XX2i France 2 Sunglasses

xx2i France 2 Sunglasses – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics France2 Sunglasses to review 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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Wahoo… more sunglasses… What can I say… I am a believer in protecting my eyes when I run, so when I saw the chance to test this model from xx2i, I jumped on board.

I was given the Hyper Orange with Orange Flash Lens with white tips.  They come in a “tank protector case” with a microfiber soft carrying case, that doubles as a cleaning cloth. This pair also comes with additional tips and temples.


Initially I was shocked by the color, it was very bright orange, and the lenses were flashy as stated in the description. I know that XX2i makes great products so I was going to put the colors behind me and give them a proper test, plus the lens color was different than I already own. I also noticed how light weight they were.


I took them on their maiden voyage. A local 5k. It was unseasonably warm and sunny that day. I could see how they held up with sweat and slipping on my face. I was also curious to see if they fit with a hat.


I always end up running with Monty, lol!! I am happy to report – I really didn’t know I was wearing these glasses. They fit wonderfully, no slipping and just where I needed them under the bill of my hat.

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I have been running in them ever since.

I wore them at another race, the Mardi Gras Chaser 10k. It was cold, and it wasn’t even sunny. However, I needed to protect my eyes in the wind. These did just that, and at no time did I think they would blow off my face.

I have only noticed some fogging of the lenses if I stop running on a cold day and my face is sweaty. If I start running again, the fogging goes away. I can easily squeeze the nose pads to raise them higher off my face if needed.

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As you saw above they come with interchangeable nose pads and temples. I don’t think red or blue goes with neon orange, so I don’t plan on changing them out. However, I would like to note, XX2i builds their glasses so you can get what you want as far as changing colors and parts.


You can also change the lenses. As mentioned these have the orange flash lens, and to me this lens mutes out red colors, and kind of makes colors less vibrant, to reduce squinting. I have been fortunate to test other XX2i sunglasses and they have had the blue flash lens (which are my favorite, I don’t see different colors through this one), and the polar brown lenses (these brighten things for me when I look through them.) They all reduce glare.

While I was shocked by bright color, I am happy to add them to my flashy wardrobe. These fit great, you don’t even know they are on your face. XX2i makes quality products.


If you would like to get your own pair you can do that for $59.99 right here on their website – http://www.xx2i.com/collections/france2

Did I mention they have a lifetime warranty? “All XX2i sunglasses come with a no questions asked Lifetime Warranty! No matter if your dog chewed on them (which we hear a lot!) or if you drove over them in your SUV, we’ll replace them for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $19.95″

BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE – code “marchbibrave” will get you 50% off until March 28 at http://www.xx2i.com/

Ok, so I haven’t convinced you to get a pair? Check out what my fellow pros have to say: VanessaJessica – Mai – Amy – Tedrick – MattHeather

For more information you can find XX2i on twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

 

 

xx2i Australia1 – Product Review

XX2i Australia1 Sunglasses


“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics Australia1 Polarized Sport Sunglasses   to review 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!”


Before XX2i, I thought running with the shade from a hat or visor was enough to protect my eyes. Now, I can’t imagine running or being outdoors without my sunglasses. I was excited to learn the Australia1 frames I would be receiving would have my prescription lenses in them.

Each model has something a little different about them, it’s the details that make these great. From the website: “the Australia1 is XX2i’s only performance sunglass featuring an interchangeable temple arm / strap system for intense activities. The Australia1 also incorporates a removable padded insert for extra protection against the elements, and a sturdy frame with a unique wraparound style for enhanced peripheral vision. This model comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost lens clarity and frame durability.”

I received my glasses, in matte black with gray lens and blue flash, just like my previous pairs, in a nice hard, zippered case; which is lined with foam. Inside was the glasses, a soft case that doubles as a cleaning cloth, a foam insert, 2 straps, a prescription card, and the original non RX lenses. There is also some clear lenses that look like a test lens, they have no RX. The frames also come in matte tortoise and matte white/black, and you can chose brown lenses.


I am not certain why I have the non RX lenses with my case, as I don’t believe I can take the frames apart and change them myself.

