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Best Sunglasses for Big Heads | Best of 2021

When the hunt for sunglasses becomes more of a struggle than a shopping spree, you know you can count on SportRx to turn things around. Get back to your good-time scroll with this list of the best sunglasses for big heads. Here at SportRx, we have a plethora of big head friends who know the struggle. Finding your go-to pair of sunglasses should be worry-free, and only bring comfort and ease to your day. That’s why we’ve got you covered with the best sunglasses for big heads of the year!


WILEY X BOSS

Built to take on big tasks, the Wiley X Boss is a great pick for this big head sunglasses list. The Boss is equipped with shatterproof selenite polycarbonate lenses that meet ANSI Z87.1-2010 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Standards as well as US Federal OSHA Standards. It features a T-shell lens coating, so no matter how intense the world you take on is, Boss will make sure your vision is clear of scratches so you can keep on, keeping on.wiley x boss fishing sunglasses for big heads in black with blue mirror lenses

WILEY X BOSS IN MATTE BLACK WITH CAPTIVATE™ BLUE MIRROR LENSES

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KEY FEATURES

  • Shatterproof Selenite polycarbonate lenses – meet ANSI Z87.1 High Velocity & High Mass Impact Standards
  • Meets US Federal OSHA Standards
  • Removable Facial cavity – protection from dust & debris
  • SFW: 140 (Men: L-XL, Women: L-XL)

SPY HAIGHT 2

Uncover all you were born to find in the SPY Haight 2 sunglasses. With its bold square design and strong temple arms, Haight 2 is a statement-maker. Haight 2 features SPY’s Happy lenses which protect against 100% UV all while enhancing color and contrast for an unmatched visual experience

SPY HAIGHT 2 IN SOFT MATTE BLACK WITH HAPPY GREY GREEN LENS

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KEY FEATURES

  • Made of durable, indescribable Grilamid frame
  • HAPPY lens; enhance color & contrast, increase clarity & improves mood
  • SFW: 143 (Men: L-XL, Women: L-XL)

SMITH LOWDOWN XL 2

When it’s time to get the 411 on what adventure you should take next, the SMTIH Lowdown XL 2 has the scoop. These sunglasses are a very popular frame, and for good reason. They’re a great lifestyle frame that features performance megol nose pads, anti-reflective lens coating, and SMITH’s ChromaPop™ contrast-enhancing lenses

smith lowdown xl 2 sunglasses in grey with gold lenses in lineup of best athleisure sunglasses for big heads

SMITH LOWDOWN XL 2 IN MATTE GRAVY WITH POLARIZED GOLD MIRROR LENSES

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KEY FEATURES

  • Megol nose pads provide extra grip & comfort
  • AutoLock hinges = easy on and off w/ one hand
  • ChromaPop™ makes details pop by enhancing color & contrast, and cutting glare
  • SFW: 144 (Men: L-XL, Women: L-XL)

ZEAL OPTICS INCLINE

You know just by looking at the Zeal Optics Incline sunglasses that you have an inkling for something fantastic to happen. With its 8 base curve and ProFlex rubber temple inlays and nose bridge, you’ll be comfortably rocking a rad pair of sunglasses all day long. There’s nothing quite like a classic keyhole design, so when you’re done scratching your head over whether you should get the Incline sunglasses, they’ll be ready for a great fit and glorious vision with any decision you make next.Zeal Optics Incline

ZEAL OPTICS INCLINE IN MATTE SMOKE

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KEY FEATURES

  • Made of plant-based Z-Resin frame
  • ProFlex rubber inlays on temple tips & nose bridge
  • Camloc hinges
  • SFW: 145 (Men: L-XL, Women: L-XL)

MAUI JIM BIG WAVE

You may get hit by a few white caps during your days, but with the Maui Jim Big Wave sunglasses, nothing will take you down. These iconic Hawaiian-inspired frames feature MauiPure lens material for scratch and impact resistance, and they’re the lightest weight lens material you’ll ever come across. With their full rim and wraparound design, Big Wave sunglasses will hug your big head with comfort and confidence for any ocean you swim in

maui jim big wave fishing sunglasses in olive tortoise with hcl bronze lenses

MAUI JIM BIG WAVE IN OLIVE TORTOISE WITH HCL BRONZE LENSES

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KEY FEATURES

  • Full-rim wraparound frame
  • MauiPure lens – scratch & impact resistant
  • Adjustable floating nose pads
  • Maui PolarizedPlus2® lens tech
  • SFW – 146 (Mens XL & Womens XL-XXL)

