- Welcome to our second annual “Best Driving Glasses”.
- Last year, Maui Jim was our run away winner and the readers agreed.
This year, our review kicks off with the XX2i Optics and their France1 Dual Pro Sunglass Kit.
The XX2i Optics France1 Dual Pro Sunglass Kit contains two pairs of sunglasses. Our testing kit came with laser black and tortoise frames. Included in the kit are three sets of spare lenses (clear, yellow and orange). Also found in the kick ass protector case are two microfiber soft carrying bags/cleaning cloths with matching adjustable temple tips and adjustable nose pads.
The whole kit has a, no questions asked, lifetime bumper-to-bumper warranty on all products warranty minus the “shipping and handling fee” and if you get your kit and are not happy, you have a full year to return for a refund! This is something that we have not seen, ever and should help people that are buying for someone else.
The frames are crafted of grilamid frame material which makes them strong and light. The nose pads and temple arms are covered in rubber that help keep the frames from moving around on your face, even when covered in sweat.
The nose pads and temple arms are adjustable giving you even greater options for a more customised fit.
The frames sit nice on the face and with all the customisations, you do not notice that the frames feel a bit “stiff”. However, this “stiff” feeling is only noticed on long outings.
Lens Clarity and fit
The XX2i France1 Dual Pro Sunglass Kit comes with a polycarbonate lens that offers shatter-resistance and solid, clear optics. The lenses included with our test kits, are clear, yellow and orange. Testing these lenses, the yellow tint were the favourites among our testers. They brought out the many details that become flat in the low light situations. The clear were another standout when out training on our bikes. One of our testers swore by the clear lens whilst driving home on his motorcycle at night.
We would have liked to have a polarised lens option and this should not be an option in sporting eyewear. With no polarised lenses, it does keep the price point low. One other complaint with the lenses; some of the lenses were “short”, letting in extra light at the bottom, causing a small amount of visual interference.
The full-coverage wrap design helped keep the wind out whilst keeping them from fogging.
- Solid Construction
- Excellent price point
- A lightweight frame with a sweet wrap design
- multiple lens choices
- Nose pads and the temple arms allow for a customised fit
- Solid case
- Free Shipping
- Great Return Policy
- Swapping out lenses is a pain
- some of the lens options caused light to seep in
- frame became “stiff” during long outings
Overall, we enjoyed our test kit, even with some of the bad points, these glasses would make a welcome gift to anyone on your sports (wo)man gift list. If it is top quality and performance that you are looking for, these may not be for you.
Designed with top athletes and in mind, XX2i Optics’s France1 Pro Racing Sunglasses offer unparalleled performance while going easy on your wallet. Fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads ensure an accurate, individual face fit that hold strong while remaining feather light. Their semi-rimless design allows for rapid changing of lenses and superior peripheral vision.
With multiple style and lens configurations including Polarized, Sport Reader and RX’able lenses, the XX2i France1 provides a range of superb optical solutions. The France 1 Kit multi-lens kit includes Laser Black, Clear and Orange lenses which create better contrast. For more info, visit: http://www.xx2i.com
XX2i Optics crafts precision sunglasses that offer unparalleled performance while going easy on your wallet. Multiple style and lens configurations include Polarized, Sport Reader and fully RX’able optical solutions. Made with flexible and strong Grilamid, all XX2i frames offer fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads which ensure a custom, individual fit. Every pair come with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches. Learn more at www.xx2i.com