Sunday, April 24, 2016

the perfect sunglasses for an active lifestyle: xx2i bermuda1 review

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Bermuda1 to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

I love sunglasses. You know how I said I have a headphones addiction? I think my sunglasses one is worse. I'm a big fan of freebies, too. My favorite local brewery is currently giving away sunglasses during their Spring Break week, and there are five colors. I'm trying really hard to get in there 5 days to collect one of each. It's a real problem. I think it stems from the fact that I often end up scratching them so easily (I'm clumsy and drop things a lot, which is why my phone is in a giant Lifeproof case haha), and once they are scratched, I can't wear them anymore. That's all I can focus on, and it gives me a headache.

Also, I have super sensitive yes, so even if it's cloudy, rainy, or snowy, I still need to wear sunglasses. This means I need to hair a pair in both mine and my husband's cars, and in my purse, and in my set of workout gear, etc. I love the XX2i USA1 that I received a while back - they work great for running and I don't have any issues with them fogging up (I'm a super sweater when I run, so that's important). They are a quality product, so when I heard that they were giving a few BibRave Pros the chance to test out their first Lifestyle sunglasses (before they were even for sale - how cool!), I definitely wanted to be included.

They are called Bermuda1 and they are amazing. I received the Matte Tortoise color, which can be a tough color/pattern to get right, but XX2i executed it wonderfully. It's not that super light brown and dark spot kind, it's a subtle color change. 

After the Chi Town Half Marathon.

I've gotten to try a lot of cool products thanks to the BibRave Pro program, but these sunglasses were the first thing my husband actually tried on and said that I should just give them to him, or buy him a pair when they come out. I asked him if he felt the tortoise were too girly, but he said he'd definitely wear them and think that because the colors are so subtle (they almost look just dark brown) that it didn't bother him at all. I guess the point of this story is, I better keep an eye on my Bermuda1 or buy him his own pair ;)

After races, heading out for birthday parties. Pick me up provided by Starbucks.

I've worn them just about every. single. day. since receiving them. They are great for going on walks, running errands, driving, taking the dog to therapy sessions, outdoor children birthday parties on beautiful, sunny days, yard work. 

I've even worn them for a few runs. They worked great - the only minor issue I had running in them was a little bit of fogging at the bottom of the lens where the base of the sunglasses basically touches my lower eye/cheek area, which now that it's been in the 70s with high humidity the past few runs, means a ton of sweat... so it didn't surprise me too much since these are meant more for the casual wear rather than running itself. Since they don't have as much room to get air in there to stay anti-fog, it made sense. They are a larger frame than their running/cycling sunglasses, so again, no surprise that they might fog a bit, however, it wasn't so much that it ruined my vision or bothered me much. They didn't bounce at all or slide down. They stayed in place the whole time. Anyway, I only wear them to run if there's a breeze or if it's a short one. I'll stick to my USA1 for the longer/hotter runs :)

I love the polarized lenses. They're mirror-like if you're looking at them, which I just think is a cool look. I found them to be very comfortable, even when I used them with my Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, which have a loop around your ear. They are very clear lenses so my vision was never impaired. I even accidentally dropped them (yep - that clumsiness coming out again), and might have shouted 'NOOOOO', but when I picked them up, no scratches. Phew.

Since they aren't up on the website yet, here are some details XX2i provided us with:
As XX2i's first casual model, the Bermuda1 is the ultimate go-to sunglass that goes easy on your wallet. Available in classic Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, White & Black, and Crystal Black, the Bermuda1 is the perfect accessory for adventure, whether that be a trip to the beach or a quick walk with the dog. Using the same advanced material's as XX2i's performance models, the Bermuda1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 4k optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity. All XX2i shades come with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty.

In the box you receive a hard case + a soft case. I like to keep the soft case in my purse, since part of my scratching problem comes from tossing sunglasses in there without any protection. I don't want this to happen with these beauties, so I make sure to put them in the case first.

You can get yourself a pair once they are available with a 50% discount! Use code XX2iRocks at checkout. I'll update the blog once there is a direct link to the Bermuda1. You can stock up on some runner shades too while you're there, too. I know I will be (France1 Hyper Pink, I'm looking at you!). 

{Editor's note: The casual line has been released and is up the website for viewing/purchasing. They retail at $99.99. Head on over and remember to use the discount code for 50% off!}

Sometimes when it's a beautiful day, you need to head to your favorite
local brewery and grab a beer while their garage doors are open.

Join BibRave, the BibRave Pros, and sponsor XX2i for #BibChat on Tuesday, April 26 and be the FIRST to find out how to purchase (or maybe even win) the XX2i Bermuda1. You seriously want to get yourself a pair... I love them. Probably more than a person should love an inanimate object ;)

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