Running Sunglasses That Will Catch Your Eye

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 4, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 15, 2012 at 5:09 PM UTC

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.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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