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Steve M.wrote a review of on July 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

9.27.2017 Update
I'm begrudgingly changing my rating of these glasses.

After a few months of trying to find the right pair I've realize these Julbos have become the benchmark for everything else. Their weight has to be half that of the closest competitor, and the photochromic contrast enhancing lense is far beyond any technology Smith or Oakley currently has on the market. You really have to think to remember these are on your head, they really are that light and stable. They stay in place and don't move around while running or under agressive terrain on a bike.

The Cons. They are still awful to clean, mostly the face side of the lense that has been treated with some kind of antifog coating. I recently tried a pair of Ryder's, which had a similar coating but was marginally easier to clean. They could have a slightly darker tint range. There have been a few situations where the darkest tint hasn't quite been enough. Alternatively, the lightest tint range I've worn till well past sunset before feeling like I should take them off.

Overall... I've returned numerous pairs of sunglasses this summer, except the Julbos and a new pair of Ryder's. Give them a go, just be prepared to have to clean them constantly if you're a stickler for clean lenses.

Original review below....

They're light, very light. They stay put on your face. You never really notice them, they are just there doing their thing. The Zebra Light Red has fantastic contrast and the photochromatic feature works flawlessly.


The frame feels cheap, really cheap. They creak and make all kinds of noises. The material looks and feels cheap. The overall fit and finish doesn't compare to brands like Oakley, Ray Ban, Maui Jim or Costa even at a lesser price point.

While the photochromatic feature is amazing, the optics overall are sub par. The lens material is impossible to get really clean, especially after a day of sweat and dirt. Using any type of cleaner microfiber leaves some kind of smudge or lint. Even if you can manage to get them spotless, like when you take them out of the box for the first time, the material used for the lense does not have the clarity that brands like Oakley, Maui Jim or Costa have.

To add insult to injury, apparently whatever chemical is used in the photochromatic lense is on a warning list in the state of California for causing birth defects. Take that with a grain of salt of course, but it's worth pointing out that Oakley's photochromatic lense is not on that list.

At $200, I would recommend you not spend your money here and try one of the other amazing options from Smith, Oakley, or nearly anyone other than Julbo.