When it comes to biking and cycling, having the right gear to keep you safe in the great outdoors usually means investing in quality bikes, shoes and helmets. For clothing, this means items that are breathable, won’t chafe and in the case of cycling, provide added padding. But what about your eyes? A fashionable pair of sunglasses may look cool at the end of the race, but spending 10 miles with a pair of specs bouncing, sliding, and distorting your vision while running and cycling is not only annoying, it’s dangerous.
When looking for a pair of sunglasses to wear while biking, cycling or taking part in any outdoor sport, comfort and protection are critical. Glasses that are designed to fit tight and reduce bouncing are a must-have, regardless of the activity you’re engaging in. That also goes for glasses that have extra grips on the nose piece or arms that reduce slippage from sweat and water.
Sunglasses that are flexible and resistant to drops and scratches are two more features to keep in mind when looking for your future frames. Being able to throw your sports sunglasses into your gym bag and retrieve them in the same condition before your next run means less money and time spent replacing the same glasses.
Lenses that are made to reduce glare and block out harmful UV rays are critical for outdoor workouts since they keep your eyes protected and your vision clear. This is especially important when running or cycling outside, as a missed stick, curb, rock or pothole can result in a painful injury.
Check out our favorite sport sunglasses below and hit the ground running (or cycling) while protecting your eyes.
1. Oakley Men’s Half Jacket 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses
Made with flexible Polycarbonate frames and non-polarized Iridium, the OAKLEY Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses will last through any marathon. The Oakley Half Jacket is a high-end sports-style pair of sunglasses that feature flexible Polycarbonate frames and non-polarized Iridium lenses that have 100 percent UV protection. The composite frames and lenses are lightweight and durable, with impact protection and high definition options for a bright, sharp and accurate field of vision that’s often missing from wrap-style glasses. The lenses are prescription ready and in addition to blocking out the sun’s harmful rays, can also block out blue light from screens.
Pros: Excellent UV protection, flexible frames and prescription-ready.
Cons: The glasses fit tight to decrease bounce, but some customers may find this uncomfortable.
2. RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses
Protect your eyes against UVA, UVB and blue light with the RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses. The RIVBOS are an affordable pair of cycling and biking sunglasses, but that doesn’t mean they lack features. The glasses include a protective coating on the polarized and breakage proof lenses that block out 100 percent of harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC rays, as well as 98.9 percent protection from blue light. The plastic frames are flexible with a spring design and come with a durable hard case with a buckle attachment, a cleaning cloth and pouch, and a headwrap to keep your glasses secure when active. The RIVBOS cut down on glare significantly, making them great for use around water.
Pro: Reduce glare, UV-protection, comes with several useful accessories.
Cons: The RIVBOS don’t have the same durability as other models on our list.
3. TOREGE Polarized Sports Sunglasses
For an unbreakable pair of sunglasses that can keep up with just about any outdoor activity, try the TOREGE Polarized Sports Sunglasses. The lightweight and durable frames are made with polycarbonate material and include a soft rubber nose pad that helps to hold the glasses in place when running or sweating. The arms are designed to grip the side of the head to reduce bounce. The polycarbonate lenses are resistant to scratches and impact. They also feature seven layers of protection against UV400, UVB and UVA rays. The rimless design of the glasses makes it easy for users to see out the lower half without any obstruction.
Pros: Unbreakable frame, impact-resistant lenses, rimless design for added visibility.
Cons: The Torege may be too small and tight for users with larger heads.
4. goodr OG Sunglasses
For sunglasses that can take you from the race to post-run drinks on a patio, we recommend the goodr OG Sunglasses. The casual sunglasses have the design of everyday sunglasses with the benefits of sports glasses. Using a special grip coating and snug fit, the goodr glasses protect against slipping and bouncing. The featherweight frame holds polarized lenses that reduce glare and block out 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The scratch-resistant lenses are category three mirror, which helps to hide your eyes. Customers can choose from a wide selection of frame and lens color combinations.
Pros: Causal crossover design, wide variety of color options, non-slip design.
Cons: The glasses are on the smaller side.
5. HULISLEM Blade Sport Polarized Sunglasses
See clearly even when moving fast thanks to the HULISLEM Blade Sport Polarized Sunglasses. The sport sunglasses are cut with a single toric lens and made with Dual Lens Polaric Ellipsoid Geometry, which means that users will still have excellent depth, clarity and color vision. Made with mirror flash coating for complete UV protection, the Hulislem also blocks out harmful blue light. We also like that the lenses have iridium coating to help reduce glare and cut down on eye fatigue. The polycarbonate frames create a lightweight pair of sunglasses that have a lens width of 5.1”.
Pros: Excellent vision clarity, lightweight, help to reduce glare.
Cons: The Hulislem runs large.
6. DUCO Men’s Sports Polarized Sunglasses
For glasses that can keep up with your workout, try the DUCO Men’s Sports Polarized Sunglasses. The Duco are made with metal alloy frames for a lightweight product that weighs only 25 grams. The TAC polarized lenses provide 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays. The lenses help to visually restore the true color of objects while reducing the effects of reflected light. Like the frames, the lenses are also lightweight, as well as scratch and impact resistant. A soft, non-slip nose pad helps to keep the glasses in place and can easily be removed for cleaning. Customers can choose from a variety of frame and lens color options.
Pros: Several color options, scratch-resistant lenses, non-slip nose pad.
Cons: The lens coating may begin to peel after extended use.