Best Sports Sunglasses for Athletes

When it comes to sports, sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from injury as well as for making a fashion statement. Athletes wear sport sunglasses for the way they look as much as for the way they function. With all the slick frames and interchangeable lens systems now available, it is hard to separate quality from fashion. Here are a few sunglasses recommendations.

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Oakley makes sunglasses for every sport, weather condition, light condition, and style. These lightweight, impact-resistant frames ​offer maximum durability and complete customization. Some offer polarized lenses, adjustable nose bridge and temples, and differently colored lenses for a completely customized fit.

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Smith Sports Optics offers a huge selection of sunglasses specifically designed for sports. In general, you will find interchangeable lenses and maximum coverage without neglecting peripheral vision. The nosepads and temples have non-slip rubber so they stay in place during activity. Many styles offer several lens choices for varying light conditions and include Sienna Brown, Gold Lite and Yellow lenses, but polarized lenses are available as well. Generally, these fit a larger face, but the Smith Toaster Slider is a smaller style that fits a narrow face.

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Native Eyewear has a great selection and reputation for making reasonably priced sport sunglasses that don't compromise on quality or fashion. They offer all the requisite "must-haves" for athletes: interchangeable lenses for all light conditions, protection against scratching, 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, lightweight and flexible frames, adjustable nose pads, and venting to reduce fogging and condensation.

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Under Armour is a bit of a newcomer to the performance sports eyewear scene, but their good looks and functionality are taking off with athletes. All the Under Armour Performance lenses block 100 percent of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. They are designed to be lightweight, impact resistant, and resistant to scratching.

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Rudy Project Sunglasses have a reputation for being some of the highest quality and most expensive sunglasses in the sports eyewear industry. They have designed some of the most advanced, sleek, and stylish frames that are both functional and durable. Rudy Project started in Italy in 1985 and immediately took over prominence in Europe's sporting and optical industry. Today, Rudy Project can be found worldwide and worn by athletes in such diverse sports as cycling, speed skating, parasailing, skiing, and more. If you can afford the hefty price tag, they are worth checking out.​

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The Bollé Optics Control System allows interchangeability of 13 diverse lenses that enfold and protect your face. Vigilante frames include the option of an exclusive Sports Optical System Rx adapter for easy prescription lens attachment. Plus, they look really good.

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Tifosi Optics is another reasonably priced maker of sports and athletic sunglasses. In the lower price range, you rarely find a good fit or a great lens, but even the least expensive Tifosi offers a polycarbonate lens that is surprisingly crisp and clear. Nice styles and colors are a bonus and the interchangeable lenses and venting system make these a good choice for most sports.

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Ray-Ban has long been known for their aviator style sunglasses with polarized lenses and good looks. Many athletes love Ray-Bans for those features and now Ray-Ban offers more styles, features and sunglass lines for a variety of outdoor athletes.

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No matter what brand you choose for polarized sunglasses, and there are many, get a good fit and a wraparound-style frame if you intend to use them for sports. Polarized lenses cut the glare of reflected light are came on the scene when used by boaters to reduce the glare off the water. Skiers appreciate the reduced glare off the snow and now polarized lenses are popular with many athletes including cyclists, tennis players, golfers, and triathletes who need crisp optics in bright light. Note that polarized lenses are not good to use when you are going to be looking at LCD display screens, such as in your car.

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Nike offers a variety of sports sunglasses including the Nike Skylon with a rugged Flexon memory metal frame and a durable scratch-resistant polycarbonate full shield lens. The lenses are interchangeable, giving you the freedom to change your perspective on varying light conditions throughout the day.

Sources:

Polarized Lenses. American Academy of Ophthalmology. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/glasses-contacts/polarized-lenses

Summer UV Eye Safety. American Academy of Ophthalmology. https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/summer-sun-eye-safety,

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