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We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 6:54 pm
by Toby
We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?
by IKO

How curious is the fact that despite science and logic, sometimes us humans behave against what we instinctively know is beneficial for us; like eating clean and healthy, wearing a helmet while doing extreme sports and investing in pair of polarized sunglasses when out in the sun near water or snow to name a few!

Just like with helmets, wearing sunglasses while kiteboarding seems unfashionable and excuses like “I will lose them”, “They are annoying”, “They are expensive”, “Water droplets on the lens bother me” and so on, seem to always come up.

Truth is companies have filled all these gaps offering a range of options with different styles, price points, fits and a wide variety of options. So what is holding all us kiters back from wearing sunglasses while kiteboarding?

We believe that it is the social norms of the majority overriding the logic. If all the professionals, instructors and kiteboarding promotions wore sunglasses while riding, competing, teaching it would make people think twice… “If these people are wearing them…. maybe I should too.” Although it is not the case, just like with helmets. Only a few wear it and so it’s not really popular.

The use of polarized sunglasses, in general, will help reduce the chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, sunburn on the cornea and the risk of experiencing vision issues like “snow blindness” which can and have happened to kiters before.

After taking time to research we found many companies that offer sunglasses specifically for kiteboarding. We have found these top-rated companies offering a variety of different styles, prices, and features that are excellent for kite use: Kurtis Eye Wear, Ocean Glasses, Sea Specs, and Lip Sunglasses! We know there might be many more companies out there and if you are currently using one of them let the community know which you use and recommend!

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Wed May 08, 2019 10:24 pm
by CaptainCore
Just to let you know how the cataract op goes, you basically get to look into a light while the guy digs your old lens out with a scalpel, although you can't feel much you get the vibration, a bit like at the dentists, your knuckles go well white as you grip the arm of the chair as he scrapes about getting rid of all the old lens, you get to watch it all, a bit blurry of course because he's just destroyed what's left of your sun damaged lens.

Trust me, my time over again, I'd never go on the water without shades...

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 12:59 am
by pitbulldoug
Toby wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 6:54 pm
We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?
by IKO

How curious is the fact that despite science and logic, sometimes us humans behave against what we instinctively know is beneficial for us; like eating clean and healthy, wearing a helmet while doing extreme sports and investing in pair of polarized sunglasses when out in the sun near water or snow to name a few!
Just like with helmets, wearing sunglasses while kiteboarding seems unfashionable and excuses like “I will lose them”, “They are annoying”, “They are expensive”, “Water droplets on the lens bother me” and so on, seem to always come up.
Truth is companies have filled all these gaps offering a range of options with different styles, price points, fits and a wide variety of options. So what is holding all us kiters back from wearing sunglasses while kiteboarding?

We believe that it is the social norms of the majority overriding the logic. If all the professionals, instructors and kiteboarding promotions wore sunglasses while riding, competing, teaching it would make people think twice… “If these people are wearing them…. maybe I should too.” Although it is not the case, just like with helmets. Only a few wear it and so it’s not really popular.

The use of polarized sunglasses, in general, will help reduce the chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, sunburn on the cornea and the risk of experiencing vision issues like “snow blindness” which can and have happened to kiters before.

After taking time to research we found many companies that offer sunglasses specifically for kiteboarding. We have found these top-rated companies offering a variety of different styles, prices, and features that are excellent for kite use: Kurtis Eye Wear, Ocean Glasses, Sea Specs, and Lip Sunglasses! We know there might be many more companies out there and if you are currently using one of them let the community know which you use and recommend!
Agree really need them but for me I own Curtis, Oakley, sea specs tried em all and still get the dreaded salt spots that render your vision real poor/useless after 1/2 hr so of kiting especially in the waves, I wish with all the technology out here someone would come out with a excellent topical spray that you can put on the lenses that actually works! I have tried everything and would say the Curtis are probably the best but there spray is only good for 1/2 hr so then they spot up and I can barely see, so I take them off and hang around my neck,I’m desperately looking for something that actually works as both my eyes have pterigium from years/decades surfing and kiting, sup etc,I spend quite a bit of time in NE Brasil where the afternoon sun is brutal!If I find s product that works I would most definitely use them always, just have not found s good long lasting product that stops the water spots after close to 15 yrs kiting,

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 3:14 am
by Toby
I use seaspecs.

Also in Brazil...about 2 times per 3 hrs session I clean them. And visibility is ok...I can see all I need.

Definitely better for your eyes, also protects eyes from water spray, which can be annoying in choppy waters.

Plus, an extra protection of maybe something what’s to hit your eye...I know that a friend got lines across the face...and the glasses protected her from lines cutting along the eye.

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 1:55 pm
by Laughingman
what they need to do is come out with polarized contact lenses....


.... just decided to goggle that... they do! https://www.acuvue.com/acuvue-oasys-tra ... act-lenses

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 2:00 pm
by Toby
I wear normal lenses.

And the spray water is the biggest enemy of lenses...therefore glasses are recommended.

Although Hydrofoil doesn’t have spray water like a TT, when crashing it is good to have the glasses to keep water away from your eyes wearing lenses.

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 2:02 pm
by or6
https://www.acuvue.com/acuvue-oasys-tra ... act-lenses

Apparently polarised contact lenses exist. Haven't tried them! I might....

Edit: looks like these are UV blocking, only.

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 2:05 pm
by plummet
I wears sunnies 100% of the time kiting.

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 3:49 pm
by Jyoder

Re: We should be wearing sunglasses throughout the day and especially while kiteboarding! Why aren't we?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:03 pm
by jakemoore
pitbulldoug wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 12:59 am
I wish with all the technology out here someone would come out with a excellent topical spray that you can put on the lenses that actually works!
Saliva