both rims together.
Another important part of the front of the glasses is the nosepads. Yes, that thing that goes on the nose.
There are many types of pads: soft, hard, round, plain, embedded… Most current sunglasses, especially those which are made of plastic, have pads on the front. The design includes a sort of ledge in the nasal part of the rims, and this is enough to make glasses sit well on the nose.
The last part that of the front is left to describe is the hinge.
As you can see on the picture, it is the superior external part of the front of the glasses. And it is placed where the temples are attached, be it with screws or any other way.
Finally, let’s talk about the temples. Although there isn’t much to say about them, there is a couple of important things that you should know.
Every temple has a part in its extreme that is used to be attached to the front. The hinge mentioned before is also present here.
This type of subjection can be metallic to insert a screw, or it can be made of plastic and be attached by mere pressure. In any case, it is crucial that the design is perfectly done to avoid a break. It is the weakest part of the glasses, and it can be damaged if we constantly take our glasses out and wear them again.
The opposite extreme of the temple is located at the TERMINAL. This terminal is not always there, it is a piece, normally made of plastic, that covers the extreme of the temple.
Most traditional glasses have it, especially if they are metallic; this is useful to generate comfort since a metallic piece could hurt the ears. They are also used to avoid the quick metal corrosion that is caused due to the sweat of our heads. Plastic glasses usually don’t have terminals, although sometimes they do as an aesthetic or comfort element. They can have different colors than the temple to make it more peculiar.
These are the different eyeglasses and sunglasses parts .
Every design is unique and has its own details. But the three main elements that have discussed:
Lenses, front, and temples, are always present in one way or another.
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Sunglasses should protect from UV up to 400nm in a total amount of 99% or more. Previously, in the EU the quality standard was 95%, while in the USA it was 99%. Currently, in both standards, the percentage is the same
Don´t you think that our products are 100 % UV replacement lenses?
We have shot this video to show you the quality of our lenses.
Our CEO Luis Carmona, explain what a sunglasses must have to be sold as an optics product. We are opticians and know about the requirements that a quality sunglass should have to protect our eyes.
Please check it until the end, to know more about the UV filter of all our lenses.
Have you liked it? We hope so.
Do you think that now, can you answer questions about what a quality UV filter should have?
Do you remember the wavelength below the one, the sun rays are harmful to our eye´s health?
No? Please check again the video, it´s very easy.
Do you remember the steps we have followed to demonstrate the quality of our lenses?
In our workshops we have UV analyzers, so they can tell us which lenses are good and which ones are not.
So there is no choice for our suppliers to “endorse” us, low-quality lenses with no UV filter.
First, we test a non-UV filtered lens to show you that the UV analyzer works properly.
Later we tested a Sunglasses Restorer Racing Jacket Replacement lens. Watch the video to see the result. What do you think? Did it achieve the UV filter promised?
Later we test more lenses just in case…
Have you watched the lens with no UV filter?
It is a prescription lens. Everyone with a refractive error, like myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, has used one of them during his life. Now, you know that you have not been protected from the UV radiation, and you should consider use prescription glasses with sun protection. How?
You have several choices:
If you have any visual problem, ask your optician for a recommendation about prescription glasses with UV filter.
We are arriving at the end of this article where we talk about our 100 % UV replacement lenses.
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Many of you know what polarized lenses or polarized glasses are. Others may have heard of them. Some won’t know about them.
I hope that after reading this article, you can answer this question
What are polarized lenses?
I hope you can understand their benefits and how to distinguish them from sunglasses with traditional lenses.
Etymology of the word Polarized
It must be said that the term polarized has its origin in two Latin words: polus and izar. The meaning of “polus” is very easy, POLE; however, “izar” means “to convert”.
If we combine both terms, we can say that polarize would mean: to change the poles. This definition is very close to the real meaning of the word.
You’ll have to think about axes if you want to go further. Poles mark the vertical axis of the earth, and the horizontal axis would would defined by Ecuador.
By applying this to the lenses, we can say that polarized lenses have both vertical axis and horizontal axis. In fact, polarization is based on the division of both axes.
So far so good? It is important to have this concept clear before we continue.
Now let’s talk a little bit about light and the way it travels. Our common belief is that light and light rays in general are straight lines, but this is not exactly true. Light is electromagnetic waves that spread as shown in the following figure.
Anyway, this is just some general culture, but let’s continue assuming that light still travels in straight lines. This way we’ll understand polarization better.
This figure explains the phenomenon of reflection, that is, light travels through the air and, when it reaches a different surface, a portion of it passes through the surface (refraction) and another part is reflected.
If you look at the figure, it seems that all light is either refracted or reflected at the perfect angle, but the truth is that there are many rays of light which are reflected at different angles.
Look at the following picture.
So, let´s go to the crux of the matter
Light polarization easily explained
The following information does not have a scientific explanation, and it is not completely true. However, it serves perfectly for you to understand the functionality of polarized lenses.
Do you remember that polarized lenses are divided into two axes? The vertical and the horizontal one. Well, when sunlight travels through the air, it does so through the vertical axis; and when it is reflected on the sea, on the road, on the snow, it begins to travel in the horizontal axis. “It changes its polarization”.
These “horizontal” rays are much more annoying than “vertical” rays.
And this is where polarized lenses and their division into axes come into play. Polarized glasses are designed to block the reflected light rays, which would reach the eyes in a “horizontal” way.
Therefore, when polarized lenses are mounted in a goggle, they must be perfectly oriented and have a correct axis. Otherwise, they will not block the “horizontal” light rays.
What are the benefits of polarized sunglasses?
The main benefit is the reduction of reflexes, but there’s more.
Reduction of annoying reflections on flat and transparent surfaces: sea, road, snow, rivers, pools …
Greater color contrast: the light reaches our eyes in a more natural way by blocking unwanted reflections, thus providing a much higher color definition than conventional sunglasses.
Increased brightness in low light conditions: shaded areas also get more contrast and this causes the perception of a greater degree of illumination, which provides a more natural vision.
How to distinguish between polarized sunglasses and traditional sunglasses?
Well, we know what polarized lenses are and its advantages. Now we will know how to distinguish them from standard glasses
Let’s look at these two pictures.
As you can see, the easiest way to recognize whether a lens is polarized or not is by using a screen, such as the smartphone, computer, tablet, etc. This is so because the light emitted from these devices has its peculiarities. If we take into account what I explained before, we can say that this light is emitted “vertically”, so when the polarized lens turns, we see how it blocks the light.
Under normal conditions, polarized lenses in our glasses are mounted in the horizontal position, so that they will perform the functions previously described.
But this is a foolproof way to recognize them.
Polarized lenses and use of electronic devices
Careful! It is possible that often, when looking at your mobile in a certain position while wearing polarized glasses, you fail to see the screen to a greater or lesser extent. This is due to the reasons previously explained, and the result will be different depending on the mobile phone and the features of each manufacturer. It is VERY important to consider this fact when buying a GPS navigator for the car.
I recommend either to wear polarized glasses when you buy a new GPS or either get your GPS when you are getting new polarized glasses. This way you’ll save the frustration of not seeing anything on the GPS when you put your new cool polarized glasses.
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This is the first of a series of articles with general information about sunglasses, glasses and other aspects related to optics.