5 Easy Steps to Choosing the Right Sunglasses

In this article, I will tell you:

  • How to find the right style of frame for your face in seconds
  • How to choose a frame based on your intended use
  • How to choose a lens based on your intended use
  • How to consider additional features
  • How to get the sunglasses from a trustworthy retailer, at a price from a shady one (I couldn’t resist the pun)
  • My use case
  • How to look after your sunglasses

Why is this Article Needed?

  • Face shape
  • Frame style
  • Intended usage
  • Lens type
  • Cost
  • Warranties

Step 1 — Frame Style for your Face Shape

Step 2 — Intended Use — Frame Style

They could be for one or a combination of:

  • Casual use
  • Cycling
  • Driving
  • Fishing
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Walking
  • Other

The use might add requirements:

  • Size of lens
  • Side shielding requirement
  • Glasses that hug and stay put with lots of movement
  • Retainer strap (to not fall off)
  • Lifetime warranty

Try frames on — virtually

Multiple sunglasses

  1. Casual/driving (sport/casual crossover style, grey base-tint, 11% light transmission, polarised)
  2. Road cycling (‘wrap around’ style with 3 interchangeable lenses — clear, amber and dark)
  3. Shooting (‘wrap around’ style, amber)
  4. Snowboarding (goggles — clear and amber)

Step 3 — Intended Use — Lens Type

  • How much light do they block?
  • Do they provide increased contrast?
  • Are they intended for land, water or snow?
  • Do they reduce glare from reflected surfaces (e.g. polarised)?
  • Can they be prescription lenses?

Step 4 — Additional Features

  • Ballistic protection (construction industry, shooting, etc.)
  • Bottle opener
  • Camera (still/video)
  • Digital assistant (Alexa/Google/Siri)
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Magnets or locking mechanism to keep the glasses on your shirt
  • Music player
  • Lifetime warranty

Ballistic protection

Bottle opener

Camera

Digital assistant

Magnets

Music player

Lifetime warranty

Step 5 — Cost

Paul wearing Oakley OO9460 Men’s Portal X Prizm sunglasses

My Use Case

  • It was highly recommended in all the reviews and is a top contender in all the ‘best in class’ type reviews I watched
  • It’s a sport/casual frame. So are designed to grip on well to the head, even with movement
  • The size of the lens is good, providing the coverage I want
  • The lens is polarised, grey base-tint with 11% light transmission, making it great for bright sunshine

Look after your sunglasses

Conclusion

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Owner of https://www.selfcrypto.com/, SAP BASIS consultant since 1999. Interested in technology, cryptocurrency, adrenaline sports, cars, health, fitness

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Owner of https://www.selfcrypto.com/, SAP BASIS consultant since 1999. Interested in technology, cryptocurrency, adrenaline sports, cars, health, fitness

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