Julbo Wave

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Julbo Wave best sunglasses of 2013 summer buyers guide gear of the year

Julbo Wave    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

The swimming pro in Pasadena thought it was weird to pick up sunglasses floating in the pool. But then he put them on and went, “Whoa.” The goggles-ish Waves are rapture for river runners, stand-up paddlers, and the rest of the watersports set. Julbo’s polarized polycarbonate lenses handle light conditions from low to noontime bright and mitigate the glare that makes open water an optical hell. Soft, detachable frame skirting—the goggles-like feature—fends off side spray, while a water-shedding coating on the lenses sends the rest off in beads. Sunscreen wipes off smudge-free, too. Boating shades never really cut it for watery athletic recreation, but they were pretty much all we had—until now.

VALUE: 4.5