Often times people ask me: What running sunglasses do you wear? There are plenty of both expensive and inexpensive running sunglasses out there. Personally, I just want some that don’t annoy me while I’m running and look relatively cute. I had an old pair of another brand that just made me look angry.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon Tifosi Sunglasses.
With the exception of socks, sunglasses are one of the more underrated pieces of gear for runners. We spend a lot of time outdoors and it can be hard to remember to protect your eyes (or your skin). I first discovered I needed running sunglasses one year at Rock N Roll VA Beach. The sun was bright in my eyes on Labor Day weekend. How had I not discovered I needed running sunglasses beforehand? I don’t know either.
As runners, we typically spend a lot of time outdoors. A pair of sunglasses isn’t just there for style points; they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays as well as possible debris. Of course, they also help with race photos because it’s tough to have bad race photos when you’re wearing running sunglasses. Right? JK…
So With That: How Good Are Tifosi Sunglasses?
Tifosi has been around in the running world for years. In 2003, Tifosi created an eyewear brand that stood for quality, style, function, and value. It’s now the #1 selling brand of eyewear in specialty cycling stores. Tifosi makes several models of running sunglasses as well as cycling and casual.
Tifosi makes several models of running sunglasses including:
- Tifosi Swank
- Tifosi Swick ($25)
- Tifosi Smoove ($25)
- Tifosi Svago ($25) Rounded lenses (I wish the Svago looked good on my face)
- Tifosi Swank SL ($25) Lighter more streamlined version of the Swank
- Tifosi Shwae ($35) aviator style
Personally, I prefer the Tifosi Swank. They look good on my face and they are good pair of running sunglasses. Plus at $25, they are affordable and I don’t feel guilty if I lose them (which sadly, one pair did fall off my head once while hiking). For $25, they are also extremely durable and more quality than any other brand I’ve found at that price.
The Tifosi Swank has a few features that make them higher quality than many other sunglasses. The Tifosi lense are thicker and uses a different lens material. Many brands use acrylic lenses, but Tifosi Swank uses Polycarbonate, which is impact resistant.
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Humid 5k: 20:33 Every weekend I've showed up to a 5k against myself. I've gotten both first place and last place and run between 21-21:20. Despite the humidity, I finally broke through my plateau and ran a 20:33 with splits of 6:41, 6:33, 6:42. A long way to go until fitness but my fastest 5k post injury so can't complain about that.
Polycarbonate Lenses allow the Tifosi Swank to Be:
- Impact Resistant
- Scratch Resistant
- Prevent fogging
A Few Other Features of the Tifosi Swank:
- Full UV Protection
- Optional Polarized lenses
- No-slip rubber nose pads
- 100% UVA/UVB Protection
I appreciate the frame of the Tifosi Swank is retro and can be worn running or casual. Some running sunglasses look scary if worn casually. It can be hard to wear sport sunglasses around. While using the Tifosi Swank, I haven’t had an issue with the running sunglasses bouncing, slipping, or falling. I’ve had problems with other brands, so I’m happy these have worked out. They have blocked the sun for a long period. I appreciate I can wear them to the beach, pool, or living life too. I prefer polarized sunglasses, but my spouse does not, and both are an option.
If you are looking for a high quality, inexpensive pair of running sunglasses, you can’t go wrong with the Tifosi Swank. They are lightweight and comfortable.
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Low Budget 6k averaging 7:08 pace. The humidity was brutal today and like most of the East Coast I am acclimating. So ran what I was capable of for the day which were splits of 6:55, 7:08, 7:15. Fourth of July looks different this year but it's still summer and still hot. Hope you're able to safely enjoy the day.
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Questions for you:
What kind of running sunglasses do you use?
Do you have multiple pairs of sunglasses?