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12Jan, 2012

New Adidas Adizero sports sunglasses

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After a couple years of running with my normal prescription sunglasses I finally broke down and bought a pair of sports sunglasses with prescription lenses. I have had enough of constantly pushing my glasses back up my nose because they slid down when the sweat begins. You may remember the product review I wrote in April 2010 for a pair of Ryders Eyewear. The nice folks at Outside PR were nice enough to send me a pair to review. Of course I loved the sunglasses, but was a little disappointed that I could not get them with a prescription. (My wife uses those now, and loves them.)

At first I was already set to shop for a new pair of Oakley sunglasses, but was surprised by the HUGE price Oakley charges for their lenses. (All added up I would be paying around $650 for the sunglasses with spare clear lenses for night running.) You see the trouble is that I do a bunch of running, which means I run during the day and sometimes at night. The pair of glasses I wanted would need to have lenses that could be changed out with clear ones for night running. Enter Adidas.

While at the store looking at Oakley I came to the decision that I would simply live with the way I had been doing things.  But the friendly store owner asked if I had considered other brands, and asked me to try on a pair of Adidas.  When I put them on I was immediately shocked.  They actually fit more comfortable than the Oakley with more adjustments possible, and were about $30 cheaper even before the prescription lenses were calculated. The clerk pointed out that with these glasses I could get lenses much less expensive because they could be made right in the store. (Total price for the glasses with 2 pairs of prescription lenses would only be around $300!) SOLD!

Now that I have had them for around 6 months I figured the time has come to talk about them. THEY ARE GREAT!!!

When running it is easy to get them on and off if I feel the need to wipe the sweat from my face, since I live in Florida and all. They never slide around or bounce as I run. The lenses easily pop in and out so I can switch from polarized to clear, and back again. Plus the stems and nose pads adjust to 3 different positions to allow complete customization. (Of course once you get them set right they will probably never change again.)

Overall I highly recommend these shades, even if you do not need prescription lenses. Enjoy.

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Tags: Eyewear · Product Review · running equipment · Running Gear · Sunglasses · training · training gear

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wes // Jan 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    there’s a store owner that knows his business! WELL DONE!

  • 2 David // Nov 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Do you happen to know what color lenses you got for the tinted ones? Online all of the Adidas ones look brownish, however in your picture they look like normal black sunglasses color.

    Thanks in advance. I am a collegiate runner who has slightly bad vision. I always just take my glasses off for running and go without correction, however I have finally had enough.

    Glad to know you can get clear and tinted lenses. The glasses look really cool. Thanks

  • 3 Adam // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for your comment. The Adidas sunglasses do not come from the factory with prescription lenses. The shop you buy them from will order the sunglasses, and order the inserts separate. Then the shop will be the creator of the different lenses you order. The shop who “built” the sunglasses for me used Crizal (http://www.crizal.com) lenses, which are the best IMO. So I was able to choose the exact color I desired the lenses to be.

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