I used to worry about how do these sunglasses fit on my face? Do I like how they look? I needed a lighter lens for driving in cloudy weather and a darker lens for super sunny days. Since I started this website, I’ve learned a few things about sunglasses. There is a lot more to buying the right sunglasses than do I like the colour of the frame and lenses. It’s not always easy to find that perfect pair of sunglasses and to find one model that fits both a fashion function and is ideal for sports is like finding a unicorn.
For fashionable polarized sunglasses see: The Best Polarized Sunglasses: How Serengeti Sunglasses Help you See in HD
Sunglasses for Fashion and Sport
This summer I found myself flip-flopping between two models of sunglasses which sit in the sports and lifestyle category. My sports of choice include hiking, kayaking, boating and cycling and there are different lenses recommended for each of these activities. Generally, when I look at a collection of sporty sunglasses on display I think too sporty for me I’m not quite athletic enough to pull those off. But the teams at Serengeti and Bollé helped me to make the right selection.
Serengeti Maestrale 8449 Sunglasses
The first pair I was considering was these Serengeti Maestrale Sunglasses (pictured above). What I loved about these sunglasses was they didn’t exactly scream sports model. These glasses are super lightweight, feature flexible nose pads and adjust to light thanks to their photochromic lenses.
Bollé Flyair 12261 Sunglasses
The pair I chose were the Bollé Flyair sunglasses with black polarized lenses. Pros of these Flyair sunglasses include:
- Wrap around frame
- Thermogrip temple tips and nose pads (which keep glasses in place)
- Adjustable nose pads for optimal fit
- Thin and super lightweight
Tips for Purchasing Sunglasses
The most important things to consider when purchasing sunglasses are:
- Lenses offer 100% UV protection
- Frames/lens covers your eyes and offers full protection
- Lens colour is chosen for function not fashion (see lens guide below)
- Adjustable nose pads or glasses fitted to properly sit on face
- Frames are slip resistant even when sweating
- Focus on protection and function vs. cost
Guide to Sunglass Lenses
Polarized lenses align light rays from the sun, which gives you a crystal clear view. Very popular among boaters or water-sports enthusiasts as this means you can actually see into the water and avoid obstacles like thick seaweed or rocks. For more sport sunglass ideas see last year’s review Beauty is in the Eye of Bolle 6th Sense S Sunglasses.
The appeal of the photochromic lens is that it is suitable for all light conditions. The lens actually darkens in bright sunlight and lightens up in overcast conditions. This “transition-like” feature gradually adjusts to UV radiation taking the strain off your eyes.
Bollé Lens Colour Options
Marine Lens Inland Gold: High contrast lens with metallic gold flash which is perfect for mid to low light conditions and gives a clear view under the water’s surface.
Marine Lens Offshore Blue: This neutral grey lens as a metallic blue mirror which is good in harsh sunlight and helps take the glare off the water’s surface. The lens is coated to repel water, fight smudging and scratching.
Gray or Black Polarized: These lenses keep colours neutral while providing clear views.
Browns, Ambers and Roses: Provide more depth perception and are better in mid to low light conditions.
Blues and Greens: Better for water activities.
For more tips on buying sunglasses: Beauty is in the Eye of Bolle 6th Sense S Sunglasses and Travel Tips: Advice from the Professionals How to Choose the Right Sunglasses.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a pair of sunglasses from Bollé for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.