COSTA FISCH

There may be a lot of fish in the sea, but you won’t find love like we have with the Costa Fisch sunglasses. Great for a big head with its integral hinge system for a customizable fit, and its heavy-duty TR 90 nylon frame for max durability. Fisch features Costa’s signature three-hole venting system, so when you start to feel the nervous sweats from reeling in the perfect one, these sunglasses will keep you calm and collected.costa fisch sunglasses in tortoise brown with green mirror lenses

COSTA FISCH IN TORTOISE WITH GREEN MIRROR 580P LENSES

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KEY FEATURES

  • Made of bio-based TR-90 Nylon frame
  • Hydrolite rubber on nose & wraps along temple
  • Patented 3 hole ventilation for better airflow & fog-free vision
  • Costa 580 lens tech
  • SFW: 145 (Men’s: X& Women’s/XL)

NIKE VALIANT

We know you were born to take on big things, just look at that head of yours! In the Nike Valiant sunglasses, your courageous attitude and determined heart will be unmatched for it. Valiant styles a great everyday look and are built with lightweight materials for all-day, no-idea-you’re-wearing sunglasses, coverage. Be as strong and durable, as the sunglasses you might just have to get, in the Nike Valiant sunglasses.

Nike Valiant

NIKE VALIANT IN MATTE WOLF GRAY WITH SILVER FLASH LENS

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KEY FEATURES

  • Durable, high-tension hinges
  • Polarized lenses for reduced reflective glare from snow & water
  • SFW – 146 (Mens XL & Womens XL-XXL)

BEST SUNGLASSES FOR BIG HEADS | 2020


COSTA PERMIT

Costa Permit in Matte Sand with 580 Blue Mirrored lensesCOSTA PERMIT IN MATTE SAND WITH 580 BLUE MIRRORED LENSES

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COSTA FISCH

Costa FischCOSTA FISCH IN TORTOISE WITH 580G BLUE MIRROR LENSES

Costa RinconCOSTA RINCON IN THE MATTE SMOKE WITH 580 GREEN MIRRORED LENS

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RAY BAN RB3025 62 EYESIZE

Ray Ban 3025 Aviator 62RAY BAN 3025 62 EYESIZE IN BLACK WITH CRYSTAL GREEN POLARIZED LENSES

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SPY CZAR

Spy CzarSPY CZAR IN MATTE BLACK/CUSHWALL WITH HAPPY BRONZE GREEN SPECTRA LENSES

RAY BAN RB3025 62 EYESIZE

Ray Ban 3025 Aviator 62RAY BAN 3025 62 EYESIZE IN BLACK WITH CRYSTAL GREEN POLARIZED LENSES

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SPY CZAR

Spy CzarSPY CZAR IN MATTE BLACK/CUSHWALL WITH HAPPY BRONZE GREEN SPECTRA LENSES

SPY optics cyrus prescription sunglassesSPY CYRUS IN MATTE BLACK WITH HAPPY GREY GREEN LENSES

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SPY DIRK

Spy DirkSPY DIRK IN MATTE BLACK WITH HAPPY BRONZE BLUE SPECTRA LENSES

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WILEY X OMEGA

Wiley X OmegaWILEY X OMEGA IN MATTE BLACK WITH POLARIZED EMERALD MIRROR LENSES

Serengeti AgostinoSERENGETI AGOSTINO IN SHINY GUNMETAL WITH POLARIZED DRIVERS LENSES

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MAUI JIM RED SANDS

Maui Jim Red SandsMAUI JIM RED SANDS IN MATTE BLACK WITH BLUE HAWAII POLARIZED LENSES

SMITH OUTLIER XL 2

Smith Outlier XL Sunglasses, performance lifestyle sunglassesSMITH OUTLIER XL 2 IN MATTE TORTOISE WITH POLARIZED BROWN LENSES

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SMITH LOWDOWN XL 2

Smith Lowdown 2 XSMITH LOWDOWN 2 XL IN CHROMAPOP POLARIZED BROWN LENSES

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PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES AT SPORTRX

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The best sunglasses for big heads provide a larger lens width, bridge width and temple length. These enlarged aspects give greater comfort, style and potentially even better sun protection.

