Disclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays 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.
In a shocking development, the sun has finally made its appearance in the midwest, making this the perfect time to try out a new pair of shades! I have not historically been very good about protecting my eyes from the sun, but the older I get the more I realize how important it is to do everything I can to help keep my vision sharp.
I had the opportunity to try a pair of sunglasses from the Shady Rays Signature Series line, which retail for $45 to $60. With so many fun colors I wanted to try them all, but I ultimately decided on the Black Emerald Polarized style. Since I tend to wear black on black on black, I figured the black matte frame would go with most anything. I thought the blue-green tinted lenses would provide a fun pop of color. They provide 100% UV protection and are shatter resistant and salt-water proof. While navigating the site I read that each order provides 10 meals to help fight hunger through the organization Feeding America, which on its own made me want to try these sunglasses. Shady Rays also offers free replacements if you break or lose them, another very cool perk of buying this brand!
My sunglasses arrived in a nice little pouch that can be used both for storage and for cleaning the lenses. I also received a company sticker, which I slapped on my laptop like all the cool kids do! The first thing I noticed was how lightweight the sunglasses are. One of the reasons I sometimes don’t wear sunglasses is they can feel heavy and cause pain and irritation from the pressure on the bridge of my nose. I have a relatively wide bridge and it’s tough to find glasses that fit well. In fact most of my prescription eyeglasses come from the men’s section, since most women’s styles don’t fit me. This unisex style fit perfectly well and didn’t cause any pinching or pressure like many styles do.
The first day I wore my Shady Rays outside there was still snow on the ground and the bright sun reflecting off the snow caused a very strong glare. Did you know that snow can reflect up to 80% to 90% of UV rays and can cause a dangerous condition called photokeratitis? It’s true! I read it on the internet! (I seriously did – you can find the article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology here) According to another article referenced on the site, “the best sunglasses offer 100 percent UV absorption, are of the best optical quality and are impact resistant”.
I’ve been wearing my Shady Rays for almost a month now, and I absolutely love them. I’ve been wearing them on my hour-long morning commute as I head straight east toward the rising sun and they have made a world of difference on my morning drive. I’m careful about keeping them in their pouch when I’m not using them and just toss them in my purse without worrying about scuffing or scratching the lenses. The true test will be on my upcoming vacation to Puerto Vallarta where I will likely be sitting by the pool all day, every day in the bright Mexico sun #humblebrag
Interested in trying Shady Rays sunglasses? Check out the Shady Rays website for more information and for a limited time, get two or more pairs for 50% off using code RAVE!
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