|The XX2i Australia 1 Glasses w/the padded insert and interchangeable arm strap system.|
Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i USA 1 White Gloss Blue Flash Lens 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!
As I noted in my review of the XX2i USA 1 glasses, I have pretty much stuck to one sunglass company most of my adult life. But, I have mostly been wearing my XX2i's solely for the last several months. So, I jumped at the opportunity to try another pair, this time the Australia 1 glasses. At first, I was a bit confused with all the stuff that comes with these glasses, but after reading the product description on the website and taking some time with the glasses. they totally make sense now. I could have definitely used them when I did an adventure race back several years ago. In fact, these glasses scream multi-sport to me, especially off-road multi-sport with varied terrain and/or weather conditions.
|The basic glasses.|
|Sideview, basic specs.|
The basic glasses are very light weight and grip snugly to your head. My wife didn't like the little hole in the center when she saw them on me, but that hole serves a purpose which I will come back to in a moment. The only other thing I noticed was that since they do fit snugly, I had the right lens fog up just the tiniest bit when I wore them a few times, mostly because I think my eyebrow was sweating in the recent heat wave we've been having!!!
|Notice the glasses have the interchangeable strap arm attached and the padded insert shown separately.|
Now, about that hole. There is a padded insert for protection against the elements that connects through that hole. While it probably could be somewhat helpful with that, where I am guessing it would really rock would be during more aggressive mountain biking or horseback riding where having the padding would be protection against the glasses hurting your face from being on too tight especially when you hit that odd bump. Combined with the strap arm system, you've got a secure, almost goggle like set of glasses strapped to your head for tougher elements or sports.
|The Australia 1's with the strap arm system but minus the padded insert.|
|This time with the padded insert.|
|That's the button you push to switch the arm systems around on the Australia 1's.|
|Notice how easy it is to simply click it in the glasses near the temple.|
For those with corrective lenses, the Australia 1's are also fully Rx-able. The have glare cutting technology and a lifetime guarantee. You also get a hard and soft case, with the soft case doubling as a lens cloth.
|Cases, stickers, and neck wrap around too!|