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My collection of XX2i sunglasses continues to grow with the addition of the Australia1 that came out in mid July. I have previously reviewed the USA1, the Hawaii1 and the casual Bermuda1.
With all those other glasses, what makes the Australia1 different?
From the XX2i website: Equipped with the tools for a variety of adventures, the Australia1 is XX2i’s only performance sunglass featuring an interchangeable temple arm / strap system for intense activities. The Australia1 also incorporates a removable padded insert for extra protection against the elements, and a sturdy frame with a unique wraparound style for enhanced peripheral vision. This model comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost lens clarity and frame durability.
The Australia1 comes in 3 different colors, Matte Black, Matte Black & White & Matte Turquoise. I choose the turquoise because I really liked the Brown lenses on the Bermuda1 vs the grey lenses on my USA1 and Hawaii1 and wanted to try something different.
When I first opened the glasses, I was a little concerned because unlike the USA1 & the Hawaii1, they don’t have an adjustable nose piece. It looked similar to the Bermuda1, but I was pleasantly surprised that it fit much better than the Bermuda1 and the temple pieces are adjustable.
The padded insert and action strap that are included with the Australia1 are super easy to use. The padded insert clicks right into an open area above the nose piece and then you just fit it with the glasses. The arms pop out easily to put on the strap. This is so much easier than changing the USA1’s interchangeable arms.
While I don’t participate in activities that require these additions, it is nice to know that if we ever decide to run in a windy desert or participate in water sports, these glasses will help to protect our eyes.
I don’t have any major complaints about these glasses. The fit is decent, although I do feel like they can be a little tight if I put them on top of my head. I like the color of the lenses and that the arms are easy to remove.
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