Friday, November 18, 2016

I wear my sunglasses at... disney. a review of the xx2i brazil1.

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Brazil1 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!

XX2i Brazil1 at Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Oh yeah, and me and my mom ;)

I feel the majority of you reading this post already know I have a problem. OK, yes, I have a few, but you know that one of them is my love for ALL the sunglasses. I could never have enough pairs. Seriously. And while I have a ton of freebies I've scored over the years, my favorite brand is XX2i. For both casual and running sunglasses.

Why are they my favorite? Though not free (at least, not all of the pairs I have have been through BibRave), they are quality sunglasses with an excellent guarantee and warranty. XX2i stands by what they make, and you have 365 days to try them out. I have yet to find a pair I needed to return, as they are all amazing. The fit is great and they certainly have lasted longer than any other pair of sunglasses I've owned. I'll admit that one of the reasons I have so many pairs is because I was a frequent scratcher of lenses, breaking off arms, or losing them, so I've sort of hoarded pairs so that when I lose or break a pair, it's not a big deal. Luckily, I've been able to keep most of my XX2i from harm.

Starbucks tastes better with Disney characters on your cup :)

The Brazil1 fit similarly to the Bermuda1 I tried earlier this year, though I'd say they are a bit smaller of a frame and a little more rectangular. I've worn them for runs up to 6 miles and wore them all day, every day at Walt Disney World. They helped protect my sensitive eyes from the bright Florida sun. I even wear sunglasses when it's cloudy and usually on rainy days as well. Gotta protect my baby blues! Haha.

Brazil1 at Animal Kingdom.

Brazil1 at Magic Kingdom. Showing off my shades AND medals.

Each pair of XX2i comes with a hard case and a fabric case (which also doubles as a lense cleaner). It was great to pack my Brazil1 in the hard case and put them in my suitcase without worrying if they would break, and then for the parks I tossed the fabric case in my purse for when I wasn't wearing my glasses to protect them from scratches. I also really like that the Matte Black Brazil1 come with polar grey lenses, while the tortoise comes in brown (so now I have one of each - Bermuda1 tortoise and the Brazil1 black).

Protecting my eyes on a sunny 6 mile run.

Unfortunately, at some point, I scratched my lenses! So sad. I thought at first they were just dirty, so wiped them off and then held them up to the light to see scratches. Boooo. Luckily, XX2i will fix that right up, I just have to pay for shipping (which is $19.95). You can read about their product warranty here.

Starbucks and shades. Remember I said I had a lot of problems?
My Starbucks addicition is another one.

Some specs for the XX2i Brazil1:

  • Lightweight and durable frame
  • Decorated with small silver accents and a keyhold shaped nosepiece (not adjustable)
  • Sleek lines and simplistic
  • Polarized lenses with 8k optical technology 
  • Glare cutting polarized lens technology
  • 100% UVA and UVB protection
  • Lifetime warranty - no questions asked (you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee)
  • 365 Days to return

AWESOME NEWS FOR YOU: I have a discount code to share with you! Use 'XX2iRocks' to save 50% on any of their amazing sunglasses. I own the USA1, Hawaii1, Bermuda1, and Brazil1. I'm eyeing the France hot pink and USA crystal. And maybe the Bermuda black/crystal too haha.

EDIT: You can save 60% on the XX2i Brazil1 with code BRAZIL1 from now until Tuesday, November 22 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. The season of gift-giving is upon us... just sayin'.

Make sure to join BibRave and XX2i on Tuesday night, 8pm CT, for the hour long #BibChat and you might also be able to win a pair :)

Enjoying one of the last t-shirt and shorts days we'll have in a while.

I HIGHLY recommend XX2i as a company and if you are in the market for shades — casual, running, cycling (or whatever sport you partitipate in) — I suggest getting yourself a pair of XX2i

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