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The 7 Best Running Sunglasses For Women Reviewed – 2019

If you’re serious about running, you should also be serious about your eyesight.

Chances are, you’re probably going to be running in the day and even if the sun isn’t blaring directly into your eyes, it can still over time, damage your eyesight.

We’ve done the research to find the top running sunglasses for women so you don’t have to. Let’s get started!

Best Women’s Running Sunglasses

 Oakley Unstoppable SunglassesJulbo Aerolite SunglassesSmith Optics Pivlock Asana Sunglasses
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Lens Width:65 mm62 mm130 mm
Polarized:YesYesNo
Frame:PlasticPlasticPolymer
Replaceable Lenses:NoNoYes

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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Women’s Running Sunglasses

  1. Oakley Women’s Unstoppable Sunglasses
  2. Julbo Aerolite Women’s Sunglasses
  3. Nike Unisex Vaporwing Elite
  4. Smith Optics Pivlock Asana Sunglasses
  5. Adidas Adizero L Rectangular Sunglasses
  6. Tifosi Wisp Sunglasses
  7. Under Armour Rival Shield Sunglasses

We’ve reviewed the top rated women’s running sunglasses, followed by a comparison table and buying guide to help you decide on a pair that will work best for you.


Women’s Running Sunglasses Reviews

Oakley is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in both sportswear and eyewear, and they’ve combined the two to bring you the Women’s Unstoppable Rectangular Sunglasses.

The pair is incredibly comfortable and efficient, making it the best running sunglasses for women we’ve had the pleasure of trying.

Coming in 8 different and unique colors, you’re sure to find a pair to perfectly suit your personality. You can also choose to have them either with or without polarized lenses; the choice is yours.

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With a 65 mm frame width, you’ll find that they hug the face and head just enough to keep them secure, without hitting any pressure points.

The three-point fit system is to blame for this comfortable design, along with the unobtanium nose pads to keep them firmly in place.

The lightweight semi-rimless O Matter frame is perfect for providing an unobstructed downward view, which is essential to see where you’re running and to avoid any potential obstacles.

We’d be hard-pressed to find a thinner frame than this one; it’s so lightweight that at times you forget you’re wearing them.

Finally, the pair comes with a handy carrying case to keep them protected whenever you’re not wearing them.

 

Oakley Women’s Unstoppable Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 65 mm
  • Polarized: Yes
  • Frame: Plastic
  • Replaceable Lenses: No

Julbo Women's Aerolite Sunglasses

The Julbo Aerolite Women’s Sunglasses is sure to turn some heads.

This is definitely the most flashy pair we’ve worn, coming in an array of unique and outstanding color combinations such as: Black/Red (with clear lenses), Dark Blue/Blue, Translucent Blue/Blue, Violett/Rosa, and much more.

However, they’re much more than just looks. Right when you take the pair out of the included bag, you can tell they’re extremely lightweight – weighing no more than a normal pen.

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If you want to get into specifics, they actually just weigh a mere 26 grams! These are perfect for when you’re running, as you aren’t bothered by any extra weight around your head or face.

Thanks to the extra-wide glass surface, you’ll receive the maximum field of vision possible with these types of running glasses. The clarity of the glass is very impressive, offering a crystal-clear image no matter where you go.

Choose from either Spectron 3+/Polycarbonate, Spectron 3CF/Polycarbonate, Zebra Light RED/Photochromatic 1-3, or Zebra Light/Photochromatic 1-3 lenses. The only difference between the Zebra Light and Zebra Light RED is that the RED gives you a more dramatic contrast of the objects you’re viewing.

As the lens is only one piece, it offers more durability and an uninterrupted view. The nose with wings works to adjust to all types of noses, big and small, narrow and wide.

The ventilation provided by this pair is also excellent, in part due to the separation between the upper frame and the glass. As you’ll find the lenses aren’t attached around the eyebrows, you get nice airflow that won’t cause sweating.

The “Air Link Temple” system found in the rods of the frame are little rubber inserts which work as shock absorbers to minimize impact in the ears and temples as we run. Despite being made of rubber, it surprisingly never stuck to our hair.

 

Julbo Aerolite Women’s Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 62 mm
  • Polarized: Yes
  • Frame: Plastic
  • Replaceable Lenses: No

Chances are you’ve probably heard of a little brand named Nike. They’re kind of one of the biggest sports brands on the planet, and their Vaporwing Elite sunglasses are exemplary of why they’ve been so successful.

