Runner’s World Field Test: Nathan Sunglasses
You never know what you’ll face on your run – clouds of gnats, squalls of sand, blinding sunlight – which is why putting on sunglasses is as crucial as tightening the strap of your GPS watch. before training.
To get the maximum benefit, you need a pair of sunglasses that fits your face properly, protects your eyes from all angles, and looks good. While there are plenty of expensive models that do all of this – some are $275 – we do have more affordable sunglasses, like Goodr ($25) and Knockaround ($28). Added to this list: Nathan’s slightly more expensive shades for $50.
- Tested: Nathan Polarized Running Sunglasses
- Width: Narrow/medium
- Mass: 27g
- Price: $50
- Compatible Rx Lenses
Last year, the brand best known for its hydration packs and portable water bottles started selling running apparel. You can now wear Nathan’s gear from head to toe. After more than a month of testing his sunglasses, we were very impressed with how comfortable they sat on our face without slipping and the quality of the polarized lenses providing adequate UV protection and glare reduction. .
Nine RW+ members and I tested these goggles for a total of 778 miles. Like many of our testers, I liked that Nathan’s lenses didn’t fog up and the tint wasn’t too dark. I like to take advantage of the sunlight without my midday landscape appearing as dark as night.
Several testers said they liked how little the lenses slipped, even in hot weather. One noted that she usually had trouble with the goggles slipping off mid-ride due to her low nose bridge. I had the same problem and often have to press down on the bridge of my nose to hold the frame in place. Nathan’s sunglasses stayed on, for the most part.
Once the temperature rose and it became Sweat City, there was a slight slippage as well as rubbing on the tops of my ears. But it’s a small compromise we found with these goggles, and one that’s easily remedied by attaching silicone ear clips for summer runs.
For more information on field testing and how to become a tester, visit runnersworld.com/field-test