It is that time of year again and the sun is coming out earlier and even better, it is staying out later so you are probably looking for the best running sunglasses for summer. There are a lot of amazing and inexpensive options out there and we have brought together some of the best including Goodr, Tifosi Optics, Knockaround, and Julbo. Everyone needs to protect your eyes so let’s make sure you do it in style!
Goodr is the brand that has made the most impact in the running sunglasses category. They took inexpensive designs, made them no slip and no bounce, and they are all polarized on top of that. Additionally, they come in a ton of different color options. The lenses are multi-layer and are scratch resistant and shatter proof on both the inside and outside and finished with UV 400 protection. Our favorite model is the OGs which is your classic wayfarer and works for every face. Runner up would be the BFGs which is a similar style, but with a larger overall lens. They all retail for around $25 USD. Find all their running sunglasses here.
Tifosi is no stranger to the sunglasses game having been in the business for over 16 years and sold in over 60 countries. All Tifosi glasses use a 2mm thick Polycarbonate lens which is shatterproof, impact-resistant, and most are scratch-resistant. Tifosi offers prescription lenses as well for an additional charge. They do offer a wide variety of styles, but these are our favorite for an easy summer run.
The Swank is more of a traditional wayfarer and comes in a ton of colors including their new Glitter versions. These are good for almost any face style and have no slip and zero bounce elements. Lens width is 51mm wide and 42mm tall. They are available for $25 USD.
The Swick comes in 8 different color options or you can use their custom lab and build your own. They sport a larger lens for maximum coverage. Lens width is 58.3mm wide and 44.5mm tall. They also feature rubber nose patches and arms to prevent slippage and bounce during run. We loved the coverage on these. They are available for $25 USD.
Our female testers loved the Svago and while they are unisex, the smaller lens lent itself better to their face size. Lens width is 52mm wide and 45.4mm tall. The more rounded frame is made of an ultra-durable compound called Grilamid TR-90 and they do stand up quite well. They are available for $25 USD.
Knockaround has been making glasses since 2005 with a focus on making inexpensive and highly functional polarized sunglasses that anyone would love to have. They are very similar to Goodr in a lot of ways including offering a multitude of colorways and a build your own program. Each pair is impact-resistant, polarized, and has UV400. Expect to pay around $15-$25 USD a pair. Our favorite models are the Classics, Fort Knocks, and Premiums. The Classics lens width is 58.3mm wide and they are 44.5mm tall. The Fort Knocks pictured is 53mm wide and they are 49mm tall. Check them all out on Knockaround’s website.
Julbo sits on the higher end of the spectrum and the majority of glasses are performance styled and oriented. The Elevate model, which retails at $129.95 USD, is much simpler visibly and look just as good on a run or out on the town. They come in three different lens types; Polarized, Polycarbonate, and Reactiv Photochromic. They feature a shock absorbing grip on the bridge and then also along the temples as well. The lens width is 55mm. Take a look at the entire Julbo offering on their site.
As you can see, there are a lot of great options out there and most of them are cheap enough to grab a couple of pairs so you can throw one in the car, keep a pair at home, you name it. The important part here is that sunglasses help protect your eyes and you really should be wearing them. We have given you a ton of options and no reason to play favorites, there is something for everyone!