Sunglasses for Outdoors Activities: Choosing the Right Sunglasses for Driving, Sports, and More

May 22, 2023 in Glasses & Sunglasses

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Finally, it’s the season of sunshine and getting out and about! No matter how we choose to spend our warm summer days, it’s oh-so-important to wear sunglasses when we are outside to protect our eyes against harmful UV rays. But did you know that sunglasses can also enhance your favourite outdoor activities?

Well, join us as we take you through our sunglass recommendations for your favourite outdoor sports and hobbies.

Sunglasses for golf

A golf ball on a green fairway

Whether you're the next Georgia Hall or Matt Fitzpatrick, or simply enjoying an afternoon on the course, we have sunglasses made specifically for your favourite sport. With Oakley Prizm™ Golf advanced lens technology, you will have the edge as soon as you tee off. The lenses are engineered with a unique tint and coating to provide optimum contrast, making it easier to pick out those tricky undulations and track the white ball against the grass and sky. Available in a variety of frame shapes, Oakley Prizm™ Golf is designed with comfort, safety and performance in mind.

We can’t guarantee a hole in one, but we can promise an enhanced golfing experience which, in our opinion, makes Oakley Prizm™ Golf the ultimate choice.

Sunglasses for running and cycling

Get yourself ready to hit the ground running or take on an off-road trail with sunglasses specifically designed for runners and cyclists. For this recommendation, we’re headed back over to Oakley. Adored by world renowned athletes who lead the way in road cycling, mountain biking and distance running, Oakley sunglasses are developed to cope with changing conditions.

A person riding a bicycle.

When road running or cycling, it’s important to spot every puddle, read every sign whilst moving from shade to full sun, dazzling glare to dull spots. On a trail, you need clear visibility of the woody terrain. With Oakley’s specialised lenses, these struggles are a thing of the past. The colours we see most often in these situations are in high contrast. And with their wrap-around design and patented nose pad technology, your Oakley sunglasses will sit firmly on your face, with reduced bouncing or movement as you warm up, for unrivalled comfort.

Sunglasses for watersports and fishing

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For some of us, the first signs of sunshine can only mean one thing, it’s time to get out on the water! From kayaking to fishing, paddleboarding to sailing, the call of the water is hard to resist. But how can we best protect our eyes when enjoying these sports? Maui Jim have the answer.

All Maui Jim frames are paired with their PolarizedPlus2® lens technology which eliminates 99.9% of glare from the surface of the water so you can see a crystal clear view of the world underneath. Maui Jim sunglasses have also earnt the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation for blocking 100% of all harmful UV rays.

Sunglasses for Driving

One of the most common questions we are asked in practice is ‘Can I wear sunglasses whilst driving?’ And the answer is yes, in fact, we would recommend it come rain or shine!

A couple wearing sunglasses in a car.

Your two biggest contenders when driving is the sun coming in through the windscreen and glare reflecting off of the road, especially after rainfall. This is a constant distraction, and causes eye strain and fatigue. These problems can be combated with the right polarised sunglasses.

Sunglasses for gardening

For the green-fingered amongst us, who can think of nothing better than spending a warm summer's day out in their garden or allotment, we've got sunglasses for you too! One of the most important factors you should consider is the fit and coverage your sunglasses provide, ensuring they fit securely when you are on the move. For that extra peace of mind, when it comes to sun protection we would recommend Maui Jim as the sunglasses of choice! These magical lenses not only offer protection, but also enhance the beautiful colours around you.

Sunglasses for festivals

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Are you headed to a festival this summer and looking for some sunglasses that are fun, fashionable, offer UV protection and most importantly won't break the bank? Well, you can look no further than Yesterday.Today.Tomorrow. Our very own collection, Y.T.T. has been carefully curated with you in mind and is available in an array of colours, shapes and styles. We’ve ensured that the whole collection has been designed for comfort and protection, with each frame providing excellent coverage. So get ready to rock out with Y.T.T.

Please note: The majority of sunglasses you will find at Leightons are available with or without prescription lenses. However, certain prescriptions can limit the style choice a little. Rest assured, our team will find the ideal pair for you.

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So, whether you want wayfarers for watersports or polarised sunnies for your fishing, we’ve got you covered. And if you haven’t seen sunglasses for your favourite activity on the list, don’t worry, our team of experts will be able to help you find something suitable for you, whatever your hobby is.

Book your style consultation today