If you've ever been behind the wheel driving towards a sunset, you know how hard it can make it to see the road. At SportRx, we understand this problem all too well living in sunny San Diego. Our expert opticians know how critical clear vision is while you’re driving and put polarized driving sunglasses to the test. We've pulled together the top 5 polarized driving sunglasses that cancel out harsh light and glare. Join us as we reveal our picks for the best polarized sunglasses for driving that allow you to enjoy the view and serve classic style.
Table of Contents:
What to Look For in Polarized Driving Sunglasses
Best Polarized Sunglasses For Driving
Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator
Randolph Engineering Aviator
Wiley X Kingpin
Oakley Portal X
Bonus Frame: SportRx Huckson
Polarized Driving Glasses FAQs
Shop Prescription Driving Glasses Online at SportRx
What to Look For in Polarized Driving Sunglasses
When it comes to selecting the right pair of sunglasses for your commute, personal preference plays a significant role. There's no hard-and-fast rules for which features to consider, but there are some details that make an impactful difference behind the wheel. Let's look at which frame and lens features will keep you comfortable and focused on the road.
For frames, a lightweight, comfortable fit is essential. Heavy frames will be uncomfortable and you won’t want to keep them on for long, defeating the whole purpose of having driving sunglasses. Materials like nylon, metal, and acetate deliver a featherweight feel that can handle even your longest cross-country road trips. Our opticians also recommend looking at the lens shape. Whether you prefer the look of wrap around styles or tall and wide lenses, the goal is to have enough coverage to block harsh UV rays.
As for lens technology, polarization is opticians' preferred choice for driving. It blocks blinding glare, reveals greater clarity and contrast, and boosts colors. These qualities are indispensable when on the road because you're surrounded by several sources of glare. From car windshields to wet asphalt, glare is a common occurrence that can quickly become blinding. Polarized driving glasses will intercept this light, so your vision remains clear for a safe drive.
To learn more, check out our blog on polarized vs non-polarized sunglasses for driving. You can also get a more in-depth explanation of what to consider in a frame with our Driving Sunglasses Buyer's Guide.
Now, onto the frames!
It's only natural to start our lineup with a frame that's a global sensation and often spotted on the most stylish trendsetters: the Ray-Ban Aviator. This classic design, the RB3025, is the original Aviator and has been seen on everyone from Hollywood A-listers to friends in your innermost circle. It's highly versatile, flattering on a variety of face shapes, and ultra-lightweight to wear. Teardrop lenses create generous sun protection and polarized options block even the most intense glare. Adjustable nose pads and flexible temple tips are also greatly appreciated when perfecting the fit.
Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Key Features:
- 6-base design gives a lifestyle look
- Teardrop lenses provide generous coverage
- Customize the fit with adjustable nose pads & temple tips
- SportRx Frame Width (SFW): 55 eyesize — 130; 58 eyesize — 136; 62 eyesize — 145
Another standout style in the world of pilot designs is the iconic Randolph Engineering Aviator. These timeless frames are handcrafted in the USA over a series of 200 steps. No detail is overlooked, and the commitment to quality is what keeps Randolph Engineering fans coming back. The Aviator features an elegant metal construction with a squared pilot lens design. This unique shape works particularly well on those with high cheekbones but complements virtually any face shape. Custom fit features are also helpful in achieving a made-for-you feel with adjustable nose pads and bayonet temple tips.
As for the lenses, proprietary SkyTec™ technology guarantees pristine optical clarity and finger smudge resistance. All lens colors deliver blue light protection, while polarized options provide superior glare-defense.
Randolph Engineering Aviator Key Features:
- Handcrafted in the USA
- 6-base lenses hold a range of prescriptions with ease
- Bayonet temples provide a comfortable grip & stylish profile
- SFW: 52 eyesize - 132; 55 eyesize - 136; 58 eyesize - 143
As we step away from metal aviators, we'll start exploring other frame materials with the Wiley X Kingpin. Made of Triloid™ nylon, these performance-ready sunglasses are extremely durable and comfortable to wear. An 8-base wrap around design blocks peripheral light leak and makes these polarized driving glasses performance-ready. Whether you're driving to a late afternoon soccer practice or heading out to new hiking trails, the WX Kingpin will stay with you even after reaching your destination. Select from various lens options, including CAPTIVATE™ technology, which is polarized and blocks harmful blue light. They’re also ANSI-rated!
Wiley X Kingpin Key Features:
- 8-base wrap provides all-around protection
- ANSI-certification means you can use your driving sunglasses as safety glasses
- Spring hinges provide a secure fit & comfortable grip
- SFW: 131
If you're looking for polarized driving sunglasses that can do it all, the Oakley Portal X is up for any action. It's packed with Oakley performance tech like Unobtainium® rubber that gets tackier the more you sweat and PRIZM™ Polarized lenses that reveal the best view. Its O Matter™ construction is durable and lightweight, while the straightback temples fit seamlessly with your favorite hats. We also love the sun protection you get from the oversized square lenses, which come in an array of eye-catching colors.
Oakley Portal X Key Features:
- 6-base design with performance details
- Durable O Matter™ construction
- Unobtainium® rubber grip reacts to moisture
- SFW: 136
The final frame in our lineup of the best polarized sunglasses for driving is the SPY Cyrus. These larger-than-life sunglasses are perfect for everyday wear and bright, sunny conditions. Large, square lenses provide tons of coverage from glare on the road and Happy Lens™ Tech boosts your mood during your commute. A Grilamid construction keeps this dramatic frame lightweight, and barrel hinges provide just the right amount of grip. You'll be in good hands and have clear vision when wearing the SPY Cyrus during any of your drives.
SPY Cyrus Key Features:
- 6-base design handles a range of prescriptions with ease
- Oversized lenses & thick temples block harsh UV rays
- Barrel hinges provide a comfortable & secure fit
- SFW: 139
We've got one last frame up our sleeve and we're confident you'll love it during any of your travels. The SportRx Huckson is a versatile frame that's the brainchild of our opticians' expertise and customers' feedback. These eco-friendly sunglasses are ultra-lightweight and extremely Rx-friendly, thanks to their 6-base design. Square lenses provide a lifestyle look, while polarized prescription options promise to cut glare. Rubber inlays at the nose pads and temple tips create grip, so the Huckson doesn't slip and keeps you focused on the road ahead.
SportRx Huckson Key Features:
- 6-base frame gives generous sun protection & lifestyle look
- Eco-friendly construction is lightweight & durable
- Rubber nose pads & temple tips provide comfortable grip
- SFW: 136
If you still have questions about polarized driving glasses, our expert opticians answer a few of the most common ones below.
Are polarized sunglasses better for driving?
Opticians recommend polarized driving sunglasses for anybody who spends a frequent amount of time in the car. They're also an excellent option for those who live in sunny environments or near bodies of water. Their main purpose is to block glare, which allows the driver to experience more comfortable vision, less squinting, and greater clarity.
Do I need polarized sunglasses for driving?
While "need" is a strong word, opticians do recommend polarized driving sunglasses for your commute.
Are non-polarized sunglasses good for driving?
Many drivers get by with non-polarized sunglasses. Any sun protection is better than none and while polarization is preferred for driving, non-polarized lenses function as well. However, you may experience more sensitivity to glare when wearing non-polarized driving sunglasses.
Can I get polarized driving sunglasses in my prescription?
Yes! Many polarized driving sunglasses are available with prescription lenses. At SportRx, we can make polarized driving glasses tailored to your vision needs and personal style.
Have prescription needs? We’ve got you covered. When you shop with SportRx, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair of prescription driving sunglasses. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your polarized driving glasses.
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