There are so many options these days when it comes to picking the triathlon sunglasses that are right for you and hopefully this triathlon Sunglasses Ironstruck product review will make it a bit less confusing if you happen to be a beginner triathlete trying to decide what to buy and how much to spend.
To make the choice a little easier there are several things to take into account that will narrow down your options.
BEGINNER TRIATHLETE? IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PURCHASING SUNGLASSES
The first thing to think about is the real reason you need sunglasses in the first place. As far as I’m concerned it has most to do with protecting your eyes from errant bugs and other foreign matter that can easily do serious damage to your eye when they impact at 30 kph or faster.
So the number one reason has nothing really to do with the glare, quality of frames, or scientific ingenuity of a particular pair of sunglasses. Your first consideration is to protect your eyes and everything else is secondary.
You simply “have to” wear sunglasses as they are just as important as a helmet when it comes to personal safety.
That being said you have to decide how much you want to spend on triathlon sunglasses. You can buy sunglasses anywhere from $10 to over $200. A $10 pair will be just as effective against an errant hornet as a $200 pair, so now you should look at the secondary considerations.
Some sunglasses are scratch-resistant, and some come with inter-changeable lenses. Some frames are more durable than others and some simply fit better.
Regardless of the amount you decide to spend, make sure they have a nice snug, comfortable fit because if you have an Ironman Triathlon in your future you will be wearing them for many hours in training and racing.
It can also be very aggravating if your field of vision is blocked and you are constantly having to look over a frame. It makes perfect sense to find a pair of triathlon sunglasses that are frame-less.
A FEW BRANDS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING TRIATHLON SUNGLASSES
If finances are not a concern, then RUDY PROJECT makes spectacular looking sunglasses with all the latest in advanced materials and design elements specifically for the sport of triathlon.
If you are looking for a high-end pair of frame-less sunglasses, than this might not be what you are after, however some triathletes prefer frames so they can inter-change the lenses.
Of course you will pay top dollar for these and be prepared to spend over $225.00 for a pair of these high end sunglasses.
All their triathlon sunglasses can be Rx’d using a variety of methods including their patented snap-in, snap-out Rx adapters and Industry leading digital sport prescription lenses.
RUDY will also replace your lenses if you scratch them and they also have a three-year guarantee on their frames.
OAKLEY sunglasses have been around for years and have earned a solid reputation for developing a high quality product.
Oakely has given plenty of thought to the fit of their glasses and Choose the nose-piece that gives you the best fit as two sizes are included with every frame.
The RADAR XL is a specially designed edition of their Radar eye-wear. With an extra 7mm between the nose bridge and the top of the frame, this XL version extends the range of vision and that’s a benefit for triathletes.
Like the stem sleeves, they’re made of Unobtainium® to increase grip with perspiration. Oakley’s Three-Point Fit optimizes comfort and holds the lenses in precise optical alignment for superior clarity.
Because Oakley is also “top-of-the-line” you can expect to pay well over $200 for these as well.
For those who are on a budget and simply are not willing or able to put out this much money for a pair of sunglasses, not to worry.
Choosing an affordable, functional pair of sunglasses as compared to purchasing the very best brand available is no different than having a reliable, perfectly-fitting $1500 “road-bike” as opposed to a high-end, tricked out $6000 triathlon bike.
You will most likely have triathlon race results that are really not that much different regardless how money you spend. It still comes down to your own determination and ability and not how much you spend on equipment.
My own personal choice for sunglasses on a budget would be the BIKE NASHBAR no-frame. I personally have never been a fan of frames on triathlon sunglasses and the no-frame look means you don’t have to worry about changing positions when you are in the aero position on the bike in order to peek over the frames.
The no-frame is one of the features of these sunglasses by Nashbar.
The Nashbar No-Frame sunglasses feature sturdy polycarbonate construction and a unique frameless design which offers unimpaired peripheral vision and a clear view forward when you’re tucked in an aero position.
Another advantage is that no frame also means lighter weight–you may even forget you’re wearing glasses.
The lenses are not interchangeable, but that doesn’t matter all that much because they sell for $14.99 a pair and I would suggest buying two pairs.
You can choose from smoke grey, yellow, amber or clear.
I would highly recommend the yellow pair pictured above for cloudy, over-cast days as they will really brighten things up and perhaps a smoke-grey pair that will diminish the glare on bright, sunny days.