As I have aged, my eyes have developed presbyopia, a prevalent condition that affects most people around midlife, typically starting in the early to mid-40s. Presbyopia happens because the lenses in your eyes naturally become less flexible with age. This makes it harder for your eyes to focus on close-up objects, like reading material or your phone. It’s why you start wearing reading glasses as you age.

Presbyopia also makes running trails on sunny days in the forest hard. My eyes have a hard time viewing the details of a trail while also glimpsing the contrast of sunlight and shadow. I’ve tried several sunglasses that don’t help. I ultimately gave up on running with sunglasses until I heard about Method Seven.

Avery Collins running in the Slovenian Alps (@methodseventrail)

Method Seven’s Ultratrail line includes three different types of sunglasses: the Huntress, the Closer, and The Silverton. Dean Karnazes, Avery Collins, and Cat Bradley beta-tested these sunglasses on the trails with much fanfare. Method Seven’s notch filtering technology and never-done-before trail-optimized contrast-enhancing polarization promise more light and contrast for more information for unmistakable foot placement for faster, safer running from dawn to dusk.

I received the Method Seven Silverton in July 2023. When I put them on, I first noticed how light they were (23g). That night, I took them out for the Trail Factor group run. Several other runners tried them on and also acknowledged how light they were. The sunglasses did well on the six-mile route, even during twilight.

Wearing Method Seven Silverton sunglasses at Cuyamaca 100k

I wore the Silverton sunglasses on a few long runs before the Cuyamaca 100k. I was happy I found something to wear under the hot desert sun outside San Diego. At Cuyamaca, I wore them throughout the day, barely noticing them on my face. The slip-free temple tips & nose pads are designed for movement. I only adjusted them a few times on some steep descents. The trail-optimized contrast-enhancing polarization allowed my eyes to see the trail all day without extra eye strain. The 26% VLT (visible light transmission) is optimal for viewing the roots and rocks under the light variation throughout the day. The sunglasses are also UV400-rated UV with Infrared protection.

I liked the Silverton sunglasses so much that I started wearing them while driving. They even work on rainy nights, when oncoming headlights reflect off the asphalt streets and strain my vision.

It’s spring in the Pacific Northwest, and I have started wearing them again on the trails. With the hydrophobic, anti-fog, anti-scratch, and anti-reflective coatings, I expect these to last a long time, unlike the $25 glasses that scratch when I put them in the pocket of my hydration vest. If you are a runner who has trouble with the contrasting light and shadows on the trail, I highly recommend the Method Seven Silverton sunglasses.

Silverton TRAIL26 Trail Running Sunglasses

$175

Colors: Matte Black, Tortoise, Translucent Orange

Method Seven Trail Technology Specs

Advanced Notch Filtering

  • More of the best wavelengths of light to your eyes and brain comfortably and safely
  • Better peripheral vision

7 Precise Coating Technologies

  • Two anti-reflective coatings (inside and outside)
  • Hydrophobic coating
  • Anti-fog coating
  • Anti-scratch coating
  • Infrared coating
  • UV absorption coating

30% Polarization

More intelligent glare management for:

  • Better physical contrast
  • Better color contrast
  • Better color fidelity
  • Quicker, better focus

26% Visible Light Transmission

  • Usable from dawn to dusk, shade to direct sunlight

Best-in-class UV Protection

  • UV400 rated

Best-in-class Infrared Protection

  • Cooler eyes (literally)
  • Less brain and eye fatigue

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