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Sunglasses for Running

Next to running shoes, good pair of sunglasses is arguably the most important piece of equipment for a successful run. Most of us are aware of the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays on our skin, but UV rays are just as, if not more, harmful to our eyes. Overexposure can cause eyestrain, lead to certain kinds of cancer, and has been linked with macular degeneration.

Runners need protection from the elements. They spend a lot more time outside exposed to them than the average person. Proper running sunglasses will protect your eyes from dust and dirt. Many lenses are even equipped with special coatings that can prevent oil and sweat from your skin from clouding your vision. Others include anti-fog properties. The right sunglasses will also reduce glare, and not just from the sun overhead. If you run on the beach, the glare from the sand and water can be irritating - even pavement reflects light a lot more than you may think.

Running sunglasses should fit so well that you completely forget you have them on while you are training. The last thing you need when you're 'in the zone' is sweat causing your glasses to slide down your nose. Many specialized running sunglasses have grips on the bridge and temples that become tackier as you sweat, keeping them in place.

While fit is essential, you should also be looking for glasses that are made from lightweight materials, and probably looking for shatter-proof and scratch resistant lenses. Polycarbonate is a great option. Also consider what coatings and/or tints would work best for you. Polarized and mirrored coatings are great for reducing glare, especially if you run near the water. Also think about what time of day (and what the light levels are) when and where you normally run. Brown, grey, and green lenses are good for normal to bright conditions. But if you often run at dawn, dusk, or in the shade, you could consider amber or red tints.

You can get great recommendations for the best models of running sunglasses from popular running resources in print and online. FramesDirect.com carries the most popular and road-tested of the bunch. Here are some of the styles that are commonly endorsed by experts and most popular with serious runners who really pack on the mileage:

Sunglasses for Running

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9188-01)
From $160
Oakley Radar EV Path Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9208-01)
From $180
Oakley Twoface Sunglasses
Polished Black / Dark Bronze (OO9189-03)
From $140
Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirror Iridium (OO9154-01)
From $130
Maui Jim World Cup-266 Sunglasses
Chocolate Stripe Fade / HCL Bronze Polarized Lens (H266-01)
$229
Oakley Jawbreaker Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9290-01)
From $200
Oakley M2 XL Sunglasses
Polished Black / Grey (OO9343-01)
From $120
Oakley Flak 2.0 Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9295-01)
From $160
Oakley Square Wire Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO4075-01)
From $170
Oakley Crankshaft Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9239-01)
From $140
Oakley Quarter Jacket Sunglasses
Polished Black / Black Mirrored Iridium Lens (OO9200-01)
From $110
Adidas A178 TourPro L Sunglasses
(6050) Shiny Black Gray / LST Active Silver Lens
$179
Oakley Turbine Rotor Sunglasses
Polished Black / Warm Gray Lens (OO9307-01)
From $140
Oakley RPM Squared Sunglasses
Raspberry Spritzer / OO Grey Polarized (OO9205-07)
$190

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Prescription Sunglasses for Running

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses
Black Ink
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Flak 2.0 Prescription Sunglasses
Black Ink
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Quarter Jacket Prescription Sunglasses
Polished Black - Satin Silver Icon
$90
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Crankshaft Prescription Sunglasses
Black Ink
$120
Prescription Lenses Extra
Wiley X WX Saint Prescription Sunglasses
Gloss Black
$61.30
Prescription Lenses Extra
Bolle Bolt S Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black - Red - Lens Shape Modified
$97.50
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Radar EV Path Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Fives Squared Prescription Sunglasses
Grey Smoke
$90
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 Pitch Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black
$160
Prescription Lenses Extra
Costa Howler Prescription Sunglasses
Shiny Black (11)
$169
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Radarlock Path (vented) Prescription Sunglasses
Polished Black - Satin Chrome Icon
$220
Prescription Lenses Extra

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