Eighteen months ago I purchased the Julbo Dirt sunglasses with a photochromic and polarized Zebra lens. This was my second pair, with the first pair being unfortunately lost after a few years of use. Based on product specs and photos, I see no material differences between the original Dirt and current Dirt 2.0.
I’m hard on sunglasses. They receive almost daily wear, mostly on long trail runs and overnight backpacking trips. The backpacking trips are especially hard on the lenses: dust and dirt accumulate on the surfaces, and I may not have filtered water or a clean microfiber cloth to properly rinse them.
Sunglasses seem absurdly priced, but it’s essentially a cost-of-living expense in sun-blessed Colorado. I start looking for a discounted replacement pair once the lenses become annoyingly scratched up.
This time, I again went with Julbo, which I know have the build quality, performance, and fit that I want. I also kept with photochromic (“transition”) lenses, which have a wider usable range than static lenses.
The Julbo Run with the same polarized and photochromic Falcon lens is currently available for $76 from Backcountry.com, which is 60% off. Two-day shipping is free. This is the best price I’ve seen in months, so I went for it.
I already own a Run model, too, but with dark polarized lenses. The Run and Dirt are very similar. Both are sized 66/17/125 (lens/bridge/temple). The Run wraps the face slightly more, which provides better protection and stability, but less airflow.
Review: Julbo Dirt Sunglasses
My Dirt sunglasses have been worn for hundreds of days. Per use hour, I paid pennies.
The frames are well constructed. They are lightweight but solid. The hinges still pivot freely, but with enough resistance to avoid feeling loose.
On both sides, the shiny Julbo logo popped out of its cradle. They were purely cosmetic and I did not bother to glue them back in.
At least on my face, the Dirt fit extremely well. They nestle against my browline, cheek, and nose; there is some room between the frame and my temple, but I appreciate the airflow that this affords.
During jarring activities like running, they stay put. I never have to push them back onto my nose after they bounce or slide off. When not in use, they sit securely atop the brim of my cap or visor.
The Dirt 2.0 are available with multiple lenses. Mine, which were polarized and photochromic Falcon lenses, no longer appear available. Instead, there are:
- Photochromic Zebra and a less dark Zebra Light,
- Polarized Spectron 3+, and
- Non-polarized and non-photochromic Spectron 3CF
For my purposes, I consider photochromic lenses to be a must, as I can wear them in variable light conditions that change by the minute or day. In my opinion, they are worth the extra expense. Static lenses are better for, well, static conditions or lower performance.
Ultimately, my current lenses have become too scratched to be enjoyable to wear — they are hindering, not enhancing, my vision. It’s time for a replacement.
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