The Best Running Sunglasses for Summer

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Everyone knows that running shoes are personal, but guess what? Running sunglasses are too. Finding a pair that perfectly fits your face, doesn’t slide down your sweaty nose, and still offers up the protection—and visibility—that you need while traversing trail or road can be difficult. But we’re here to make the hunt a little easier. Here are seven of the best running sunglasses currently on the market. And the best part: They look good, too.

Photo Credit: Oakley
Photo Credit: Oakley

Oakley Outpace — $173

These sunglasses held up to a myriad of sunny speed workouts, and the no-slip ear- and nose-pads help them truly stand up to the product name once the miles got super-sweaty. Yes, they’re equipped with Oakley’s famous Prizm technology to enhance details on the road, but the  extended field of view and side shields also work to combat glare. Plus, the ventilated lens allows for plenty of airflow that prevents fogging. But the best part is, hands down, the fact that the frame and temple design are hat-compatible—meaning there’s no need to choose between your preferred form of sun protection. Now you can have both.

Photo Credit: Zeal
Photo Credit: Zeal

Zeal Incline — $149

Inspired by those looking to clock speedy times on downhill adventures, the Zeal Optics team designed these Incline sunglasses so that nothing would weigh you down. They house their famous Z-lite frames that weigh less than an ounce, so you’ll pretty much forget that they’re on your face. Plus, they have polarized lenses that help blues and greens really pop, and a bio-plastic frame that won’t harm the environment.

Photo Credit: Adidas
Photo Credit: Adidas

Adidas Tempest — $120

With a sporty take on the trendy cat-eye lens, these frames are both functional and fashionable so you can wear them straight from your long run to those afternoon plans (though maybe give them a wipe-down first so they’re not so sweaty). The polycarbonate lenses weigh a mere half-ounce, are scratch-resistant and are even compatible with RX prescription lenses (order via SportRx) so you can skip the contacts and head straight for the door.

Photo Credit: Smith
Photo Credit: Smith

Smith Lowdown Focus Slim — $349

These sunglasses are definitely a splurge, but the built-in technology is worth it: the frames connect to the brand’s Smith Focus App and, using brain-sensing technology, measures how focused you are on your workout. It then dishes out real-time feedback that helps you stay in the zone. The shades also house the brand’s proprietary ChromaPop technology, providing more clarity so you can better differentiate colors often found in nature while you’re on the move.

Photo Credit: Roka
Photo Credit: Roka

Roka Phantom TI — $260

Everyone loves the look of a classic aviator frame, and these lightweight specs hold up to brutal sweat-tests, too. The titanium frames come in a variety of colors, weigh less than an ounce and are of course polarized for optimal visibility. And with fingerprint- and scratch-resistant lenses—along with multidirectional, no-slip ear and nose grips—they’re perfect for both long runs and fast laps around the track.

Photo Credit: District Vision
Photo Credit: District Vision

 District Vision Nako — $199

With advanced sports lenses that are engineered for trail running, these sunglasses provide better visibility during changing light conditions, are shatter- and scratch-proof, and have a hypoallergenic nosepad to all but guarantee a comfortable run. They’re also water and oil repellent as well. To make you feel even more confident in your purchase, District Vision put these sunglasses through a two-year testing period with various athletes, meaning they’re truly ready to be put through your paces.

Photo Credit: Native Eyewear
Photo Credit: Native Eyewear

Native Sixty-Six — $149

For those who want sunglasses that can perform without the super-technical look, these sunglasses can easily transition between short runs and social plans. Native’s N3 polarized lens technology claims to block up to four times more infrared light than regular polarized lenses, offer up UV protection, and filter rays so you have clear sight of your surroundings. The frames also have a lifetime warranty, so there’s no chance of these breaking on you before you’ve really put them to good use.

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