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Top 10 Sports Sunglasses

The best sport sunglasses and polarized sunglasses for athletes


Updated May 28, 2014

Athletes wear sport sunglasses for the way they look as much as for the way they function. With all the slick frames and interchangeable lens systems now available, it is hard to separate quality from fashion. When it comes to sports, sunglasses are essential for Protecting Your Eyes from Injury as well as for making a fashion statement. Here are a few sunglasses recommendations.

1. Oakley Sunglasses

Oakley Sunglasses
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Oakley makes sunglasses for every sport, weather condition, light condition and style. These lightweight, impact-resistant frames offers maximum durability, and complete customization. Some offer polarized lenses available, adjustable nose bridge, temples, and lenses for a completely customized fit.

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2. Smith Sunglasses

Smith Sunglasses
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Smith Sports Optics offers a huge slection of sunglasses specifically desiged for sports. In general you will find interchangeable lenses and maximum coverage without neglecting peripheral vision. The nosepads and temples have non-slip rubber so they stay in place during activity. Many offer several lens choices for varying light conditions and include Sienna Brown, Gold Lite and Yellow lenses, but Polarized Lenses are available as well. Generally, these fit a larger face, but the Smith Toaster Slider is a smaller stle that fits a narrow face.

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3. Native Eyewear Sunglasses

Native Eyewear Silencer Interchangeable
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Native Eyewear has a great selection and reputation for making a reasonably priced sport sunglass that doesn't compromise on quality or fashion. They offer all the requisite "must-haves" for athletes: interchangeable lenses for all light conditions, protection against scratching, 100% UVA and UVB protection, lightweight, yet flexible frames, adjustable nose pads and venting to reduce fogging and condensation.

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4. UnderArmour Sunglasses

UnderArmour Sunglasses
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Under Armour is a bit of a newcomer to the performance sports eyewear scene, but their good looks and functionality are taking off with athletes. All the Under Armour Performance lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC rays. They are designed to be lightweight, impact resistant and don't easily scratch.

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5. Rudy Project Sunglasses

Rudy Project Sunglasses
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Rudy Project Sunglasses have a reputation for being some of the highest quality and most expensive sunglasses in the sports eyewear industry. They have designed some of the most advanced, sleek and stylish frames in the industry that are both functional and durable. Rudy Project started in Italy in 1985 and immediately took over prominence in Europe's sporting and optical industry. Today Rudy Project can be found world-wide on athletes in such diverse sports as cycling, speed skating, parasailing, skiing and more. If you can afford the heafty pricetag, they are worth checking out.

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6. Bollé Sport Sunglasses

Bollé Sport Sunglasses
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The Bollé Optics Control System allows interchangeability of 13 diverse lenses that enfold & protect your face. Vigilante frames include the option of an exclusive Sports Optical System Rx adapter for easy prescription lens attachment. Plus, they look really good.

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7. Tifosi Optics

Tifosi Optics Sunglasses
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Tifosi Optics is another reasonably priced maker of sports and athletic sunglasses. In the lower price range you rarely find a good fit or a great lens, but even the $30 Tifosi offers a polycarbonate lens that is surprisingly crisp and clear. Nice styles and colors are a bonus and the interchangeable lenses and venting system makes these a good choice for most sports.

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8. Ray Ban Sunglasses

Ray Ban has long been know for their aviator stle sunglasses with polarized lenses and good looks. Many athletes love Ray Bans for those features and now Ray Ban offers more styles, features and sunglass lines for a variety of outdoor athletes.

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9. Polarized Sunglasses

No matter what brand you choose for polarized sunglasses--and there are many--get a good fit and a wraparound-style frame if you intend to use them for sports. Polarized lenses cut the glare of reflected light are came on the scene when used by boaters to reduce glare of the water. Skier also started enjoyed the reduced glare off the snow and now polarized lenses are popular with many athletes including cyclists, tennis players, golfers and triathletes who need crisp optics in bright light.

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10. Nike Sunglasses

Nike offers a variety of sports sunglasses including the Nike Skylon with a rugged Flexon memory metal frame and a durable scratch-resistant polycarbonate full shield lens. The lenses are interchangeable, giving you the freedom to change your perspective on varying light conditions throughout the day.

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