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Baseball Sunglasses

Proper sunglasses are essential for success in baseball, and will give you an incontestable advantage at games and practices. Players know all too well how easy it is to lose a ball in the sun while you are playing defense. An outfielder can lose a ball in a second, and you can’t waste precious moments trying to shield your eyes with glove, hat, or hand. Using eye black is great, but on its own it’s not enough. The small white ball can’t compete against the glare of the sun.

Winning is not the only reason to invest in sport-specific lenses for baseball. It’s important not only for your vision, but also to protect your eyes from potential impact. If you are wearing regular sunglasses that aren’t labeled for sports-use, the impact from a baseball could easily pop out or break your lens - causing injury to the eye. Sports sunglasses should always come equipped with polycarbonate lenses and nylon frames. Polycarbonate lenses provide the highest level of protection from impact and are virtually shatterproof – even for balls traveling at 90 miles an hour. All protective eyewear should meet American Standards for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) impact standards.

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to sport-specific sunglasses for baseball, so before you choose, consider what your requirements are for finding the perfect pair. The frames should be lightweight, preferably made from a material in the nylon family for its strength, durability, and flexibility. And they should fit like a glove. There are a few ways to achieve the perfect non-slip fit that eliminates distracting movements and vibrations. You can try full coverage wrap shades, silicone gripping nose pads, cable temples that wrap fully around the back of the ear, or some shades even come equipped with a band that goes around the back of your head. Wrap shapes have the added benefit of expanding the scope of protected area into your peripheral vision. You can also find frames that are vented to allow air to circulate around the eyes.

You will also find a range of lens tints and coatings to choose from. Look for coatings that repel water and oil to keep your lenses smudge free. As for tints; amber (yellow), brown, green, and gray tints will help you judge distance. The more yellow/orange tints will brighten your vision on cloudy days. Choosing the right tint can make a big difference on picking up the ball visually against different colored surfaces – and the sky can be any number of colors depending on the weather and time of day! Polarization is kind of a contentious topic in baseball; some professional players feel that polarized lenses can distort their view of the ball. However, many people like polarization because it considerably reduces glare.

As for brands, Oakley and Under Armour both make great baseball sunglasses. A couple of styles that come highly recommended by players are the Oakley Radar Path and the Under Armour Core. The Flip-up style Under Armour Thief is also really popular for baseball. Oakley has a whole series of baseball glasses in their Major League catalog that feature the colors of your favorite professional teams. Gargoyle is also a well-loved brand in baseball.

Sunglasses for Baseball

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9188-01)
From $160
Oakley Twoface Sunglasses
Polished Black / Dark Bronze (OO9189-03)
From $140
Oakley Crankshaft Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9239-01)
From $140
Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9208-01)
From $180
Oakley Square Wire Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO4075-01)
From $170
Oakley Quarter Jacket Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium Lens (OO9200-01)
From $110
Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Iridium (OO9144-01)
From $130
Gargoyles Novus Sunglasses
Matte Black / Smoke Lens (10700038)
From $120
Revo Descend N RE4059 Sunglasses
Black / Polarized Graphite Lens (RE4059-01-GY)
$179
Revo Windspeed RE3087 Sunglasses
Chrome / Polarized Blue Water Lens (RE3087-03-BL)
From $199
Oakley RPM Squared Sunglasses
Team USA Silver / Black Mirrored Iridium Lens (OO9205-17)
$190
Oakley EVZero Path Sunglasses
Planet X / Positive Red Mirrored Iridium Lens (OO9308-02)
From $160
Oakley Turbine Rotor Sunglasses
Polished Black / Warm Gray Lens (OO9307-01)
From $140
Wiley X Romer III Sunglasses
Matte Black Frame / Smoke Grey and Clear Lens (1004)
$84From $77.60
Oakley Radarlock Path Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium and VR28 Lenses (OO9181-19)
From $220

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Prescription Sunglasses for Baseball

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses
Black Ink
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Crankshaft Prescription Sunglasses
Brown Smoke
$120
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Fives Squared Prescription Sunglasses
Grey Smoke
$90
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Quarter Jacket Prescription Sunglasses
Polished Black - Satin Silver Icon
$90
Prescription Lenses Extra
Bolle Bolt S Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black - Red - Lens Shape Modified
$97.50
Prescription Lenses Extra
Maui Jim Twin Falls-417 Prescription Sunglasses
Gloss Black (02J)
$229
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley RPM Squared Prescription Sunglasses
Polished Black
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Radar EV Path Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Flak 2.0 - Alternate Fit Prescription Sunglasses
Carbon Fiber
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Radar EV Pitch Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Maui Jim Hookipa Universal Fit-907N Prescription Sunglasses
Gloss Black (02)
$189
Prescription Lenses Extra
Adidas A178 TourPro L Prescription Sunglasses
Shiny Black / Red (6052)
$179
Prescription Lenses Extra
Maui Jim Bamboo Forest-415 Prescription Sunglasses
Gloss Black Fade (02J)
$229
Prescription Lenses Extra

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