Runs on days with full sunshine call for a proper set of shades. In mid-summer, the days are at their longest, meaning that more likely than not, runners are going to encounter rays of sunshine while out on their favourite routes. Running in summer comes with many rewards however running through the sunniest days of the year can result in dealing with glare and blinding conditions.
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This summer, Oakley has got your covered with the EVZero Range glasses. This pair has so many runner-friendly features which are sure to make it one of the most popular this season. One of the first things that runners notice when testing out a new pair of shades is the weight. A too heavy pair will bounce up and down causing several distractions. But that’s not the case with the EVZero. Coming in at just 22g, they are incredibly light, and flexible so runners will get a proper fit. In fact, our testers found that this one of the of the lightest pairs that they had sampled.
It’s always a good sign when a sports apparel company takes feedback and criticism and adjusts new products accordingly. That can definitely be said of Oakley. The Oakley Zeros series from the 1990’s is what the brand is building off of here. The models are similar in that they are both frame-less and light. Past criticisms of the old version were that there was not enough coverage. That has been updated for this model. Runners will notice that these are more shielded to keep the eyes safe from the wind and sun.
As one would expect from Oakley, the lenses are extremely high quality. These lenses are designed to make sure that endurance athletes can see the roads or trails ahead clearly regardless of the lighting conditions. Even when lighting is flat or when it’s constantly varying (like on shaded trails for example) runners can trust that these lenses will keep visibility as clear as possible.
Smaller features are not to be overlooked though. Oakley has a reputation with being consistently on-point with key features of their sports sunglasses, namely the nose piece and the arms piece. That’s no different in this case. The arms are light and will hug the face keeping them secure even on tougher terrain.
All in all, with their sleek, light design, and high quality lenses, we found these to be an all-round success– and a model that runners of all abilities can count on.
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