However, I can change the temples to a strap, and add a foam insert. This use would be best for more extreme sports or to protect your eyes from, wind, rain, snow, or dust. There is a piece on the foam that snaps into the hole over the nose on the frame. Makes them more like goggles.


August 11 – This is the day I received them. I tried them on for the first time, I can see out of them better than my current glasses (I think the RX on them is out of date.) It was also night time when I put them on, and I could still see inside.


August 12 – This was my first run, it was cloudy, but didn’t feel too dark. I had this weird perception, the ground seems farther away and always looks like I am going up a hill, weird curve to the lens with the RX. They would fog up when stopped at light,  it was humid & and I was super sweaty.  As far as the fit, they didn’t bounce or slip, great fit!

August 14 –  I took them on a short 3 mile run. Still adjusting to the curve of the lens when looking down. Some weird perception problem. I am not sure I could run trails or an area with unsure footing.

Aug 16– short & slow run, still getting used to the lens.


Aug 17 – humid, fogged up at stop lights. I had a thought, “If I use The foam insert will they be too hot?” I also can notice if I move my eyes left or right there is a weird curve blur to the lens.

All my runs so far have been in the morning. I will wake up and go for my run, this means I do not have to put in my contacts. When I come home and take a shower, this also means I don’t have to shower with my contacts (I am lazy and don’t take them out.) This is great as my eyes don’t dry out. Probably one of my favorite things about having these glasses.

can you see the blur on the right side of the lens, due to the curve?

Another plus is since they are my prescription, my husband, who likes to borrow my running gear, can’t borrow these.

I also noticed I have problems with them fogging up as they do sit close to my face. There is no adjustable nose piece to have them sit farther off your nose. However the fit is great on my face, no slipping or sliding, or bounce and I wear them with a hat/Buff and headphones.

I think the biggest con to having these if you are running somewhere in a tunnel, a trail race, or if the weather changes. In those situations you would need to remove the darker lenses and then wouldn’t be able to see. Now, yes I did wear these on a cloudy day and was still able to see, but if it were any darker, I would have problems.

Personally, I still struggle with the curve of the lens. I had to submit my RX information to XX2i including the distances between my eyes, so they would get the lens right. Maybe my RX was borderline too strong, as I know they can only fill RX to a certain strength.

If you are looking to get a pair of these for yourself they will range in price from $260-$500. They have a variety of lenses to chose from clear, photochromic, and polarized.

Please check out this page with the information you need to get RX lenses for your glasses, including the email contact. http://www.xx2i.com/pages/faq

I like these glasses, but they will be used for specific runs where I am familiar with my footing. I now have many options for protecting my eyes on the run. (I can also use these if I have some eye infection and can’t wear my contacts.) I also can’t wait to try them out in the extreme winter weather, they will be like googles.

*Please note I have these with prescription lenses, so my testing is a bit different. As an actual pair of sunglasses, these are another great product from xx2i.

XX2i makes a quality product. If there is something wrong with them they have the best warranty out there.”no questions asked Lifetime Warranty! No matter if your dog chewed on them (which we hear a lot!) or if you drove over them in your SUV, we’ll replace them for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $19.95!” *still confirming if this is good with RX lenses

I have 4 pairs of XX2i, top to bottom, USA1, Australia1, Bermuda1, Hawaii1

Seriously, I wear the Bermuda1 every day, I can’t imagine wearing the cheap shades you get at expos or pick up at a gas station anymore.

If you have further questions make sure to visit the XX2i website and check out their social channels Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Also if you haven’t heard this is a great article about the Bibrave and the XX2i partnership.


Check out what the Bibrave Pros had to say: Christine – Jessica R – Samantha – Jeremy – Jen – Heather

 

XX2i Hawaii1 – product review

“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics Hawaii1 Sunglasses  – Matte white, to review 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!”

I know, you’re thinkin…another pair of sunglasses?

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Well – yes, this is my third pair of XX2i optics, but they are all different. I wanted to try these out as they do not have a frame across the bottom, like the USA1 I tested in the colder months, that had some slight fogging issues (ok so maybe I run in too extreme or cold of conditions)

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The first thing I noticed when I took them out of their hard protective, zippered case,  (with microfiber storage bag/cleaning cloth) was how light they are. They weigh 0.9 ounces.

