Disclaimer: I received a pair of Bahamas1 from XX2i Optics as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRavePro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Sunshine and Sunnies!
It’s been a bit quiet on the blog in the past month as I’ve been struggling to overcome the back injury that caused me to forgo my scheduled marathon in Port Angeles. But, while I haven’t been able to run, I have stayed plenty busy and it’s time to catch up on all things in the running and gear related blogging world.
The first order of business is a product review of a very cool pair of sunglasses that I have been testing over the past few weeks. And, yes the sun has even cooperated (on occasion) in Seattle to actually allow me to test the new Bahamas1 Sunnies from XX2i Optics.
In the Box
I selected the Crystal Black with Polar Grey lenses as my test product. Starting with the opening of the box, these shades did not disappoint. Before even getting to the glasses the box contained a very impressive hard shelled case which included an interior foam molding, a cloth/dust protector case, and a lint removing cleaning towel. Considering that some manufacturers of high-end (and far more expensive) sunglasses do not include a case, this was a welcome offering.
A close inspection of the glasses reveals a very high quality product. This picture has not been filtered but I have zoomed in to provide a close-up view of the construction and finish. These glasses are smooth to the touch and provide incredible clarity – this can be seen rom the reflection in the lens. I did not use any special lighting effects – a simple snapshot with my iPhone 6 camera taken on the kitchen counter.
The full specs on these specs from the product page on the XX2i Website
XX2i Bahamas1 Casual Sunglasses comes in Crystal/Black with Polar Grey lenses. Using the same advanced materials as XX2i’s performance models, the Bahamas1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity.
FEATURES: Lightweight and durable frame. Polarized lenses with 8K optical technology. Glare cutting polarized lens technology – 100% UVA and UVB Protection.
WARRANTY: Lifetime Warranty! No questions asked, you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee!
RETURN POLICY: 365 Days! We know it may take some time to try on and get comfortable with a pair of sunglasses bought online so that’s why we give you a full year to do so! That’s right, take up to 365 days to determine if you want to keep them and if not, send them back for a full refund less any shipping and handling fee.
Heading for the Sun
As most of you know, we are located in the beautiful (but not always sunny) Pacific Northwest. Seattle gets a substantial amount of wet and overcast weather, but when the clouds clear, the sun and scenery are simply spectacular. After about 6 months of rain or so, surely we were due a break…and, fortunately, the sun started to show up with the arrival of the new sunnies!
With a few day trips and visits planned as well as the daily commute to the city, I was able to thoroughly test the glasses through May and early June. What struck me first was the clarity of the vision. After examining them externally before trying them on I had high hopes based on the material, construction, and lenses. I was immediately impressed by the definition that these shades provide. Even on a partially sunny day the glasses enhanced my view while providing the protection from the direct or even indirect sun.
Taking them into the field, I found them wonderful during periods of direct sun, reflection, and even on overcast days. In terms of activities, I used them while driving, walking, hiking, and daily wear in and around the house and office as depicted in the gallery below.
For the record, some of the locations used for this review include:
- The backyard on an early evening, partially cloudy day.
- The Starbucks mobile truck in front of global Starbucks HQ
- Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula near Port Angeles
- Marymere Falls in the Olympic Rain Forest
- Hurricane Ridge at the Olympic National Park
The glasses were excellent on all occasions. I did remove them at one point during the hike in the rain forest because the trees were so dense it was actually too dark to need any kind of sun shading device!
They even look decent with a dodgy hat (we found it again in Costco and this time it was coming with us…the hat that is!)
Fit, form, function, and fashion. These sunglasses truly check all boxes for me. I love the overall feel and the vision clarity is incredible. XX2i also stand by their products with a lifetime guarantee and a 365 day return policy. If you don’t like them return them for a refund. I used these as casual glasses per the classification. I would expect them to be just fine for running but I cannot confirm as I was not able to run during this evaluation period.
The XX2i website is very well organized and they have models for other sporting interests as well as general casual use. I am particularly interested in the cycling glasses and am considering adding a pair to my must-have cycling gear collection.
There were several other BibRavePros there were fortunate to be selected for this test so for additional reviews and opinions you can check out my colleagues:
Join us on the BibRave Twitter #bibchat this Tuesday at 6pm Pacific to visit with XX2i and discuss all things running!
Can I Get A Discount?
Oh yes, yes, yes…you bet…and it’s a great one!! The generous folks at XX2i have partnered with BibRave to provide a very special discount.
***Code xx2irocks will save you an amazing 50% on pair of glasses available at www.xx2i.com***
I did not receive any financial compensation for this review and all opinions rendered are my own based on my personal testing experience.
- Do you have a favorite pair of sunnies?! 🙂
- What sun protection for your eyes do your prefer for running/cycling/hiking/triathlon?
- If you decide to check them out be sure to let us know your thoughts
‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!