Now that the weather is looking up here in the LowCountry, exercise enthusiasts all over Charleston and Mount Pleasant are starting to take their workouts outside.  We DUFFNATICS are right there with them! But one downside to working out in the sunshine is dealing with SUNGLASSES! 

While sunglasses are an important exercise accessory—as CNN explains, “To protect your eyesight, the most important recommendation you need to follow is to wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation whenever you go outside during daylight hours, according to the National Eye Institute.”—working out in sunglasses can be a pain!  They slide when you start sweating, they fog up AND nobody wants to subject their $300 Wayfarers to the abuse they’ll get while pounding the pavement.

Luckily, there are several great designers out there who have created sunglasses that are STURDY enough to handle the toughest workouts but STYLISH enough to keep you from looking like an extra on Bladerunner! 

Read on to check out our top picks for this season’s sportiest sunglasses!

UA Battlewrap Polarized $145


Fitness Magazine features former pro footballer Curtis Williams’ advice: ”Silicon grips are important in order to keep the glasses from sliding off your face.  Vision and performance go hand in hand, and you want to make sure you can see and react to your coach during drills, and perform through the elements of the outdoor environment.”  From what we can research, it looks like these babies will even stay in place during burpees on the beach!

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Native Eyewear Flatirons $129


We’re in love Health Magazine’s recommendation: “These plastic shades are lightweight and feature nose and ear grips to help them stay in place whether you’re on a jog on the beach or deep into a game of sand volleyball. They also come in a slew of cool colors that scream summer.”  While these are more of a street style, we think the Mastoid Temple Grip will keep these stylish shades from slipping during runs and workouts outdoors.  According to Native’s website, the Grip “ensures temple ends hug mastoid bone behind the ear for a snug fit.” Sold!

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Switch Tioga $224.95


Men’s Health rates Switch the best for high impact sports: “like Switch’s entire eyewear line, [Tioga] uses a magnetic system which makes a lens swap as quick as a lighting shift, and the magnetics are strong enough to hold the lens in place—even during rough sports like snowboarding and mountain biking. Frames and lenses are impact resistant, so don’t be afraid to go full-speed. All eyewear includes one pair of polarized lenses and one pair of low-light rose amber lenses.”  We love that you can also order these glasses with prescription lenses.

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Smith PivLock Overdrive $230

smithPivLock loves the entire Smith Sunglasses line: “In general, you will find interchangeable lenses and maximum coverage without neglecting peripheral vision. The nose pads and temples have non-slip rubber so they stay in place during activity.”  We perused the website and can’t take our eyes off of the PivLock Overdrive. They come in colors that range from simple to totally outrageous (think orange lenses right off of the slopes of PyeongChang!)

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Tifosi Vogel 2.0 $50


And finally, for those who want great exercise glasses without shelling out tons of cash, Women’s Running recommends Tiofis: “With a frameless design and adjustable ear and nose pads, [these are] impressively light and the lenses are fog-resistant.”  Good news glasses wearers, you can get these with prescription lenses too.

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