10 Best Under Armour Sunglasses Tested
Under Armour has come a long way from selling tee shirts from the owner’s (Kevin Plank) grandmother’s basement. Having established itself as a real competitor in the athletic apparel market, Under Armour has expanded into many other sports-related areas including bags, fashionable accessories and sunglasses.
- UA Rival
- UA Autogrip Temples
- UA Zone 2.0
- Armour Fusion Frame
- Composite frame
10 Best Under Armour Sunglasses
I like the feel of these glasses, they give a strong sense of staying power as they hug the contours of the face in an embrace which shouts, I belong here with you and I make you look cool. If its style that you want you get it with the "Rival"
These stylish sunglasses come in a choice of 5 colors.
I have found that Under Armour have stayed consistent with a focus on durability, the lenses are robust and scratch resistant, I’m not suggesting you can take a knife to them but certainly for encounters such as carrying a pair in your pockets with a few coins, keeping them in the glove compartment in your car where they will slide around or accidentally running into a low hanging branch on a trail run, the lenses will stay intact and undamaged. For times when often running dry dusty trails, the particles of dust which are kicked up will not gradually sandpaper the lens surface.
Considering weight, we get a light frame blending Amorphous-Thermoplastic (Grilamid) and titanium. This combination results in a high flexibility and means that twisting the frame results in the amorphous qualities working to bring the frame back to its original shape, in short it acts like a memory template for shape.
The contrast factor view through the lens is generally good in terms of a medium performance range and you get a nice view but be aware that as sunglasses, if you run on well shaded trails or paths that the view ahead is darker than usual. So keep your focus on the surface contours ahead and watch out for small easily misjudged over hanging branches as the UA lens reflection qualities are not as good as some other brands, such as the ever popular Costa’s 580s.
This basic Under Armour Rival model is a flashy, multi-sport sunglasses product offering nice fashionable colors and a unique appealing design .
They hug the face and stay in place; if you take a fall the chances are when you stand up the glasses will still be in place. Running, mountain biking, climbing, hiking sturdy trails, these are reliable for fit and will not distract you through not staying put. The grip factor for maintaining size- fit comes from the inclusion of AUTOGRIP a neat technology which ensures that strategically fitted segments fitted to the frame are made from non-slip rubber and work to hug the temples for a secure fit.
The price is upper mid-range and really does represent value for money. If the price was to be lower it would result in sacrificing the quality standards.
Stylish, practical, durable and long lasting, you can feel that while you enjoy your active choice of sport that these sunglasses will serve their purpose admirably well.
- Under Armour features in dashing colors
- Comfortable and interesting
- Optional donation opportunity
- Under Armour does not offer a polarized version of the Rival.
- Some users do not think the lenses on these are sufficient for bright sunlight.
2. Zone 2.0
The shape feature for this model is rectangular and gives off a unique appealing appearance. The frames are offered in a broad range of colors, the construction is flexible, strong and stays constant with the use of Grilimid plastic technology. Comfortably light weight, for a stylish finish the frame is semi-rimless. Some of the Zone 2 models are also offered with polarized lenses so that a buyer has choices, polarized lenses are very effective for blocking the effects of glare caused by car lights or strong direct sunlight. this is really useful if you are out running and heading towards a low set sun.
Wear these sunglasses for most outdoor sports such as running, climbing, hiking cycling, baseball, golf for those that really want to test performance you could even wear the version offering polarized lenses for splashing about in the surf at the beach.
I like the seamless frame structure, it is durable, has a hug style hold for fit and stability. In short the glasses will not slip or fall off during your athletic activities.
The cost sits in the middle bracket in terms of the quality, value, comfort and performance offered.
A good pair of sunglasses wearable for whichever outdoor sport takes your fancy. They look good, they are durable, comfortable and present themselves as stylish and sporty.
- Offered in stylish color combinations
- Move easily from track to picnic
- Lightweight to enable long wear without fatigue
- Offered in various lens tints.
- Some users report they are not designed for large heads.
- Some users report difficulty using the included case; the sunglasses do not fit back in easily.
The attraction to runners of this style lies in the anti-fatigue facilities provided by the polarization and reflective surface. These are a great companion for white-out running, running near large bodies of water or on the beach or for competitions that include water hazards and mud.
