With so many options for running, cycling, and triathlon – how do you choose the best pair of sunglasses for your race? We asked our experts. Check out what some of our elite XTERRA athletes are wearing and why.
RUDY PROJECT DEFENDER
Athlete: Bradley Weiss @bsweiss_tri, 2x XTERRA World Champion
Brand/style: Rudy Project Defender
Why you love them: Extremely light & comfortable, durable and they have great ventilation. The whole Rudy Project Performance Eyewear range are the most adjustable/ adaptable eyewear I've used before, including adjustable nose pads and temple-tips so you can create a custom feel fit to your face - this is definitely my favorite aspect of these glasses!
What they're best for: Training and racing - cycling and running. The 'Power Flow' ventilation system makes them great for running too, as they don't get all fogged up like most glasses do.
When you wear them: Training and racing.
Special features/coating: Ultra-deep depth of field, protective soft Safety Bumpers, very durable & scratch resistant, interchangeable bumpers (outer casing) and interchangeable lenses. Also, if ordered online, they are completely customizable.
Can you add a prescription? Yes.
UVEX SPORTSTYLE 803 RACE
Athlete: Fabiola Corona @fabiolacoronaag, 2018 XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champion
Brand/style: UVEX Sportstyle 803 race (German brand)
Why you love them: I love them because are smaller version for women and kids incl. variomatic system to switch the color of the glasses from dark in the sun into bright in dark areas.
What they're best for: They are best for races at XTERRA or mountain bike races, even to train every day.
When you wear them: I wear them in any race or training.
- Eyewear for small faces
- Variomatic-system with automatic adaption of the glass from dark to bright
- Soft-ear-pads for better fitting
- Soft-nose-pad for better fitting
- 100% UV protection
- Easy-to-clean glasses
- Supravision – anti fog system for good view
- Litemirror – extra protection of ultra-violet x-rays
- Direct lense ventilation – better air circulation
Can you add a prescription? Not for this model, but there are a few that you can.
Price: 140 €
Athlete: Steve Croucher @sccooch, XTERRA Elite in Rookie Year
Brand/style: Julbo Rush
Why you love them: Huge field of vision, so incredibly lightweight they're unnoticeable; photochromic lenses that transition from full-clear to 75% light transmission via REACTIV technology
Athlete:Suzie Snyder @suziesny, 2x XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ
Brand/style: Optic Nerve
Why you love them: They're lightweight, high quality without the high price tag, great coverage, and make frames not only "women's specific" but specific for small faces so they don't look ridiculously big on smaller people! They also make ski goggles for winter!
What they're best for: Everything! They have sport and casual styles so you can find something to fit all of your needs and moods!
When you wear them: Cycling, running, living in general when I'm outdoors!
- Colorado based company
- Made in the USA with eco-friendly materials
- Many frames have interchangeable lenses of all colors to suit all conditions
- Hydrophobic coating that repels debris, water, sweat, oil and dust
- Adjustable nose bridges to make them fit however you want them to
Price: Varies depending on the model
OAKLEY RADAR EV ADVANCER
Athlete: Karsten Madsen @karstenmad, 2019 XTERRA DR Champ
Brand/style: Oakley Radar EV Advancer (trail torch lense)
Why you love them: It's simple Oakley has been at the top for years and trusted by the best in their respected sports. Their lease technology allows you to see better and with having a lens for any light. They also grip on your face and don't bounce when rolling through the hard parts of the trails.
What they're best for: They are great for bike or run.
When you wear them: I personally wear this frame for XTERRA racing. Or well running when training. They are a perfect size and have a tab on the noise that you can pull to increase air ventilation.
Special features/coating: Prizm allows you to have a lens for any light or weather condition.
Can you add a prescription? Yes.
OPTIC NERVE FIXIE MAX PHOTOCHROMIC
Athlete: Josiah Middaugh @josiahmiddaugh, 14x XTERRA U.S. Champion
Brand/style: Optic Nerve Fixie Max Photochromic
Why you love them: I wore these in Alabama and was very happy with the performance in and out of the trees with the low light and wet conditions. The protection and field of view is maximized with these shades and they also have a removable frame. They have amazing clarity and the hydrophobic lens coating. The photochromatic lens changes from 84% (clear) to 14% (darkest point) so they are a great go-to in variable light conditions.