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If you are paying attention at home, I have a lot of running in my future, between a marathon a month and all the great races. I am always training, and unless it’s lightning, I am outside.

Before XX2i came into my life, I thought a hat was all I needed to protect me from the sun, but now I can’t imagine a sunny run without my sunglasses. Also, as a contact lens wearer they help protect my eyes from the wind.

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In addition to being super lightweight, here are more features of the Hawaii1 (it’s actually a new model for XX2i):

  • polar grey AR lenses
  • Carbon Fiber
  • glare cutting technology
  • Polarized 8K optics
  • bendable nose piece and rubber temple arms
  • 365 day return policy
  • Lifetime replacement warranty – just pay shipping/handling fee

Ok, so how does all of this information translate into using them?

I took them on their maiden voyage, it was just a short 3 ish mile run. They were very sporty looking. I also noticed with no frame on the bottom, I could see the bottom of the glasses in my peripheral vision. It really didn’t bother me, but I knew it was there.

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Then I had a light bulb moment, the nose pads are adjustable. They were just squeezed too skinny for the bridge of my nose, so with a little widening….the frames were closer to my face, and I didn’t notice the bottom of the lens.

In the mean time – between runs and races, I have been wearing the shades to walk the dogs, mow the lawn, drive….basically all the time to get the feel of them.

Some pros had mentioned they feel loose and might fall off… I had yet to experience this. So, I did like any good scientist – er Bibravepro would do, and investigated further. I noticed that when I was wearing them, I was tucking the side pieces under a hat or under a head band, so they felt snug. I pulled them off, and pulled some hair with them…oops…and then set them on top of my ear, on top of the hat/head band. They did feel a little more loose. With a little more adjusting of the nose pad, I find them to fit as I like.

I wore them in a couple of races. First was a small 5k, and second a full marathon. I had no problems in the 5k, they fit nicely and didn’t bounce. I was also wearing a head band with them.

Then for the marathon, I had a hat on. I did notice about halfway through I needed to readjust the nose pad to have them fit a little tighter. It was also a windy race, so it was nice to have them, and I can’t state again how light they are.

I wore them on a couple more runs, and really haven’t experienced any further problems. I just need to make sure they are adjusted to sit across the bridge of my nose, so 1) they don’t fall off my face and 2) I don’t see the bottom of the lens.

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Overall – these are great! I did’t have any cold weather runs, but they do seem to vent easier. I will continue to run in these, or my USA1 – just depends which shades are closer to the door as I depart for my run.

They come in three different frame options, but only one lens color, and you can’t change the lens out, like you can on other models. However, if you are like me, that is just too much work, I just grab and go, no matter the lens or frame color. As long as they protect my eyes and fit, I’m good.

How do you get a pair for yourself? Check out xx2i.com and use code XX2iRocks for 50% savings!!! Word on the street they will be at the May 31st #bibchat on Twitter at 8pm.

Make sure to follow XX2i on twitter, facebook, and instagram

My fellow pros also had the chance to try out the Hawaii1, see what they had to say:

Jenny – Brenda – Heather – Andrew – Jessica RErinFrankSarah – Katie – Jessica S – AllenChristine -Eric – Emily – Gina – Mark

 

 

 

Bermuda1 – Casual Shades for Everyday

“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics Bermuda1 Sunglasses to review 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!”

Ok…so it seems most of my blog posts start with a disclaimer anymore…. I know, I know…but being a Bibrave Pro is awesome, in fact the application process is open, and you can apply!!! http://bibravepro.tumblr.com/

 

Why did I note this? Well the XX2i Bermuda1 casual sunglasses are not even for sale yet. The partnership with Bibrave has allowed me to try them out before they even hit the market.

These are fun casual sunglasses, perfect for anything, and I made sure to try them out for all activities. I wore them at work, went to an auction, wore them for driving, walked the dogs, went for a run, mowed the lawn, wore them to a banquet, being a tourist and finally wrestled them away from my husband so I could write this post.

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I do have some information from XX2i about these, as listed on the packaging:

Who doesn’t love a lifetime guarantee?

