Accessories

Sunglasses: Runners Sunglasses

Traditionally I have a hard time with sunglasses. They weigh heavy on my head, pinch my nose, scratch easily, and inevitably when I pay real money for some, I lose or break them at lightening speed.

When I was asked to try some shades from the new brand, Runners Sunglasses, I took a look at what set them apart from the hundreds of other active-wear brands out there, and was intrigued!

Lightweight: great.

Polarized: essential.

Durable: yes please.

Spring hinges: intriguing.

Not crazy expensive: hikertrashalicious!

I got my pair just as the snow started to fall in Central Oregon. When I’m not hiking, I’m probably skiing. This winter break Kirk and I headed to a local snow park with the goal to ski ALL THE TRAILS. This particular spot had over 40 miles of blue diamond ski trails and plenty of backcountry terrain to try; we had a week to ski, and a cozy camper to base-camp out of.

Wearing sunglasses in the winter can be even more of a pain than when hiking in the summer. I’m either sporting a warm hat or a trucker hat on sunny days, and the combination with my thick hair results in an unusually wide head. Finding out that the Runner’s Sunglasses’ spring hinges would accommodate my extra bulky head was most excellent.

They were indeed light on my nose and ears. When typically I can get a pressure point where sunglasses sit on my left ear (maybe my ears are crooked?) I wore them most days, all day, day after day, and I didn’t experience that once.

After about a month now of wearing them to ski and on sunny days around town, sometimes keeping them in the case they came in, sometimes throwing them in my bag (oops, maybe that’s how most of my glasses get damaged?) they are still scratch-free!

Time will tell how they hold up on a thru-hike and in summer conditions, but I’m pretty impressed so far. Comfortable, sleek, and scratch-free. I’m pretty stoked on this find!