Sunglasses are a must for any time of year. They protect your eyes from UV light and reduce the chance of conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. They also reduce eyestrain when it’s bright outside, and they eliminate disorienting glare while driving. Plus, they help to shield your eyes from wind, rain, and flying debris.
Any cheap pair of UV glasses will work — you can find decent options at drugstores 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 we ran, hiked, swam, walked , lounged in the sun, and drove. These are our favorites.
Updated March 2022: We’ve added new glasses from JINS, Tifosi, and Spy Optic, as well as armless glasses from Ombraz, and tint-changing, headphone glasses from Ampere.