The Aero – Light as Air – is Julbo’s latest offering for trail runners and in fact, for any activity that demands performance and comfort. The Aero offers superb all round vision and outstanding ventilation via a suspended single piece lens construction. Zebra and Zebra Light photochromic options ensure that you receive spectacular clarity of vision even under variable light levels. These sunglasses are a delight to wear and look great to!
Julbo, is a French brand that have been making optical sports wear since 1888. Founded by Jules Baud, Julbo are recognised for innovation and sleek design for mountaineers, sailors, mountain bikers and trail runners. In fact, just any sport, work or hobby that requires protection from the sun.
Out of the Box Statistics
- Colours – Dark Blue/Blue, Tortoise Shell Gray/Gray, Black/Red, White/Grey, Black, Green/Blue
- Weight – 26grms
- 3D Fit Nose – ergonomically adjustable wingtips in every direction for all shape and sizes
- Full Venting – complete ventilation allowing no fogging
- Grip Tech – inserts at stem ends for comfort and hold
- Front venting – Natural front air flow due to lens shape and structure
- Air Link Temple system – shock absorbing elastomer insert for comfort and lightness
When I first saw the Julbo Aero I was immediately impressed by a couple of things, the design of the arms and the ventilation options. I was eager to get out for a run and test how they performed.
At 26grms these shades are slightly lighter than the Venturi by 4grms and the Trail by 2grms. Now that might not sound like a lot but every little gram counts and when it’s hot and sweaty it translates to – less weight – less to slide. How has that been done? Well the single piece lens cuts out the need for a central nose piece and the innovative Air Link Temple system means the arms have been deconstructed. Both design features provide improvements not only in weight but in overall visibility and wear-ability.
One thing that is always sure to ruin a good run is when your shades steam up…. not so with these little beauties. I’ve come to expect superior ventilation from Julbo products, but the little tweaks they have made on the Aero provide even better ventilation. The lens cut provides a gap at the top and at the sides allowing vital airflow in while you are running and importantly when you halt. One of my tests with these was on a really hot day (yes, we did have one!) climbing up and down sets of stairs, breathing heavily like I do, head down, sweat streaming, these guys performed magnificently.
These shades provide excellent all round vision and clarity, especially when moving back and forth between sunny and shaded sections on the trail where the lens reacts quickly to the differing light conditions.
At a price of £90 they are not cheap but are competitively priced with equivalent products on the market. They come complete with crush proof travel case and cloth pouch to keep your lovely shades safe and in pristine condition.
Look out for more updates on these shades as I give them a thorough testing over the next six to nine months.
All images copyright – Ian Campbell Photography