Running sunglasses are an essential piece of equipment for every runner. Your eyes are not only exposed to harmful UV rays on sunny days and during runners’ events that take place in the summer, but also throughout autumn and winter. Aside from filtering the sunlight, your running sunglasses also provide protection against biting wind, dust, and insects.
What to pay attention to when buying running sunglasses
All the running sunglasses you see on this page are selected for their sport specific design: these sunglasses are all made for runners. The most important element of a good pair of running sunglasses is full protection against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, for long-distance runners, long-lasting comfort is essential, as is good ventilation to prevent your lenses from steaming up. The colour of the lens can also boost your performance.
Running Sunglasses: UV Protection
UV protection should be your prime focus when selecting a pair of running sunglasses. All sunglasses on this page offer full protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. When you run, you will likely spend a lot of time outdoors, during events as well as during your training. Even brief exposure to bright sunlight can cause health issues such as photokeratitis (corneal flash burn) - a painful eye condition. Be sure to protect your eyes!
Running Sunglasses: Safety and Comfort
If you’re entering a running event, it’s a good idea to invest in sunglasses with shatterproof lenses and a sturdy frame - sunglasses with temples that can click free in case of an accident are very handy. Choose a pair of running sunglasses made of a light material. A (removable) sweatbar, rubberised pads, and adjustable temples and nosepads can provide relief during long runs.
Running Sunglasses: Lens Colour
The colour of your lenses can influence your performance. Not every shade is equally suited to all purposes and weather conditions. Here is a short overview of the benefits of different lens colours and lens finishes to help you pick the right one for you:
Running Sunglasses: Dark Lenses
Dark lens colours like dark blue, grey, green, and brown are highly suited to brightest sunlight. These lenses usually have a higher CE category filter - usually 3 or 4, the highest filter categories. (Please note, however, that category 4 lenses are too dark for driving.)
Running Sunglasses: Light Lenses
Lighter shades such as light blue, yellow, gold, and orange are primarily suited to low light conditions. Especially yellow and orange lenses will help enhance contrast, allowing you to perceive depth better.
Running Sunglasses: Mirror Lenses
Mirror lenses filter away extra light, and some light reflected by, for instance, surfaces such as glass, metal, or water. Mirror coatings to an extent enhance the effectiveness of shaded lenses.
Running Sunglasses: Polarised Lenses
Polarised lenses are especially made to filter out reflected (polarised) light and bright glare, and do this far more efficiently than unpolarised mirrored lenses. Do you like to run in an urban setting, by lakes, or at the beach? In that case, running sunglasses with polarised lenses are a worthwhile investment.
Running Sunglasses: Photochromic Lenses
Photochromic lenses automatically grow lighter or darker depending on the brightness of the sunlight. This means you do not have to stop to switch lenses or sunglasses when the weather conditions change during your run. These lenses are especially suited to changeable weather and long runs.