On 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
I’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.
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
With 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
The 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.
Now 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.
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?