The Best Sport Sunglasses of 2022

If you like to play outside during daylight hours, you should wear sports sunglasses to protect your eyes from foreign objects and ultraviolet radiation. After cycling, trail running, hiking, or snowshoeing daily over the course of two months, constantly swapping out 40 models of sunglasses, we believe that the Ryders Seventh Photochromic represents the best choice for eye protection in a wide range of activities, and at a good price.

Our pick

Ryders Seventh Photochromic

The version of these sunglasses that comes with photochromic lenses gives you dawn-to-dusk versatility, works well for any sport, and is backed by a solid warranty and crash replacement plan.

We wore the Ryders Seventh Photochromic for foggy-morning bike rides and a mountain peak climb that entailed equal parts sunny exposure and forest shade. They have photochromic lenses—which means they get lighter or darker depending on how much sun they’re exposed to. It’s one of the features that makes this model such a good value. Not only is their price reasonable for this technology, but they can also handle any variety of sports scenarios you throw at them, so you won’t have to buy several pairs. The Seventh Photochromic is now available in two lens options: the lower-priced polycarbonate original and the same design made out of NXT, another name for Trivex—a superstrong material developed for helicopter windshields that provides better optical quality. (The lenses of our upgrade pick also use Trivex.) The NXT version has an anti-fog coating as well.

The Seventh is not currently available in a prescription model. Ryders offers a three-year warranty against material or manufacturing defects, and a generous crash-replacement policy—a 50 percent discount to replace sunglasses should you face-plant with them, sit on them, or subject them to any other destructive horror.

Upgrade pick

Julbo Aero with Zebra Light Red Lens

High lens quality, fit options for anybody without a prominent bridge, and available prescription inserts make these shield sunglasses worth the money for those who need the features.

The Aero lens is also made from Trivex (with anti-fog treatment), and, like the Seventh, the Julbo Aero has a photochromic lens. But the Aero is a shield, meaning it has a single lens. The way it has been designed, though, gives it a more traditional sunglass look versus the goggle-like guise of other shields. This one comes in what the company calls an “Asian Fit” model to suit anyone without a prominent bridge. The lens itself is not available in a prescription version (no shield is), but Julbo sells Rx inserts that fit behind the main lens. Julbo offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.