Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Greg0
Julbo Wave: Water-Ready Sunglasses
It’s a big world out there, and the fact is, 70% of the world is covered in water. If you spend quite a bit of your time on the seas or lakes, ponds or oceans, whether it’s kayaking or surfing, kiteboarding or sailing, then you definitely need a pair of sunglasses that can stand up to the aquatic lifestyle. Sure, you could use your regular old sunglasses, but you’d be missing out!
The Julbo Wave Sunglasses with Octopus lenses look a bit odd at first glance. And certainly, the name might not have the designer cachet of some of the big brands. But much like with other specialist gear (similar to one of our favorite purveyors, Smith Optics), you’re paying for quality rather than marketing. The wrap-around style protects your eyes from the sun that is certain to bounce off and come at you from every direction, and the photochromic lenses adjust automatically based on your environment.
Lightweight but secure, these frames are intended to handle the rough life- the adjustable cord ensures that they stay in place even when you hit that wave hits. And in our tests, the Julbo Waves stood up well to salt water and sun without showing much wear. They float if dropped, unlike most sunglasses, and are fairly comfortable to boot. Plus, the design ensure maximum visibility and coverage, with the polarized Octopus lenses preventing glare and a hydro- and oleophobic coating allowing water and oil to slide right off.
Available in a few styles, including black/blue, black/yellow, and white frames, you can also opt for the less expensive polarized lenses or the more expensive Octopus kind. Compatible with prescription optics as well, the Julbo Waves run $120 to $190 (as tested).