Whether you have been working as a pilot for decades now or have just begun taking lessons on piloting, the decision on what sunglasses to pick up can be challenging and altogether overwhelming due to the sheer number of brands, styles, shapes, colours and finishes that are available in the market. Where does one even begin? The goal of this article is to help you narrow down your search. That said; here are a few factors to keep in mind to help you choose the best sunglasses for you:
1. Choose a pair that you are comfortable with. While there are practical factors to keep in mind when shopping for sunglasses, the most important thing is that you are 100 percent comfortable with the pair that you pick out. Otherwise, you will end up feeling uneasy every time you put on your sunglasses and this could affect the way that you do your job. While shopping online for your sunglasses may seem like the more convenient option, it is ideal to try on the sunglasses before you make a purchase to see if you are comfortable with the fit. You can also get the sunglasses adjusted if necessary.
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2. Veer away from polarised lenses. Polarised lenses come with a wealth of advantages such as filtered glare, enhanced contrast, reduced squinting, higher comfort level, etc. While these benefits are great, they are mostly beneficial for people who spend a lot of time on the water like boaters and fishermen. As a pilot, you are faced every day with panels, gauges and instruments that you may not be able to see as clearly with polarised lenses. They can compromise your ability to see things clearly and obviously you do not want to be caught in this type of situation. That said; stay away from polarised lenses when scouring for the right pair of sunglasses.
3. Go for amber or gray lenses. Many pilots recommend using sunglasses that are gray or amber as they do not alter the colour of any important instruments on the plane plus they do the job of protecting the eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. In other words, they simply make everything appear darker which is what sunglasses primarily should do.
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4. Pick up more than one pair. While both amber and gray lenses work great for sunglasses, you may find that owning two pairs will come in handy. When it gets hazy outside, you can use the gray lenses. On the other hand, if high contrast is what you are looking for, you can pull out the amber lenses. In any case, whether you choose gray, amber or both, make sure that your eyes are not visible when you look in a mirror as this means that the sunglasses are not dark enough to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun.
5. Ask pilots that you know for recommendations. Some of the most popular brands that pilots recommend for sunglasses include Varnet, Serengeti, Ironman and Ray-Ban. These brands of sunglasses have all earned their respective places in the eyewear industry as trustworthy, reliable and durable brands. There are some other brands out there that may not have as much recall but are equally popular with pilots. If you cannot seem to decide what pair to purchase, then ask a pilot or two that you know to recommend a brand or model for you. If they have been doing what they do for quite some time now then you can trust their recommendation as they have personally experienced wearing the sunglasses up in the air.
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