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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Julbo Suspect Sunglasses

A lightweight, single-lens, do-anything frame with great coverage and durability.

by: Anthony Cerretani

Julbo Suspect (Courtesy Photo)
Julbo Suspect (Courtesy Photo)

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A lightweight, single-lens, do-anything frame with great coverage and durability—that’s the verdict from our team. The only problem? Deciding which frame/lens combo we liked best. The Spectron 3+ blue tint lens provided a more true color view and “sliced through the glare on top of lakes, making it easy to spot fish lurking below the surface,” says a tester who wore them on bright-sun days in Joe’s Valley, Utah. The more expensive Falcon lens (adds $105) delivered a color-popping photochromic experience.

“It felt like the world went from low-res to HD when I put them on,” says one tester who also praised the glare-protection on sunny days at 9,000 feet in Telluride, and loved the no-fog ventilation while on high-output runs and bike rides. Dings: Without rubber nose pieces, the frames slid on some testers’ noses, and the ear pieces were tight and uncomfortable after prolonged wear on others. $85-$190 (depending on lenses); 1.1 oz.; julbousa.com

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