Polarized sunglasses can be considered an essential tool for people who often spend a lot of time outdoors such as boaters, golfers, fishermen, bikers, athletes, and even professional drivers. Unlike regular sunnies, these have polarized lenses that reduces glare from surfaces such as water, roads, and cars. This feature also makes them an ideal choice for light-sensitive people such as those who have recently undergone cataract surgery. So, which polarized sunnies are best for conquering harsh glares while still making you look uber cool? Check out our top 11.
Top Polarized Sunglasses Reviewed in 2018
- Top Polarized Sunglasses Reviewed in 2018
- 1. Oakley Men’s GasCan Sunglasses
- 2. MIRA Breeze Polarized Sports Glasses
- 3. Duco Men’s Sports Style Polarized Sunglasses
- 4. REKS Optics Polarized Sling Blade Sunglasses
- 5. Ray-Ban Chromance Lens Aviator Sunglasses
- 6. Eye Love Polarized Sunglasses
- 7. ATTCL Men’s Polarized Driving Sunglasses
- 8. Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses
- 9. 4est Shades Wood Sunglasses
- 10. Costa Del Mar Blackfin Polarized Sunglasses
- 11. Ray-Ban RB4075 Sunglasses
- How to Choose the Right Polarized Sunglasses
1. Oakley Men’s GasCan SunglassesPolarized Sunglasses For Everyday Use
Cut from the curve of a single polycarbonate lens shield, these shades have a continuous contour that wraps around your head, fully keeping the glare out of your eyes. The stress-resistant O-Matter plastic frame is comfortable and durable. The three-point fit, on the other hand, makes sure that the lenses are always in precise optical alignment. Note: not all GasCan sunnies are polarized so make sure you check that you’re getting the right kind.
- fits big heads
- three-point fit
- plenty of color choices (including iridium coating)
- thickness of the frames cover the peripheral vision of some users
- not for smaller-sized heads
- lenses tend to scratch easily
2. MIRA Breeze Polarized Sports Glasses
There’s nothing more irritating than being unable to enjoy the great outdoors because the sun is glaring your way. Well, these Mira Breeze R Polarized Sports sunglasses should keep the sun and just about everything else out of your eyes while you go do your thing. These sunnies feature a TR90 frame that is impact resistant and scratch-proof with a rubber nose pad so you don’t have to worry about your shades slipping down. The glasses also have full UV400 protection and come with a polarization test card, black cloth, case, black pouch back, and even a glasses retainer strap.
- full UV400 protection
- impact resistant and scratch-proof frame
- non-slip rubber nose pad
- only comes in one color
- sporty look; does not blend well with smart casual or an all-business attire
- no prescription lens offered
3. Duco Men’s Sports Style Polarized Sunglasses
These polarized sunnies have 100% UV400 protection as well as impact and scratch resistant lenses. The ergonomic design has a flexible arm with spring that enables the user to adjust the width of the frame to fit his face shape perfectly. The nose pad and temple earsock are also adjustable. As an added bonus, these come with a Lifetime Breakage Warranty on the frame and lens plus a 30-day money back guarantee.
- lifetime breakage warranty on frame and lens
- 30-day money back guarantee
- some users feel the nose guards are too uncomfortable
- some users report that the color of the frame fades when left out in the sun too long
- some users have complained about the clarity of the lenses
4. REKS Optics Polarized Sling Blade SunglassesPolarized Sunglasses For The Money
For $50, you get high quality, unbreakable performance sunnies with 100% UV400 protection coating, hydrophobic coating, anti-reflective coating, and anti-scratch coating. The frame is BPA-free, made of “memory-flex” polymer that allows you to bend the frames without breaking them. The rubberized finish on the frames ensure that grip and comfort never lessens no matter how much you sweat.
- unbreakable frame
- LUMOLOX lenses (multicoated lens)
- sweat absorbent
- sporty/athletic/active lifestyle look; not for the all-business or smart casual look
- new brand
- no prescription lens offered
5. Ray-Ban Chromance Lens Aviator SunglassesPolarized Aviator Sunglasses
When it comes to sunglasses, nothing beats the classic Aviator from Ray-Ban. Its timeless cool design will definitely level up your style. These sunnies feature the Chromance lens with has a six-layer anti-reflection treatment, superior polar filters, and high contrast pigments to enhance perception and vision.
- classic and cool
- chromance lens
- trusted brand
- not for running/sports/etc
- not as durable as other sunglasses in this price range
6. Eye Love Polarized Sunglasses
If you love the Ray-Ban classic wayfarer style but you can’t justify the price, then this pair of sunnies is for you. It has complete UV protection, a lightweight yet durable frame, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. These shades also come with an eye health e-book, a hard case with a clip, a soft case, a cleaning cloth, and a screwdriver. As an added bonus, Eye Love gives an eye exam, sunglasses, and glasses to someone in need for every product they sell.
- classic wayfarer design
- 100% money back guarantee
- free eye exam, sunglasses, and glasses to someone in need every time a purchase is made
- not durable
- a bit larger than Ray-Ban classic wayfarers
- it’s not Ray-Ban
7. ATTCL Men’s Polarized Driving SunglassesPolarized Sunglasses For Driving
These shades from ATTCL have a polarized lens with 100% UV400 protection coating, a frame made out of aluminum magnesium metal alloy that’s unbreakable, and a wrap-around design that looks cool whether you’re driving, biking, or hiking. Though we must admit, it looks best when worn with smart, casual clothes.
- lightweight but strong
- lifetime breakage warranty on frames and lens
- 30-day money back guarantee
- nose pads feel flimsy
- nose pads also are set too far out
- not for small-sized heads
8. Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses
These sports sunglasses are in a class of their own. The wrap-around design definitely looks cool but it’s the interchangeable lenses that really caught our attention. All of the lenses come with 100% UV400 protection coating but each one has a specific purpose. Two colored lenses for looking cool; the yellow is ideal for early morning light, sunsets, and foggy days; the black lens is the only lens that is polarized; and the clear transparent lens is designed for protecting your eyes from dust, wind, insects.
- 5 lenses for the price of one
- lifetime breakage warranty on frame
- lightweight and versatile
- a bit difficult to change lenses
- only one lens is polarized
- the size may be too small for large faces
9. 4est Shades Wood Sunglasses
If you’re looking for something truly unique, then sunnies made entirely out of wood might just be right up your alley. These are handmade wooden frame sunglasses constructed out of 100% natural Cherry wood which means that it will float in water. The frame also has stainless steel double spring hinges to create a universal fit. The polarized lenses have UV400 protection coating. And the engraved bamboo carrying case is just icing on your cake.
- 100% wood
- 2 trees planted with every purchase
- unique sunglasses
- some users have complained about the tint peeling off
- falls off when placed on top of the head
10. Costa Del Mar Blackfin Polarized SunglassesPolarized Sunglasses For Fishing
Costa Del Mar is a brand that has built a reputation for providing the “clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water.” And their Blackfin sunnies definitely fulfill this mission. The lens is 99.9% polarized so reflective glare is effectively blocked. And you can choose from two different types of lens material: 580 glass and 580 polycarbonate. The 580 lenses are capable of 100% protection from UV light; absorbs HEV light; blocks harsh yellow light for enhanced color, sharper contrast, and higher definition; and boosts the amounts of red, greens, and blues.
- 580 lens provides stunning clarity
- Hydrolite co-injected lining ensures the frame grips better when you sweat
- glass and plastic option
- users have reported that the glass fogs up easily
- the size of the glasses can be a bit large for average-sized faces
- some users have noticed the weight of the glass lens is a bit heavy
11. Ray-Ban RB4075 Sunglasses
If you’re more of a simple guy (or you’re buying for one), we’ve got another classic in our top 10 picks. These Ray-Ban sunnies aren’t too big or too small. They certainly aren’t flashy either. The wrap around design prevents any sunlight from hitting your peripheral vision.
- reputable brand
- lenses are prescription-ready
- glass lenses fog up easily
- these sunnies are a little bulky
- some users with a large faces reported that the glasses were too small
Other sunnies that have caught our eye that we hadn’t had a chance to thoroughly check out include Maui Jim Hot Sands, Alta by Sunskis, Ray-Ban “Flash Clubmaster”, Earth Wood Sunglasses, and the Vuarnet Edge Pilot.
How to Choose the Right Polarized Sunglasses
Yes, your sunnies should definitely make you look cool. But that shouldn’t be your sole reason for buying a killer pair of shades. Sunglasses also help protect your eyes from high levels of Ultraviolet (UV) light which can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, and growths on your eye.
Take note that polarized lenses don’t offer you protection from UV light. But they do help improve your vision in a high glare environment which is why they’re best suited for outdoor activities such as fishing, skiing, cycling, hiking, running, golfing, etc. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to the real business of choosing your sunglasses – style.
Which sunglasses fit your face shape?
While your taste may run towards classic aviators or cateye sunglasses, it doesn’t mean that you should get them. Aside from protecting your eyes and improving vision, we all know that your shades better add to your swag, not detract from it. So which styles work best with your face? Well, here’s the lowdown from the experts:
Heart-shaped face: retro square, cat eye, and sport sunglasses
Round face: retro square, cat eye, and square sunglasses
Oval face: retro square, aviator, and oversized sunglasses
Square face: round, aviator, and shield sunglasses
Need a visual aid for guidance? Here’s an infographic that can help you out.
What’s my frame size?
Ok, the frame size of your sunnies will help you determine how snug a fit it will be. There are several measurements that you should look at: frame width (the entire horizontal front of the frame), lens height (how tall the lens is), the bridge size (distance between the lenses), temple length (how long the temple arms are), and lens width (how wide the lens is; also called eye size).
Take note that most sellers will only list three measurements: lens width, bridge size, and temple length. It may look something like this 55-18-130 or 55x18x130.
What should your lens be made of?
The material of your lens is a matter of preference. Glasses offer the best visual clarity but they tend to feel heavier. This type of material is also more fragile. Polycarbonate is a good choice for those who prefer not to worry too much about breaking their sunnies as they ski, fish, run, cycle, etc. Polycarbonate isn’t scratch-proof however. They’re just scratch resistant. And while they provide a high level of visual clarity, they aren’t as good as glass lenses.
What color should your lens be?
You might not realize that there’s more to the color of your lens than meets the eye. While most people would consider this a matter of style, tints actually contribute to the performance of the lens, depending on the lighting conditions of your environment.
Yellow is a good choice for situations that require you to wear protection for your eyes but the brightness level isn’t too high such as when you’re out and about on a cloudy day or performing winter sports. The same goes for gold, red, and amber lenses.
Gray and green help reduce glare and eyestrain in really bright environments without sacrificing clarity and depth perception. These are perfect for driving.
Mirrored lenses are perfect for people who are highly sensitive to light because they deflect much of the glare that hits the surface of the lens. Take note that these lenses often make things appear darker than they really are.
Here’s a rule of thumb that you should always apply when choosing your next sunnies: your shades should look cool, no doubt about it. But what really matters is that it makes YOU look cool. And safe, of course.