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From testing these out in various applications I have come up with a list of the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • polarized lenses, I love that my eyes are protected
  • I love the mirrored finish, a little mystery as to where I am looking
  • light weight
  • I look good – I will let all the pictures do the talking
  • they reduce glare on the inside of my windshield when I am driving
  • I like the vibrancy they bring out when I put them on, even on a cloudy day
  • they come in a great storage case, so they don’t get damaged with a storage bag that doubles as a cleaning cloth
  • they are a bit larger, they protect more of your face from the sun

Cons:

  • no adjustable parts, so they ride up an sit close to my eyebrows, and I need to situate them just right so they don’t feel tight behind my ears when wearing a head band or hat (maybe a personal preference?)

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  • no ventilation for running …. ok so these are casual shades, maybe I shouldn’t run in them….I do like my XX2i USA1 shades for running, because they are made for running, just thought I would mention this as I did test this out.

Now what? Well I told you all about these great shades and you can’t purchase them…..YET…good news – XX2i will be joining the April 26th #bibchat on twitter at 8pm CT, when you will be able to find out more.

You can follow XX2i on twitter @xx2i and don’t forget to follow me @angiemaskeberka I mean where else are you going to get all these great selfies?

You can also learn of great discounts too, for example code “xx2iRocks” will save you 50% on any purchase at www.xx2i.com

Ok, too much Angie for you? Well make sure to check out what the other pros thought about these great shades:

JenAshley – Jessica – Mark – AllisonEmily – Amy – Heather – BrieBradley – Abbie

XX2i USA 1 Sunglasses – Review

“Disclaimer: I received the XX2i USA1 Sunglasses to review 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!”

When it comes to running sunglasses, I “had” no opinion. I usually just wear a hat. I figure I am shading my face and my eyes at the same time, also it’s one less thing to worry about bringing along.

However, I was excited to learn I would have the opportunity to give these a try. I run outside year round, in all conditions. Ok, so maybe if it’s no colder than 10 degrees, oh and not in lightning. Anyway, I was ready for the sunglasses to meet Iowa weather!

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How about some background of the product. The model I had was the “USA1 white gloss blue flash lens.” The glasses arrived in a nice case, that was foam lined with zipper. There are slots inside to store extra lenses. The glasses are a wraparound style, and came  with  a white plastic frame and blue mirrored lens – called blue flash – also polarized, they are “Impact-resistant Sport Specific Polycarbonate Material.” The nose adjustable nose pad is black. Also included were red and blue temple tips and nose pads, to change them up with a screwdriver. There is also a microfiber storage bag which doubles as a cleaning cloth. As an added bonus there is a also a strap to keep them around your neck.

I also really liked reading this about the company “People who appreciate quality, innovation and no BS marketing.”

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Couple other notes:

  • glare cutting technology
  • 4k Ultra high definition optics – the clarity is top dog!
  • interchangeable lenses

All these things in one small case, easy to keep the parts together.

With all the details out of the way, it was time to put them to the test. While I was most interested in how they would perform on a run, I also have worn them for driving and to theme parks.

The first run: It was early, so it was still dark when I started. It was also about 16 degrees. I stored the glasses on my head, on top of my stocking hat. When the sun came up, it was time to put the glasses on. They were already fogged up, my head was sweaty. I did notice though that when I started moving, the vents between the lens and the frame allowed the air to defog them, so they cleared up. However once the shades were on my face for a while, they couldn’t keep up with the sweat on my face and the extreme cold air temperature. They kept fogging in strange places, making it difficult to see. I also didn’t have a hat with a brim, so I just kept trying to wipe the lens off.

Ok, so I wasn’t ready to give up, plus it was only one run. I next gave them a whirl on a shorter run, and it was warmer out. It was also a little cloudy, but hey as a contact lens wearer, it’s nice to have something to block the wind. I almost forgot about this added perk..I had no issues with them fogging up on this run. (This picture looks foggy, but it’s taken on my phone, from inside a plastic bag)

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I put them to another test, the “sleet pelting at your face” test. Yes, I run in all weather, a little wintry mix didn’t stop me. Also note the temp was high 20’s. I grabbed the go pro for this one. Wow, they were taking a beating from the sleet, I ran an out and back, so on the way out the pelts were head on, the glasses were saving my eyes, and there was no damage to the lens.  However on the return trip, the wind and sleet were to my back, causing all the sweat and moisture on my face, which also caused them to fog up. First I wore them half on my face, then I ended up carrying them. I just couldn’t see.

