A good pair of sports sunglasses are like the perfect running shoes or most comfortable sweat shorts—you’ll wonder how you ever did anything without them before. Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a weekend warrior, there are options that combine comfort with top flight performance.
Choose your weapons, and never squint through a game or running session every again.
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Not all “sports” sunglasses care if you are actually engaging in sports while wearing them, which is what sets these Under Armour glasses apart. The ArmourFusion frames are built light and sturdy, and have a nice firm grip that ensures you can keep your head up without fear of sending your glasses flying. Available with a multitude of lens options—from “Game Day” (a grayish-green tint that sharpens colors) to “Yellow” (best for low light)—with 100 percent UVA, UVB, and UVC protection, these sunglasses are always game ready.
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Sunglasses designed to be eye-catching as well as eye-improving, the Oakley Flaks have a distinct look, endlessly customizable variations in lens and frame color, and top-of-the-line performance stats. Their PRIZM lens technology enhances detail and contrast, while the Plutonite lens material blocks 100 percent of harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC blue light. The injection-molded thermoplastic frames are strong and flexible, so they can withstand almost any condition. They look good, feel good, and perform at a high level. What more can an athlete ask for?
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As the name suggests, these bad boys are all about taking whatever punishment you and your game or activity of choice can throw at it. STNGR has developed its own “memory flex” nylon frames, which they guarantee are virtually indestructible (as well as comfortable). The lenses have been given an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z87.1 certification, meaning they meet the requirements for ballistic safety eyewear – in other words, they are scratch resistant, high-impact military grade lenses that actually qualify as protective eyewear. These are no-nonsense sunglasses, and you’ll likely call time out before they do.
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Sports sunglasses that don’t immediately scream “sports” the way, say, Under Armour or Oakley do, the Tifosi Alpe 2.0′s own that perfect middle ground between active performance and everyday style. (especially the tortoise-shell frame option). But it’s not to say they skimp on the performance side. The wraparound frames are snug and comfortable, and the shatter-proof lenses enhance detail and can easily transition from high to low light, all while providing 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.