Sunski Sunglasses Review

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This Sunski sunglasses review covers a selection of their frames we have been using for everyday, as well as running in.

Sunski is a sunglasses company based in San Francisco, with beliefs that extend beyond just making sales. Sunski actually wants to make a difference in the world by donating 1% of all sales to environmental non-profit organizations, and also uses recycled plastic for a selection of their glasses frames!

Sunski sunglasses key features

First Impressions

Each pair of Sunski sunglasses come in their own little box and a canvas pouch for you to store them in, which is a good first impression for the brand.

The shades themselves feel high quality, especially given the relatively low price point.

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Helen pictured with the Sunski Originals sunglasses

Fit & Design

We have been wearing three different pairs of Sunski sunglasses for running, the Manresa, Headland and Originals.

Although we have been sharing the shades between us for review’s sake, we have each chosen a pair that we love the most. I, for one, am a fan of the Sunski Manresa for their medium to small frame size and stylish tortoise aqua pattern.

The Manresa frames are made from recycled plastic which actually feels of a higher quality than the other two. That said, Helen has taken a particular liking to the Headlands and the Originals.

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Sunski Glasses on the trails

All three models are lightweight and fit snug on each of our heads which means they don’t fall off while running. This is an important factor when choosing sunglasses for running.

I also find myself putting them on top of my head when running in shaded areas and they stay secure in that position too.

Sunski Manresa, Originals & Headlands

Sunski Manresa Sunglasses

I love the design work that has gone into the Manresa sunglasses, they appear modern and fresh whilst maintaining that classic look that you would expect to see on a very expensive pair of shades. The Manresa lenses, like all Sunski glasses, are polarized and have high quality lenses.

It’s advisable to have polarized lenses when you’re exposed to sunshine all day, whether you’re on the trails or driving your car. Polarising lenses reduce sun glare and broad reflections which means your eyes wont suffer as much from the high contrast light which can force you to squint at times.

I recently ran a super gnarly 50K race in Washington state which took me nearly 9 hours to complete due to the challenging terrain. I was wearing them the whole time and at no point did they dig in or feel uncomfortable. A testament to their light weight and good design around the nose bridge area.

These particular shades come in two colors, the Black Tortoise Aqua (as pictured in most photos of myself) and Black Tortoise Slate, which has a bronze tint in the frames and dark lenses, rather than blue.

Sunski Originals Sunglasses

The Originals look so cool, I love the beachy vibe they carry and nothing says “California!” like clear frames and blue reflective lenses! I see a lot of runners in California wearing this style of shades and I think it’s a really nice “happy” look.

The plastic frames on these don’t feel quite as good quality as on the Manresa sunglasses but that could just be their transparent and shiny properties. Although they are $10 cheaper than the Manresa, they have been just as durable so far. Living in California requires us to wear sunglasses on pretty much every run, so we have used them A LOT! 🙂

Sunski Headlands Sunglasses

The Sunski Headland sunglasses are another classic! WE love the slightly more angular design and they fit medium to large sized faces very well.

Like the Manresa and Originals, they are also lightweight which adds reason to why they stay secure on your head while running. I have never had any Sunski fall off my head while running on the trails.

The frames on the Headland shades have a soft matte look and feel to them with a slight transparency. These Sunski glasses are available in 4 different lens color variations: black, lime, blue or sky.

Where to buy Sunski sunglasses

To make sure you get the biggest choice of frames and lenses, we recommend buying Sunski glasses directly from the Sunski Online Store.

Sunski Sunglasses Review Summary

Sunski Sunglasses
Design & Function
Very reasonably priced
Great design
Lots of style and size options for different shape heads
Polorised Lenses
Recycled frames
Plastic on Originals could be made to look better quality
Overall Score
sunski sunglasses for running 1-min
Happy in our Sunski shades! 🙂
Hey, I'm Alastair and I'm totally obsessed with discovering the latest, greatest & coolest gear for outdoor pursuits. Learn more about Trail & Kale, and everything we stand for as an outdoor gear & healthy foods publication.


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