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 T.J. 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 June 2022: We’ve added Tomahawk’s wide-face-friendly Wrecker Class glasses, Goodr’s cheap options, Spy Optic’s Happy Boost lenses, and a few more honorable mentions.