Gear Review: Rockin’ the Knockaround Sunglasses (+ discount code)

Here I am wearing the navy blue/smoke Knockaround Premiums and holding the glossy black and blue ice geode/sky blue ones.

Disclaimer: I received two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find and write race reviews!

Recently, I’ve been rockin’ the Knockaround sunglasses for runs and everyday wear.

I received two pairs of Knockaround Premiums to test for BibRave. There are all kinds of colors — and various styles — to choose on the Knockaround website, and I chose the navy blue frame/smoke lenses as my top choice. I received those, along with a pair of the glossy black and blue ice geode frame/sky blue lenses. The second pair was a surprise, and the other BibRave Pros received two as well — and they are great! It was nice to receive two pairs, and they both seem to match pretty much anything.

Knockaround Premiums are $15 a pair for sunglasses with regular lenses, and $20 a pair for sunglasses with polarized lenses. Both of mine have polarized lenses.

I recently wore my Knockaround Premiums for a 16-mile run, and snapped this photo along the way in the Salisbury City Park. These are the glossy black and blue ice geode/sky blue ones. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The sunglasses have sun protection — something that’s important for runners (and everyone), even if we might not always think about it — and blocked the sun well for me. Now that it’s been getting dark out earlier, I’ve had to rest them on top of my head during some later runs because it’s too dark with them, but it’s good to know that the sunglasses are doing their job when it’s needed.

Here I am in my Knockaround Premiums before heading out for some 800s on National Waffle Day. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Each pair of sunglasses came with a bag to keep them in, but I’m not the best about keeping any sunglasses — or my regular glasses (I wear glasses and contacts — normally contacts when running) — in bags or cases. I hadn’t noticed any scratches on the sunglasses, but before this post, I did an inspection of the lenses. I’m not sure what’s a normal part of the lenses versus a potential ding, but there’s definitely nothing that is messing with my vision. I can see very clearly through them.

Although these are affordable, they’re much higher quality than the cheap sunglasses I used to buy before I really knew about running sunglasses. The ones I used to buy got scratched to the point I could not wear them.

The sunglasses are also sturdy, but not heavy. When running with them, I could feel sweat around the nosepad area, but they stayed in place.

There are plenty of color choices, from bright yellows, reds and blues to plain black. There’s also an option to create your own sunglasses.

I thought the sunglasses were great for both running and for general use outside.

This photo shows the color of the navy blue/smoke Knockaround Premiums better. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

If it’s sunny, I’m planning to wear the Knockaround sunglasses for both of my races this weekend — the Mike Sterling 10K on Saturday and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon on Sunday. I’m hoping it won’t be sunny, because that will mean that it’s hotter out, but if it is, I’ll be prepared with my Knockaround Premiums.

Knockaround offers other types of frame shapes as well, and they’re definitely intriguing to me. I’m eyeing the Mai Tais.

Want some Knockaround sunglasses of your own? Use the code “BibRaveKnocks” at to save 20 percent (one use per person).

Be sure to also join BibRave, Knockaround, fellow runners and me for #BibChat this coming Tuesday, Sept. 4. It’s a weekly Twitter chat at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Twitter, and Tuesday, it features Knockaround! Hope to “see” you then!

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