We review these six, diverse shades to help you pick the right pair and focus on the road ahead.By: Lisa Jhung
Running sunglasses do more than just cut down on glare—they protect your eyes from harm. "Runners spend more time in the sun than most people," says ophthalmologist and runner David Galiani, M.D. "And sunlight has been implicated in ocular damage." We tested the sun-shielding benefits of the newest shades in a variety of sunlit environs. On the following pages are six pairs that protect your peepers while being stylish and comfortable to boot.
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The Neurotoxin IC ($79) comes with four easy-to-swap-out lenses—smoke (shown), copper, amber, and clear—that match a variety of running conditions. For instance, the clear lenses shield your eyes during windy, poorly lit evening runs, and the smoke lens blocks out the sun during lunchtime outings. Best for small to medium faces.
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Providing major coverage without being too massive, the single lens of the Pivlock V90 Max surrounds your field of vision and weighs just .85 ounces. And the clarity of the three interchangeable lenses--polarized, clear, and pinkish (right) for low light--makes everything ahead of you more interesting. Best for medium to large faces.
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Heavy sweaters, meet your sunglasses. The adjustable temples and nose piece of the Adizero are made of sticky rubber that gets grippier with moisture, meaning these shades stay put on perspiring faces. Lens options include the rose-tinted LST (shown); the photochromic LST Vario ($210), and the LST polarized ($210). Best for medium faces.
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Running sunglasses tend to have a certain track-star look that works on a run, but not in a casual setting. That's why the stylish Stringer 580P is ideal for days when a run is just part of your larger on-the-go itinerary. And the polarized lenses comfort sensitive eyes while sharpening the sights ahead. Best for small faces.
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With photochromic lenses that rapidly change tint with the light, the Julbo Ultra is ideal if your run leads you through tree-covered trails one moment and open grasslands the next. And if you happen to take a fall midrun--or drop the 1.1-ounce shades on the trail or pavement--the lenses won't shatter. Best for medium to large faces.
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The full-frame Defcons have a sporty look that transitions well from running to other activities. Anti-slip nose pads and temple tips keep the Defcon firmly on sweaty faces. Lens upgrades include photochromic ($70), which changes with the light; polarized ($60) for sensitive eyes; and a combo lens ($90). Best for medium faces.
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