Sunglasses are a must at any time of the year. They protect your eyes from UV light and reduce the possibility of conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. They also reduce eye strain when shining outside and remove disorienting glare while driving. (Glare is also a problem while driving in the snow!) In addition, they help protect your eyes from wind, rain, or flying debris.
Any cheap UV goggles will work – you can find decent options at drugstores or discount stores like TJ Maxx or Ross – but a few of us on the Gear team tried on dozens of sunglasses as we ran, hiked, swam, walked, sunbathed and drove. These are our favorites.
Updated in July 2021. We tested a ton of new glasses and added fresh choices for 2021.