7 best sunglasses in the Philippines for drivers

Updated Oct 13, 2020 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers
Look cool and protect your eyes at the same time. 

In a driver’s constant battle against the sun’s glare, he or she has several weapons. There’s the car’s built-in sun visor and aftermarket window tint. Those however do have their own limitations.

For the sun visor, some cannot be twisted to the side to cover the door windows. In some car models, their sun visor might be too small. For window tints, getting the just-right amount of darkness might be tricky. So to get an upper hand, drivers will of course turn to sunglasses. But how does one choose the best sunglasses for driving?

A picture of a man wearing sunglasses while driving.

Feel like a boss and protect your eyes while driving by wearing sunglasses

I. The qualities of good driving sunglasses in the Philippines

1. Choosing the right lens

The right lens color for sunglasses will make the difference between having great visibility and driving blind. There are several colors you can choose from though, and each will be more suitable for different weather conditions. Red or pink-colored lenses are best for general use be it for sunny weather or cloudy weather.

On extremely sunny and hot days however, we recommend grey colored ones because these are the best in reducing eye fatigue due to sun glare. On dark, cloudy days, we recommend yellow or orange because these can improve contrast. It can even stave off that monochrome look when the sun is overshadowed by rain clouds.

A picture of a car with too dark tint.

Window tints will range from not enough to "too much."

Regardless of color, we recommend choosing lenses that are polarized. These are the best for reducing glare from direct sunlight, as well as that annoying focused glare from droplets that collect on windshields after raining.

For lenses, one should also consider tint density. This is rated from on a scale of 0 to 4, with zero being clear and four the darkest. According to experts, a tint density scale of 1 is ideal for driving in low sunlight. A scale of 2 is great for medium sunlight, and 3 for bright sunlight.

Class 4 would be the darkest and these can only be used when it’s exceptionally bright. Otherwise though, using lenses with a class 4 tint density during a normal day is detrimental to your safety. Don’t even think about using it during downcast weather.

A picture of a very dark pair of sun glasses.

Very dark sunglasses like these are only useful if you're driving on Venus

And lastly, you’ll want a lens that’ll last you for a long time. Sure, you can properly store your driving sunglasses inside a proper container, but getting ones with protective coating will work best. Some coatings can even resist stains, water, and grease. You don’t want to mistake that smudge on your lens for a pedestrian or vice versa, wouldn’t you?

2. The right frame

In order to be able to swap out the lenses, you’ll need the right frame. And no, not all frames allow you to swap lenses on the fly. Sure, you can fiddle with it with screwdrivers and other tools, but that would be a hassle wouldn’t it?

Apart from being able to swap lenses, you should also consider the fit of the frame. A good frame should offer you a natural range of peripheral vision. Note also that oversized frames with thick arms can impede your side-most peripheral vision and that’s not good for driving.

A picture of improper driving sunglasses.

Say goodbye to your peripheral vision

And lastly, the right frame will remain on your face regardless of vigorous motion. A pair of sunglasses that fall off every time your turn your head can create distractions when driving and you don’t want that. At the same time though, you don’t want something that’s too tight to the point that it leaves red unsightly marks on your face.

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II. Recommended driving sunglasses in the Philippines for 2020

Product Name
Main Feature
Price
Rudy Project Special Edition Prestige
Durable but lightweight
₱18,000
Ray-Ban Polarized - RB8313
Thin arms
₱12,390
Rudy Project Stratofly
Quick swappable lens
₱8,950
Photochromic Driving Sunglasses For Men
UV Sensitive lenses
₱199
Rockbros Sports Sunglasses
Polarized and comes in different colors.
₱499
Veithdia Rimless Men's Polarized Sports Driving Sunglasses
Rimless and provides great peripheral vision
₱519
Oakley Evzero Blades
Versatile
₱ 9,259

1. Rudy Project Special Edition Prestige

Rudy Project Special Edition Prestige

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Lightweight but durable, the Rudy Project Prestige is a stylish pair of sunglasses that’s great for sports activities and driving. It’s got a thin frame for better peripheral vision, and its gun laser black lenses are ideal for bright to extremely bright sunny days.

