Running Sunglasses Guide
Sixty bucks doesn’t go all that far these days, but it still gets you a great pair of running sunglasses. The Slip offers core features many runners want: low weight, adjustable nosepiece and temples, high lens clarity and good lens ventilation. Count on the Slip to get the job done without breaking the bank. And for $30 more, upgrade to the Polarized version.
You: “How the heck can a $129.00 pair of sunglasses be a good value?” Us: “It’s all in the details. The Parallel offers an amazing fit that feels custom-made for the shape of your face. A special lens coating repels water, dirt and grease, and the lens offers top-notch scratch and impact resistance. And of course, the view is crystal clear and distortion free.”
Best for Changing Conditions
Tifosi Tyrant Polarized Fototec
How many times have you started out on a run with plenty of sunshine, only to find clouds rolling in by mile three? And how about those squinty days when it’s just a bit overcast? This model from Tifosi features a Fototec lens that adjusts to transmit between 9 to 29% of light based on the amount of UV light the lens is exposed to.
Smith Pivlock V90
Snap in the Ignitor Red interchangeable lens that comes with the Pivlock V90 for clearer vision on lightly overcast and hazy days when the sun’s rays are refracting all over the place. The open-top, rimless design offers maximum ventilation to prevent fogging as the temperature changes.
Best for Smaller Faces
Tifosi Gavia SL
The Gavia is our top seller for runners with small or slender face shapes. It provides just enough lens coverage where you need it. Adjustable temples allow a custom fit for greater comfort.
Another good choice, the Parallel’s lenses are on the smaller side, and the frame features a great wrap shape that compliments smaller faces.
The Alpe has a smaller frame and lens design that provides just enough coverage for small to medium face shapes. It is also the only pair of running sunglasses we carry with a full frame, which can help improve durability.
Best for Larger Faces
Adjustable temples and a large lens area makes the Roubaix a top choice for runners with larger faces. It also offers one of the widest frames we carry.
A sizable lens with a square shape provides additional coverage on the bottom and sides of this model. The frame of the Tailwind12 is flexible enough to accommodate wider faces.
Smith Parallel Max
This model has the same temple and bridge design as the Smith Parallel, with lenses that are 2 millimeters wider on either side to provide more coverage by the temple for larger or wider face shapes.
Changing out the lenses on the Hex is as simple as flexing the frame upward near the temple and pulling the lens down away from the frame. Once the lens pops free near the temple, it will then pull away from the nosepiece. You won’t need to fuss and fight with these glasses to install your lens of choice – you’ll be set to go in just a matter of seconds.
This model offers easy-to-swap lenses with three different high-quality lens options. To trade out the lenses, just hold the frame in the center between the lenses. Then pull the lens firmly and slowly in a downward motion away from the center of the sunglasses. Popping a lens in place is just as simple.
Nike Flying Lens
Available on the Impel Swift and Tailwind12, the Flying Lens design allows airflow and reduces fogging, but still provides a sturdy connection between the lenses and frame.
Smith Pivlock V90
The frameless design of the Pivlock V90 makes it easy for air to escape above the eyebrows. The two-piece temples provide additional ventilation on the side while maintaining structural integrity.
Available on numerous Tifosi models, the cut-outs in the lenses near the temples provide good airflow and help to prevent fogging. Look at the Pave or Envy models for the largest ventilation cut-outs.
The Vogel is easy on the eyes, and easy on the eyes. There’s no denying this is a stylish pair of shades. We have plenty of customers wearing these for their workouts and then giving them a quick wipe-down for everyday use.
Sleek styling and Nike logo in bold yellow on the temples make it easy to wear these on a run or just around town.
You won’t see too many other sunglasses with such a cool crystal brown frame, and the versatile design of the Wisp makes it a stylish choice for the runner who wants to look good while training, racing, or just spending a day relaxing.
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