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Even if you have the right shoes, jacket and the most comfortable pack, skimping on sunglasses can make for a long day of squinting followed by an inevitable headache. Don’t let the sun ruin your day. Rather, invest in the right pair of sunglasses for your needs and adventures. Shades should be comfortable, stylish and offer top protection or a polarized lens (which helps lessen glare, increases visual clarity and boosts contrast). Read on to find your next pair of stylish and functional sunglasses.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Revo Baseliner
The Revo Baseliner sunglasses are so versatile that you can wear them on the bike, the trail or on the town. The lightweight frames offer full-coverage with a natural curvature to fit your face comfortably and not let any wind in. Plus, the nose pads are cushioned and secure, so the glasses won’t slip or slide when getting sweaty on a hike or on a SUP ride. The shatterproof, polarized lenses provide 100 percent UV protection. Colors include brown crystal, gray crystal, matte white, matte tortoise and matte black, plus five different lens options.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Dragon Jam Sunglasses
For an oversized fit with a touch of vintage style, the Dragon Jam sunglasses are the way to go. These sunglasses do their job, too — the polycarbonate lenses provide 100 percent UV protection and are light and comfortable enough for all-day wear. Reviewers love the look of these statement frames, and many are repeat buyers of the Dragon brand. It's no surprise — with a wide variety of colors to choose from, you could get a pair of Dragon Jams to go with all your favorite outfits. Choose from fun patterns like hula dancers and sharks, bright colors like purple and blue, and a variety of neutrals like gray, black and tortoise.
Best Budget: Duduma Polarized Sport Sunglasses
It’s hard to find a pair of polarized sunglasses under $60, let alone $25. The high-wrap Duduma Polarized Sport Sunglasses have a strong, sturdy frame along with a decent quality polarized lens that is scratch resistant. Wear these on the bike, on the boat, on the trail or the road, and even skiing and climbing. Colors include black, matte black, matte gray and shiny silver. Other options are white frames with blue lenses, blue frames with blue lenses, as well as black frames with brown or yellow lenses.
Best Men’s Sunglasses: Oakley Men’s GasCan
With the GasCan sunglasses by Oakley, you’ll have a durable pair of sunglasses made from a stress-resistant material. The fit is a standard, high-wrap with a minimalist look and a comfortable, secure fit. The lenses provide 100 percent protection from UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light. Colors include granite, polished clear, matte black, polished black, tortoise, plus a variety of lens colors that include polarized options.
Best Women’s Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses
The Erika sunglasses by Ray-Ban follow the retro style that Ray-Ban is known for, but with a thinner metal temple. The stylish glasses are lightweight with an oversized round shape, plus a soft bridge for everyday wear. Colors include a black frame with gray lenses; a black frame with bright blue lenses; a black frame with polarized black lenses; a purple frame with gray lenses; a brown frame with brown lenses; a rubber sand frame with brown lenses; a red frame with orange lenses; and black, grey and brown frames with gradient lenses.
Best Unisex: Ray-Ban Wayfarer Unisex Sunglasses
If versatility is key, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer Unisex sunglasses are comfortable enough for an easy hike or a day at the beach, and stylish enough to continue wearing into the evening. Plus, the classic style fits a variety of face sizes and shapes, and doesn’t compromise on comfort, either. Colors include shiny black, matte black, tortoise and a few brighter options in red and blue, plus a variety of lenses such as mirrored blue and polarized black.
Best for Running and Cycling: Tifosi Jet Wrap Sunglasses
When you are working up a sweat, you don’t want to waste extra energy having to constantly slide your sunglasses back up your nose. On the Tifosi Jet Wrap sunglasses, you’ll find anti-slip nose and temple pads to lock your shades in place, plus the open-lens, wrap-around design means no wind interference. The glasses are extremely lightweight (just 26 grams) and have a shatterproof lens with a 100-percent UV protection coating. Colors include glossy black frames with gray lenses; matte black frames with polarized lenses; matte black frame with green lenses; silver frame with blue lenses; and stylish tortoise frame with brown lenses.
Best for Hiking: Julbo Explorer 2.0 Sunglasses
The Julbo Explorer 2.0 sunglasses provide protection from more than just the sun. Magnetic protective shields easily attach near the temples to keep out wind and dust, as well as any extra light reflection from snow or water. The lenses are made from super-durable NXT — the ballistic material used in helicopter windshields — and have an anti-fog coating to keep your shades clear in changing temperatures. Plus, the temples on the Explorer 2.0 are fully adjustable for the perfect fit. These sunglasses come in a variety of colors and specialized Julbo lens materials optimized for different terrain: Camel Photochromic lenses for deserts and high altitudes; Cameleon lenses for mountains and deserts; Spectron4 lenses for high altitudes and bright conditions; and Zebra Photochromic lenses for all terrains.
Products We Tested
How We Tested
Our reviewers spent 17 hours testing a top-rated pair of sunglasses. To evaluate them fully, our testers wore them in different scenarios — from strolling around town to hiking and running. We asked our reviewers to consider the most important features when wearing these sunglasses, including comfort, style, and durability. We've outlined the major takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Pair of Sunglasses
Activity If you’re looking for a pair of sunglasses for cycling, they’re going to be very different from the sunnies you wear out for brunch. Sports sunglasses are built to wrap more tightly around your head, though their styling tends to be a bit much for everyday wear. Choose accordingly — and don’t be afraid to get two pairs. With care, each one will last a long time.
Style Whether you want to go sporty or more fashion-forward there’s a pair out there for virtually everyone. Look in your closet to figure out what fits with your look.
Price You can spend as much or as little as you want on sunglasses — they’re sold at virtually every price point. Our advice? Get a pair that works for you, in terms of functionality and looks, so that wearing them becomes a (fun) habit. Of course, if you’re prone to misplacing them — no judgment! — spending a lot might not be the best idea.
Test Results: Revo Baseliner (Best Overall)
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Not as stylish
“These glasses are durable, have great lenses, and fit well on the face and eyes,” reported one of our testers. Although one reviewer said she didn’t think they were very stylish, she did recommend them for sporting activities like running, sailing, and biking: “They don't move around and fall down off your face,” she said.