If you don’t mind spending a bit of cash, these are well worth it.

The colorway options were a bit bland to us, with the Matte Black being the most intriguing of the bunch. However, the overall design was very streamlined, angular, and interesting.

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You can tell at first glance that they’re definitely made for competitions; not so much for casual trips to the grocery store.

The arms are made from a lightweight yet sturdy rubber, featuring little channels next to the temples which work to promote airflow and move moisture away from your skin to help with your comfort level while minimizing the chance of fogging the lenses up.

Much like with the Oakleys, these also feature a three-point fit, which eliminates hitting the pressure points on your head and face.

This addition makes them extremely comfortable to wear, to the point where you’ll forget you have them on after an hour or so. While the thought the Julbos were light, the Nikes actually came in weighing a bit less, at just 23 grams!

The lens is also very light, being that it’s made of polycarbonate. Despite this, they’re incredibly flexible which means they’re more difficult to break.

While we enjoyed the image clarity when looking straight ahead, we noticed a notable distortion towards the edges which was a bit of a downside for us. However, the top frame was helpful in keeping light from entering in around the frame.

 

Nike Unisex Vaporwing Elite at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 62 mm
  • Polarized: Yes
  • Frame: Composite
  • Replaceable Lenses: No

When you think of protective eyewear for sports, chances are that Smith will be one, if not the first, brand to come to mind.

Their Pivlock Asana Sunglasses are perfect for smaller and more narrow faces, offering medium coverage. While we have to admit they weren’t our top scorer in terms of appearance, but we were impressed by their performance.

Coming in colors such as Tortoise, Fuchsia, and Black, there aren’t many colors to choose from, but the Black does go with just about anything.

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The TR90 frame material is really just a castor-based polymer which is nice and flexible while remaining very durable.

The simple yet effective pair also offer a wide field of vision as it’s made from a single lens. We did appreciate that Smith sends you three different interchangeable lenses which you can easily switch out using their PivLock system.

As each features a water-resistant coating, you can wear these in the rain with no issue and are also ideal for use during triathlons.

We did however notice that on hotter days, there was a bit of fogginess, but nothing that would really inhibit our vision notably.

Thanks to the temple and nose pads, the glasses were actually quite comfortable to wear and didn’t cause any pain or discomfort at any point.

 

Smith Optics Pivlock Asana Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: n/a
  • Polarized: No
  • Frame: Castor-Based Polymer
  • Replaceable Lenses: Yes

Adidas is a brand that’s known for consistently producing quality, and their Adizero L is no exception.

Normally, this model is most appropriately suited for larger faces, so if you’re a woman but have trouble finding a pair to fit you, this may just do the job.

Like most Adidas products, you can expect the Adizero L to be streamlined and sporty. The supra sports frame design offers a completely clear panoramic view.

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Made with SPX flexibility, you’ll receive an ultra-lightweight and shatter-proof design that’s made to last through wear and tear that athleticism wreaks on our sportswear.

Not only that, but it’s also made to hold up in extreme temperatures so you can use it just about anywhere.

With ergonomically shaped temples complete with a Traction Grip system that will always hold them in place, you don’t have to worry about the glasses giving you a headache or any other discomfort.

Featuring a TRI-FIT temple system, you also get to choose from three different height adjustment levels so you can get the most customized fit possible. The Quick-Release Hinge also releases under pressure to avoid any possible breakage.

Moreover, the frame lets you quickly change out your lenses depending on where and when you’ll be using them.

 

 

Adidas Adizero L Rectangular Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 65 mm
  • Polarized: No
  • Frame: Castor-Based Polymer
  • Replaceable Lenses: Yes

The Women’s Tifosi Wisp Sunglasses are another excellent pair with interchangeable lenses, coming with three pairs to give you the best level of tint depending on the time of day and weather conditions.

However, expect each pair to be scratch-resistant, protecting your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays 100%. As they’re all made from polycarbonate, they’re very lightweight and tough.

The design is quite basic looking and comes in only three different colorways: Clear Brown/Brown Gradient, Race Pink/Grey, and Smoke/AC Red/Clear.

