Triathlon is one of the most competitive endurance sports. With its combination of the multiple disciplines of swimming, running, and cycling, only the toughest athletes can finish the arduous combo. Having the discipline and strength to train and finish the race are accomplishments no one can deny. Triathlons don’t require a lot of equipment, but the items that are required need to be chosen with the utmost care. Clothing can make a huge impact on performance. It’s important to get every detail of your outfit right for maximum comfort during the race. From your wetsuit to your shoes to your swim goggles, there’s just no room for error when you’re in a tough race. Another extremely important equipment is the right triathlon eyewear.
This also applies to the type of sunglasses you’re going to be wearing. Regular sunglasses aren’t always the best choice, you might need special prescription triathlon sunglasses for the race. You need to bike, run, and swim for hours on end in weather conditions that are sometimes far from perfect. Some days are sunny but there are moments when the skies get overcast easily, so you need sunglasses that offer adequate protection from glare, rain, and dust as you cycle and run.
When choosing triathlon eyewear look for these key things:
- Wraparound Frame – Choose a pair of running sunglasses with a wraparound style and a snug fit around the temples to prevent it from falling off during the race.
- Polycarbonate Lens – The type of lenses that you pick will also be crucial. Durable 100% polycarbonate lenses are perfect as running and cycling sunglasses as these can withstand prolonged exposure to the heat, moisture, and dust without wearing out.
- Tinted Lens – Tinted lens are recommended for their anti-glare properties, but choose carefully. Too dark and it can affect your vision. Too light may not be ideal for sunny conditions. Photochromic/”transition” sunglasses might be your best choice as they will automatically adjust to levels of brightness, getting darker when it’s sunny and lightening when it’s overcast.
- UV Protection – As triathlons are typically summer sports, it is also recommended that you purchase sunglasses with UV protection. One of the most important factors to consider is whether you are comfortable with the fit. It should be snug around the temples but not so tight that you develop a headache halfway through the race.
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