With all the features, these look like the sunglasses that the Men in Black wear. Some may find them a little foreboding, but the overall effect is cool.
Even with the features designed to supply comfort, some find these a little heavy. The contrasting viewpoint is that runners do not generally wear sunglasses as long in a day as people who fish, which may account for some of that judgement.
Though the price tag may surprise you, these glasses are packed with features, so this really is a good price for the product.
If not using them for running then this is a model particularly good for those that love fishing. The captain is one of the polarized STORM range being offered from Armour.
The model which attracts the most attentions is offered in a black frame color. Despite a sturdy appearance they are surprisingly light for a model which provides polarized lenses. Further contributing towards the light-weight factor is Armours use of Grilimid and titanium, this means the frame is flexible but strong.
Fisherman will be pleased to know that these glasses are oil resistant with regards to seawater (containing oil) insect spray, and most other oils which we might encounter. This resistance is a result of a high tech lens technology which has been engineered into the lenses.
When it comes to quality Polaroid lenses, Armour stayed true to providing durability and quality, the lenses block all UVC, UVB, and UVA rays which mean the wearer/fisherman can focus on watching for a fish to bite under those waves which reflect sunlight.
The Nose-piece feature performs superbly in terms of fit and not slip. The rubberized nose fitting contains flexible wire so that you can simply and very easily squeeze, bend, manipulate the bridge joint between the glass lenses and shape it to hug the bridge of your nose. Once you have done that these glasses are staying put, firmly in place
Fitted with sturdy head hugging arms which hold firmly to the side of the head, over and behind the ears, they stay in place .
The price is right when measured against functionality, specific performance, a very good investment.
Good product for runners in certain environments. Fishing is an outdoor sport which brings moments of abrupt activity, hauling a huge fish from the ocean, leaning forwards over the side of a boat. These glasses are absolutely designed for working in such situations while offering comfort, reliability, durability and good vision.
- Excellent eye protection for hours on the water
- Excellent anti-glare facility
- Very good air circulation to keep the eyes cool
- Storm protection is ideal for wet conditions
- Some users found the scratch resistance was insufficient.
- Some users found these heavy.
4. Big Shot
Big Shots have style and some to spare. The lenses themselves are roughly rectangular. The thick frames stop at about the mid-point of the lens, leaving the bottom free from frame, which considerably lightens the appearance of these substantial frames.
Users find these very comfortable with the available adjustments and wrap-around temples.
Under Armour sells Big Shot sunglasses with an attractive, hard case and a soft case. The three models are averaged priced for elite sunglasses. Under Armour offers this model in a basic version, a Storm Polarized version and in a version with Multiflection.
Sporting a larger than average style lens and a very stylish nice light frame. It hugs the head comfortably which tends to let the user forget they are wearing sunglasses in terms of the feeling of weight.
The usual Armour Plastic frame and just like other sunglasses models from Armour includes a blend of plastics which give flexibility in combination with durability. These stylish glasses are highly functional with regards to specific outdoor sports. Yes, a runner can wear these but in running conditions which are consistent such as flat surface running on roads or paths.
More appropriately a less active outdoors sportsman to use these glasses would be a golfer, baseball player, cyclist or a hiker. The polarised lenses offer the full range of eye protection and we should not the width of the lens is 37 millimetres. The lenses are plastic based rather than glass and offer positive scratch resistance qualities in combination with durability.
Excellent UA Auto-grip feature in conjunction with an adjustable nose-pad, the moulded rubber feature is a good innovation which automatically adjusts around the temples, giving a hug-to-face .
Nice ability to firmly hold to the head , over the ears and behind. The comfortable hold gives a reassuring feeling of stability.
The price is really reasonable in comparisons to what you get for this model when judged against similar brands.
Versatile glasses, good eye protection, comfortable, durable and stylish
- Offered with different finishes so you can select one to match your budget and needs
- Excellent quality
- Packed with features runners will love
- Some users report premature wear issues.
- Some users report the lenses were uncomfortably large.
The Force sunglasses are svelte and graceful, forming a smooth, rounded profile when viewed from above. The full frames draw attention to the lenses while lowering the overall profile of the individual. Think “spy sunglasses."
