Best Sunglasses For Running

Many of my friends know that I am a runner, and that I have run many marathons and half marathons.  My current favorite sports frame that I wear while running is the Agon by Rudy Project.  As a runner I know that the best way to view the road is with the racing red lenses by Rudy Project.  Incidentally this happens to be a wonderful color for my fellow cyclists as well.

I love the Agon frame because it is available in the ImpactX-2 Photochromic Clear to Red Lens.  This lens starts out clear and changes to the Racing Red color that is so good for seeing the contours of the road.  The red color is considered an HDR color.  HDR stands for high dynamic range, and simply means that the lens lets in enough light so that you will never compromise image acuity. The reason this photochromic lens is so ideal for runners and cyclists like me is because we usually get out early in the morning just before sunrise, or late in the evening when the sun is setting.  I usually start between 5:00 and 5:30 AM.  It is still dark at this time and the clear state of the racing red photochromic lens is perfect.  As the sun begins rising the lens gradually begins to darken.  These lenses adjust with the light conditions outside keeping my eyes protected and comfortable.  I recommend this lens for all runners and cyclists for this reason.

I also like them for the comfort on those long runs and rides.  They only weigh 1.06 ounces, and the adjustable saddle bridge allows them to rest perfectly on any nose.  A very valuable feature in my mind is the Vent Controller(tm) which, according to the designers at Rudy Project, "allows rapid adjustment of airflow to reduce thermal shock and prevent fogging."  And for you cyclists out there you can rest assured that the Agon has been designed with helmet compatibility in mind. So I know what some of you are thinking.  

This all sounds great, but I need my prescription in my sunglasses.  If that is you then please do not fret.  My team of ABO certified opticians at Hicks Brunson Eyewear can help provide you with the same lens experience in your Rx that I have just described above. It's one thing to describe these benefits, but now I want to show you some visuals. 

The picture at the top of this post was taken on that same rock, but at 10:00 AM when the rock was in direct sunlight.  The picture below was taken at 4:00 PM mostly under the shade of some large trees.  You can see that the lenses are slightly activated even without direct sunlight.

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The picture below was taken indoors.  As you can see these lenses are virtually clear without the UV from the sunlight to activate them.  This makes them perfect for those early morning runs when the sun is not yet up, or those late evening runs when the sun is setting.


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