A good pair of shades should offer a combination of comfort, functionality and style. Sunglasses used by triathletes have to achieve even greater performance feats. They must be lightweight and durable, stay in place during the bike and run portions of a race and work in a variety of sunlight conditions.
If you don't have a pair or if you're looking for an upgrade, check out these seven new models that we've tested and given our stamp of approval.
Native Hardtop Ultra$129 1 of 8
The Hardtop Ultra, equipped with high-tech polarizing lenses, blocks up to four times more infrared light than the traditional polarized ones. And thanks to the high-contrast technology that offers UV filtration along with ultra light frames, you might just forget you're wearing them on race day.
Rudy Project Noyz Fluo$224.99 2 of 8
There's a reason athletes from a wide range of endurance disciplines love this particular model. A wraparound frame means they'll stay in place, making them ideal for triathlons both on and off road. QuickChange interchangeable lenses allow you to choose from a wide range of 100 percent UVA/UVB protection shades, including a prescription option.
Tifosi Podium and Podium S$79.95 and $69.95 3 of 8
You can't beat Tifosi's prices for high quality performance sunglasses. The frames on the Podium and Podium S (built for smaller faces) use Grilamid TR-90, making them simultaneously pliable and durable. Combined with the lightweight interchangeable lenses, you'll have enough options for any weather condition on race day.
Smith Pivlock Arena Max$159 4 of 8
Touting an ergonomic face fit, these new shades offer lightweight performance and strength. Also designed with bigger lenses for larger faces, no matter which size you choose they'll fit seamlessly with a cycling helmet. Included with the frames are three interchangeable performance lenses for bright and low-visibility lighting.
Spy Cutter$219.55 5 of 8
One of the more stylish options, the Spy Cutter still emphasizes high performance. With an ingenious ventilation system, you won't need to worry about fogging when you're working out. They also feature Spy's Happy lens technology, which enhances both color and contrast in addition to blocking the sun's worst rays.
Oakley RadarLock$240 6 of 8
The RadarLock's Switchlock technology allows you to easily switch between lenses. The sunglasses use high-definition optics, which makes them impact resistant and offers superior clarity. The contoured design of this model provide peripheral views and side protection from sun and wind when you're out on the open road.
Bolle 6th Sense and 6th Sense S$189.99-$199.99 7 of 8
Outfitted with B-Clear lenses and ultra-lightweight Trivex material, the 6th Sense line offers durability, clarity and an intuitive fit. Marked by an extra-wide field of vision, aerodynamic design and anti-fog lens coating, these are a great go-to model for both racing and training. The 6th Sense S is a scaled down version of the original model that's also ideal for smaller faces.
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