Real Women Review: Best Running Sunglasses

Find out which sunglasses everyday runners rate for style, performance and value for money

Oakley Caveat from £73

I’m on my second pair of these I love them so much! They don’t budge on the run, very lightweight and seriously super comfy. They are not the cheapest but my first pair have lasted years. The best thing about these glasses is the style, they’re one of the most ladylike things I own! – Wendy Walsh

Performance: ****

Style: ****

Value: *****

The Oakley Caveat sunnies are an ultra lightweight design so if you like the feeling of wearing nothing on your face, this style will be a good option. They come complete with earsocks (who knew that was a thing!) and nosepads for increased comfort and performance. The patented lens tech filters out 100% of UV and harmful blue light. Best for medium light conditions.

Goodr from £25

woman running by a lake wearing green sunglasses

I have eight pairs of these I love them so much! Fantastic price point and they stay in place – I have a narrow face and was always getting frustrated with glasses sliding about. Depending on the lens style you get, they can scratch but they have a huge variety for both athletic and daily wear with loads of colours and designs to choose from. Big, big fan. – Dana Shockman

Performance: ****

Style: *****

Value: *****

There is a lot of love out there in the running community for this fun and price conscious brand. The running specific styles feature glare reducing polarised lenses and a grip coating in the frames to eliminate slippage, even when sweating. Goodr glasses offer full UV 400 protection but do not have the capability to adjust to changes in light conditions so you may find yourself popping them on top of your head when dipping into darker spots.

Julbo Sparks/Julbo Aerospeed from £85.89

woman in orange t shirt wearing sunglasses

I wear Julbo Sparks or Julbo Aerospeed, which adjust to changes in light so they are great for trail running as you go in and out of woods – and super lightweight. The Sparks are nicer looking although not quite as light and I don’t really notice I’m wearing either pair when I’m running. Definitely worth the money. – Anna Siltstone

Performance: ****

Style: *****

Value: *****

Technical sunglasses that also tick the style box, the Julbo Sparks feature a soft material on the temples that doesn’t stick to sweaty hair for better comfort. Choose the Reactiv lens option that get darker or lighter to match changes in light conditions, perfect for sunny hills and shadowed woods. The Aero’s are more of a wraparound style that gives a panoramic view for maximum field of vision.

The Ronhill Mexico City Sunglasses, £24.99

I grabbed these at the race start line of the Lakeland Trails Conniston Marathon and they were great when the sun was fully out. But running through trees and in lower light was difficult and I had to take them off.

But they’re super comfortable and look good, so work well as urban running glasses – as it says on the tin. I wouldn’t wear them on the trails again. GRTW founder and head coach, Rachael Woolston

Performance: **

Style: ****

Value: *****

Did you know that our eyes are ten times more sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) rays than our skin? Sunglasses essentially act as sunblock for your eyes providing that protective layer from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The best sunglasses are equipped with technology that wards off the effects of these damaging rays built into the lenses rather than as a coating on the outside that can wear off over time. In order to block out 99-100% of UV rays, important when you are going to be outside for long periods of time, look for glasses with UV400 rating, Sunglasses with this level of protection block an even wider spectrum than the CE and British Standard models, making them the ultimate protection. Once you’ve ticked the health and safety boxes, choose a pair you like the look of and squinting in race day photos becomes a thing of the past!

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