Optic Nerve Neurotoxin Review & Giveaway

Neurotoxin_SelfieOn Monday I introduced Optic Nerve, an independently owned sunglass company that believes customer service and quality products reign supreme.

After seven years of outstanding performance by a single pair of shades, I wholeheartedly affirm Optic Nerve delivers on its promise of quality & durability!

So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Neurotoxin 2.0 multi-sport, performance sunglasses, I couldn’t wait to share the love with you.

Even though I rarely step out of my house without sunglasses, I’ve never owned a pair of performance shades.

I couldn’t wait to try a pair of glasses that were actually designed for running, cycling, and pretty much every sport under the sun.

What Makes Performance Sunglasses Special?

Performance sunglasses are designed to provide the best vision under extreme conditions. Designers strive for the perfect combination of lightweight, durable materials; no-slip components; and interchangeable lenses for varying light & conditions.

Many performance glasses feature a full-coverage, or wrapped, design. Traditional sunglasses only have front-facing lenses, allowing harmful rays to reach the eyes from the side or top of the frames. Wrap sunglasses cover the eye from all angles to seal out harmful rays and provide complete protection.

In addition to blocking the sun, performance shades are also designed to keep out wind and anything else encountered on the road or trail, like rocks or high-speed bugs.

Ever been beaned in the forehead by a bug? It smarts, but it’s sure better than taking one in the eye!

Neurotoxin 2.0 Review

OpticNerve_Neurotoxin2_CarbonI’ll admit the transition from multi-purpose to performance sunglasses took a little time. When I first tried on the Neurotoxins, I wasn’t sure they were right for me.

The lenses were bigger than my Hoochie Coos, and I wasn’t used to the open frame design. But I kept an open mind and took them running.

On my first test run, I paid close attention to the fit & feel. But after a few minutes, my focus turned to my run (and the big climb in front of me!), and I forgot all about the glasses.

And that’s a good thing! If you’re constantly thinking about your sunglasses and dinking with them, they’re probably not the right shades for you.

What I Love

Light as a Feather

One of the reasons I promptly forgot about the Neurotoxins is because they are so light. You don’t even feel them!

This is especially important when you’re running, oh, I don’t know, a marathon and don’t want to feel weighed down.

Anti-Fog Vents

Have you ever slid your sunglasses up your forehead so you could wipe the sweat off your face only to find them completely fogged up two seconds later? Happens to me all the time!

I either have to stumble along until they clear up or wipe them off, which usually leaves a nasty sweat streak on the lenses. Vents in the upper, outside corners of the Neurotoxin lenses let body heat escape and prevent fogging. Best idea ever!

Interchangeable, Coated Lenses

ON_LensesWith three interchangeable lenses to pair with bright sun (smoke), cloudy/overcast skies (copper), or night conditions (clear), you can wear these shades 24/7. I wear my sunglasses at night…

I love that you can swap them out depending on the conditions. I usually don’t wear sunglasses when I trail run, but with lenses designed for low-light, I can protect my eyes on every terrain.

The lenses are anti-reflective with a hydrophobic coating to repel water, dust, and oil. Less grit & grime means less cleaning, and that’s always a good thing in my book!

No-Slip & Adjustable

Featuring grippy rubber nose pads and temple ends, these shades stay put, even on technical trail runs. And the adjustable nose bridge and arms give you the ability to create a more custom fit.

What I Didn’t Love

My only real complaint about the glasses is related to overall size. As unisex shades, the Neurotoxins still feel a little big for my face. I would love to see a women-specific design with slightly smaller lenses & frame. I think a female friendly design would fly off the shelves!

Making the Grade

Neurotoxin_BaysMtnThe Optic Nerve love fest continues; I won’t go back to non-performance shades for running or cycling!

I give the Neurotoxin Performance sunglasses a solid A for overall performance, clarity, protection, and value.

They meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for optical clarity and impact resistance, and the full-coverage, wrap design and 100% UVA/UVB protection keep your peepers happy & healthy.

Retailing at $79, you won’t find a better deal on performance shades.

Dedisse Giveaway

OpticNerve_DedisseNow it’s time to share the love! For your chance to win a pair of the Optic Nerve Dedisse Unisex Performance Sunglasses, leave a comment telling me about the outdoor adventures you’ll conquer with your new sunglasses.

For extra entries, ‘like’ Work in Sweats Mama and Optic Nerve on Facebook or share this post on your Facebook page; be sure to let me know in your comment.

