With so many options to choose from, it can feel overwhelming when trying to pick out your next frame. That’s why at SportRx we’ve done the work for you. Join us as we reveal the best polarized sunglasses of 2022. A list of the top 5 styles handpicked by expert opticians for their glare-reducing abilities and great style.

Table of Contents

A. Are Polarized Sunglasses Worth It?
B. Best Polarized Sunglasses of 2022
1. Kaenon Burnet Mid
2. Wiley X Contend
3. Zeal Optics Northwind
4. Maui Jim Red Sands
5. Costa Fantail PRO
C. Shop Polarized Prescription Sunglasses Online at SportRx


Are Polarized Sunglasses Worth it?

More often than not, polarized sunglasses are the preferred eyewear when enjoying the great outdoors. A chemical filter on the lens blocks harsh glare, so you achieve more comfortable vision with greater clarity and contrast. By wearing polarized sunglasses, you’re protecting yourself from harsh glare that reduces visibility, distorts colors, and provokes eye strain.

The caveat? Not all polarized lenses are created equal. That’s why we’ve done the research for you. All the frames in our lineup of the best polarized sunglasses feature the most impressive lens technology of the year. This is where price comes into play. Generally, polarized lenses are at a higher price point than non-polarized lenses. However, our Sports Opticians find that the advantages of polarized sunglasses make them well worth the cost.

A note for athletes: If you play a sport, it is important to consider how polarized lenses can affect your performance. Not all sports benefit from polarized lenses. To learn which sports do, and which don’t, visit our blog on Should You Wear Polarized Sunglasses for Sports?.


Best Polarized Sunglasses of 2022

Now, let’s check out this year’s lineup!

Kaenon Burnet Mid

Kaenon’s most popular frame, the Burnet, is so good, they made it three times. Available in three sizes, with the Burnet Mid being the medium fit, this active wrap frame is up for any adventure. With an 8-base curve, you’ll get maximum protection from harsh UV rays and wide peripheral vision. The TR-90 nylon frame is ultra-lightweight and one of our Sports Opticians’ favorite durable materials. Hypoallergenic Variflex nose pads make this a frame so comfortable, you may even forget you’re wearing sunglasses.

The Kaenon Burnet Mid is available with SR-91 ULTRA™ polarized lenses, which provide the clear optical experience of glass in a durable polycarbonate material.

Kaenon Burnet Mid polarized sunglasses in matte black and tortoise with grey lenses.

in Matte Black / Tortoise with Ultra Grey 12-Polarized Lenses

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Kaenon Burnet Mid Key Features

  • 8-base wrap provides all-around coverage from harsh UV rays
  • TR-90 nylon is one of the most lightweight & durable frame materials
  • SR-91 ULTRA™ polarized lenses provide the superior optics of glass in a durable polycarbonate material
  • Rx-able
  • SportRx Frame Width: 132 (What is SFW?)

Wiley X Contend

Safety-rated, sleek, polarized, and prescription-friendly? The Wiley X Contend is a force to be reckoned with. Featuring CAPTIVATE™ lens technology which reveals true color perception, better depth perception, and blue light protection, all while blocking harsh glare. For the frame itself, the 8-base wrap covers you from all angles and meets ANSI Z87.1 safety standards. The lenses are ANSI-rated, too — including prescription!

LIneup of the best polarized sunglasses featuring the Wiley X Contend. A full rim matte grey frame with blue polarized lenses.

Wiley X Contend in Matte Graphite with CAPTIVATE™ Polarized Blue Mirror Lenses

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Wiley X Contend Key Features

  • ANSI Z87.1 safety-rated for high mass & high velocity impact protection
  • 8-base wrap provides all-around coverage from harsh UV rays
  • CAPTIVATE™ polarized lens technology reveals true colors, better depth perception, & blue light protection
  • Rx-able
  • SFW: 135

Zeal Optics Northwind

If you want a frame that you can feel good about wearing, look no further than the Zeal Optics Northwind. A new member of their sustainable sunglasses line, the See Grass Collection, the Northwind protects the planet, and you, from glare. Made from 70% recycled plastics and 30% grass fibers, these polarized sunglasses are ultra-lightweight, durable, and eco-friendly.

As for the lenses, they too, back up Zeal’s environmental efforts. Ellume Polarized lenses are made from Z-Resin, Zeal’s plant-based polymer. In addition to their sustainability, these lenses are also highly technical to reveal crisp, clear vision.

Zeal Optics Northwind polarized sunglasses in black with horizon blue polarized lenses.

Zeal Optics Northwind in Black Grain with Horizon Blue Lenses

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Zeal Optics Northwind Key Features

  • Eco-friendly frame & lenses from Zeal Optics See Grass Collection
  • Frame materials consist of 70% recycled plastics & 30% grass fibers
  • Ellume Polarized lenses are sustainable & block 99.9% of glare
  • Rx-able
  • SFW: 136

Maui Jim Red Sands

For those who don’t like wearing sunglasses, the Maui Jim Red Sands is the frame you’ll want to wear. No more nose pad imprints or “can’t wait to take them off” feelings with this featherweight style. Made from a nylon-injected construction, this flexible and durable material will keep you comfortable for all-day wear. Adjustable rubber nose pads increase comfort, while also allowing you to perfect the fit.

And those gorgeous square lenses? When wearing Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2® lenses, you’ll achieve enhanced colors and contrast that truly make nature pop. It also blocks harmful blue light so you can spend days under the sun in total comfort and confidence that your vision isn’t compromised.

Maui Jim Red Sands sunglasses in tortoise with polarized HCL bronze lenses.

Maui Jim Red Sands in Black and Grey Tortoise with HCL Bronze Lenses

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Maui Jim Red Sands Key Features

  • Nylon injected frame is ultra-lightweight & comfortable to wear
  • Adjustable rubber nose pads deliver a perfect fit & secure grip
  • PolarizedPlus2® lens technology blocks 99.9% of glare
  • Available as Asian Fit and Readers
  • SFW: 138

Costa Fantail PRO

A member of the Costa PRO Series, the Fantail PRO brings six angler-approved additions to the classic Fantail. Whether you’re a fisher, or simply love time out on the water, the Fantail PRO will increase your enjoyment of your favorite water activities tenfold. Extended side shields and hooding deliver extra sun protection, while ventilated nose pads encourage air flow. And if you do break a sweat, eyewire drains and sweat management channels keep moisture far away from your lenses so you always have clear vision.

In addition to fog-free clarity, the Costa Fantail PRO is available with 580 lens technology. Seven colors. All polarized. All ready to hit the water.

Costa Fantail PRO sunglasses in matte black with green mirror 580g lenses.

Costa Fantail PRO in Matte Black with Green Mirror 580G Lenses

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Costa Fantail PRO Key Features

  • 8-base bio-resin TR-90 frame delivers lightweight & durable wear
  • Extended side shields & hooding deliver maximum sun protection
  • Costa 580 lens technology blocks 99.9% of glare
  • Rx-able
  • SFW: 139

Shop Polarized Prescription Sunglasses Online at SportRx

Need prescription polarized sunglasses? Done. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. 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 you the best polarized sunglasses with prescription.

Ditch risky online shopping with our See Better Guarantee. Try your polarized prescription sunglasses for 45 days. If you’re not 100% satisfied, send them back. Get a full refund, exchange, or credit towards a better pair. And return shipping? Covered. Get the best polarized sunglasses online at SportRx today!

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