Wearing sunglasses protects the eyes against the risk of UV radiation from the sun. Among athletes such as runners and cyclists, using specialty sunglasses during almost every run and ride is one way of preventing eye damage directly related to length and intensity exposure from all weather conditions.
A few weeks back, a simple invite came from fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner (KR) to test the Julbo sunglasses provided by Vision Express Philippines. In all honesty, before the pair arrived for testing, I never heard of the Julbo brand. After browsing through the materials that were later sent to me by KR and some sleuthing done from the Internet, research showed company owner Jules Baud founded the brand in the Jura region (France) in 1888. Julbo sunglasses were designed originally for the mountaineering and other climbing sports, and then eventually branched out to other sports like cycling and running. To me, that is innovation at its finest mastered by over a hundred years of experience.
A first for me to wear white sunglasses; (in my mind) can I get away with wearing one? Lightweight and durable, these white sunglasses were a very look of 70s yet remained classic and somehow looked part of the 2018 sunglasses trends.
First impressions during a quick night ride were good. The pair fitted well, especially having those photochromic lenses, rubber nose pads, and comfortable grip of arms. Photochromic means the lens changes tint when exposed to light. Since then, I used the pair with different light conditions—at night and on a bright day—during my weekend training rides.
For someone who wore contact lenses during rides, investing in a pair of reliable sunglasses would be suitable. Sunglasses that wrap around the sides of the face help keep contacts from drying out and protect the eyes from wind-blown debris when riding bike outdoors. Julbo aero sunglasses provided that protection thus contacts could be worn for six hours or longer. The only drawback was the top bar or frame would always be directly in my line of vision while riding in the drops. But, if I equated it with clarity, performance, and comfort, Julbo sunglasses were totally fine.
Takeaways: Quality performance sunglasses from an established eyewear designer with lenses that work well while biking at night and under harsh sunlight. The sunglasses can also be worn during running events or run workouts, be it at night or day time. A multi-sport eyewear indeed.
Product: Julbo Aero Zebra Light Sunglasses (model: SKU J4833111; SRP: 7990)
Best features: photochromic lens + anti-fog coating, minimalist, light, and comfort
Recommended use: cycling, running, hiking, and camping
About Vision Express
Vision Express Philippines (VEP) is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the No. 1 leading optical retailer in Europe. VEP has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert optometrists and the global brands they carry.
You may drop a visit to any of the following VEP branches at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center*, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3*, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall*, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, and Trinoma.
*Branches that carry Julbo, Revo, & Maui Jim products