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We take a look at (and through) sun­glasses

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1 ADI­DAS BEYONDER £80 20g www.adi­dass­porteyewear.com

Con­ceived to blend sport and fash­ion, the Beyon­ders fea­ture a clas­sic sun­glasses shape and min­i­mal­ist frame de­sign, and are avail­able in a range of frame colours and lens choices. The in­ter­change­able sports nose clip is de­signed to in­crease sta­bil­ity, but in use it’s fid­dly and doesn’t im­prove the fit. The rounder, flat­ter lenses look good around town but ham­per vi­sion and re­duce sun pro­tec­tion and they do bounce a lit­tle dur­ing run­ning. Ver­dict Com­fort­able and stylish but not great for run­ners.

2 BLOC FOX £45 26g www.blo­ceyewear.com

Bloc’s brand-new style feels light and com­fort­able, of­fer­ing good wrap­around pro­tec­tion and a se­cure fit with an ad­justable nose piece. Th­ese are un­doubt­edly good value, but the cat­e­gory 3 lenses are not as deep as some other de­signs on test, so they don’t of­fer as much pro­tec­tion from glare. We also no­ticed some dis­tor­tion when look­ing through the edges of the lenses.

Ver­dict Light and com­fort­able ev­ery­day run­ning sun­glasses at a good price.

3 JULBO AERO ZEBRA LIGHT £135 26g www.julbo.com

De­vel­oped along­side elite ath­letes, th­ese shades look great and feel ex­cep­tion­ally light and sta­ble, of­fer­ing all-day com­fort and pro­tec­tion. We tested them with pho­tochromic lenses that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just with light lev­els from cat­e­gory 1 to 3. A great choice for all-day wear, or when you’re run­ning through chang­ing weather and shady ar­eas. Avail­able in sev­eral colours and lens choices. The min­i­mal­ist Aero­lite ver­sion has a nar­rower fit and weighs just 23g.

Ver­dict Per­fect all day long, th­ese glasses give top per­for­mance and great looks.

4 CEBE S’PRING £99 27g www.cebe.com

De­signed with women run­ners in mind, th­ese sun­glasses are par­tic­u­larly use­ful for those with longer locks, thanks to sprung de­tails on the arms that keep hair from the face. The sleek, wrap­around de­sign fea­tures anti-slip rub­ber nose pads and tem­ple con­tact points that help the glasses hug the face to give a com­fort­able and sta­ble fit, per­fect for run­ning tech­ni­cal trails. The feel is light­weight and pro­tec­tive, and the anti-fog, anti-scratch lenses can be changed for pho­tochromic op­tions. Avail­able in four colours.

Ver­dict Clev­erly de­signed shades for women with top looks and com­fort.

5 OAKLEY FLAK 2.0 XL £180 25g uk.oakley.com

At the top end of the price range, th­ese shades def­i­nitely make a state­ment. The po­larised lenses are ex­cep­tional, re­duc­ing glare but en­hanc­ing colours and vis­i­bil­ity with ab­so­lutely no dis­tor­tion of vi­sion. They are light­weight and com­fort­able, with no bounce when used with the sup­plied sports nose piece. The frames are high qual­ity and stylish, and are avail­able in a range of lens and colour choices, as well as nar­rower fit. Ver­dict Ex­cep­tional lenses in a pre­mium pair of glasses.

6 CEBE S’TRACK L £119 29g www.cebe.com

De­signed specif­i­cally for run­ning with in­put from pro-rac­ers, th­ese sun­nies of­fer close-fit­ting and com­fort­able pro­tec­tion across a range of light lev­els. They are sup­plied with in­ter­change­able cat­e­gory 1-3 pho­tochromic lenses or a set of clear lenses for pro­tec­tion on cloudy days. The sprung arms hold your head com­fort­ably but in­cred­i­bly se­curely, though we did no­tice a bit of bounce at the nose. Avail­able in sev­eral colours or a nar­rower fit.

Ver­dict Bril­liant trail run­ning sun­glasses: pro­tec­tive, close fit­ting and funky look­ing.

7 SUNWISE KENNINGTON £40 27g sunwise.co.uk

British-de­signed and avail­able in four dif­fer­ent colours, the Kennington’s wrap­around de­sign fits well, of­fer­ing good pro­tec­tion from the sun and ex­cel­lent sta­bil­ity. The ad­justable nose piece and grippy arms hold well with zero bounce when run­ning. Sup­plied with four sets of lenses, from cat­e­gory 0-3, they’re great for a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. The lenses fit very se­curely with a lock­ing clip in the hinge.

Ver­dict Great value, high­per­for­mance run­ning sun­glasses.

8 SUNGOD CUS­TOM PACEBREAKERS £85 29g www.sungod.co

Th­ese cus­tom shades al­low you to choose your own colours and lenses (in­clud­ing po­larised op­tions) on Sungod’s user­friendly website. They have good sta­bil­ity and com­fort with wrap­around frames of­fer­ing great vis­i­bil­ity and side pro­tec­tion, al­though we found they bounced a lit­tle dur­ing faster ses­sions. A great choice for multi-sporters, the high-top frame pro­vides an ex­cel­lent ver­ti­cal range of vi­sion, so a good choice for those who cy­cle too. Sungod was cre­ated on the back of an en­thu­si­asm for cus­tomi­sa­tion and th­ese do just that.

Ver­dict Cus­tomis­able styling, great field of view and ad­ven­ture-proof de­sign.

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