2016 Running Gear Guide: Sunglasses
A highly competitive market for performance sunglasses is a win for runners.
Nike has revamped its eyewear line and the Tailwind is a new make that’s great for endurance athletes. Two things stood out: A lightweight, flexibile, self-adjusting frame that conforms to your face, and great ventilation that reduces fogging. (Release date: April 1)
These performance sunglasses are great for runners looking for a lower-priced option. The France2s are lightweight and stylish, with no bouncing or fogging after efforts in various conditions and terrain. The nose bridge and temple tips are super comfortable no matter the effort.
We enjoyed the half-frame style that minimized facial coverage while also getting the job done of protecting the eyes. The photochromatic lenses quickly adjust to light, transitioning from rose to smoke in a matter of seconds.
To better adapt to the wide uses of sunglasses, Tifosi has launched a Pro series that features multiple frames and interchangeable arms. We like the look and performance of the Launch HS—and its two very affordable frames for the price of one.
While these shades look more like a lifestyle product, they work surprisingly well for runners, in part because the beta-titanium frame makes them unbelievably light while remaining remarkably stable. It’s a pricey investment, but considering their versatility, it could be a worthwhile one.
For larger faces, the Eldo is a stylish option we see fitting in on the trails or as a lifestyle pair. Interchangeable lenses (using N3 polarized lens technology for peak protection and clarity) give you options for whatever look you’re seeking.
Truly a luxurious wear, particularly with the perfect tint of its photochromatic lenses. Two things we loved about these: An extremely lightweight and high-quality frame, and adjustable temples and nosepiece that allow for a secure fit that won’t bounce even during rugged trail runs.