I remembered precisely where my running sunglasses were at precisely the moment my eyes screamed themselves into slits against the glare of the autumn sun coming off Hampstead Ponds. And safely packed in the loft with all the other summer kit I wouldn’t consider sporting on a chilly November morning run-commute, they weren’t much use to me.
Sitting low and bright on crisp mornings, or setting with retina-burning glow on mid-afternoon runs, the sun can still be an issue big issue for runners’ eyes in the winter, which led me to wear test a recent addition to the Nike Optics range. The Road Machine weren’t available last time we did an in-mag sunglasses group test, and they’re well worth a closer look.
They offer a relatively big lens area for running sunnies, with a wrap-around shape to keep glare out and deliver good peripheral vision. That shape also helps them sit comfortably on the run, and while they’re certainly not the lightest I’ve ever tested, when you add gentle clamping from the arms, plus rubber inlay pads at the nose, the fit is reassuringly secure. Good ventilation where the top of the lens meets the frame means no fogging issues and the optical quality of the lenses is excellent.
Another plus for the style and wallet conscious is they look good enough to wear when you’re not trotting out 8-minute miles, too. All in all, a good investment, even when we’re not in classic sunnies-buying season.