Want the best of both worlds? Athleisure sunglasses conceal performance features in a lifestyle frame. This versatility allows you to easily transition from a morning jog to coffee with a friend, or a well deserved happy hour after a long day on the water. What classifies a pair of sunglasses as athleisure? Stick with us to find out.
Athleisure Sunglasses Buyer's Guide
The best thing about athleisure sunglasses is that one pair is sufficient all day long and able to transition from one activity to the next. There's a few things to look out for when you're focused on all-day comfort.
Look for a lightweight and durable frame material such as nylon, Grilamid, or Oakley's O-Matter. These materials won't weigh you down or become distorted in fluctuating temperatures. The lighter your sunglasses feel on your face, the easier it is to wear them all day without any discomfort.
Since athleisure sunglasses are a great option for outdoor activities like running, boating, fishing, and hiking, it's better to have more coverage than less. Because of this, you'll want to avoid glasses with a 4-base curve (probably what your everyday eyeglasses are). Instead, aim for a 6 or 8-base wrap to ensure harsh sunlight is blocked from the top and the sides of the frame.
One feature you don't want to miss out on is rubber grip. Sure, your athleisure sunglasses look awesome as you relax and drink a beer; but you want them to perform just as awesome when it's time to hit the field. Keep your eye out for sunglasses with rubber grip on the nose pads and temple tips to make sure they stay optically aligned even when you break a sweat.
When it comes to lenses, there are a few options you want to consider for your athleisure sunglasses.
Whether you're driving, out on the water, or even hitting the slopes, a polarized lens is recommended. Polarized sunglasses block irritating glare bouncing off surfaces like asphalt, water, snow, and grass. This reduces eye fatigue, helps you see more clearly, and keeps your eyes more comfortable overall.
One of the best parts of an athleisure lifestyle is experiencing a variety of environments. Make the most of each environment with a tinted lens that boosts color and contrast. In our top picks below, you'll discover each brand's unique lens technology for contrast enhancement, such as: Oakley PRIZM, Costa 580, and SMITH ChromaPop.
Now that you know what to look for in athleisure sunglasses, let's get practical! Check out some of our top picks below.
Oakley Portal X
A perfect choice both on and off the field, Oakley Portal X delivers long-lasting comfort with a lightweight frame that doesn't feel heavy on your face. You're encouraged to break a sweat in these sunnies—the Unobtainium earsocks and nose pads actually increase their grip with moisture.
- Lightweight & durable O-Matter frame for easy all-day wear
- Unobtainium earsocks & nose pads for a secure & comfortable grip
- Available in Oakley PRIZM contrast-enhancing lenses & Oakley Authentic Prescription lenses
In typical Costa fashion, Costa Vela's impeccable design is only the beginning. You'd never guess that these beauties are built tough for easy all-day wear with Hydrolite nose pads and adjustable temple tips for a non-slip, custom fit.
- Hydrolite nose pads for a non-slip grip
- Adjustable temple tips for a custom fit
- Available in Costa's color and contrast-enhancing 580 lens tech & prescription-ready
SMITH Outlier 2
SMITH Outlier 2 has the classic lifestyle look we love, with performance features galore. From a lightweight feel, to a full wrap for added coverage, to impact resistant lenses, and even rubber grip for a non-slip fit, these are the ultimate athleisure sunglasses.
- 8-base wrap for added coverage and secure fit
- Megol temple & nose pads for non-slip grip
- Impact resistant carbonic lenses
- Lightweight & durable Evolve eco-friendly frames
- Available in SMITH ChromaPop contrast-enhancing lenses & prescription-ready
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