Very comfortable when users take advantage of the provided Under Amour comfort, customization features. The Under Armour sunglasses offer consistent value and the Force sunglasses are no exception.
The force will be with you when you wear these, use them for sports or just as casual wear.
Featuring full rimmed frames constructed from ArmourFusion, superbly light and made from a mix of titanium plus Grilamid, this gives you flexibility for the frames but with that flexibility comes a capacity of memory in the frames material. Try it for yourself, twist the frame, release it and it will return to shape. The material is incredibly durable and will last for a very long time.
We are talking a stylish frame presenting a rectangular feature which boasts stylish and fashionable. The single bridge feature for the nose is comfortable and none obtrusive.
If you like to look sporty you won’t be wrong to wear these, they are sporty and they work well for people that like to do outdoor sports.
Standard lenses or even mirror coated lenses, these are all about good functionality blended with style. If you want to do sports in very sunny situations, the mirror versions are great for reflecting direct strong sunlight and providing enhanced eye protection.
If you prefer polarised lenses because the factors for reducing glare are higher then you will be pleased to hear that armour has that availability when it is purchased with certain frame colors.
Armour offer two ArmourFusion frame versions one for men and one for ladies and with each purchase you receive a protective case and cleaning cloth.
A wrap around style with flexible arms which securely hold the glasses in place. Whatever sport you choose these glasses will function for you.
Nice price, affordable in terms of you purchasing style, comfort, durability and functional quality.
If you like to look good, present style and functionality, these glasses are right for you. They are durable and long lasting while being useful for different sports or just for casual wear.
- Users compare them favorably with much more expensive sunglasses.
- Streamlined appearance
- Available in conventional yet stylish colors
- The frames are not notched for additional ventilation.
- Some users report that the temple piece with the logo falls off even with limited use.
The distinctive cutouts of these frames and the unusually-shaped lenses add to the high-tech, modern appearance of these sunglasses, while detracting from the weight. The lenses are large enough to protect the eyes and the delicate skin around the eyes without appearing to dominate the face.
These lack the heavy feeling of traditional flip-up sunglasses partially because they do not require a strap to hold them in place, but also because they include all of the Under Armour comfort features including the wrap temple pieces and adjustable nose grip. The temple arms conclude in ventilated, textured anchors designed to hold with comfort.
Thief Sunglasses are designed to look great when being worn and defend your eyes with a determination equal to a loyal police dog.
It is possible to say so much, let’s be direct, Just look at the tech built into these glasses and take note.
1. Customized fit through cushioned hinges which absorb shock and enhance secure fit.
2. Enhanced peripheral vision through Armoursight Tech.
3. Secure comfortable fit through a three point grip system.
4. An adjustable strap.
5. Full protection from UVC, UVB and UVA rays.
6. Reduced frame movement due to Anti Bounce Bridge tech.
7. Titanium & Grilamid combination giving flexibility and durability.
8. Comfortable 15mm nose bridge.
9. Comfortable temple hugging tech across 126mm.
10. Flip-Up system
An adjustable strap lets you dictate how secure you choose to wear these glasses. A very good innovation.
Packed with stylish features at a price which sits comfortably within affordable in terms of value for money. A nice investment.
With these glasses you get the full package, durability, performance, quality and lots of style.
- Flip works very smoothly
- Quality comfort features
- Specifically designed for air flow
- Specifically designed for use with caps, baseball or other.
- Very thin, unobtrusive frames
- Some users expressed problems with premature wear.
- Some users expressed issues with the price.
6. Igniter 2.0
Because they are smaller, these sunglasses don’t dominate the face as much as the Big Shots, probably because they are cut smaller to enable players to wear caps with the sunglasses while playing.
Very comfortable, employing all the Under Armour customization features.
The Igniter 2.0 sunglasses are available in basic, Storm Polarized and Multiflection versions and reflect good value for the investment. Under Armor offers slightly different models designed for baseball and fishing with appropriate lens colors. For example, the fishing Igniter 2.0 sunglasses are Storm treated and polarized and have very dark lenses as appropriate for people on the water all day.
