Even as a self-proclaimed minimalist runner, in a region that seems to be grey more often than sunny, a good set of eyeglasses is a necessity. Good for reducing glare, easing visibility and protecting the eyes from unwary bugs, they definitely get some use, but much more frequently in the summer months. I have utilized several pairs from different companies through the years, and this recently released pair from Adidas was unique from the previous ones in several ways.
My first impression of the latest Adidas Sport Sunglasses was the weight, or rather, the lack thereof. Glasses are fairly light in general, but this was a feature to note. It was definitely obvious when worn, as the normal feeling of pressure at the temples and bridge of the nose were nearly nonexistent. Even when running for an hour, they were comfortable and stable. I’ll chalk that up to the rubber tips on the ends for a surprisingly stable grip, as well as actually adjustable nose pads to provide greater comfort no matter the distance on the roads. They somehow stayed snug on my face even when I tested out literally shaking my head vigorously from side to side – and all I got was dizzy.
Given the mercurial nature of weather in this region, the benefit of having more than just a shaded lens was noticeable. They not only dimmed bright light, but enhanced the clarity when the light was less than optimal. I still wouldn’t recommend wearing them after dark, but on runs with partial cloud cover, they did great. They also have a cool ventilation system which is visualized by a series of multiple (7) small aerodynamic air intakes that are said to ensure a clear view in all weather conditions. While they don’t necessarily stay fog free during my few mask-wearing sessions, I have had ZERO issues of fogging in any other situations.
I was a bit skeptical at first, as the style and size of this item was not what I prefer. In fact, I told my wife that they reminded me of a cross between the Terminator and Geordi La Forge (from Star Trek) with their unique, almost continual, lens. I wasn’t sure I was the right person for testing, but agreed to after I determined that they actually looked quite fine when wearing a hat of some sort (note – there are a few other styles which I actually think look really cool). And then, once I gave them a shot, the fit and functionality definitely won me over, and I have been training in them regularly the last couple weeks. They come with a microfiber bag, which I appreciate, allowing me to keep them in a safe place and clean rather than dropping them in the center console of my car. For me, the most important trait a piece of running gear is to be so functional, I fail to notice its very existence but on the most basic level. Adidas ended up nailing it with these glasses.
For those who need/prefer glasses in prescription, these will be coming on board as a feature this upcoming March/April!
- Adidas Sport Sunglasses ($160)
- Weight: 32 g
- Frame: Injection-molded TR90 plastic
- Snug fit
- Flexible glasses
- Seven-hole anti-fog ventilation system