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The picture below shows how one lens is fogged, the light doesn’t hit it, and it’s the brown side, the lens that appears blue is not fogged up.

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They fit great on my face, no issues being too small, or pinching my nose. Also very light weight.

At this point, I was a little frustrated with the fogging up issue, they are supposed to remain “fog free.” So of course, I kept trying to figure this out.

Up next was a half marathon. It started early enough that I didn’t need the glasses at the start of the race. I also was running with a baseball style hat. The glasses stayed on top of my head for the first few miles, never budged. Also they fit well with a cap, no weird pinching on the ears, they don’t wrap them. When it was time to put the glasses on, they were fine, no fogging issues. It was also about 55-60 degrees. It was also windy along the beach, so it was nice to have protection.

Alright, so after these runs, I think I have come to the conclusion the fogging issue is due to cold temps. However, any good scientist makes sure they test all theories before they come to a conclusion. SO, cuz I am training for every race, I ran again in cooler weather.

I was out on the trail, and it was a sunny, cold day, 21 degrees. I did get warm and sweaty, but there was no wind. I was all wrapped up in a stocking hat and a Buff. I also only ran about 3 miles, there was no fogging issues.  Even though I was nice and toasty, my face was not all sweaty, so there was no moisture near the lenses.

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I have been giving these the true test, I ran in them one more time. A cloudy day, but snow covered. The snow can be blinding, nice to have some protection. It was also about 30 degrees, which felt really warm, so I was sweaty. There was sweat on my face, but the air temp was warmer – there was no fogging.

The only issue I have had with these is the fogging. I feel I have ran enough in these to make my final conclusion. When my face has moisture, or there is moisture in the air or near the lens, and the air temp is super cold, fogging will happen no matter how much ventilation. On the other hand, not many people run in these conditions.  They fit well, are priced right $59.99, offer protection from the wind & sun, and don’t feel heavy on your face (28.5 g).

The mirrored lens are also great if you play cards, lol.

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With the provided, protective case, they are easy to take with me every where I go. I threw them in my back pack for a recent theme park visit. I also drive with these and they help cut down the glare, just inside my car.

I think there is one issue left to discuss. In addition to changing lenses, you can change the nose pad and temple tips. If you know me, I am a HUGE Hawkeye fan, I am not sure why I would change the glasses to red or blue…just doesn’t work, lol. However, to test all aspects of the product, I attempted to change the glasses to red… I also like the Red Sox and the BlackHawks…

This attempt did not go so well. The temple tips are the piece that go on the side of your head and over your ear, this piece seems impossible to budge, I pulled, I twisted, I made strange faces, but I couldn’t get it to budge… I like the black and white already, so this isn’t a huge deal.

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Then the nose pad. The sweet thing is the nose pad is adjustable, so if the bridge of your nose is slim or wide, you can make it fit just right. You can also change this out to a different color. The kit comes with a screwdriver made for the 2 tiny screws, which hold it in place. I had trouble with this as well…so stay with me here. The screw would not fit into the screw hole, due to the silicone style covering around it. I poked a paper clip through the hole, so I knew it would open, the screw fit in, but it would not twist in correctly, the silicone kept catching on the threads, almost mistaking this for cross threading the screw. So…my red nose pad still has a screw stuck in it, as the threads are wrapped in the silicone. There are extra screws that come with them as well. Once again, not a huge factor as I like the black and white.

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If you are still reading, which I know you are…. How about the warranty: a lifetime warranty, you just pay shipping and handling for the replacement. So if your dog eats them, no problem. Also, there is a 365 day return policy. What more could you ask for? Oh you want a better price…. I have that for you too, use code XX2iRocks for a 50% discount!

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Still on the fence? Well my fellow Bibrave pros have thoughts too, check them out:

Jessica Gina – Haley – Christine  – JenBradford – Mark – Rachel – Heather – Samantha – Erica  – Laura – John

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