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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Greg


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).

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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