Star so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades-Knockarounds Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround shades to review as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

Suns Out, Shades Out! Whenever Summer rolls, your shades becoming an essential component to any outfit, in additional to everyday running accessory. With that in mind, there was no way I would turn down helping Knockaround and their Summer Running Kick-off.



When the package arrived, I had not 1 but 2 pair of Knockaround Torrey Pines Sport shades. Both came equipped with their on soft protective pouch, to help keep those scratches at bay. Some of the key features of these amazing shades are:

  • Polarized lenses
  • Rubber nose pads
  • Metal spring hinges
  • UV400 protection
  • FDA approved, impact resistant lenses


The rubber nose pads may not seem like a big deal but they make a big impact. The rubber nose pads ensure that whether you are running a mile or 20 miles, the shades maintain a high level of comfort and stay snug on your face(no bouncing). No need to worry about having that indention on your nose once you take them off, like some other shades. The metal spring hinges give the shades sturdy support and gives you the added comfort that these shades are made durable.


I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to the color options for Knockarounds, because there are tons. The 2 colors I received were: Victory Lap and Clear Gray/Red Sunset. In addition, you have colors like Black Ocean, Pool Blue/Sunset, Desert and Battleship. There are at least 5 pages of color combinations, and if you still don’t like any of those….you can customize your own pair.

Summer Time


Knockarounds are very reasonably priced, with a range of around $20 up to $55(deluxe and special editions). Even with he prices being so reasonable, it is hard to find a time when Knockaround doesn’t have a nice discount code available. Like right now, use code BRKnocks1 to get 20% off your order. (offer expires 6/30)


It’s a no-brainer, if you need some new shades or even just want some more stylish ones, Knockarounds has got you covered. Don’t just buy 1, they are better in pairs, so buy 2. Remember BRKnocks1 for 20%off your order.


Stay Shady… All Shades Aren’t Created Equal-Shady Rays Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Shady Rays to review as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro(ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”


All shades are not made equal. What it boils down to is what is important when it comes to a pair of shades. I had the pleasure of testing out a pair of Shady Rays and I am going to share with you the things that made these shades so awesome.


Let’s begin with how stylish these shades are, and how many colors they come in. I chose the Blackout Incognito color from the Signature Series. I chose this color because the shady rays writing is blacked out on the arms of the shades, which makes people ask you what kind of shades they are. Just a few of the other colors that are available: Black glacier, purple sunset, black infrared and emerald ice. Choose your color and then pick your style from Signature series, aviator, allure and x series. The signature series fits me, but I am sure there are many people that will love the new Allure style.


I actually have a fairly easy test when it comes to testing how durable something is…..I let my toddler get ahold of it. After much pulling, dropping and a few throws, these shades held up. There is nothing I can do more intense than what he did, so Shady Rays get a big plus in the durability column.


One of Shady Rays slogans is “Live Hard, We Got You” and they mean it. Each pair of shady rays comes with a lifetime craftsmanship warranty AND Free lost/broken replacements. What more can you ask for? I can’t think of much. I can’t say I know of many company that will offer free replacement on lost product.


Usually a good pair of shades will set you back at least a C-Note($100), but not Shady Rays. Check out the price points:

Signature Series          $45

Aviator                       $68

X-Series                     $45

Allure                       $45


So for as little as $45, you can grab you a pair of shades…for a lifetime.


The last thing that really made me love Shady Rays is what they are doing for the community. With every order fulfilled by Shady Rays, they donate 10 meals to fight hunger in America by way of Feeding America charity. This is AWESOME and makes it even easier to support a company like this.


I will make this short and sweet…YES. Yes for the durability, Yes for the style, Yes for the price point and YES for them giving back and helping fight hunger. Ready to get your own pair, use code BIBRAVE and score 50% off when you purchase 2 pair. Enjoy.

Knocked Around, But Not Out-Knockaround Premium Polarized Shades Review

“Disclaimer: I received Knockaround Premium Polarized Shades as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro(ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

Can anyone truly have enough pairs of good shades? I believe no, so when given the opportunity to test Knockaround Premium Polarized Shades, I jumped at the chance. I honestly had never heard of Knockaround before, but I was willing to give them a chance.


Knockaround was founded in 2005 by Adam “Ace” Moyer.  These shades have been featured in a number of media outlets, like: GQ, Hypebeast, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and the Today Show. Everyday more and more people are seen sporting a pair of Knockaround sunglasses, even celebrities like: Snoop Dogg, Natalie Portman, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashton Kutcher. Hey, if they are good enough for Snoop, I can certainly rock em. Lol


The shades arrived in a nice little clear plastic branded box, inside are the shades and nice cloth pouch.


