Through research and testing, we’ve narrowed down the top picks of 2015 to just 10 pairs of sunglasses. From lifestyle looks to top performance pieces and everything in between, we compared frame material, ventilation, sweat-proofing, overall durability and, of course, the lenses, to find the very best sunglasses out there. Here are the top picks of 2015.
Runners looking for a durable, lightweight pair of sunglasses will find their perfect fit in the Run X2. This interchangeable lens frame offers an adjustable fit at the nose and temples, along with grip in both spots. The lens is coated to repel everything from water to sand, without a scratch and when it comes to your run who knows what you’ll encounter. For a dream-like fit and stellar performance, the Run X2 is made for the serious runner. Those looking for a slightly smaller option should check out the Run X2 S.
nikevision.com; from $156
A perfect nod to Italy—the Milano is a classic lifestyle frame outfitted with spring loaded hinges and polarized lenses with 100 percent UV protection. All Woodzee sunglasses are made exclusively from recycled, natural, and biodegradable materials, which means the shades are easy on the planet and your wallet. The Milano frames are crafted from either pear wood (top) or bamboo with black wax coating (bottom) and though they may not be rugged enough for your most extreme adventures, these classic frames will become an everyday staple.
woodzee.com; $85 or $105
When it comes to fishing, a clear, dependable line of vision is everything. This frame, named after the Sea of Cortez, or “the world’s aquarium,” was built for exploring the waters of the world. The durable nylon frame is built by hand, to offer a large comfortable fit with venting along the sides, where it counts and the lens options are top-notch. Choose from either 400 or 580 glass or 580 plastic lenses in a variety of color options, each polarized and guaranteed to block 100 percent of UV light.
costadelmar.com; from $169
Under Armour’s Core 2.0 is a new frame with features that are tough to beat. The multi-sport glasses offer maximal grip and custom fit that stays put during to any game, run or ride. Adjustable nose pad and temples are outfitted with grips and a “cap gripper” on top of the frame keeps the glasses secure when not in use. Other major features include airflow technology, ArmourSight for improved peripheral vision and lenses that block 100 percent of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. The Core 2.0 is a durable sport option with one of the best fits available.
underarmour.com; from $105
The latest lens technology blends with impeccable style in the Clayton. ChromaPop lenses are the major highlight, offering unparalleled color vibrancy and maximum protection that needs to be seen to be believed—but don’t overlook the frame. The slightly round lenses and touch of metal detail combine to strike a perfect balance between modern and retro, which means the Clayton will look good for years to come.
This understated pair from SPY is hiding quite a bit of technology. From the tucked away ventilation system to the interchangeable lens, the Cutter is made to transition from active to after party in a snap. Other features, like nose and temple grips, make this pair perfect for the adventure junky who wants a low-key look.
Spyoptic.com; from $160
Born from a surf and sail heritage in southern California and refined over time, Dogpatch is set for just about anything. The signature original grey polarized lenses shed water and combat glare from the sea to the trails and the sturdy hinges stand up to your most physical pursuits. Once you try these classic lightweight frames, you won’t leave home without them.
hobiepolarized.com; from $80
When Shaun White pairs with Oakley, you know the result is going to be incredible. This pair of Holbrook sunglasses comes with polarized Plutonite lenses, impact protection and a stress resistant frame material that can handle anything the environment dishes out. Whether out on the trail or up in the mountains, the last thing you want is a fragile frame—the Holbrook won’t let you down.
This top-of-the-line sports frame from Revo is outfitted with grips on the nose pad and temples for comfort and hold on your most intense adventures. What Revo is really known for, though, is the incredible polarized lenses that make the outdoors crystal clear.
Made specifically for a smaller fit, the Emerge by Zeal proves that bigger isn’t always better. This sunglass features vents throughout, a durable frame made with Proflex custom fit and polarized e-llume lenses.