Julbo Contest Review

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Bottom Line
I love the Julbo Contest sunglasses, as they are comfortable, stay put, have exceptional clarity, and offer excellent wind and side sun protection. The lenses’ photochromic capabilities are great in varying conditions, while the anti-fog actually works in real world conditions. The durable, scratch and impact resistant NXT material is pretty amazing, and offers outstanding safety. The Contest is expensive (like a lot of the competition), and the frames are a bit stiff, and do not offer any method of adjustment, and the temple’s padding needs to be softer.

The Contest is my new benchmark for sunglasses, with amazing scratch resistance, excellent coverage and superb clarity. They have become my default biking sunglasses.


  • Photochromic
  • Scratch resistant
  • Side sun protection
  • Excellent wind protection
  • Comfortable
  • Superb Clarity
  • Anti-Fog coating


  • Frames not adjustable
  • Stiff frames
  • Expensive
  • Work poorly with full face helmet
  • Temple’s padding needs to be softer

Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Contest models:

Contest – 386311
Frame Color: White
Lens: Zebra Antifog
MSRP: $160.00

Contest – 386314
Frame Color: Black
Lens: Zebra Antifog
MSRP: $160.00

Contest – 386014
Frame Color: Matt Black
Lens: 3 Lens Set
MSRP: $130.00

Visit the Julbo Contest Website: http://www.julbousa.com/performance/contest/

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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