Tinted Love


Apr 24, 2007
Outside Magazine
Q & A: Chris Carmichael

Where should I look to avoid crashes in the peloton?Fight the urge to watch the wheel in front of you. Keep your eyes focused 30 riders ahead, so you can see sudden turns and braking well in advance. Out front? Keep your eyes trained 30 to 50 feet ahead, letting your peripheral vision track riders to the sides. In the aero position, don't let eye-muscle fatigue cause you to drop your gaze or raise your head into the wind. If your eyes tire easily, it's likely a problem with bike fit.>CHRIS CARMICHAEL'S LATEST BOOK, 5 ESSENTIALS FOR A WINNING LIFE, IS OUT NOW.

Owner's Manual: Your Eyes

Choosing the correct sunglass lens—amber versus yellow, for instance—is the key to protecting your eyes without diminishing vision. "Since a tinted lens decreases the amount of light getting into the eye, the athlete may perceive this as more comfortable, but the lenses may be limiting what they're able to see," says Robert Bailey Jr., an ophthalmology instructor at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. Color preference is still subjective, but use this chart as a guide to help pick the right lens for the light conditions and sport. Always choose a shatterproof lens that filters both UVA and UVB rays.

Makes details pop when light is flat and enhances scenery against blue backgrounds Best for: urban settings, driving, snow, and watersports

Ups the contrast and shadow definition in medium light conditions Best for: skiing, ball sports

Increases clarity in low-light conditions Best for: cycling, mountain biking, running

In overcast conditions, enhances perception of yellows and reds Best for: driving, fishing, golf, whitewater kayaking

A highly specialized lens that makes yellow stand out Best for: tennis

Reduces glare and preserves natural colors Best for: sea kayaking, ocean fishing, surfing

Increases depth perception and cuts glare on sunny to partly cloudy days; reduces eyestrain caused by haze Best for: all sports

Blocks bright sun while allowing you to see colors in their most natural state Best for: running, cycling, hiking, watersports

Provides physical eye protection in low light Best for: 24-hour bike races, night skiing, and adventure racing

Filed To: Eyes, Casual, Sport, Gear

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