"Disclaimer: I received a pair of xx2i polarized 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!"
I have terrible luck with sunglasses. I tend to lose them or break them, so I generally buy cheap ones. Obviously that is part of the reason I break so many – they are poor quality to start with. I was excited to try some nice sunglasses and see if I could handle them.
I was sent a pair of XX2i USA Sport Polarized glasses. I was very impressed with the packaging they came in. It was in a hard case with lots of cushioning and a spot for the lenses to fit in and be protected. They also came with a soft pouch to carry them in, as well as a strap and 2 additional arms and nose pieces in other colors to customize your glasses to your mood or outfit. Mine came with red or blue. Truth be told, I was happy with the white frame/black arms that it came with, and probably wouldn’t use the other colors. Now if it included my favorite color, ORANGE, or something more girly, (PINK!) I might be down for the change. These seem a little skewed towards men.
One of the problems I have, since I normally buy cheap glasses, is slippage. They just don’t provide a tight fit, so after I’m running, they slip when I’m sweaty. I’m currently recovering from a fractured fibula, so I haven’t been running, but I’ve been walking a lot outdoors. I haven’t been able to put it fully to the sweat test. Here I am testing them out while walking the dog.
I immediately felt like the fit was great. No problems slipping while I was out walking. I tested them in both 30 degrees and 60 degrees, and didn’t experience any fogging. They have vents at the top to let air in and not fog up. I do tend to wear them back on my head when not in use, and was worried about stretching them out that way, but I didn’t notice any change in fit after doing this several times.
Now came for the big test – changing out the color. The glasses did not come with any directions for changing it out. I started pulling and yanking on the arm to change it out and could not get it to budge. I googled it and it said to “twist the arm to break the seal”. This was not working either. The nose piece change was also a bit difficult, it comes with a tiny screwdriver to adjust. It took about an hour (no joke) but it worked once we used pliers and twisted at the connection point and in the middle of the arm we were replacing. The screws are teeny tiny, make sure you are doing this over a counter or surface that you can easily find if you drop them. There was a bit of a challenge getting the screws in but we got it to work!
I did not experience any glare and liked their “sporty” look. I LOVED that they did not get tangled in my hair, which seems to happen a alot with the cheap ones that I buy. Some other perks: Lifetime Warranty! For someone sunglass-challenged like me, this is a really important plus. You just have to pay a small shipping fee. They also let you try them for an entire year – 365 days – and if you don’t like them you can get a full refund. Say what???
These particular glasses retail for $99 on xx2i.com. They are offering a killer 50% discount with code “xx2iRocks”. Personally feel like it’s a great deal for solid, sporty glasses for running.
Want some other opinions before you commit? Read some reviews from other BibRave Pros Angie, Rachel, and Mark or tune into #bibchat this Tuesday, January 12 at 8pm Central for a discussion.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!