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The frame is comprised of their Grilamid TR-90 material which is also very lightweight yet durable, and was surprisingly comfortable to wear – pinching behind the ears rather than at the temples.

The vented design provides a great amount of airflow, minimizing the risk of fogging to keep your vision always clear and free from any obstructions.

Unfortunately, the field of vision is already a bit obstructed due to the dual lenses, but it’s not bad by any means.

No matter if you’re running, hiking, or biking, you can count on this pair staying firmly on your face due to the adjustable temple pads and hydrophilic nose pads which prevent them from slipping off.

Included, you’ll also find a case and a little microfiber pouch so you can always keep your glasses handy yet well-protected.

 

Tifosi Wisp Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 60 mm
  • Polarized: No
  • Frame: Grilamid TR-90
  • Replaceable Lenses: Yes

The Under Armour Rival Shield Sunglasses are not only perfect for running, but just about any kind of outdoor athletic activity such as soccer, baseball, biking, hiking, and much more.

Not only that, but they’re one of the few we felt actually looked as good as they performed.

The attractive two-toned coloring on the temples look very modern and sporty, and the all-black versions looks particularly sleek.

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You can select among Satin Black/Charcoal Gray, Shiny Black/Gray, Satin White, Charcoal Gray, or Satin White/Charcoal Gray/Blue Multifaction Lens. The latter is probably our favorite, due to the unique color combination.

Not only that, but these are some of the most sturdy sunglasses we’ve had the chance to try. Bending them at the temples proves that, and once you put them on, you can tell they’re meant to stay on.

The flexibility at the temples makes it easy to fit to just about any head shape without feeling too tight or too loose. As the frames are made of titanium and Grimalid, you can count on them lasting you for literally years.

Despite not being one solid piece, the lenses do offer a great amount of visibility due to their large size. They offer excellent protection from any debris, while also offering up to 20% more undistorted peripheral vision.

Glare wasn’t a problem at all, thanks to the lenses repelling the UVA, UVB, and UVC rays 100%. These are not only beneficial in a functional sense but will also protect your eyes and surrounding skin from potentially harmful rays!

 

Under Armour Rival Shield Sunglasses at a Glance:

  • Lens Width: 130 mm
  • Polarized: No
  • Frame: Plastic
  • Replaceable Lenses: No

Women’s Running Sunglasses Comparison

Women's Running Sunglasses Lens WidthPolarizedFrameReplaceable LensesRating
Oakley Unstoppable  Sunglasses65 mmYesPlasticNo4.4 / 5.0
Julbo Aerolite Sunglasses62 mmYesPlasticNo4.3 / 5.0
Nike Unisex Vaporwing Elite62 mmYesCompositeNo4.8 / 5.0
Smith Optics Pivlock Asana Sunglassesn/aNoPolymerYes3.9 / 5.0
Adidas Adizero Sunglasses65 mmNoPolymerYes4.2 / 5.0
Tifosi Wisp Sunglasses60 mmNoGrilamid Yes3.9 / 5.0
Under Armour Rival Sunglasses130 mmNoPlasticNo4.0 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Women’s Running Sunglasses

Best Women’s Running Sunglasses

After reading through all of the best running sunglasses for women, do you know which pair you’re going to select? If not, that’s perfectly normal.

It can be difficult to decide just on one, when there are so many attractive options to choose from. That’s why we’ve decided to go ahead and write up the comprehensive buying guide, below.

This guide will lead you through each step of the buying process, so by the time you’re done, you’re 100% confident in the perfect product for you.

UV Protection

Being adequately protected from the sun’s rays is pretty important, as they can do some serious damage to your eyes and the delicate skin around them. Aim to find a pair that offers at bare minimum, 98% UV and UVB sun protection.

However, most on our guide will offer a complete 100%. If you’re particularly sensitive to the sun, then look for frames that offer a bit more protection with a bigger shape.

Frame Shape

That brings us to our next point, which is frame shape. These should always be extremely lightweight (under 24 grams, ideally) and comfortable. You should never experience any kind of discomfort or pain, even on extended runs.

The shape of them should allow a perfect fit, where they’re not falling off down the bridge of your nose. The last thing you should have to worry about when you’re running is worrying about the glasses that are supposed to provide you protection, falling off and onto the ground.

