Developed for uncompromising performance, the Rush sunglasses are one of the largest Julbo currently offers. The Julbo Rush sunglasses have an oversized lens design that is ideal for skiing, trail running, or cycling depending on which lens you choose. The Rush sunglasses can be configured from $159.95 with Spectron lens all the way to $229.95 with the photochromic Reactiv lens. In this review we’ll be looking at the Reactiv lens option which has a non-temperature sensitive photochromic technology and offers an impressive 0-3 filter category range. The Julbo Rush sunglasses are a full frame design with highly adjustable Flex3 temples with non-slip yet flexible Grip Tech material on the temples and nose piece. The sunglasses also have a one-piece interchangeable lens design that can easily be removed by applying pressure at the edges.
The Julbo Rush sunglasses offer an oversized lens design for a wide field of view with clear optics from the available Spectron and Reactiv lens options.
|Retail Price||$159.95 – $229.95 ($229.95 as tested)|
|Measured weight (in g)||38|
|Likes||+ Sleek styling|
+ Reactiv lens adapts quickly to environment
+ Comfortable fit with flexible temples and nose
|Dislikes||– No customization|
– Clear lens is not included with sunglasses
– Full frame design with nose bridge
|Where to Buy (US)||Julbo|
The sunglasses are securely packed in a simple cardboard box with Julbo branding on the exterior. Inside the box you’ll find:
- Julbo Rush sunglasses
- Zippered hybrid hard case
- Soft fabric carrying pouch
- Instruction manual and lens info pamphlet
Rather than a traditional zippered hard case, the Rush sunglasses come with a hybrid design which has hard panels on two ends and a soft fabric zipper in between. Although this provides less protection than traditional cases they fold flat which makes it easy to pack.
FIT & FINISH
Design wise, the Rush sunglasses have similar styling as the Julbo’s Fury with the exception of the larger lens. The Rush sunglasses have an aggressive look thanks to the sharp edges and angular features of the frame. Julbo offers the Rush in a variety of dual or single color schemes from the black/blue shown here as well as black/red, black white, solid black, and solid white. The bottom edge of the frame and the temple attachment points are finished in the matte blue color while the rest of the frame is a matte black. Thanks to the full frame design which includes a nose bridge, the Rush sunglasses feel well built and rigid. It’s a visually attractive design with minimal branding (limited to Julbo logos on the temples) that looks distinctive with the two-tone finish. Although Julbo doesn’t offer a color customization program such as Bliz’s Colorama, Julbo does offer an easily accessible spare parts catalog that can be used to swap out components for a more custom look.
The Rush sunglasses have a medium fit and fits similar to other oversized sunglasses such as the POC Aim or Smith Shift MAG. With the combination of the one-piece oversized lens and moderate Base 6 lens curvature, the Rush sunglasses have a wide field of view. The edges of the frame are only visible at the edges or your peripheral view which makes the Rush sunglasses ideal for sports such as cycling or running. In terms of fit, Julbo has also integrated several design details to ensure the Rush sunglasses are comfortable and stay in place. The nose pad is described as a 3D Nose fit and is constructed of the flexible Grip Tech material that can be molded by hand. You’ll also find the Grip Tech material on the Flex3 temples which allows them to be easily adjusted to match the shape of your face. Small creases on the inside of the temples provide fine grain control and allow the temples to be bent more than 90 degrees.
Julbo has aptly named its photochromic lens technology “Reactiv”. As the name implies, the lens reacts to the environment to automatically adjust the filtering. We found the Reactiv lens to perform as well as Bolle’s Phantom and Smith’s photochromic options. The lenses shown in this review are the Reactiv Photochromic Cat 1-3 High Contrast Lens which can adjust between 13%-72% visible light transmission. That wide range allowed us to wear the Rush sunglasses in low light conditions as well as full sun, something we often encounter when doing early morning rides. Although we would have liked to see something a bit darker for the bright California sun, the range works well. Note, the base tint color of the sunglasses is a brown which is better suited for trail riding or running. Julbo doesn’t currently offer a violet or black base tint lens option which are better suited for improving contrast on concrete. The Reactiv lens also lives up to its name as it brightens all the colors and greatly improves contrast and depth perception.
Overall we found the Julbo Rush sunglasses offer a wide field of view and clear optics. Configured with the Reactiv photochromic lens, the Julbo Rush sunglasses aren’t cheap but offer a 3-in-1 lens that can quickly adapt to low-light or full sun conditions. We found the Reactiv lens performed well for cycling as they could easily adapt to conditions and are vented to prevent fogging. Even with the oversized lens design, the Rush sunglasses have a sleek yet aggressive design that don’t look out of place off the bike. The two tone color options also provide a splash of color to the otherwise matte frame finish. Road cyclists should be careful when selecting a lens as most of the available options have a brown base tint that is better suited for trail running or mountain biking. That said, the Julbo Rush sunglasses offer clear optics and a premium build quality that’s perfect for sports or active lifestyles.
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