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By 1888, the commune of Morez in the Jura department of France had been home to a thriving spectacles industry for centuries. It was in that year a man by the name of Jules Baud opened his business. By the turn of the century he was supplying sunglasses to the crystal hunters of Chamonix who required optical protection during their Alpine excursions - the Julbo tradition was born.
Through the twentieth century and beyond Julbo have been supplying mountaineers, hikers, skiers, sailors, trail runners and even para-gliders with eyewear of the highest quality.
Sunglasses of the Julbo range are highly functional, packed with excellent technical features, while maintaining a unique style. An impressive range of high-category and photochromic lenses make Julbo a perfect choice for all manner of outdoor activities.
The Julbo range is made to be dependable in the most hostile of environments. Reliable grip, comfortable fit and ventilation are all key principles of Julbo frames. The lenses are crafted from the highest quality materials ranging from Mineral Glass to Trivex, all of which offer excellent high-level protection from blinding glare.
Julbo frames are packed with technical features, conceived with the intention of making your sunglasses tough, dependable and versatile. There are too many to list on a single page, so here's one example from our range, the Trek, with its key frame features labelled. To find out more about the technical features of a specific frame, visit the detailed guide for that particular product.
Adjustable nose piece for perfect fit, adherent material for optimal hold in all situations.
Foam insert absorbs droplets that could impede visibility.
Hold and security. Strap length can be adjusted.
Lateral protection against harsh sunlight.
Aerated structure that allows complete air circulation to avoid fog.
Stem ends bend in all directions, good hold when worn with helmet.
Julbo lenses are made with three different materials - Mineral Glass, Polycarbonate and NXT, a form of Trivex. No matter the material, all Julbo lenses are capable of giving excellent protection in bright environments, and 100% of all harmful UV radiation is blocked.
Julbo's mineral glass lenses are of superior optical quality, boating high scratch and shock resistance. The Altitude Arc lens is the benchmark model for glacier sunglasses.
The Altitude Arc lens is ideal for desert and high-mountain environments. Anti-reflective, flash finish and burnished coatings eliminate interference glare and strengthen filtration.
Polycarbonate lenses offer good shock resistance and light weight. The lenses are multipurpose and suitable for all sports. Polarized-type lenses in this range eliminate reflected glare to provide more comfortable vision.
Spectron lenses come in a range of colours with mirror finishes to help reduce the effects of distacting glare. Available on selected models with either Category 3 or 4 protection.
With a polarized filter as standard, the Julbo Polarized range is ideal for high-glare environments. Available with Category 3 protection.
NXT lenses are constructed from Trivex material which is ultra light, unbreakable and solvent-resistant. They enjoy excellent transparency and stability over time with no cracking.
This lens comes with a brown tint as standard to accentuate relief and generally enhance contrast. The photochromic element of the Zebra lens activates within 22 to 28 seconds of a change of lightning. With anti-fog treatment as standard, the Zebra lens keeps working excellently even when the wearer is perspiring under exertion.
Zebra Light is a lighter variant of its eponymous counterpart. Giving Category 1 to 3 protection, this brown-tint lens is perfectly suited to outdoor conditions ranging from overcast weather or shaded areas to all but the brightest environments. Anti-fog and oleo-phobic coatings help keep the lens water and dirt free.
The Octopus lens is designed for use on the open water. In order to combat the massive amounts of reflected glare in this environment, the lens has a mirror coating, polarised treatment, and the ability to give up to Category 4 protection with its photochromic properties. Internal and external hydrophobic coatings make the lens completely useable around water.
Designed for use in extreme environments such as desert and mountains, the polarised and photochromic Cameleon lens gives protection ranging from Category 2 to 4. NTS technology ensures the lens changes tint changes regardless of temperature extremes. A brown tint accentuates relief and enhances contrast.