Julbo Aerolite UTMB
The Aerolite is an exceptional pair of sunglasses for long runs on the road or trail. The frameless design weighs less than an ounce, and flexible rubber pieces on the arms make them more comfortable than most. A bonus for trail runners: The photochromic lens is nearly clear when you’re cruising under heavy tree cover and then quickly darkens when you pop into direct sunlight.
We’ve been fans of Goodr shades since the company launched in 2015. They’re cheap, well-built, polarized, don’t bounce, and come in a ton of fun colors. The original models magically fit a lot of different head sizes comfortably, but these new BFG models are larger to better suit bigger noggins. The lenses are larger, too, offering more coverage from side to side. They cost $10 more than the originals, but you get silicone inserts on the nose and over the ears, which keep the larger frames locked to your head on sweaty runs. They also come with gradient lenses that are darker on the top to snuff out more sunlight.
Oakley Radar EV Path Retina Burn
Oakley owns the “it came from the future” look, and the Radar EV backs up the techy design with real performance bennies. They have a large lens and an even larger frame, but you barely realize they’re there thanks to the low weight and a comfy rubberized nose bridge. No matter your pace, the glasses won’t slip or budge. The Radar EV has several lens options; our favorite is the Prizm Road tint, which has a slightly pink hue and makes everything look more brilliant. The tall lens offers excellent coverage when the sun is beating down from above, and during a rainy marathon it provided great protection from the elements.
The SR-1 sunglasses aren’t just for the pros—they’re for every runner who has battled slipping sunglasses or the dreaded afternoon glare, especially on summer long runs. Even when dripping sweat for 10 miles, we found the SR-1 didn’t budge. Roka wraps the nosepiece, arms, and temple pads in its Geko elastomer, a tacky compound which guarantees a secure fit, even on our tester’s narrow face.
Don’t let the chunky frame and bronze lenses fool you, the Braiden excels at everything from training runs to running errands. The casual-looking frame best fits medium to large heads, and once you slip it on, grippy pads on the nose and behind the ears hold it securely in place. Even when sprinting at the end of a frenzied 5K race, no amount of sweat could loosen their hold. The frame has three layers of material glued together, which creates a stylish pop of color. And we like the lens tint, which beat back harsh rays but isn’t too dark to wear on overcast days.
The Tifosi Swank sunglasses are great for people who want their running sunglasses to double as shades they can use for any other activity—whether it’s hiking or simply hopping in the car to run errands on a sunny day. Best of all, they’re bargain priced but don’t feel like cheapies from the gas station. A small rubber nose pad prevents the glasses from sliding down, while a snug design from the temple arms banishes any bounce during your stride.