Over the past few years, activewear brands have embraced the latest in technology to design innovative products. I geek out every time I get the chance to try one of these innovations. Recently, I partnered with Oakley to test their new Radar Pace sunglasses, a product they worked on with Intel. Wearing these futuristic glasses is like having a coach by your side during your workout.
One of my biggest pain points with both sunglasses and headphones is that they never seem to fit well and stay put. But from the moment I tried on the Radar Pace glasses, I was impressed by how well the fit adjusted to my head. While some glasses have headphones that are attached by wires and others are completely wireless, the headphones on these glasses are held into place by adjustable plastic pieces. I could move and jump without the glasses shifting around. Once I started to learn about the features, I was even more impressed.
Radar Pace glasses pair to external sensors, such as your power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, distance, and time. All of these metrics are important to distance runners. The glasses also have internal sensors to measure acceleration, pressure, humidity, and proximity. To scroll through the metrics and use other features (like taking calls), you can tap the frames at your temples. You can also choose to use voice commands. I was surprised at how quickly I got used to the functionality.
The data captured during your workouts can be viewed in the Radar Pace app. You can tell the app your training goals for an upcoming event, and it will develop a training plan that assesses your level of preparation and dynamically adapts your ongoing training. I would have loved to test this feature during marathon training. It will be interesting to see how it performs when training for a half marathon in the spring (race TBD) and a full marathon next fall (hopefully Chicago). For each workout, the app tracks distance, speed, heart rate zones, and more.
Finally, the glasses themselves filter out 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC, and harmful blue light. They offer protection against high-velocity and high-mass impact (in case you wipe out, like I did in October). They also have excellent optical clarity and visibility. I would say that Radar Pace is like the Rolls-Royce of sunglasses, but they’re actually more like the Tesla of sunglasses. Every feature was designed with intention.
As the weather has grown colder and sunlight is hard to come by, I’ve been doing most of my running on the treadmill. I made an exception to try these Radar Pace glasses outdoors, but I’m already looking forward to spring training.