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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 xx2i.com!

 

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 BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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