With that in mind, this handy guide is to help you find the perfect sunglasses frame for you.

Check out the following 9 tips explaining what to look for in a large pair of sunglasses 

Let’s delve in.

Close view of large sunglasses dimensions printed on acetate temple tip

1. FRAME SIZE

Just like clothes or footwear, sunglasses follow a standard sizing system.

But how are sunglasses measured?

Most sunglasses show their dimensions on the interior of the frame, usually printed or etched on the temples (arms.) Always measured in mm, they’ll look like this;

63 □ 18 145

  • 63 = lens width
  • 18 = bridge width
  • 145 = temple length

The best sunglasses frames for a big head will tend to have a large lens width of 55mm or more and a temple length of 145mm or more.

Silver round sunglasses with dark grey polarised lenses
Front view of white male wearing round wire frame sunglasses

2. LENS WIDTH

63 □ 18 145

The overall width of a lens is generally what dictates the size of a sunglasses frame.

Bigger sunglasses can have lens widths of 50 mm or more, depending on their frame shape. Round shape frames won’t be quite so wide compared to boxy ones, but this is merely a style thing.

To avoid that undersized goofy look, proper lens width ensures better aesthetics and sufficient lens coverage for your eyes.

Frames which are too narrow look silly and make your head seem even bigger. They also allow more ‘light leak’ from the sides, causing sunlight to bounce back into your eyes. Not fun.

To alleviate bounce back, you might consider investing in rear surface anti-glare lens coatings.

Conclusion: the best sunglasses for a big head have wider lenses which reach to the outer edges of your face, past your eyes to provide sufficient lens coverage from the sun.

Large gold wire frame Aviator sunglasses with grey polarised lenses
Close view of large sunglasses frame with wide bridge width
Close view of large sunglasses frame with wide bridge width

3. BRIDGE WIDTH

63 □ 18 145

The second set of frame digits denote the bridge width of your sunglasses; the gap where your nose locates between the lenses.

Adult bridges vary between 16 to 24 mm depending on your gender, age and ethnicity. Sunglasses manufacturers like us tend to make adult frames with a bridge around 18 mm or so.

But there’s a twist.

You can have a wide nose, but still need a narrow bridge. And vice vera.

Because your sunglasses sit on the upper maxilla and nasal bones surrounding your nose, these features determine your ideal bridge size.

For the best results, compare your existing bridge size with any prospective new sunglasses. This way you’ll have a rough idea of what you’ll need.

A difference of a few mm isn’t a big deal, but avoid overly narrow or overly wide bridges so the frame rests properly on your face.

Conclusion: the best sunglasses for a wide bridge let the frame rest properly on your nose without pinching or sitting high on your face. Instead, the frame will rest securely without slipping down.

black aviator sunglasses for a big head
A wire sunglasses temple arm with tortoise acetate temple tip

4. TEMPLE LENGTH

63 □ 18 145

Temple length is always the last set of digits in the size series.

But watch out, some brands don’t label their frames with this dimension.

Becuase sunglasses are more of a ‘one size fits all’ sort of frame, manufacturers tend to use standard temple lengths of around 140 mm and just leave this out.

Adult temple lengths vary between 130 to 140, but anything beyond that length is considered as large-fit. With a big head, you’ll definitely need at least a 145 mm temple length or longer.

If you can find sunglasses with a 155 mm temple, these are at the larger end of the spectrum for temple lengths.

Temples which are too short end up ‘perching’ on top of your ears and pull the frame closer into your face. This often causes the frame to tilt forwards on your head which is uncomfortable and lets more sunlight in from above.

For the best results, compare your existing temple length with any prospective new sunglasses.

Dual illustration of sunglasses with correct and incorrect temple lengths

5. FACE SHAPE

What face shape do you have?

You’ll probably fall into one of two categories; square or round.

