Tifosi Optics has created an extensive line-up of sunglasses geared for an active lifestyle of running, cycling, and beyond. I’ve had the pleasure of testing two models, their Tifosi Tsali sunglasses ($70 to $80) and Tifosi Swank sunglasses ($25 to $50). Tifosi strives to embrace many variables that challenge this particular component of our running attire while preserving a modest price tag. The Grilamid TR90 frames are durable yet light, weighing in on the kitchen scale at 0.99 ounces for the Tsali and 0.85 ounces for the Swank. Both styles come with polycarbonate lenses, designed to be impact/scratch resistant and shatterproof, while providing 100% UVA/UVB protection. As summer approaches, it’s great to have some sunnies back in the pile of go-to trail gear.
Tifosi Tsali Sunglasses
Let’s dive in deep on the Tifosi Tsali running sunglasses.
Tifosi Tsali Sunglasses Frame and Fit
The Tifosi Tsali sunglasses frame comes with adjustable nose and ear pieces that are wrapped in hydrophilic rubber, designed to increase in grip the more you sweat. Despite feeling a bit big on my face, I’ve been impressed with the ability of the rubber to hang on tight and prevent too much movement. In my opinion, the Tsali style appears better proportioned to the face of my husband than me, but it is remarkably adaptable and will stay in place for the duration of a run on either of us.
Tifosi Tsali Sunglasses Lenses
The Tifosi Tsali sunglasses come with three interchangeable, hydrophobic mirrored lenses (clear, amber, and dark), each tinted to cater to different times of the day/degrees of lighting and designed to repel water and sweat. I ran in the darkest lens for a handful of runs before taking the time to interchange them. Swapping out the lenses is pretty simple; just take a peek at the directions included or on the website to learn the maneuver. I was impressed with how well I could transition in and out of the shade even in the darkest lens. The tint of the amber, however, is considerably lighter and works really well if you’re spending a fair amount of time in the shade. The clear lens provides protection from wind, UVA/UVB, flora, and I suppose even fauna of the tiny flying variety. Had I such a windshield when I used to lope around in the sub-zero temperatures of the Minnesota winter, I’d imagine my eyes would have been spared quite a bit of wind chill. While most of us would undoubtedly not be inclined to toss a case of extra lenses in our packs to interchange throughout a run, the range of lens options does enable you to more specifically prepare for your predominant lighting of the day.
Tifosi Swank Sunglasses
The Tifosi Swank sunglasses are a totally different kind of running sunglasses.
Tifosi Swank Sunglasses Frame and Fit
You’ll likely stumble across the Tifosi Swank sunglasses frame in your local running store or perched atop your trendy athletic peers. With somewhere around 30 different color options to choose from, the Swank caters to style. I tend to gravitate to these the most because they work pretty well for running, and then I proceed to wear them for the rest of the day. Unlike the wrap-around design of the Tsali, the Swank frame does fall within your field of vision and allows sun to sneak in the periphery. Though inexpensive, the fit does not feel cheap. While these frames are more subtle in their utilization of hydrophilic rubber for grip, they also fit my face better than the Tsali and seem to remain comfortable and in place simply due to their shape and size.
Tifosi Swank Sunglasses Lenses
The Tifosi Swank sunglasses lens comes in a tint that is notably darker than the amber but not quite as dark as the darkest lens of the Tsali. My go-to jeep roads are relatively exposed and therefore brightly lit when the sun is shining, making this tint appropriate. When back in the shade or trees, I find myself popping this pair on top of my head for improved visibility. I ran with these shades on several warmer runs without experiencing notable fogging. However, as we slogged up our beloved backyard climb just the other morning, exhaling warmer air than the outside temperature had yet achieved, the lenses got steamy. I’d say these are best fit for runs that are both warm and bright! A prescription lens option is also available for this frame ($149); lens type, tint, mirror color, and more are customizable with a prescription order.
Tifosi Tsali and Tifosi Swank Sunglasses Overall Impressions
The Tifosi Tsali sunglasses style comes equipped with the bells and whistles that cater to a sweaty ride and variable lighting. While my husband appears remarkably sporty in the Tsali, the wraparound protection on my face begs the question, “Did or didn’t I just pop out of a sci-fi film?” That said, I’ve never been asked to be an influencer of fashion, and rightfully so. Since occasionally assuming my sci-fi alter ego, I’ve observed many female athletes who take the functionality of the wraparound design, run with it, and look fantastic.
The Tifosi Swank sunglasses comes with a price tag that could justify a rainbow of colors. While this style is more limited in its versatility with variable lighting, it’s great for sunny days, fits well on a small- or medium-sized face, and socially speaking, will be a trend setter!
Call for Comments
- Are you running in the Tifosi Tsali or Tifosi Swank running sunglasses? Let us know what you think.
- How about other Tifosi models for running?
[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) with a brand, please share your relation in each of your comments on this article. Thanks!]