The "Multiflection" lenses are resistant to scratching, which is a very nice feature and the Armoursight quality engineered into the glases is very impressive, the lenses allow perception of colors without a darkened effect as is often seen with some brands, with the Ignitor 2 tinting is minimal which in turn avoids perceptual distortion.
Excellent quality clarity and peripheral vision capability with an average of 20% less peripheral vision distortion, upon putting them on, wait awhile and it could be easy to forget you are wearing them.
The lenses are tough, durable and extremely well machined with a strength capacity ten times stronger than standard usual lenses made from polycarbonate.
The glasses wrap to the head in a very comfortable hugging hold and there are not any weight issues because they are very light. For the bridge of the nose, a cushioning rubber based material give further stability, comfort and given time the rubber will shape to the contour of the nose bridge. Add to this that the nose cap is adjustable, a really nice useful feature.
The full range of UV rays are blocked by the lenses which means good eye protection.
The Ultra-ArmourFusion frames are so light and unobtrusive that it is a joy to wear them, the frame and both great strength and flexibility and this is a result of titanium engineered with Grilamid. The frames have the rigidity for hold and fit and are also flexible and robust, this is a very good combination.
While you wear them you can stay cool due to the airflow tech designed into the sunglasses.
Use them for any outdoor activity or as a casual item on sunny days and certainly comfortable to wear while running.
The glasses remain flexible and maintain a secure fit due to UA-AUTOGRIP which ensure a comfortable secure hold over the temples.
Given the features offered with Igniter 2.0, this is a really good model for you to make an investment.
You get a lot of useful features, durability, quality, comfort and high functionality.
- Less expensive than many Under Armour sunglasses
- Cap-gripper to hold glasses when upside down on the cap
- Cushioned hinges absorb shock and ensure comfort
- ArmourSight peripheral vision feature
- The flexible nose piece is subject to fatigue.
- With Storm and Polarized treatment, they get expensive.
The Hammer sunglasses are styles with contrasting touches on the temple stems as well as ventilation cutouts that are cooling and cool-looking. The full frames of these wrap-arounds look great and hug your head for comfort and stability.
These versatile glasses will go anywhere with you, for a nice run, some hiking, fishing or just hanging out socially on a hot summers day. Talk about clarity of vision, the glare free factor is great with these trendy glasses due to the quality polarized lenses. The armour frame construction stay with grilamid plus titanium so no worries about durability along with strength and the well liked flexibility constructed into the frames.
As for those UV waves, they all get blocked by the polarized qualities of the lenses and the grip system works on a three point hold, this means hold or grip is focused and stable around the temple regions and the bridge of the nose.
Feast your eyes on these features, you get so much and it’s all top quality. Forget polycarbonate, these lenses are ten times stronger and for your comfort a nice durable light weight ARMORFUSION frame. Gone are peripheral distortion problems which are common with cheap brands and enjoy the broad edge to edge clarity of vision.
A nice touch are the cushioned hinges built on spring hinges, a great factor towards comfort and the prevention of wear and tear, the lenses are going to last a long time as they are scratch resident and even have anti smudge tech built in.
Amazingly these glasses weigh in at one ounce which is incredibly light and the wrap around style means great size holding with a cool rectangle profile to the glasses.
Wherever you go, if you’re wearing the hammer glasses you will be served by a top quality performance and a look so stylish.
The three point grip ensures good stable fit.
These are one of the cheaper models in the Armour range and still you get top quality.
Style, quality, durability all at a nice price, you will like the Hammer a lot.
- Packed with features at a very reasonable price
- Conform to head shape
- Some users feel the hinges stretch out.
- Some users feel the glasses permit sun to enter through the top of the lenses.
The Rangers are understated elegance - it’s all there, but is displayed without bombast or glitter.
The comfort features of the Ranger are put to the test in the fishing environment, but these sunglasses accept the challenge and stay cool and light all day long. Rangers conform to the Under Armour standard of value, which is very good to excellent.
When we start looking at the Ranger model, it really is good. The name choice for this model seems obvious because these are the type of multi-functional reliable glasses a ranger would choose.
Can you enjoy a run wearing these? Of course you can.
