The Best Sunglasses For Running and Biking

Biking and Running Sunglasses
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When it comes to biking and cycling, having the right gear to keep you safe while working out in the great outdoors usually means investing in quality bikes, shoes, helmets, and breathable clothing, won’t chafe, and in the case of cycling, provides 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, but it’s also 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 reducing 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 reduces slippage from sweat and water.

While all three sunglasses we’ve highlighted below include a carrying case, having sunglasses that are flexible and resistant to drops and scratches is another must-have on your list when looking for your future frames. Being able to throw your sports sunglasses in your gym bag and retrieve them in the same condition before your next run means less money and time spent replacing the same glasses.

The three sunglasses we’ve included on our list not only have frames that are designed for high impact activities, they also have lenses that are made to reduce glare and block out harmful UV rays, which will keep your eyes protected and keep 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 three favorite sport sunglasses below and hit the ground running (or cycling) while protecting your eyes.


1. OAKLEY Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses

Made with flexible Polycarbonate frames and non-polarized Iridium, the OAKLEY Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses will last through any marathon.

Pros: The Oakley Half Jacket is a high-end sports-style 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.

Cons: Some customers didn’t like the tight fit, which is designed to reduce bounce when running and cycling, and felt the glasses didn’t offer enough sun protection on the sides.

OAKLEY Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses

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2. goodr OG Sunglasses

Built with a special grip coating to eliminate bouncing and slipping from movement and sweat, the goodr OG Sunglasses are designed to wear while working out.

Pros: The featherweight frame of the goodr glasses has a unique grip coating to fight bouncing and slipping. The polarized lenses have UV400 protection and block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful rays, while also featuring glare-reduction. We like that the goodr are built for an active life, but fashionable enough to wear every day.

Cons: Customers reported that the goodr are a quality pair of sunglasses, but don’t have the same durability as the Oakleys. Some customers found the lens coating began to peel after a few months of use.

goodr OG Sunglasses

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3. RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses

Protect your eyes against UVA, UVB and blue light with the RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses.

Pros: The RIVBOS are our most 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 blocks 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. Customers note that the RIVBOS cut down on glare significantly.

Cons: Some customers found that the rubber pieces on the arms can come off quickly.

RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses

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