Eyewear to optimise your sporting performance

Safety in sports is key, especially when it comes to protecting your eyes. But did you know that wearing the right shape and style of frame, enhanced with specially designed lens tints, filters and coatings, can help you not just see better, but perform better too? We take a look at some of the latest eyewear options to suit sporty and active lifestyles…

A walk on the wild side

Sport and lifestyle are perfectly matched with the brand new Adidas Wildcharge and Whipstart sunglasses. Designed to meet the demands of an active lifestyle, Whipstart sunglasses have a masculine shape and feature adjustable nose pads and high-grip quick-release hinge temples that pop apart on impact. With a more rounded shape, Wildcharge sunglasses marry sport and lifestyle with a lightweight and robust frame, adjustable nose pads and performance lenses.

Adidas Whipstart
Designed to meet the demands of an active lifestyle

Wildcharge comes in 10 different colour and filter combinations and Whipstart in nine variations, all designed to deliver the perfect look and clear vision whether you’re charging downhill on your bike, hitting the ski slopes or simply chilling at a café. Mirrored lenses are available in a range of colours for excellent light absorption and contrasting effect, while lens tint options utilise Adidas’s proprietary Light Stabilising Technology in active silver to harmonise light fluctuations. Both styles are prescription-ready, with direct in-frame glazing or clip-in inserts.

Adidas Wildcharge
Delivering the perfect look and clear vision

Seeing your sport better

With their ultimate focus on providing premium quality eyewear to help you See Sport Better, Nike Vision continues to expand its eyewear line. Having revolutionised athletic footwear and sportswear through innovative products, advertising and sponsorship of teams and athletes, Nike has become a leader in the sportswear industry. From lifestyle sunglassess to ophthalmic frames, Nike eyewear is sports-inspired and for the athlete in everyone.

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Nike eyewear is for the athlete in everyone

One of the latest frames is Nike model 6060. Blending athletic inspiration and innovation, this modified rectangle shape features a lightweight titanium top bar frame design for superior durability. The style features minimal snap-on nose pads for adjustability and comfort, as well as adjustable rubber temple sleeves that provide additional grip, ensuring the eyewear stays on. An enamel filled Nike swoosh logo is displayed on the outer temples giving a branded finish. The frame comes in Satin Black/Gym Red (shown), Satin Gunmetal/Black and Satin Walnut/Cargo Khaki.

Cut a dash on your racer

Delivering maximum optical support and comfort for all types of casual, non-contact sports, the Progear eyewear range is designed to fit in with wherever your day takes you – be it to buggyfit with your newborn, onto the treadmill at the gym or into the countryside on your bike. New Progear sports shades – Dash and Racer – are suitable for cycling and other outdoor sports. With input from professional sportsmen and optical experts, Dash and Racer come with multiple lens types to maximise visual clarity under different sports environments.

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Dash – a sleek, on-trend, semi-wrap frame

Dash is a sleek on-trend, semi-wrap frame featuring flexible sides and a rubber nose bridge. It is available with a prescription insert and in a choice of five lens colours including black, white and midnight grey. Racer is a wrap design, featuring ratchet sides and extra-grippy rubber adjustable tips. It is also available with a prescription adaptor and in a choice of six lens colours including neon yellow, shiny white and graphite. Both models offer 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection, and are presented in a Progear branded sports case with cleaning cloth.

Playing it safe

What could be more precious than your child’s eyesight? Active children can play safely and happily with the highly acclaimed range of Miraflex frames. Manufactured from a malleable plastic polymer, Miraflex frames are virtually indestructible in normal use and their unique single-piece construction with no metal parts and hinge-free temples reduces the possibility of facial trauma in the event of an accident. The frame is held securely and centred perfectly using an adjustable headband.

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Play safely with these Miraflex frames

If your kids love swimming, and need a prescription too, then the latest glazeable Blick Junior swimming goggles may be an option. The Blick goggle benefits from three bridge options, which broadens its age appeal from five to 12 years of age, and it has a standard prescription range of +4.00D to -8.00D with opposite cyls to 4.00. The goggles also offer soft nose pads and temples to increase protection whilst learning those life-saving skills at the swimming pool.

Revo is a world-renown brand of sunglasses, which originated from a passion for technology, comfort and sports. With one of its latest collections, you can customise your own performance sunglasses with different lenses. Five different varieties of lenses are available, designed for different outdoor sports and leisure activities. The iridescent and polarised coating of the lenses matches the latest NASA technology providing precision vision and contrast.

Ask your optician about the right eyewear product for your particular sport, and you could be on your way to performing better as well as seeing better…

Article written for SPECS network by Nicky Collinson