Dual image comparison of two men with square and round face shapes

Large square heads tend to suit soft sunglasses shapes such as the classic Aviator, Wayfarer or even those 50’s round styles. With a wide jaw line and sharp facial features, ovalized frames with round corners create a nice balance to your face.

Large round heads suit more angular geometric shaped sunglasses. If you have gentle facial features and soft cheeks, aggressive lines and sharp corners will contrast your face and bring nice definition.

If you’re somewhere in the middle, that’s totally fine. Just make sure you find a frame that you’re comfortable wearing in terms of fit and look.

The main thing to remember is contrast.

Round head, square frame.

Square head, round frame.

Large square wire frame sunglasses with green polarised lenses
Front view of white male wearing round wire frame sunglasses

6. THE NARROWING EFFECT

If you’re conscious of having a wide head, here’s a handy style hack.

To create a narrowing effect on your face, avoid sunglasses with thick chunky temples (arms) on the sides.

Sunglasses with thick ‘paddle’ sides tend to draw attention to the widest regions of your head. This gives the impression of width, which you’ll probably want to avoid.

Subsequently, the best sunglasses for a round/wide head should have a thin temple and a dominant frame-front. This handy trick creates greater contrast on your face rather than the sides.

Large sunglasses with a thin temple give the illusion of a smaller head.

If you have a long face or a receding hairline, tall sunglasses frames like Aviators are also great way to visually ‘shorten’ your face

tortoise aviator sunglasses for a big head
Blonde haired man presenting a pair of grey sunglasses to the viewer

7. MATERIAL AND COLOUR

Depending on your dress-style, you’ve got a wide variety of colour choice when finding the best sunglasses for a big head.

Ultimately, this is a fashion decision so you’re best sticking to a colour of sunglasses frame that you’ll feel comfortable wearing out and about in the sun.

This might seem obvious, but the biggest aesthetic advantage of sunglasses is the large dark lenses. They give you much wider scope in terms of frame colour becuase the majority of the contrast is created by the lenses.

If you have a loud and vibrant style, this is your chance to experiment with outlandish colour combinations. Those big dark lenses will forgive the most outlandish sunglasses frames.

However…

If colour isn’t your thing, a neutral sunglasses frame is probably the safest bet when it comes to harmonising with your wardrobe

Large fit silver titanium square aviator sunglasses
Aerial view of aviator sunglasses being handmade on white workbench

8. QUALITY

Which red-blooded male actually likes shopping?

Invest wisely and high-quality sunglasses should last you summer after summer.

Long term, this is going to save you from yet another seasonal search for sunglasses that’ll actually fit you. This approach is infinitely better for the environment and for your wallet too.

Plus, cheap sunglasses tend to break easily or even lack proper UV light protection.

Luckily for you, our British made sunglasses are handmade from premium grade cellulose acetate and bespoke metal hardware.

Alternatively, you might prefer a slim pair of large Aviators from our handmade Japanese sunglasses collection

Brushed gold wire rim Aviator sunglasses with dark grey polarised lenses
Comparison image showing the difference between polarised and non polarised sunglasses whilst driving

9. POLARISED LENSES

When it comes to quality, lens choice is a crucial factor.

So, what’s the difference between polarised and non polarised sunglasses?

Non polarised lenses provide 100% UV protection. This is the most crucial aspect of your sunglasses.

But polarised sunglasses take your sunglasses to a whole new level.

They still protect your eyes from UV light, but they use an inbuilt filter sandwiched inside the construction of the lenses.

This filter is called a polariser and blocks reflected glare from flat shiny surfaces such as nearby water, cars, roads or buildings. For you, this means consistent, silky smooth vision in all kinds of sunlight.

Simply put, polarised lenses are a superior kind of sun lens which you can learn more about here, if you fancy diving deeper.

Silver and black large wire sunglasses with grey polarised lenses
Caucasian male in large round sunglasses going up stairs

10. SOME BONUS TIPS

ARE THERE SUNGLASSES FOR BIG HEADS?

Sunglasses with a lens width of 64 mm or more are suited towards big heads. They do exist, but are much less common than medium or small sunglasses frames.

For reference, refer to the chart below

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