Gear Review: Julbo Sunglasses – Paddle & Stream
Julbo traces its heritage back to 1888 in the heart of the French eyewear industry. Throughout the decades, Julbo has focused on innovation in its quest to continually design high quality sun protection eyewear. Each pair of Julbo sunglasses embodies the spirit of adventure and provides customers with the ability to freely roam and see the world.
PaddleXaminer tested the Julbo Paddle Sunglasses while paddling on Lake Estes in Estes Park, Colorado. Anytime you paddle, shades are an essential piece of equipment to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun off the water.
The Julbo Paddle sunglasses have polarized polycarbonate lenses which are light and shock resistant. What makes these sunglasses great for watersports is the bubble frame. There are thousands of tiny bubbles built into the frame so the sunglasses float. We tested this feature and the sunglasses indeed float! The nose piece was a little too big for us so the sunglasses didn’t fit snug on the nose as we’d prefer even with the foam grip on the nose pad. The frames have an ergonomic profile which wraps around the user’s head to help keep the sunglasses’ tight around your head. The end result is the shades stay on our head, but will bounce up and down on your nose.
Foam Nose Grip
Bubble frame – floating
On Lake Estes the Julbo Paddle sunglasses worked okay; the bouncing up and down on the nose was a bit annoying. The conditions didn’t help as it was quite windy that day (20+ mph) so there were some waves to manage which contributed to the rough conditions.
The Stream are full coverage, semi-wrap around style sunglasses specifically designed for intense, high endurance sports. They are available in a range of seven color options and come packed full of technical features intended to help athletes maximize their output no matter what the conditions.
Nose Grip: Flexible, shock-absorbing grip insert on the bridge.
360° adjustable temples: The ends of the temples can be moved in all directions. Under a helmet, over a hat or on the head, the frames are held in place.
Air Flow: Venting incorporated into the frame to facilitate air circulation and prevent fogging.
Grip Tech: Exclusive soft-comfort material on the temples that doesn’t stick to hair, giving perfect grip and comfort
Wraparound wide shape: Wraparound profile combining protection and good vision.
We tested out a pair of the Julbo Stream sunglasses paddling outrigger canoes, surfski, and SUP. Our favorite feature is the integrated venting system. The vents are etched into the frame around the lens and facilitate continuous air movement to prevent fogging. The feature works extremely well and held up throughout the intense Southern California OC-6 season last year and continues to serve us well as we dabble in other paddling pursuits.