Apparel & Accessories

The Best Sunglasses To Wear While Running

Our editors tested dozens of sunglasses to come up with a best-of list for runners.

Photo by Oliver Baker.

Hello, Sunshine

We did a lot of running and sweating in these sunglasses to make sure (a) they stay in place while running, but also (b) that we looked really awesome in them. These nine pairs of sunnies strike that tricky balance between fashionable and functional.

Most Customizable: Tifosi Swank

The Swank is Tifosi’s foray into performance-oriented lifestyle sunglasses, which deliver a nonslip grip while working out and a lightweight feel without pinching your head. Now with Tifosi’s new custom portal, you can customize these classic-looking shades with the frame and arm colors and lens shade you prefer (more than 800 different possibilities!). $25–$40 for non-polarized, $70 for polarized

Most Adjustable: Adidas Tempest

These frames add some style to any run, and nonslip details on the temples keep them in place. The lightweight, flexible frame and the included additional nose pads allow these to fit comfortably on a variety of face sizes and shapes. The polycarbonate lenses are scratch-resistant and provide clarity. $99–$169

Best Investment: XX2i Bermuda1

These black-and-white frames are a fun accessory, whether you go for a run or go to the beach. With polarized lenses and the brand’s 8K optical technology, these frames are durable and offer a clear view, especially in direct sunlight. Also, these come with a one-year money-back guarantee as well as a no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee on the frame and lenses—no matter what happens to them, you can get them replaced for a small fee. $100

Best Value: Goodr OG

We’re big fans of the sass behind this brand (e.g., the pictured pair’s color is Sunbathing with Wizards). Known for making colorful yet affordable polarized lenses in specially coated plastic frames that don’t slip while on the move, Goodr has found a formula that appeals to the thrifty runner who wants to express some personality in her accessories. Some testers noticed backside glare, but it wasn’t enough to deter them from running in these fun sunnies. $25

Most Versatile: Oakley Split Time

The aviator-esque silhouette on these sunglasses helps them transition seamlessly from workout to weekend, but they don’t sacrifice technical details or performance. The metal alloy temples are slim enough to fit under a running cap, and the lens optics are so clear (and glare-reducing!) that testers forgot they were wearing them. A no-slip nosepiece helps keep them in place while running, and small side shields on the frame combat backside glare—a tiny but important detail! $173 (Prizm Ruby lens)

Best Ventilation: Revant S1L

Initially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, these sunglasses were made by a brand that creates replacement lenses for other brands. These made-in-the-USA frames may look a little “sportier” than other frames, but they deliver razor-sharp optics while making you forget they’re on. They feature antimicrobial grips on the temples and nose bridge to keep them in place and a heightened nose bridge to help with ventilation on especially steamy workouts. The coolest thing is that each part of the sunglasses is replaceable, so you can keep them functioning optimally for life. $155 (available June 18)

Best Field Of Vision: Roka Monaco

While this brand started out making only wetsuits, it’s expanded to a giant range of high-quality endurance sports gear, including performance eyewear that clearly bridges the gap into lifestyle wear. These glasses, handcrafted in Italy, deliver crazy-clear polarized optics in a large, wraparound design (testers noted their peripheral vision was even within the scope of the lenses), and the pads on the nose and temples help keep the sunglasses in place. Bonus: The hidden-spring hinges won’t snag your hair! $210

Best For Cloudy Days: Smith Lowdown Slim 2

These sunglasses pair a classically stylish frame design with a unique rosy lens color, which works amazingly well on those days that are cloudy yet still bright enough to make you squint—the ChromaPop lenses very noticeably enhance your vision. The nose pads secure the sunnies to your face, even on sweaty runs, and the frames are made from an eco-friendly frame material. Smith also provides a lifetime guarantee on its sunglasses. $139 (Pink Crystal)

Best For Small Faces: Rudy Project Spinhawk Slim

Building off the popularity of its Spinhawk frame, Rudy Project updated the design with a slimmer look to complement smaller faces (so those with narrow faces can wear this popular style without looking bug-eyed!). The colorful mirrored non-polarized lenses offer high-contrast optics and can be ordered with a prescription. $175


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