Sunglasses are one must at any time of the year. They protect your eyes from UV light and reduce the risk of conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. They also reduce eye strain when it is bright outside and they eliminate disorienting glare while driving. In addition, they help protect your eyes from wind, rain and flying debris.
Any cheap pair of UV glasses will work – you can find decent options at pharmacies or discount stores like TJ Maxx and Ross – but a few of us on the Gear team have tried dozens of pairs of sunglasses while running, hiking, swimming, walking, relaxed in the sun and drove. These are our favorites.
Updated June 2022: We’ve added Tomahawk’s wide-face Wrecker Class goggles, Goodr’s cheap options, Spy Optics Happy Boost lenses, and a few more honorable mentions.
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