Pros
Cons
  • Durable but light
  • Stylish and is a re-issued Rudy Barbazza design
  • Adjustable temple tips and nose pads
  • Polarized lenses
  • Expensive
  • Cannot easily swap out lenses
 

2. Ray-Ban Polarized - RB8313

Ray-Ban Polarized

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While a bit pricey, these are genuine Ray-Bans in the aviator style. That being said, they won’t go out of fashion anytime soon, and the thin frame maximizes your peripheral vision. This particular model comes with polarized black lenses which are great for driving on a sunny day.

Pros
Cons
  • Very stylish
  • Very thin frame for great peripheral vision
  • Polarized lenses
  • Very Expensive
  • Cannot easily swap out lenses
 

3. Rudy Project Stratofly

Rudy Project Stratofly

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The Rudy Project Stratofly is a modern looking pair of sunglasses designed specifically for people with an active lifestyle. It offers a maximum range of peripheral vision due to its frameless design, and it allows for quick-swapping lenses.

Comes with one pair of black lenses. Note that this is marketed as cycling sunglasses, but it’ll also do well for driving.

Pros
Cons
  • Does not impede peripheral vision
  • Allows for quick-swapping lenses
  • A bit pricey

4. Photochromic Driving Sunglasses for Men

Photochromic Driving Sunglasses for Men

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This pair of affordable glasses come with UV sensitive lenses. As such, they can be used for driving on overcast weather, cloudy weather, and sunny weather.

Pros
Cons
  • Photochromic lenses that changes tint darkness
  • Very affordable
  • Does not impede peripheral vision
  • Lenses are not that resistant to scratches

5. Rockbros Sporting Sunglasses

Rockbros Sports Sunglasses

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The Rockbros comes with many different lenses, each with different colors. The package also includes a Myopia frame, a protective box, a sports headband, a glasses band, five lenses, a glasses cleaning cloth, and a glasses bag.

Pros
Cons
  • Compatible with the very affordable Rockbros lenses
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Affordable and comes in a kit
  • Only one of the lenses are polarized

6. Veithdia Rimless Men's Polarized Sports Driving Sunglasses

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The Veithdia sunglasses are great for driving due to its rimless design. Its lenses are also polarized, anti-reflective, and UV resistant.

Pros
Cons
  • Affordable
  • Polarized, UV resistant lenses
  • The choice of lens colors are limited

7. Oakley Evzero Blades

Rockbros Sports Sunglasses

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Stylish and very modern, these particular Oakley Evzero Blades also come with rose-colored lenses. And as we’ve said earlier, light red or rose colored lenses are particularly great for a wide range for weather conditions.

Due to the rimless design, the Evzero Blades are great not only for driving, but also for other activities. Just take a note that Zalora PH is having 25% discount for New Customers Sitewide, P1800 min spend on items from Sep 03 - 09, 2020, just wrap the chance and have the deal!

Pros
Cons
  • Very stylish and modern
  • Swappable polarized lenses
  • Comes with a very versatile
  • Pricey

III. FAQ about driving sunglasses

Question: What if I need tinted prescription lenses?

Answer: For this, we advise going to an ophthalmologist or a dedicated shop for eyewear.

Question: Can I still replace the lenses on a frame that does not allow for quick lens swapping?

Answer: Most branded sunglasses can have their lenses replaced with tools. For this, we recommend going to the brand’s official distributor.

Question: I don’t like sunglasses. So what if I just darken my car’s tint?

Answer: Philippine weather can range from bright and sunny to dark and rainy in a heartbeat. Trust us, you don’t want a dark tint while driving on dark cloudy weather.

Question: How do I choose the right frame that will fit my face?

Answer: While most sunglasses available online come in one-size-fits-all, those with difficulty finding a frame with just a right fit would do well to go to physical stores. There, you can try out the frames and thus find the one that’s right for you.

Question: I am a bit clumsy and there’s a great chance that I might lose my driving sunglasses. What do I do?

Answer: There are a lot of glasses straps available online. These’ll help keep your sunglasses on you at all times, and will prevent them from falling off.

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Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.