Find a balance between function and fashion.
Written by: Adam Chase
Running eyewear is about a whole lot more than style. Not that function should totally control over fashion, but choosing your sunglasses for your run should be a decision controlled largely by the quality and type of lens, as well as size, fit, the shape of the frame, and other performance characteristics.
The shades included here offer a variety of lens attributes, such as polarization, photochromic gradation, and the ability to swap out different lenses, depending on the lighting. While fit is an important quality that affects whether the glasses are likely to fog or not and how well they stay up on your face, the size of the lens is also an important consideration if you are likely to confront flying insects or other airborne debris, or if you’re using the glasses for crosstraining, such as cycling, where wind blockage is an important consideration.
If you are likely to be running near glare, polarization is an important element to consider in your lens selection. If you are going to wear the sunglasses in changing light or for prolonged periods so that the light will change from light to dark, vice versa or even both, you may want to opt for photochromic lenses that change with lighting or frames that allow you to switch out different lenses so you can swap from more or less shaded choices while on the fly.
The Fastjacket comes loaded with interchangeable options and Oakley’s Switchlock technology for easy lens changes and versatility and high-definition optical performance. http://www.oakley.com
Curved frames with wrapping temples and full coverage and a choice of some of the best lenses in the business, especially the Zebra photochromic options for an incredible light sensitivity over a wide range of conditions. http://www.julbousa.com
Rudy Project Swifty--$155
Designed for prescription compatibility, these high-definition, fast-movement compatible sport frames are built for safety, durability and visual comfort. http://www.rudyprojectusa.com
If you are looking for a single pair of sunglasses for all activities and all lighting conditions, the photochromic, light-adjusting Slingshot is well suited for those who want full-faced fit and wind blocking qualities. http://www.zealoptics.com
Using Ryders combined polarized and photochromic technologies in a medium-small fitting frame, these affordable angular glasses are “easy on the eyes” and wallet. http://www.ryderseyewear.com
A lightweight, photochromic model that is styled for airflow and comfort. http://www.ryderseyewear.com
For major facial coverage and upper frame venting, the photochromic lens is as adjustable to light as the nose pads are to your face. http://www.ryderseyewear.com
Rudy Project Noyz--$180
With wind protection of a wraparound frame and lightweight fames, the Noyz’s outstanding clarity and interchangeable lenses make them a one-stop, Rx-compatible option. http://www.rudyprojectusa.com
Rudy Project Gozen--$180
Incorporating Rudy Project’s new “Flip Change” lens swapping technology, the Gozen is a versatile choice for comfort and wraparound protection and performance in any light condition. http://www.ryderseyewear.com
Smith Pivlock V90 Max--$139
For extremely lightweight, wind-blocking, unobstructed, rimless, swappable lenses, the Pivlock’s novel approach is an excellent choice for those seeking big coverage suitable for multi-sport. http://www.smithoptics.com
For frames that stay affixed to your face on even the most jarring of rocky trail descents, the Contest’s face-covering, curved frames and lenses come in a variety of lens options. http://www.julbousa.com
adidas Supernova Pro LST--$170
adidas didn’t skimp with the Supernova Pro and its distortion-free clarity of the phenomenal venting-yet-eye-protecting lens or its adjustable, durable frames. http://www.adidas.com