The 5 Best Sunglasses for Sports

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer // Pictures Columbia Pictures

Yes, your Wayfarer sunglasses are classic. Unfortunately, they’re not the best shades to wear when you get sweaty (which you’ve probably realized if you’ve ever worn them on a jog and spent the entire outing pushing them back up your nose). But you don’t have to give up on sunnies when you’re active al fresco. Athletic sunglasses have come a long way, now sporting more fashionable designs, advanced materials, and features tailored to specific activities. Whether you’re getting outside this summer to go cycling or do some stand up paddleboarding, there’s a pair for you. Read on for our top picks.

1. BEST FOR RUNNING: NIKE VAPORWING ELITE; $320

Nike has thought of everything a runner needs with its Vaporwing Elite glasses. They’re ultra-light, so they won’t bounce with every step you take, and a floating nose pad also helps absorb shock while letting air flow—meaning your sweat won’t fog up the lenses and make the shades slip off your nose. Rubbery panels along your temples help keep them in place, too. One very cool feature: The lenses are a single piece, with no plastic bar between your eyes, so you get a totally clear view of the road ahead.

Find it: Dick's Sporting Goods

2. BEST FOR ROAD CYCLING: SMITH PIVLOCK ARENA MAX; $159


Smith added a larger, single-piece lens to these sunglasses for increased coverage and ultimate visibility on the road. This lightweight pair comes with two interchangeable lenses, so you can pop one out and slip in another based on how bright the sun is during your ride. The nosepiece is adjustable for a comfortable, customized fit, and the arms gently adhere to the skin around your temples—so they stay firmly in place as you pedal.

Find it: Amazon

3. BEST FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING: OAKLEY EVZERO RANGE PRIZM TRAIL; $170

Grippy pads on the arms and nosepiece mean the shades stay in place when you get sweaty, no matter how bumpy the ride, while Plutonite Lenses filter 100 percent of UV rays. But the best part (and what makes these a top pick for off-road riding) is that Oakley’s Prizm technology enhances the browns and reds of dirt and makes the greens of grass and shrubbery pop. So if you’re riding on dirt and grass, it’s easier to spot transitions—making you less likely to wipe out. 

Find it: Oakley

4. BEST FOR TRIATHLONS: ROKA PHANTOM; $250


This pair from triathlon-gear brand ROKA looks like your typical aviators but has high-tech features that make the pair a smart pick for biking and running. For one, grippy strips on the nose pads and arms keep them in place but won’t snag on your hair. They’re also available with polarized lenses to help cut down on glare. Plus, they’re way more stylish than typical athletic sunglasses—so you’ll look good in those finish line photos.

Find it: Amazon

5. BEST FOR WATER SPORTS: VUARNET GLACIER; $640


Unlike most sunglasses, these boast lenses made of mineral glass; they’re incredibly scratch-resistant, clear, and reduce glare from the sun and light reflected off water. Plus, a coating helps prevent fog and a buildup of sweat or sunscreen. Leather patches on the sides block light (though you can pop them off if you prefer), and a cord attached to the arms can be tied at the back of your head for an extra-snug fit. Oh, and Daniel Craig wore them in the latest James Bond film (pictured at top)—so you know you’re in good company wearing these bad boys. 

Find it: Vuarnet

A version of this article first ran in 2016. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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Make Your Own Ship in a Bottle With This LEGO Set

This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
This particular design was based off an idea from a long-time LEGO fan.
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Building a ship in a bottle doesn’t need to be a stodgy affair—especially when you’re doing it with LEGO bricks.

The 962-piece set ($70 on Amazon) is based on a design from Jake Sadovich, a longtime LEGO fan from Idaho. Sadovich spent three weeks designing his own version of a ship in a bottle using 1400 LEGO bricks before uploading images of the finished result to the LEGO Ideas site in November 2016. His project received the 10,000 supporters it needed to garner a review from the LEGO team in less than two months, and in August 2017, the company green-lit plans to build and sell an official set based on his design.

A LEGO ship in the bottle with the box.
Despite the ship's small size it has a lot of features.
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Placed inside a bottle made of transparent bricks, the miniature ship boasts plenty of detailed features for its 5-inch-long size, including sails, six cannons, a crow’s nest, a compass (sorry, it isn’t a working one), and a flag. There's even a wax-sealed cork built out of LEGO bricks, too, as well as small LEGO pieces designed to serve as the water beneath the ship.

Some of the other fan-submitted LEGO Ideas projects the company has brought to life include the NASA Apollo Saturn V ($200) and a replica of the Central Perk set from Friends ($60).

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Sling TV’s 14-Day Free Trial Gives You Access to Countless Movies and Shows, No Credit Card Required

Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
Sling's 14-day free trial doesn't require a credit card, so you won't accidentally be charged once it's up.
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You’ve probably encountered more than one so-called free trial that required you to input a credit card to access it. And if you’re like many of us, you have probably forgotten to cancel the trial before the free period ended—more than once. But Sling TV is looking to offer users a free trial that’s, well, actually free. From now until April 5, new subscribers can access over 50,000 on-demand movies, 45 channels, and more during their free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

Fittingly dubbed the “Quarantine Special,” the free trial gives viewers access to a Sling Blue subscription, which offers channels like CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, A&E, Cartoon Network, Nick Jr., and more. The Blue subscription also allows you to stream on up to three devices simultaneously and record live shows on their cloud DVR.

Rather than having to sign up for a long-term contract like with traditional cable, Sling is a month-to-month service that allows you to stream content to your TV or computer/smartphone through web browsers, Roku, Amazon, iOS, and Android devices.

After the free trial, you have the option of signing up for the Sling Blue or Orange subscription, both of which are $20 for the first month and then $30 after that. There are a few key differences between the two. According to Tom’s Guide, with Orange, you won’t have access to NBC networks. And with Blue, you won’t be able to watch ESPN or the Disney Channel. Orange only lets you stream on one device at a time, whereas with Blue, you can stream on up to three simultaneously. However, you can swap between the two for no extra cost, or you could combine the subscriptions for $45 a month.

Much like Sling, Disney Plus also allows subscribers to enjoy seven days (with a credit card) for no cost, and you can get more details by heading here. And if you're looking for more ways to save money as a cord-cutter, check out our guide on the cheapest ways to do so.

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