Disclaimer: I received a pair of the Shady Rays Signature Series sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
Another summer day, another one of those “holidays.” Today happens to be National Sunglasses Day, so I’m sharing my thoughts about and experiences with the Shady Rays Signature Series sunglasses that I’ve been testing for BibRave.
Those of us testing the sunglasses got to choose our color preference, and I picked Purple Sunset Polarized. The frames are black, and the lenses are purple. This might sound dumb, but I don’t care — I actually feel pretty cool when I put these on. I love the purple lens color.
One day on a run, someone at the local skate park even said he liked the sunglasses. I’m not sure if he was talking to me or the person I was running with (who did have different sunglasses), but it could have been me. It’s not every day that sunglasses get a shout-out from a stranger.
I also think the fit of the sunglasses is flattering. I’ve been wearing them for runs and also for softball, but I plan to wear them for everyday wear, as well.
I went to the beach on Monday, and I didn’t wear sunglasses, only because I wore my regular glasses. Normally, I wear contacts, but if I’m going to the beach, I like to wear glasses in case I want to get in the ocean. I’ve never had prescription sunglasses (I have had clip-ons and magnetic sunglasses), but Shady Rays does offer prescription shades as well.
Wearing sunglasses while running or participating in other outdoor activities is something that is not only more pleasant — you can avoid having to shield your eyes from the sun — but of course, it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. These have 100 percent UV protection. This isn’t always something I have done well, but with cool shades like these, it’s easier to remember.
The sunglasses are lightweight and stayed put during my runs and softball. There have been times I’ve reached up to adjust them because I feel the sweat between the glasses and the bridge of my nose, but they have not moved far.
The polarized lenses provide a clear view and things are not tinted purple at all. Occasionally, if looking toward the sun or if the sun hits the lens in a certain way, I can see a purple light, but it’s only for a short time and not bothersome. (You probably shouldn’t be looking toward the sun anyway.)
The Purple Sunset Polarized shades are available in Original, which retail at $45, or Extreme, which retail at $60.
What’s the difference?
“Our EXTREME Edition maintains the same frame shape with added enhancements including all-new Shadow Black logo on temples, increased frame durability, anti-reflective lens coating, and hydrophobic lens coating to repel liquid,” the Shady Rays website says.
The glasses seem durable to me. They did come with a microfiber cleansing pouch, but I have had them out of the pouch until today and they haven’t gotten scratched or damaged.
If you do damage or lose your Shady Rays sunglasses, you can get up to two pairs replaced through the warranty, according to the website.
It’s also an added benefit that by ordering a pair of Shady Rays sunglasses, 11 meals are provided through Feeding America.
For all the technical details about the shades, head to the Shady Rays website.
Want to try some of these sunglasses for yourself? Head to the Shady Rays Shade Shop and save 50 percent off two or more pairs with code “BIBRAVE.”
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