The model has polarized lenses a joint result with Zeiss a world expert in optic lenses, so you get hydrophobic qualities built into the lenses and that means no oil smudges in fact any oil, muddy water or seawater on the lens gets dispersed away and off the lens surface
The storm lenses give maximum undisputed protection from UV rays and slap down glare so that you have a good clear vision.
The frames are ArmourFusion and ulta light which keeps with the Armour promise for flexibility, durability and strength , yes, they retain their brand construction material which is combined Grilamid and extra strong titanium. If your into really active sport’s these lenses and the frame are up to whatever gets thrown at them.
Take a look at these points and commit them to memory, one day you will try the Ranger sunglasses.
1. Constructed from titanium & Grilamid.
2. ArmourFusion and ArmourSight lens technology.
3. Three-Point Grip
4. The nose pad is adjustable
5. All ANSI Z87.1 safety standards for eyewear Meets are exceeded.
6. Blocks all known UV rays.
7. Polarised Lenses with oil resistant surfaces.
Nice secure hugging three point grip system, once you put these on they are there to stay till you decide they come off. They won’t fall off and they won’t slip. To top of the secure fit just use the adjustable nose pad for the bridge of the nose.
Not so cheap but not too expensive, an above middle price range which reflects the quality of the product.
They look great, they perform great, great features, they feel great because they are great.
- Designed to meet and beat the challenges of sun
- Improve vision
- Some users feel they sit low on the eyes.
- Some users report premature wear issues.
10. Nitro Youth
So, Mom, Dad and teenagers are really lucky that Armour offer such a broad selection of sunglasses for every occasion but what about the kids?
They don't forget about the kids and they continue to offer the same quality features because kids do outdoor activities.
Keep in mind that Under Armour has a series of sunglasses targeting young athletes. In this list we include only one example by way of introducing the concept and because of their excellent performance.
Totally stylish – featuring interesting cutouts and colors without sacrificing quality.
Lightweight, comfortable features we expect from Under Armour.These are a good value. Some may scruple at paying a significant price for kids’ glasses, but these cannot compare to the sunglasses purchased at the food store checkout line that have pictures of dinosaurs or fairies on them.
Heyyyy kids, you get an awesome case for your sunglasses, it comes in a durable material and arty stylish yellow and white barb-wire patterning. Adults can’t wear these they are manufactured for a medium or small head, Under armour logo on each frame arm, the arms hug the temples and finish to sit at the top of the ear.
One hundred plus defence against all UV rays so your kids eyes are very well protected. The lenses are grey and mounted in Ultra-light, Armour-Fusion- frames so the kids get the durability that glasses need when the owner could well be 7 years old.
Built in airflow tech will ensure a nice cooling flow of air around the glasses, no sweaty nose bridge, the usual three point grip system from Armour ensures that the glasses will hold, even for the very active kid.
Smudges, staining, sticky annoying things “be gone” thanks to the ingenious Multi-flection lens and to top this a great wide peripheral field of vision.
Three point grip system , two point are the temples and a secure comfortable nose bridge grip
Perhaps four times the cost of cheap kids sunglasses but bound to last ten times longer.
Throw away those cheap sunglasses that you see stacked up and for sale at ten dollars in your local convenience store. Your child deserves quality, style, comfort and protection.
- Very cool youth performances sunglasses
- Available in Multiflection, polarization
- Some consider them a little pricey for kids’ sunglasses.
Though Under Armour does not manufacture specific sunglasses for running, they do make many models that we can apply to running situations. The reviewers find them to be stylish and of high quality with great features, so feel free to take some for a run and tell us what you think!
Next time you’re taking a run and you’re wearing a pair of armour sunglasses, think about where sunglasses actually first came from.
The history of sunglasses began in the 15th century with colorful lenses, dyed with amber, brown stone or nickel. The pieces may have looked funny but they did not offer protection, it was our first attempt at protecting our eyes and it was more of an ineffective gesture.
Way back in history the Inuit Indians were known to have made goggles by tying together seal bones into a spectacle type frame and stretching seal bladders over the frames. This allowed very limited visibility but it gave protection against the harsh snow and the sun light reflection which bounces of the surface of snow. Did they get UV protection through these primitive sunglasses? Given that the seal bladders were smeared with a thin layer of fat, it can be said that they did get a very limited protection from UV sun waves.
