Best running sunglasses

Things to consider

Before picking a pair of sunglasses, make sure you lookout for the following:

  1. They block UV rays
    Oakley Half Jacket Sport Sunglasses

    One of the most important things to consider when purchasing running sunglasses is, do they provide you with UV protection? These ultraviolet rays can make an appearance even on cloudy days when the sky is gloomy. Therefore you need to keep your eyes covered at all times when outside. You need to check the quality and the protection it is offering, bearing in mind the conditions you will be experiencing. Look for a pair that offers at least 98 percent of UVA and UVB sun protection.

    Sunglasses are categorized according to the UV rays rating system of 0-4. Options with a UV rating system of 0 are basically a pair of neutral reading glasses, whereas 4 is for a pair used for exceptionally bright conditions. Therefore, for running in not so bright conditions, a pair with a rating of 1 is suitable, and for a bright sunny day, a rating of 3 would be preferable. People with super sensitive eyes should opt for a pair of running sunglasses that has a wraparound style. This style will provide you with full coverage and will protect your entire eyes and not just the sides. Meanwhile, do bear in mind that other fashionable options will allow the sunlight to creep in.

  2. Comfort

    While there is a vast range of running sunglasses available, you need to opt for one that is comfortable, considering the fact that you'll be bouncing up and down. If the pair you've chosen is not comfortable, then you won't wear them. You need to ensure they are lightweight, comfortable and fit you snuggly too. The last thing you want is for your sunglasses sliding down your nose while you run as it will distract you, especially when you are focusing on your speed. The faster you'll run, the more easily your pair of sunglasses will fall off. Hence, it's essential to invest in a pair of sunglasses that offers you both quality and comfort.

    Find a pair that fits your face shape perfectly. You don't want a pair of sunglasses that pinches you above your temples and causes you pain. Wraparound-styled pairs will offer you the most protection compared to every other option available. Meanwhile, rectangular frames will allow the sunrays to creep in from the sides; however these are good for everyday wear. Find a pair that snugly fits your head. See your head shape and select a frame that is suitable. Consider if your head is oval, round, heart, or square, and pick a frame that fits your head best.

    A few common frames include:

    • Total cover frames
    • Wraparound frames
    • Curved wrap frames
    • Curved temple frames
    • Panoramic frames

  3. Polarized lenses

    For those who run on the roads or in areas where they experience high glare or water reflection, polarized lenses are must for you. These polarized lenses help by cutting off the glare being reflected from the cars and the road surface, allowing you to relax and focus on your speed instead. These lenses are a must-have if you are going to be running for an extended period of time, for example in a marathon. These lenses also provide your eyes with an additional layer of protection which is never a bad thing. Polarized lenses can be a bit expensive compared to other pairs; however with the additional protection and the anti-glare feature, they are definitely worth the price. But if you are running in low light and not on the road, then you can skip the polarized lenses.