Gear Review: XX2i Optics

In my Beat the Heat post, I mentioned that I received a pair of XX2i sunglasses. These are a total change for me since they have polarized lenses and I have always had regular lenses. It is like a 3D surprise every time I put them on! The colors change and it takes my eyes a second to adjust. This isn’t a bad thing at all, though, and I am sure once I am wearing them on a consistent basis, I won’t even notice.


Polarized lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare when sunlight is reflected off of water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, Polarized lenses also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light which can help prevent cataracts!


The xx2i sunglasses came with a few frame options, and I chose the BAHAMAS1 tortoiseshell because I am kind of retro like that. I find them to be a very flattering shape for my face and I like the subtle brown tones.


While they are billed as a “lifestyle” product, meaning most people probably use them for leisure and every day, I went ahead and put them thru the paces on the running, biking, softball, and every-day mom stuff.


First, I didn’t have any issues with them sliding down my nose when I got sweaty. This is a big win because as someone who wears glasses all day, I am really annoyed if I keep having to push them up.

The frame shape and size worked out well for running. I felt I had good eye protection. I am really not a fan of over-sized frames, so these were a good style-fit for me.

For biking, I think most would prefer a slightly larger lenses to keep bugs out of the eyes. When I ride trails, I have found that I need a bigger lens to keep out the bugs or I have to stop frequently to squirt water in my eyes to flush out gnats. That is no fun at all because it burns to get bugs in your eyes! I think these sunglasses would do a great job for recreational riding, but if you are planning to hit the trail for hours, that might be an issue for you.


The polarization did come in very handy for softball. I think I could pick up on the ball against the sky faster. I also got less glare for the sun hitting my eyes. I really did like them for fielding and batting.


Finally, I spent some time doing mom stuff in them. I wore them to afternoon-long soccer tryouts and baseball games. Eye protection is so very important (and hey, who wants premature wrinkles from squinting!), so I always have a pair of sunglasses handy.

I was recently diagnosed with a “freckle” in the back of my left eye. I have go back every few months to make sure it doesn’t turn into something scary, so I am really vigilant about trying to protect my eyes. Sunglasses are just one thing you can do!

You can score your own pair at a discount courtesy of Bibrave Pro! Use xx2irocks to get 50% off your purchases at!


Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i sunglasses 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!

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