The good news is, that high-quality running sunglasses are never going to bounce or wiggle around on your face. They offer a snug yet comfortable fit that won’t trigger any pressure points or give you a headache. It is a good idea, though, to know the size/shape of your head and face.

Some designs are more geared towards narrower faces, like the Julbo Aerolite, while others are ideal for larger faces, like the Adidas Adizero L.

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Lens Types

As you can see, there are quite a few options when it comes to lens tints. Certain tints work with different weather conditions, ultimately enhancing clarity and vision. You’ll see polarized, mirror, as well as dark shades.

Polarized

You’ll find these in about half of the models we reviewed above. It usually costs a bit more, but if you’re someone who’s always complaining about glare in your eyes, these are more than worth the extra cash. A polarized tint will give you a whole new outlook (literally) on running, sharpening image clarity and reducing glare immensely. If you’re going to be running for long distances at a time, then this is a no-brainer.

Mirror

These are often confused for polarized lenses, but in our opinion, aren’t quite as effective. The idea is similar, and these lenses feature a mirror coating which work to reflect the sun away from you. These are also solid options if you live in a particularly sunny area.

Dark Tints

Sure, dark tints just look cooler, but they also serve a functional purpose! They work to actually make your environment much more vivid. They will make potential obstacles stand out more, along with things like bushes, cars, animals, and so on.

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Lens Materials

Plastic

Plastic lenses are undoubtedly the most budget-friendly of the options we’ve reviewed but aren’t known to be particularly durable nor break-proof. This will vary slightly depending on the model and manufacturing, but if you can, we’d opt for a polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is what’s typically found in the top-notch models, known to be very lightweight and just as durable. Most models will even be shatterproof or break-proof, making them perfect for running fast or just overall intense athletic events.

Weight

The weight of your glasses is going to play a huge role in how comfortable they are. No need to worry too much about this, however, as every single product on our guide is very lightweight. We did touch on this briefly when speaking about frame shapes above, but we’ll go a bit more in-depth now.

While most people aren’t going to notice the difference between 22 and 24 grams, if you’re running competitively you may want to take every advantage you can get.

Ideally, you want your glasses to be so lightweight that after a few minutes, you forget you’re even wearing them. Not only that, but heavier glasses have a tendency to move around more on your face.

Grip

This is related to, but not quite the same as the fit of your glasses. The grip, however, is incredibly important when it comes to keeping the model on your head! You can have a frame that fits you just about perfectly, but without the proper grip, they’re most likely going to come loose at some point.

If you’re a runner, then you’re going to sweat; there’s just no way around it. Most high-quality frames are going to feature some type of grip material to keep them in place even after you’re dripping in sweat. These will vary in material and shape, depending on the manufacturer and model.

However, they’re almost universally seen on the temple arms, and the bridge of the nose. This is often referred to as a “three-point” design.

FAQs About Running Sunglasses

Q: What’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

A: UVA rays have longer wavelengths and pass through sunglasses much more easily, though many experts have argued whether or not they are actually harmful to our eyes. UVB rays, in contrast, are definitely dangerous, making protective lenses an absolute necessity.

Q: When are UV rays the strongest?

A: Anywhere between 10 am and 2 pm is where they’ll be the strongest, however, you’ll need to keep in mind that glare and reflections can cause just as much damage. If you’re going to be around bodies of water, sand, or snow, then pay special attention to wearing your glasses.

Q: Which tint of lenses work best in hazier conditions?

A: Yellow lenses will be the best option in this case, and work to increase contrast greatly for a sharper image.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Sunglasses

#1: If you use prescription glasses, check first with the manufacturer to see if they can work with your prescription. If it’s not that severe of a prescription, however, you may just be better off wearing the standard lenses they come with.

#2: Always store your glasses when they’re not in use.
Most of the aforementioned models will come with either a soft bag or a case to keep them in safely.

#3: Never use paper towels, tissue, or napkins to dry your lenses.
These can seriously scratch the lenses; better to use a 100% cotton piece of fabric that’s completely free of dirt and debris.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve had the chance to read just about everything you could ever want to know about the running sunglasses for women, which is the pair for you?

While each of the models we covered are the best on the market today, it’s most important that you select the perfect product for your lifestyle and running needs. We hope that our guide has helped you do exactly that. Thanks for tuning in with us, and we’ll see you again soon!

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