Best Running Sunglasses of Summer 2016

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A good pair of performance sunglasses can really change the game. There are plenty of options out there, and which pair is best will depend on your needs. Here’s a rundown of our current favorites.

Best for Smaller Faces| Tifosi Wisp

WispWith smaller lenses and a more narrow span between the temple arms, the Wisp is designed to fit narrower faces. We like that the Wisp offers adjustable temples and an adjustable nose piece for a customized fit. At a reasonable price, we appreciated the good UV protection and adequate optical clarity.

Best for Larger Faces | Oakley EVZero Path

PathThese shades fit a wide range of face sizes and shapes, but offered great coverage for those with larger face shapes. The Path have a wider span between temple arms to reduce pressure points and provide plenty of coverage for your eyes. Completed with a super light frame, you won’t feel weighed down by these glasses. The visual clarity and comfortable fit provided by these performance glasses is superb.

 

Best for Racing | Nike Tailwind Speed

tailwindLightweight and built for speed, this version of Nike’s popular Tailwind model offers a special tint to reduce glare from the roads. A secure fit and streamlined design mean you won’t even feel these shades as you race through to the finish line. For smaller faces, choose the Tailwind Swift Speed version, which feature a rounded lens shape for narrower faces.

 

Best for Trails | Julbo Aero

AeroWe love the fit and feel of these glasses. The Julbo Aero is anatomically designed to remain in place as you run swiftly along  trails. Vented to prevent fogging and with exceptional clarity, they allow you to spot changes in terrain immediately. If you are running somewhere with lots of changing light, check out the Aero Zebra edition, which uses a photochromatic lens to adjust the tint depending on the lighting conditions. For women, we found the Julbo Breeze model to offer remarkable comfort for even the longest of runs.

 

Best for the Trendy Runner | Nike Bandit

banditThankfully, you don’t need to sacrifice performance in order to run in style. We love the look of these shades. Choose the Nike Bandit over your other fashion forward sunglasses and you’ll love the way they stay in place when you run, not to mention that they weigh less than other similar models.

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