Sunglasses are great until you scratch the lenses, bend the frames or worse yet leave them somewhere where you can’t find them. Spending a bunch of money on a pair of sunglasses that odds are will end up damaged or lost is just foolish. We picked 3 of the best running sunglasses that will allow you to see the trail clearly and comfortably without breaking the bank.
Hobie Polarized Rockpile
Hobie has created a great pair of sunglasses that work well for running and perform equally as strong on the river and for playing in the snow. The rubber nose guard keeps the glasses securely affixed to your face and they sit far enough off your cheeks to allow the sunglasses to breathe and not fog under heavy use. The Rockpiles come with 2 Lens options, Cobalt works great for anti smudging and the lens changes depending on lighting conditions. While the Grey Lens is perfect for running on bright sunny days or for a day on the river fly fishing.
Polarized makes running in yucky conditions that much more fun. If you live in the Northwest the Hobie Rockpile with Cobalt lens would be the perfect pair of sunglasses to use year round. Retail $79.99
Optic Nerve Amino
Out of all the glasses we tested the Optic Nerve Amino nose piece held the glasses to our face better then any other pair we tried. As someone that loves to run, I can tell you that there is nothing worse then sunglasses bouncing up and down the bridge of your nose while out on the trail.
The Optic Nerve Amino’s are lightweight, feature swappable lenses (although the Shiny Blue Lenes that came with the sunglasses work so great we haven’t actually found a need to swap the lens yet) and perform great for running, biking and backcountry ski touring. Speaking of biking, note that Optic Nerve also makes the Variant which quickly become our go to pair of biking sunglasses this season. Retail $109.99
Zeal Optics Range
Anytime a company is making products from plant based materials we take note! Zeal gets it, the company has been making environmentally friendly sunglasses in Boulder, Colorado since 1997. Zeal’s Range sunglasses come with a mirrored polarized lens, are really lightweight, full frame and look great on and off the trail. You no longer have to drive to the trailhead wearing a second set of sunglasses!
The polarized lens is even RX prescription ready. Retail: $139