Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
This isn’t the first pair of sunglasses I’ve had the good fortune to test out as a BibRave Pro, but it is the first pair of “casual” sunglasses I’ve gotten to review. XX2i has a variety of sunglass styles that are generally geared more towards athletes or active people–they have very streamlined shapes that you would expect to see more on a runner or cyclist than just Jill Everygirl walking down the street.
The Bermuda1 is XX2i’s first foray into “casual” eyewear. They are a brand new product that we Pros got to test out before they were even available for purchase. As I’ve said before, I have a tough time with sunglasses. Any time I’ve ever spent more than a few dollars on a pair, I’ve lost or broken them pretty quickly, but any time I buy a pair for $5 at Walmart, they last forever. That’s why I’m so delighted that the Bermuda1’s came with a rigid, padded case. That way, I can just toss them in my bag and go. They also came with a soft drawstring bag and a neck strap.
The first thing I noticed is that despite the larger lens size, the frames are still really light. They’re not heavy on my face. I LOVE the tortoise shell design; it’s subtle, but very stylish, and I feel like I could wear them with just about anything. The lenses are polarized, which is a nice bonus. I like the larger lens size a lot, because I feel like my eyes and face get more protection from the sun than from a smaller lens.
I recently took the Bermuda1s on a spring break adventure with my husband. We drove from Vermont to NJ to DC to NC and then back north the same way. I’ve worn them driving, walking, hiking, and just sitting around having a beer on the porch, and I LOVE them.
My only complaint is that when I wear them for a prolonged period of time (think 6-hour car rides 😣), they start to feel a little pinchy on my head. I think the tight fit is intentional, because it means that when I bend over to tie my shoe, they don’t fall off my face. Considering that most people, myself included, generally don’t wear sunglasses that long, it’s a fairly small issue, and if you have a smaller head, you may not have the same issue at all.
The Bermuda1s are not yet available on the XX2i website, but if you join our Twitter #BibChat on April 26, you’ll be among the first to find out how to purchase them, and you can use code XX2iRocks for 50% off!