How would these beauty hold up? Turns out they held up pretty well. I wore them on several runs and I never had any trouble with them bouncing during the running motion. I dropped them purposely a few times just to see if they would break, not even a scratch.


Style is an understatement when it comes to Knockaround Premium Polarized shades. They have tons and tons of color combinations, from colored frames to color lenses. There is bound to be a color combination that fits the bill, if not, Knockaround gives you the option of customizing your own pair.


What would you expect to pay for a pair of stylish sunglasses? $50? $100. Nope, Knockaround Shades run about $15. Yes, only $15! You can get you several pair and coordinate with your running gear or outfits.


This is a no brainer, I hands down would recommend Knockaround Premium Polarized Shades to anyone asking. From the style to the price, you can’t go wrong with Knockarounds.

Ready for yours? Use Code: BIBRAVEKNOCKS to get 20% off.

Casual and Cool-XX2i Bahamas1 Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Bahamas1 to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

When does cool become casual, and vice versa? The answer lies with XX2i’s latest product, the Bahamas1. I became an instant fan of XX2i sunnies when I first tried their France 2, so I was thrilled to get a crack out their latest masterpiece. The sunnies arrived in what i think is standard extras: hard case, cloth pouch, XX2i decals, and sunglass arm strap. The color I received was Crystal/Black with Polar grey lenses.

From the first moment you put them on, the polarized lenses transforms everything into a world like that of the movie Avatar. The shades are lightweight on your face, but well manufactured. And if your beloved XX2i happen to break, they carry a lifetime warranty! Scratches etc on your shades will be replaced, no questions asked. I thought I had experienced polarized shades before but nothing similar to this. Wearing the shades almost gave my iPhone a 3D effect.  On a sunny day, these shades make the sky look ALIVE.

These shades will work well with pretty much anything you wear. I wear them with my work attire every day, and they flow very well. I received numerous compliments about my cool shades. Step out of your suit/business attire and right into you casual wear without missing a beat. The black and grey combination make the Bahamas1 very flexible, and therefore easily matches lots of color combinations.

No doubt about it, invest in a pair of these beauties. From the light weight to the durability, these shades are worth the hype. The stylish colors are sure to make any casual ensemble pop with personality. Don’t stop there, throw them on with your business attire and watch the compliments roll in. Did I sell you on them??? Are you ready to own your own??? Use Code: XX2IROCKS to save 50%

Check out what some of my fellow BibRave Pros had to say: 

Meridith Matt Angie Vanessa Nicole Emily James Jeremy

Keep Me Shaded-XX2i France2 Review

Disclaimer: I received XX2i France2 shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

As a active runner, I often encounter the dilemma of finding the right kind of shades to rock on my runs. I have tried several, but to this point I hadn’t found a pair of shades that “checked all the boxes” for me. A few were successful in keeping the sun at bay, but as the mileage started creeping up, I would run into the problem of the lenses fogging up. The are very few things more annoying than having to pause your run, stop your gps watch, and unfog your shades. Another problem was the shades not being quite tight enough and moving around during the run.

Enter XX2i and their brand new France2s. This was my first time trying a XX2i product, so I was excited to give them a try. I had heard good things about them from other runners that had tried one of their products in the past. The shades arrived in a nice hard case, along with a cloth bag and other small goodies. (I keep mine in the hard case at all times, when I am not wearing them). The color I was sent was hyper orange, and while I usually don’t go for bright colors, these were quite snazzy. In addition, the hyper orange will go great with my BibravePro shirt.

You receive 2 different nose guards, but I keep the original white one on. Without hesitation, I threw on the shades and took them out on a sunrise 5 mile run. First thing I noticed was how immediately clear everything got. After about 3 miles in, I completely forgot I was wearing any shades. I finished my 5 miles and not once did the shades fog up or move an inch while I was running. I was pleasantly surprised and extremely pleased. Through several more runs, these shades held up to the warm weather and frigid temperatures.(welcome to NC weather) I got loads of compliments from all my running trainees during our workouts. Outside of just running, I also threw on these bad boys for a quick hike and also while I was just driving around. I coach and play on a coed softball team, and you best believe I will be breaking these out for the sunny games.

I have no complaints about these XX2i France2 shades, and I would highly recommend them.

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Pros:                                                                            Cons:
Stylish                                                                        None
Snug Fit
Don’t Fog up in Heat
Lifetime warranty