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Julbo Contest Sunglasses review
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Julbo Contest

Julbo, 120-year vet in the performance eyewear industry, has a few new entries to their product line. Just off the production line is the Julbo Contest.

Interchangeable lenses are a feature of the Contest, and the Octopus is a one of the options. The Octopus lenses are advertised as polarizing, photochromatic and hydrophobic. The hydrophobic feature repels water from the lenses. This makes the Octopus lenses popular with the paddlesports, windsurfing and wakeboarding community.

The Octopus lenses worked great and have several uses even if strapping on a wakeboard is not going to happen. For the couch potato, the Octopus lenses work great for hanging at the pool.

Or if you are a sweat hog and perspire as soon as you start your workout, the Octopus lenses will repel the sweat that runs off your forehead onto your pair of Contests. Whitewater kayakers and rafters greatly benefits as the Contest will keep your sightlines clear to navigate through the eddies, holes and rapids ahead.

The Contest sports a nose piece and temples that grip to you and decreases the chance they will fly off when pumping through that next rock garden or hitting that next barrel roll. The lenses are wide giving you broad range of view and eye protection.

The photochromatic ability of the Octopus lenses does not have the range of other lenses, but it will meet your needs for most situations. The hydrophobic feature is a desire offset to having a larger photochromatic range.

Julbo_LogoThe Contest is one of Julbo's latest entries on their product menu. The Octopus lenses choice is ideal for activities in the ocean, sea or even your swimming pool. Julbo offers offer three other lenses options in addition to the Octopus. Julbo Contest lists from $130 to $180.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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