Jan 9, 2016

Like the Look, Like the See: XX2i USA1 Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Optics USA1 sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador, tell them I sent you), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I love a good pair of sunglasses. Before the BibRavePro program, I tended to buy "cheapo" sunglasses. They were never the best, but they were expendable. Since then, I've gotten the opportunity to try out 3 different pairs of sunglasses, all of which are much higher quality than I've had before, and I now see what I've been missing. Frankly, I'm not going back. You can check out my thoughts on the XX2i France1 sunglasses or on the Rudy Rydon Carbonium sunglasses that I've already written about or stick around here to see my thoughts on the latest to get my test (and seal of approval) the XX2i USA1 Pro Racing Sunglasses.


What what's the deal with these glasses?

Let's start with what I've got to share with you. I'm testing out the USA1, which is the a full framed sport sunglasses, unlike both of my past pairs, which were the half rimed design, where the bottom of the glasses has no frame on the lens. This particular style of sunglasses is more of my everyday style. When I've bought sunglasses through my previous 31 (almost 32) years of life, while I've bought a myriad of glasses, this style is my more classic style that I would get most often. I like the half rim for their coverage and field of vision, such as when I'd play baseball, but those would usually be just for the field. This is the style I'd wear the rest of the time, driving, beach, marching band (yes, I'm a band geek), basically any time out in the sun.


Now that I've thoroughly digressed down my history of sunglasses frames, let's get back to these. In addition to the full frame, which I received in white, they featured their polarized "blue flash" lenses. Having the polarized option on these was a real treat, especially given the style being one I would wear all the time. The glasses came with their tank protector case, which is a sort of semi-hard foam case, that fits the glasses and actually has cutouts for taking some extra lenses along with you. That leads to step 2, where it came with additional temple tips and nose pads (blue and red). These frames have the same standard features as the France1, as you'd expect. In addition to being able to replace the temple tips and nose pads, they're both easily adjustable to get the right fit. While I did not get a chance to try out a second set of lenses, this frame also uses interchangeable lenses, giving you a fully customizable package.

How'd they feel?

These glasses got a lot of wear time. That's saying something, because in order to wear them, I have to make an effort and put in contacts instead of my glasses (though they offer prescriptions as well). That may not seem like a lot, but there are some days that feels like a lot of effort with my two adorable kiddos. I wore them for many activities: family walks, afternoon runs, race day, driving, errands. Basically, if I was going to be in the sun, I would wear them. They excelled at all of them.


The glasses were comfortable on my face with little adjustment. I did move the nose pad just a little tighter to get the perfect fit with zero difficulty. I never once had a problem with them fogging up on me, and they had me covered on some really bright days in December. They're comfortable, pretty lightweight, but not cheap. Believe, I have experience in cheap and easily breakable glasses, and these are not those. I love the case they come with as well. Sure it's not super small, but it's enough that I feel nothing will happen to them and they're protected while still being portable to easily fit in a pocket of a bag or in the center console of the car.


When it comes to these glasses, I like the look. The other pairs I've tested were great, especially for running and outdoor activities, but they always felt like sport glasses. These, while fantastic for running and sports, I can still feel myself wearing them during non-active times. And frankly, I have. I may have tested the others in these settings, but this pair will continue to find that realm as their home.

The Takeaway

Overall, like the others I've tested, they worked perfectly. They're well designed, look good, wear comfortable, and work great. These are my "everyday" style of glasses, and about the only thing I'd change would be choosing a black frame for my everyday use (though I love the blue lenses). They simply feel like quality glasses and I wasn't worried about if they'd break on my tomorrow. I knew they wouldn't let me down, and would look good in the process.


And you know what? If anything should happen, I don't have to worry, because XX2i offers a lifetime warranty. "No questions asked, you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee!" That's just icing on the cake.

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Want a pair of your own? Loved the other XX2i pair I reviewed but never picked them up? Or perhaps you're me and just want a pair in black. Well you're in luck. Use the code XX2iRocks to save a huge 50% off at www.xx2i.com. Yes, that number is in fact half off your order, so don't delay.

Do you wear sunglasses when you run? What type do you prefer?


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