Top 10 Sunglasses for Runners

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Sunglasses can do more for runners than just cutting down on glare from the sun. Sunglasses are also very important in protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays. You likely would not go outside for a run in the sun without lathering up with sunscreen. Therefore, don’t forget the health of your eyes as well. Read more for the top 10 sunglasses for runners.

While selecting sunglasses ­as a runner, it is important to select a pair that are going to protect your eyes from damage and that will fit comfortably on your face as you run up and down. Here are the top 10 sunglasses recommended for runners of all levels:

Top 10 Sunglasses for Runners

1. Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0
Retailing for approx. $40, the Optic Nerve Neurotoxin is an all weather protective eyewear that is designed to meet a wide-variety of running conditions you may encounter as a runner. The frame comes with four different lenses that can easily be interchanged to meet any light conditions.


Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0 Sunglasses

Lenses include clear, amber, smoke and copper. Why so many lenses? For example, smoke lenses are beneficial in blocking out the bright, mid-day sun while clear lenses can help shield your eyes from wind at night or on days when the run is not glaring in your eyes. These sunglasses are best for those with small to medium sized faces.

2. Smith Pivlock V90 Max
Available for under approx. $140, this wraparound sunglasses is perfect for runners with medium to larger sized faces. Without being huge sunglasses, these pair of sunglasses provides maximum coverage.


Smith Pivlock V90 Max Sunglasses

Weighing in at just .85 ounces, this frame is likely to stay put and you may not even notice they are on your face. With three interchangeable lenses, there is a lense to suit most conditions — polarized, clear and pink (for low lights).

3. Adidas Adizero
For approx. $210, the Adidas Adizero are sunglasses that are designed to stay in place. If you are a heavy sweater while you run, you may have just met your match with the Adidas Adizero. With adjustable temples as well as an adjustable nosepiece, these sunglasses are made of a sticky, rubber material that develops even more of a grip when they come in contact with moisture.


Adidas Adizero Sunglasses

No matter how hard you are sweating, these frames are designed to stay in place and keep your eyes protected.

4. Costa Stringer 580
Retailing for approx. $159, the Costa Stringer 580P features polarized lenses that protects your eyes from sunlight and comfortable acetate frame. These sunglasses are ideal for individuals, who want running sunglasses, but would like them to serve as more than just for running.


Costa Stringer 580 Sunglasses

These sunglasses are perfect for travel, relaxing on the beach or to use while running everyday errands. They are great for sensitive eyes and those with smaller face shapes.

5. Julbo Ultra Performance Sunglasses
Available for approx. $180, the Julbo Ultra Performance sunglasses are the ideal pair of sunglasses for individuals who love running on trails. The photochromic lenses rapidly adjust to whatever type of light runners find themselves in. This makes these sunglasses ideal from running in the shade of trees and then transitioning out to an open field or roadway.


Julbo Ultra Performance Sunglasses

The Julbo sunglasses are perfect no matter where your running adventure may take you. From shade to sun, your eyes will be covered. These sunglasses are lightweight; weighing in at just 1.1 ounces, which are ideal for those with medium to larger faces.

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6. Ryder Defcon Sunglasses
Retailing for under $50, the Ryder Defcon sunglasses are one of the more affordable options available for runners. These sunglasses have a sporty look, anti-slip nose pads and anti-slip temples.


Ryder Defcon Sunglasses

If you have a bit of extra cash, you can upgrade your lenses to photochromic or polarized (which is great for sensitive eyes). The Ryder Defcon sunglasses work best for medium-sized faces.

7. Rudy Project Noyz
Available for approx. for $230, these sunglasses are specifically designed just for women. With a smaller frame, these sunglasses are much better designed to fit a woman’s smaller face than unisex sunglasses.


Rudy Project Noyz Sunglasses

Rudy offers many different options for frame colors to help customize sunglasses to a runner’s liking. These sunglasses are lightweight, durable and can be used for more than just running — they are perfect for cycling as well.

8. Spy Daft
For approx. $150, the Spy Daft sunglasses provide excellent ventilation as well as peripheral coverage. These shades do an excellent job of keeping even the brightest of sunlight out of your eyes.


Spy Daft Sunglasses

The spy daft sunglasses are unique and are bound to stand out during your races. Due to the larger size of the frames, these sunglasses are recommended for individuals with medium to large faces.

9. Tifosi Podium XC
Retailing for approx. $80, these are another affordable sunglasses option for runners on a budget. The rimless design of these sunglasses make them lightweight and hardly noticeable as you work to achieve your running goals.


Tifosi Podium XC Sunglasses

While you may not feel like you are wearing any sunglasses while sporting the Tifosi Podium XC sunglasses, you will be provided with secure fit and hydrophobic lenses to help protect your eyes. These sunglasses are recommended for those with medium sized faces.

10. Dual Power X12 Sunglasses
With a price of approx. $60, the Duel Power X12 is a great sunglasses option for individuals in need of bifocals. In fact, Dual Power only manufactures bifocal eyewear. With a snug fit, the Dual X12 is available in three different lens powers, which can help you see your best even while running. Why do you need to see close up running? It’s always nice to be able to see your watch or the running app on your phone nice and clearly as you are working towards your running goals.


Dual Power X12 Sunglasses

At a bargain price, you can protect your eyes and see your runs without breaking the bank. This specific frame works well on individuals with a variety of different face sizes. If you are worried that running in bifocal lenses may be difficult, users report that they are very easy to get used to and are actually extremely beneficial.

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