As bikes and training gear seam to convey that performance comes at a higher and higher price, finding XX2i breaking that trend for athletes of all levels is a welcome relief, showing that high performance and high price do NOT have to go hand in hand. Form meets flawless function with the new ultra-light XX2i Hawaii1 Sunglasses that move effortlessly with you from the road to the trails to the water. XX2i set out to launch a line of economical sunglasses with advanced optics and features that reflect the company’s commitment to people who are committed to “a healthy, athletic lifestyle and being good citizens” for our environment and our communities, and the brand’s parent company is already immersed in the endurance sports community as the North American distributor for Rudy Project.
With the launch of XX2i they have applied all they know about the needs of diverse athlete groups and designed a complete line of performance and casual sunglasses at an extraordinary price. The Hawaii1 (MSRP $124.99) is one of their flagship styles that excels for runners, cyclists, and ocean athletes. Weighing in at just .7 ounces thanks to carbon fiber temples and a durable TR-90 frame, you can almost forget you have them on. With an easily adjustable nosepiece and flexible, carbon fiber temples they also fit virtually any face. The company put a focus on their lens technology and the Hawaii1 Brown Polarized 8K lenses are exceptional. Often dark or polarized lenses can make it hard to read a bike computer or uneven terrain under foot. The streamlined lens shape of the Hawaii 1 eliminates that issue while also helping to prevent fogging in humid, summer conditions. For anyone who spends time on the water, a polarized lens is virtually a necessity, and the brown based polarized lens is extremely versatile from overcast to bright sun while boosting clarity. The shades have also held up extremely well to saltwater immersion and sweat drenched trail runs. XX2i shades are exclusively available online, so the company offers a 365-day return policy and a Lifetime Warranty. In their own words, “We know it may take some time to try on and get comfortable with a pair of sunglasses bought online, so that’s why we give you a full year to do so.” In multiple calls and e-mails from the sales and support team at XX2i they back up every claim on their site. For more information, or to check out their entire line of performance and casual sunglasses, go to www.xx2i.com.
Bruckner Chase is a triathlon and swim coach, ocean lifeguard trainer, endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose marine and community endeavors have taken him to waters around the world is places such as Australia, American Samoa, Denmark, Greece and Poland. He is a global ambassador for the Lifesaving World Championship 2018 organizing committee, and he is the Technical Director and Media Ambassador for the Red Bull Surf + Rescue Championships. Closer to his home in New Jersey he is a member of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol and the founder of the Ocean City Swim Club. He is a professional member of the US Lifeguard Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Swim Coaches Association.
Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winner’s podium.