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Now we're approaching the longest day of the year, it is appropriate to get out the shades, even if the sun rays barely reaches your retina. It is if the time of the year dictates eye protection, regardless of whether you're subjected to the meek sun rays outside, or indoors queuing up for a croissant. Without realising our sunglasses usage is instigated in our daily lives - a waft of heat variation makes the decision of whether you are going to accessorise yourself with sunglasses or not. I'm no different. I exclaim in astonishment - "Doesn't she/he look silly wearing sunglasses indoors!" Yet, I do the same thing - a shade hypocritical, maybe. Of course, my shades are ergonometric adjusted to fit my head's contours; they become part of me somehow, more-so than any proper sunglasses. I've convinced myself this is allowed indoors and outdoors doing any activity. You can't get enough protection, especially this time of year. Yes, I've bought into the idea that cycling shades suit my face shape and Raleigh is a good enough brand of shades to wearing not so sparingly. They hug my head, as if their life depends on it. It makes me feel wanted - superfluously loved, albeit being a banal object, that'll hug any head given the chance. If you've got it flaunt it!
Before anyone thinks this is strange, I do not go to bed with them on. I do manage to wrench them off my scalp at some point. They're beside me, now - resting, crab like, holding it's pincers for comfort, craving for a head to cling-on too. That's what they're designed for, to become amalgamated with your head while cycling - not just protecting your eyes from sun-rays, but also from swarms of solar dazed summer bugs while on a cycle ride - just remember to keep your mouth closed though. Funny enough, I don't cycle regularly, therefore it is a fallacy to believe that these shades are purely for the cycling enthusiast whom predominantly seem to acquire a second skin - vibrant to the eye, to the point you need shades just to be in their vicinity - highly streamlined while all equipped with the cycling paraphernalia resemble a Madagascar originated insect. I refrain from going to such lengths of Kitsch, for the sake of exercise. However, I do feel that by just wearing my Raleigh shades gives the impression I do indeed exercise and choose a healthy lifestyle, no effort required, no beads of perspiration lost.
First impression counts, and the feel of the shades is vital for me, and that means that the rubber pads on the shades pincers are able to grip the side of my head efficiently - just in case I did some activity that required my head to move more quickly than normal, like look sideways if crossing a road. The pincer hinges have to be robust enough to cater for frequent usage. I've had 'Bolle' sunglasses in the past which became beyond limp after several days of posing. Not a good look having drunken sunglasses unable to sit pretty on the bridge of your nose; imitating a novice rodeo rider.
Notably, one of the downfalls is that the lenses, especially on my left side, has a tendency to get loose over time. The plastic tag gets worn away, due to incessant usage, i.e. 'movement of head, wear and tear'. I suppose that's why Raleigh has equipped three lenses in the deal. Ten pounds Stirling is a good offer. Peripheral vision is a plus, thanks to the natural curvature of the lenses and lens sockets - also, designed for air dynamics - hence, all the ergonometric edgings are smooth and aesthetically elegant. Weight-wise they're light-weight at 100g - the lens choices are: black, white and sepia in colours - all are 100% Ultra Violet (UV) protected.
Try before you buy. This is the best advice I can offer. All sorts of headgear may look entirely different in the picture or on someone else's head, than on yours. Raleigh shades suits my head shape and the lens frames widens my eyes naturally. The lens are closer to my eyes than any conventional sunglasses, if that doesn't bother you and you like the feel of shades hugging your head; cycling shades could be a cheaper option of head-gear for you. Thanks for reading.