Have you ever cycled into direct sunlight and felt like your eyeballs were melting in their sockets? Ever been victim to a pesky bug flying into your eye mid-descent? Is your ride partner magnetically attracted to loose road chippings? Are your foliage-ducking skills so terrible that they're talk of the local trail club?
Well, let us guide you into the wonderful world of cycling eyewear, where looking spec-tacular is just as simple as providing your eyes with the protection they deserve.
New this season at VeloVixen is Sunwise, a fellow Oxford brand and producer of top quality, super-stylish sports sunglasses. Every bit as well designed and finished as the household name sunglasses they rival, they've steadily expanded their ranges through focusing on specific sports - starting with running, and moving through the likes of cricket, golf. And - you guessed it - cycling!
Each pair has its own special features, but as standard have the following bragging rights...
- 100% protection from harmful UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays
- Lightweight, durable, flexible polycarbonate frames
- High optical clarity
- Impact & water resistant lenses
- Wrap-around lenses to give greater protection on your ride
- Flat arm profile that fits comfortably under a cycling helmet or cap
Which Pair is Best for Me?
Read each of the statements below, which one is most applicable to you?
I need a pair of sunglasses that can adapt to changing lighting conditions without me having to stop my bike and adjust manually
If stylish convenience is what you're after, the Sunwise Chromafusion range are right up your street. The lenses are light reactive and will automatically adjust the level of tint to perfectly suit the changing conditions.
I need a pair of cycling sunglasses to wear exclusively in the sunniest conditions that offer the best visibilty possible
You need a pair of strong light lenses to maximise your visibility whilst also reducing glare. The Sunwise Canary Wharf sunglasses (£49) with Polarfusion technology will offer the best visibility in the brightest conditions. If you've ever experienced light reflecting off water, street furniture and vehicles, you'll understand exactly how severely it can effect your comfort and visibility. Polarising lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense light, protecting your eyes and giving you clear vision on the route ahead.
I need a pair of sunnies that work in a variety of lighting conditions, but I'm on a budget so would like to try keep the price down
Interchangeable lenses will work great for you. This means that you'll get a number of different lenses, each one suited to a different level of lighting. If the conditions change, whip out the lens and swap it with a more suitable one.