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Hiking without a pair of good sunglasses in your pack is no fun. Trying to pick your way over treacherous terrain with the glare of the sun blinding you is dangerous and definitely not enjoyable.
Buying the right pair of sunglasses from somewhere like EyeBuyDirect.com will do far more than just protect your eyes from damaging UV light. They will also help to keep dust and grit out of your eyes and make it possible for you to see the track even when the sun is blindingly bright. But, you do need to take your time, do a bit of research and be willing to spend a little extra money to ensure that you get your hands on the right pair. Here are the things you need to bear in mind when buying sunglasses for hiking.
Make Sure You Get the Fit Right
Buying a pair that fits you properly is essential. The last thing you need is to be constantly pushing them up the bridge of your nose because they are too big and keep sliding off. If you buy a pair like that they are unlikely to provide the right level of protection. A significant percentage of the time they will not be sitting close enough to your face to stop the UV light from reaching your eyes.
Think About the Conditions You Will be Hiking In
If you like to hike in the winter, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you don’t need sunglasses. You will definitely need them if you are planning to walk in a snowy area.
Without sunglasses, the glare will be uncomfortable. Not to mention the fact that you can do a surprising amount of damage to your eyes by not wearing sunglasses in these conditions. It is possible to temporarily blind yourself by not wearing the right eyewear when walking through a snowy landscape. You can find out what snow blindness is here, as well as how to choose the right eyewear to prevent yourself from developing this very painful condition.
You should also consider wearing them on cloudy days regardless of the conditions you will be hiking in. The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s advice is that everyone wears sunglasses whenever they are outside.
Choosing the Right Type of Lens
The type of lens is also important. For a hiker, it is rarely a good idea to buy a pair that have really dark lenses. You want to be able to see the trail ahead clearly, at all times. The rougher the terrain, the more important a consideration this is.
Polarized lenses are usually a good choice. They filter out more of the light and tend to be better at reducing glare. Plus, many people say that things look better when they are wearing polarized lenses. This is likely true because they are designed to make colors look richer and to provide a good level of visual depth. They are an especially good choice if you are likely to be hiking near water or in the snow.
The Right Frames
As I mentioned above, the fit is important. But, also to some extent is the materials that the frames are made from. Frames that are made using a combination of nylon and plastic will not become brittle over time. So, if you drop them they will not shatter. Nor will they get too hot as some metal frames can.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV