The best sports sunglasses 2016

T3’s roundup of the best sports sunglasses available to buy right now

If you're looking for the best sports sunglasses you've come to the right place. We've put our eyes on the line testing the very best shades money can buy. Whether you're running, cycling, golfing, or fishing this list is for you.

After hours of intensive testing, we've come to the conclusion that the Oakley EVZero Prizms are the best sports sunglasses you can buy. They're packed full of optical tech, and really impressed us with their colour tuning capabilities.

Of course, while we think the Oakleys are the best they may not be suited to your sport or budget, so we've reviewed four other excellent sports sunglasses.

We also tested the ace Rydons from cult cycling brand Rudy Project - these are an adaptable pair of sunglasses which are perfect if you need prescription lenses.

Nike's expensive Vaporwing Elite sunglasses were also put to the test, with their aerodynamic design informed by flight technology and space age materials. Hey, if they're good enough for Mo Farah they're good enough for us, right?

If you like your sunglasses with a Hawaiian-twist the Maui Jims are a stylish alternative to the others on this list. They look like fighter pilot's visor, and we that that's pretty awesome.

We also have the more affordable Adidas Raylors - can they match the performance of other more expensive sunglasses?

How to choose the best sports sunglasses for you

There's a few things you need to consider before buying a pair of sports sunglasses. The first thing is where you'll be wearing them - certain lens coatings are tuned and designed to improve contrast and clarity in specific environments. So if you'll be wearing these shades in a wooded environment a trail lens will be better at picking out details than a lens intended for road use.

The second thing is whether you want glass or polycarbonate lenses. We think glass is clearer, but polycarbonate is less likely to shatter if you take a tumble.

Weight is also important to consider, obviously, the lighter the sunglasses the better - especially if you're competing in a sport where split seconds count.

There are several key features you should look for; interchangeable lenses can be useful if you want an adaptable pair of sunglasses, advanced materials can feel better on your skin, and shield lens designs provide better coverage than two individual lenses.

We've tested all of these sports sunglasses by wearing them on a bright day in a number of different environments, including wooded areas, a grass field, and on the road. They've also received the shakey head test, and, of course, we've got nice and sweaty in them.

So how did we rank them? Read on to find out... (and be sure to read the full reviews as well).

The 5 best sports sunglasses you can buy today

The Oakley EVZero shades are the best sunglasses we've tested. But if you're looking for an alternative, here the five excellent sunglasses we've tested.

1. Oakley EVZero Range Prizm Trail

These lightweight tech-filled shades offer superior off-road performance

Contrast / colour enhancement
Comfortable and light
Questionable styling
Not for everyday use

In terms of optical performance, the Oakley EVZero Prizms are easily the best sunglasses we've reviewed. The lens technology that Oakley has included here make them a real standout performer.

The frame design is lightweight, comfortable, and durable, but the styling and harsh colour tuning mean that these shades aren't suitable for everyday use. If you're looking for sport-specific sunglasses which give slight advantages in a competition - these provide them.

Read the full review: Oakley EVZero Range Prizm Trail

2. Maui Jim Night Dive

Stylish Hawaiian brand Maui Jim can hold its own in the sports segment

Excellent field of view
Streamlined design
Lacks ventilation
Expensive

The Maui Jim Night Dives are a stylish, and ultimately, extremely practical pair of sports sunglasses. They look like a fighter pilot's visor and provide an excellent field of coverage from harmful rays. They're packed full of tech and certainly worthy of your attention.

The only downside we can find is the lack of ventilation - it can get very hot behind that big lens.

Read the full review: Maui Jim Night Dive

3. Rudy Project Rydon

Cult cycling brand Rudy Project make the most adaptable sunnies we've tested

Small and robust design
Easily interchangeable lenses
Doesn't provide full coverage
Weighty

The Rudy Project Rydon's are a very impressive pair of sunglasses - we love the small robust design and how adaptable they are with 16 different lens options, 25 different frame colours, and of course, the adjustable frame.

The small lenses mean these shades don't provide as much field of view coverage as the larger shield sunglasses, but these are a great choice for prescription wearers.

Read the full review: Rudy Project Rydon

4. Nike Vaporwing Elite

Ultra lightweight shades which can take a pounding

Aggressive design
Lightweight and durable
Peripheral vision distortion
Expensive

The Nike Vaporwing Elites look great, they're aggressive and intimidating which we really like. The sunglasses are also the most durable we've test - thanks to the polycarbonate lens.

The polycarbonate lens does also come with downsides - they're not as strong optically as others we've tested - especially when it comes to peripheral vision.

Read the full review: Nike Vaporwing Elite

5. Adidas Raylor S

Lightweight polarised shades from Adidas are great allrounders

Super lightweight
Affordable
Doesn't provide full coverage
Cheap plastic feel

For their price, the Adidas Raylors are a very good pair of sunglasses. They're the lightest pair of shades we've tested and they offer decent optical performance. They're

comfortable, and despite not having high-tech materials and a clever aerospace design they still sit very securely on your face.

They do feel more plasticky than the others we've tested and they don't as good coverage as the shield glasses, but for the price, we'd strongly recommend these.

Read the full review: Adidas Raylor S

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