Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
UPDATE: I Just found out that Julbo has currently discontinued this model, it is unknown if the model will later return into their sunglasses line?
I have been wearing and testing the new Julbo Motion sunglasses for a couple of months while mountain biking in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. They have been in rain, snow, dense fog, and bright sunshine while on terrain varying from smooth singletrack to rough and tumble rock gardens. They offer incredible clarity, comfort and a panoramic field of vision.
Julbo was founded in 1888 by Jules Baud in a little town close to Morez France, which resides in the Jura Mountains . The company has 70 employees, and is wholly owned by the Baud family, and is currently run by the brothers Christophe and Matthew. They originally started out making optical (corrective) lenses, but they evolved into sunglasses and action sports wear. In 1950 Julbo was the first company to produce true mountaineering glasses (the Vermont Round), so they have a rich history in high altitude optics.
The Julbo Motions are quite a departure from normal sunglasses, they are really a category unto themselves. Instead of the normal temples (arms) that go over your ears, they use an elastic ear loop that goes around the back of your ears to hold the sunglasses in place.
The sunglasses are then supported on your nose with a bridge that pushes directly towards your face instead of the more typical set of pads that cradles itself on the top of the nose. The ear loops are connected to the glasses with short metal arms that swivel easily, and this allows the glasses to move, and conform to your face. The nose bridge keeps the lens away from your face, so they vent well, but not so much that your eyes water.