Now sunglasses adorn the faces of children, athletes, politicians, dictators, pop stars, movie stars and James Bond lookalikes, Sunglasses have long been regarded as an invention for those with a sense of wanting eye protection.
So who was it that launched sunglasses into the public eye to make them a functional part of everyday life and a fashion icon?
The first sunglasses were made for athletes and explorers going to snow bound regions with strong reflective glare and the concept for other uses did not come into big usage until the American Air Force found a use for them.
United States air force pilots introduced the world to sunglasses either intentionally or unintentionally, sunglasses became part and parcel of a pilots kit, flying way up in the sky a lot closer to the strong rays of the sun made sunglasses a “must have” In fact long before sunglasses became a fashion accessory they were first a part of medical style kit, something to protect the eyes.
Did any pilot wear sunglasses before the American Air Force adopted them? It’s said that a photo of Baron von Richthofen exist from the first world war in which he poses for a photo wearing a dark pair of shades.
Ask yourself this question, “how cool would the blues brother have looked with a pair of sunglasses”?
At the end of the thirties things really took off and the model “Ray Ban Aviator” came onto the market. The highly decorated US general Douglas McArthur wore the glasses in the Pacific War, Winston Churchill had a pair and so did President Eisenhower.
The “Ray Ban” sunglasses became the official goggle of the United States airforce.
The “Aviator” style sunglasses became the original sunglasses par excellence and they became a prototype for the American dream – cool, dynamic and initially exclusive.” Whoever wore these glasses, identified with fashion, success and style.
Todays, sunglasses are a fashion statement for everyone and also offer the protective qualities which our eyes need when we are out in the glaring hot sun.
We can buy both the cheap versions as well as the exclusive brand names. The movies still dress up actors in various sunglass styles to portray him or her as either the good guy or the bad guy.
Our Criteria for comparing the best Under Armour sunglasses for you
When we say features this means we looked at: quality, functionality, durability, the level of protection from UV waves and how stylish are the sunglass models. Which glasses offer polarized lenses and which glasses offered an alternative and how good is the alternative? We wanted to know which glasses allowed the best peripheral field of vision, especially for runners and other athletes.
UV light reach eyes through the gaps between a face and the sun glasses, so we looked at fit in terms of protectiveness.
Do the sunglasses show innovative features which go further in terms of providing a product which needs to perform well at not only protecting the eyes from UV waves, but also serve purpose in often challenging situations and environments.
Can the lenses stay sound even if impacted by an object such as a low hanging tree branch which are known to ambush runners, are they stably mounted in the frames to withstand shock and is technology engineered into the lenses to prevent smudging, misting, resistance to oils, sea water corrosion and other intrusive liquids.
Glare factor needed to be considered and compared, badly designed sunglasses give a darker vision and this can complicate things, especially if you are running on a dark cloudy day, you might miss seeing a pothole and take a fall.
We needed to compare traditional frames for glasses which involve the arms running alongside the temples and looping down behind the ear for stability, fit and grip. Modern sunglasses go for the three points system; the arms hug the temples and the glasses place weight and hold for stability on the bridge of the nose. We needed to look closely at how effective this innovative change actually is and we found that it is very effective.
We looked at the cost in comparative ratio to the features offered by the different sunglasses models. Is the buyer getting value for money?
Q: Who was the first person to mass produce sunglasses?
A: The first person to mass produce sunglasses was Sam Foster in 1929.
Q: Which pair of sunglasses cost the most?
A: $400,000. For a pair of Chopard Sunglasses. ( I hope they have polarized lenses ).
Q: What does polarized lens mean?
A: This mean the lens contains a filter which blocks intense reflected light waves.
Q: Exactly what are UV waves?
A: Waves of light which are invisible to the human eye. These waves can have different properties, all of them can cause damage to the eye through prolonged exposure.
Q: Can we swim in the sea wearing sunglasses?
A: It’s an odd question but the answer is yes if you have a pair that will stay in place. Sunglasses block glare from the sun so it could be an interesting experience.
Q: Are cheap sunglasses worth buying?
A: We can safely say that the level of durability, protection for the eye from UV waves, comfort and fit measures against the price. The less you pay the less you get.