Winner will be drawn randomly. Giveaway open until 9 P.M. ET on Wednesday, August 21. Open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

I received the Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.o at no cost. I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.

What outdoor adventures would you conquer in your new Dedisse sunglasses?


56 thoughts on “Optic Nerve Neurotoxin Review & Giveaway

    You nailed it when you said they are lightweight. I cannot believe how light and comfortable they are! I’ve never had such a comfortable pair…EVER. I think they look good too, which is a total bonus.

    I would *love* to have a pair of the Dedisse, too!! They are so cool. I would be taking them on hike after hike!! –Lisa
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  2. Oooohhh, I could totally use a pair of lightweight and anti-fog sun glasses to help me tackle all the hiking trips that I promised my husband we would take this fall. (I could also use a stunt double… who could go on those hikes in my place…)

  3. Ooohhh an anti-fog vent?? that sounds so luxurious!! i cant even tell you how often my glasses fog up- if i had a dime… well, i’d be very rich, lets put it that way. they look great on your face, I typically wear larger lenses ayways, so that part doesnt even bother me! i would be able to hike those colorado mountains like a CHAMP in those!
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    • Jill, you definitely need performance shades! I never knew what all the hype was about until I tried these, and now I’m hooked!

  4. Oh the places I will go with these!! New Haven 20K race, Hartford Half-Marathon, Duathlon National Championship in AZ…heck, if they’re as good as you say then I’ll pack ‘em for my trip to Vegas in Oct and wear ‘em on the strip!!
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    • Allie, you definitely need some performance shades on the bike! You should try the Neurotoxin. They’d be perfect for running & biking! And I can totally see you rockin’ the Dedisse on the strip!

  5. I’m a runner switching to triathlons, so I’d love to use a pair for my bike rides! Right now I’m just using an old, cheap (ugly!) pair of my husbands. They technically work, but I’d love to have a pair of my own. Maybe, just maybe, after this I will! :)
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    • Beth, you definitely need a sweet pair of shades all your own, especially for the miles you’ll be logging on the bike! Good luck!

  6. I had to laugh at the fact there is a lense for night. I guess people do wear them , but I think they may be the same people who wear their shades indoor. They look good on you – I suffer from the small face too, so it’s hard to find the right fit!
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    • You’d be surprised how many cyclists wear clear lenses. I saw a bunch of mountain bikers sportin’ them just this morning! They want to protect their eyes from rocks & debris, but for wooded trails, they don’t need the tinting.

      • Cool! I live in Greenville, SC. Running a local half, Spinx RaceFest Half on October and the Kiawah Island Marathon in December:)

  7. First of all, can I just say that I LOVE the anti-fog vent in the Neurotoxins. What a great idea!

    I’m sure I would totally rock the Hokie Half Marathon if I had a new pair of Dedisse or Neurotoxin sunglasses. I would run so fast and look so cool that Hokie Bird would come up to ME and ask to have a picture taken together! Don’t you think?
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    • You would totally rock the Dedisse Angela! And if your streak of destruction continues, they are VERY reasonably priced at $49…if the need to replace them arises…

  8. Would you believe in 30 years of running, I have never ever owned a pair of performance sunglasses? I could really use them! I would use them for running, hiking, biking on the rare occasion my husband and I get out on our tandem…I would be so SO happy!! I like both you and Optic Nerve on Facebook and I am sharing to my Facebook page as well! Here’s the link to where I shared: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.nahom/posts/10201901280320264
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  9. These would be great for any one of my three kids. All three enjoy outdoor sports.
    I like both you and Optic Nerve on Facebook .

  10. I was just saying the other day that my sunglasses needed better ventilation. On hikes and on long runs when, let’s face it, I am way less than glamorous and more a sweaty mess, this feature would be awesome. I’m going to have to check out the Optic Nerve shades. I also wear sunglasses all the time. I protect my skin with sunscreen everyday, why not do the same for my eyes.

    • The vents are such a cool feature! You should definitley check out Optic Nerve. I’ve been wearing them for seven years, and they’ve logged thousands of miles on the roads & trails!

  11. I didn’t know there was such a difference between the design of performance sunglasses and standard ones.

    If I win a pair of Optic Nerve performance sunglasses, I will conquer not only my first full marathon with them, but all of the new personal distance records I will be reaching throughout my training.
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    • Definitely check out Optic Nerve! They have a ton of different styles & models, all at very reasonable prices, especially compared to some of the big name brands.

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