Tifosi Running Sunglasses Review

Tifosi sunglasses review

Often times people ask me: What running sunglasses do you wear? Easy-Tifosi Sunglasses!

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.

Tifosi sunglasses review

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. Their $25 sunglasses don’t scratch easily and they don’t bounce while running. You don’t have to spend a fortune on good sunglasses.

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  Swank has a few features that make them higher quality than many other sunglasses. The lens are thicker and uses a different lens material. Many brands use acrylic lenses, but Swank uses Polycarbonate, which is impact resistant. I’ve used other brands of $25 sunglasses and while they are fine, I find they scratch easily or aren’t durable.

Polycarbonate Lenses allow the Tifosi Swank to Be:

  • Impact Resistant
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Shatterproof
  • 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 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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  1. I got my first pair of Tifosi this summer after seeing you wear and rave about them and I LOVE THEM! I have the Swank SL, which if SL doesn’t stand for super-light, it should. I forget I’m even wearing them. They’re not polarized but there is absolutely no glare and everything is crystal clear but I’m not squinting. I also have the Svago which are so posh, but I got the ones with the black-to-crystal fade at the bottom and I find that when the sun hits the crystal part of the frame, it can reflect back into my eyes. So they’re not great for running but I still like them for everyday wear.

    1. Oh that is interesting Elisa! I wanted the Svago to work for my face shape but they don’t. That sounds terrible for running though. You’re the first person to tell me that so I appreciate the feedback!

  2. I’m a huge fan of the Swank and the Swank SL. I like the polarized ones, although they don’t come in as fun of colors as the non-polarized ones. They are well-made, comfortable and affordable!

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