The Best Running Sunglasses

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What to Look For

Look for running sunglasses that offer both UVA and UVB radiation protection; otherwise, you risk damaging your eyes. Choose frames that are comfortable and fit firmly on your nose, preferably those with non-slip nose pads. Frames that sit further from your face or have vented sides and anti-fog lenses will keep your sunglasses from fogging up as you sweat. Wraparound frames will protect your eyes from all sides and fit snugly on your head.

Common Pitfalls

Avoid buying cheap, everyday sunglasses that look "sporty" and using them for running. Try on specialized frames, but avoid buying a pair of sunglasses that you’ve only tried on while standing still. Try on the running sunglasses and jog around the store before you buy them. You want a pair of sunglasses that will fit firmly and comfortably on your face and that will stay in place as you run. Choose lenses that are shatterproof in case you drop your sunglasses or if they fall off during a run.

Where to Buy

Running sunglasses can be found at most major sporting goods stores, but they may not have the largest selection. Look for high-quality frames at specialized running stores in your area or online. Roadrunner has one of the largest selections of running gear.


Running sunglasses can cost anywhere between $60 and $250. More expensive running sunglasses often come with interchangeable lenses which are a good idea for runners who run in a variety of conditions. These lenses can be changed out based on light levels.

Comparison Shopping

Choose the lens type and color based on the type of running that you do. Dark-colored lenses like blue, grey or brown work best for very bright conditions. Likewise, golden-tinted lenses are great for reduced-light conditions and can help you see bumps in your path. Polarized lenses can prevent very bright glares but aren't the best for runs near sunset as their lenses are dark to begin with. Clear lenses should only be used when it's very dark out or if you're just interested in protecting your eyes from the wind.

Insider Tips

Athletic Optics advises choosing running sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. For runners who run on concrete, mirrored or polarized lenses can be a good choice as they will absorb 98 percent of the reflected glare, which will protect your eyes and make it easier to see in front of you.