Read Why We Chose the Bolle Dash Performance Sunglasses
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to try out Bolle’s newest model of sunglasses from their sport performance series – fittingly labeled the “Bolle Dash”. The conditions were perfect to put these Bolle running sunglasses to the test during my recent trip to Mexico where I went running on the beach most days. Weather was hot and and the sun was shining on every run. Between the brightness and the glare off the ocean water, sport sunglasses were a necessity.
What I Liked
One of the biggest problem areas that I encounter with other running or sport sunglasses is the fit. They tend to feel too snug on the sides of my head and above my ears and even the smallest amount of pressure annoys me to the point of hurting. My compliments to Bolle for designing a pair of sunglasses that don’t even touch those areas but still provide a snug fit. The Bolle Dash has been designed with an extremely durable, but lightweight nylon frame that bows out around your head with ThermoGrip® tips that make contact just behind the ear.
The ThermoGrip® tips are also found on the nose bridge of the Bolle Dash, which keep the sunglasses nicely in place no matter how much your head moves around. Running in 85+ degrees, I was sweating quite a bit and the Bolle’s nose bridge never slipped. I even tried shaking my head around to try to get them to move or slip, but they always stayed put. The Bolle Dash has a very secure fit, yet provide pure comfort with no pressure points.
The Bolle Dash is an ideal fit for medium to large faces.
In addition, even with all the contributing sweat and heat, the Dash sunglasses had enough ventilation throughout that they never once fogged up on me.
What else do you need to know?
- cut out the glare
- protect our eyes
- look cool (joking)
The Dash does all the above.
The polarized lenses worked beautifully at keeping the glare from the ocean out of my eyes, with the lenses wrapping slightly around my head to avoid sun and glare from leaking in at the edges.
Runners are unavoidably exposed to the elements and a significant amount of UV rays during their runs. While most are aware of the dangers that UV rays can cause, few are actually aware that UV exposure is the biggest risk factor for developing cataracts. A serious health fact to take into consideration if you are a runner who presently doesn’t wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Hats off again to Bolle for developing sunglasses that have 100% UV protection.
One Final Feature
I must credit these sunglasses with being ultra lightweight. The Dash has a half rim frame design which removes much of the frame from your field of vision allowing you to have a clear panoramic view. Less frame also means less weight, and weightless is what they feel like. Most of the time, I forgot that I was wearing them.
What colors are available?
- The Bolle Dash are available with a Polarized Lense or a Non Polarized Lense;
- The frame color is available in “Shiny Black” or “Dark Tortoise”; and
- The lense color is availabe in TNS or TBL Dark.
Polarized means that there is an optically precise filter embedded in the lens that eliminates most glare and reflected light. I have found that once I used polarized, I have never gone back to non-polarized. Polarized models are also more expensive to buy.
TNS Lense is a neutral density gray lens which provides true color definition. This lense is ideal for all-purpose use.
TLB (True Light Brown) Dark is a neutral density brown lense which also provides true color definition. This lense is suitable for high altitude, high glare situations.
Weight and Measurements
Weight: 0.72 oz.
Frame Width: 151.7 mm
Lens: 40.3 mm high x 67.7 mm wide
Bridge: 16.2 mm
Temple Length: 124.5 mm
Where Can I Get the Best Price?
The best price for the Bolle Dash at the time of writing was from Amazon. Amazon offers great customer service and typically always has comparable prices with a great choice of both the polarized and non-polarized models available.