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Farewell 2016

A lot happened in 2016. Throughout the world, there was a lot of really crappy stuff going on. People are understandably done with 2016. Personally, I was pretty happy with the year as a whole. In terms of health, fitness, personal connections, and ‘life in general’, I don’t have much to complain about. I consider myself fortunate and very blessed. However, it’s now time to bid Farewell 2016! (more…)


Bradley on the Run has definitely been running more than writing so far this month! While I’ve got some blogs / race reports in the works, I thought I’d provide an update on what’s been happening in November!


Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Sunglasses 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!

I am terrible abysmal with sunglasses. I’ve never thought they were worth spending much money on, and I don’t tend to take very good care of them. The sunglasses I’ve bought to date have been both cheap and utilitarian, with no truly redeeming features except durability. The XX2i Sunglasses have given me an entirely new perspective on what sports eyewear should be.

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The first thing I was impressed with when I received my sunglasses in the mail was all the stuff that came with them:  a ‘tank’ protector case, a microfibre soft carrying bag, sunglass cord, and a couple of extra temple tips and nose pads in alternate colours (plus a little screwdriver for switching them out). The model we received for testing is the XX2i USA1 Pro Racing Sunglasses in White Gloss with Blue Flash lenses.

December in Vancouver is dark, wet, and overcast. In the first couple of weeks after receiving them, I had very little opportunity to test out my XX2i sunglasses. All I had was a bit of trivia:

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Good to know!

Then, around Christmas, the weather turned cold (for Vancouver) and dry – and the sun came out! I got the chance to wear my XX2i sunglasses multiple times. And they are serving me well!

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On the seawall!



The arms fit nicely over my ears and though they don’t curl around – they just go straight back – this is not an issue. Because my face sweats a lot, and tends to steam sunglasses, the fact that the nose pads hold them away from my face is fantastic. A bit more breathing room, so to speak.

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In Stanley Park – sweaty but not steamy!



The fact that I’ve only had them about a month means I can’t comment too much on durability. However, they seem to be pretty solid, but lightweight at the same time. Exactly as sports sunglasses should be. The company obviously believes in their product, too, since they have a 365-day return policy, free shipping and a lifetime bumper to bumper replacement warranty. That’s the kind of guarantee I like!

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At the track!



These things are phenomenal! No bouncing. No slipping. Honestly, I pretty much forget that I’m wearing them, because they don’t get in the way. Just there to do their job, and keep me from being blinded by the sun. In terms of the lenses, the reflective blue tint on the front does whatever it does to keep the sun out of my eyes, and everything takes on a slightly orange cast. It’s orange in a natural sort of way, not a spray-tan sort of way – plus, I love orange!

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In case you can’t tell, I love these glasses and heartily endorse them. Seriously, where have they been all of my (running) life? So glad I had the opportunity to test these the XX2i USA1 Pro – I’m a fan!

Go online, and get yourself a pair. The discount code I have is valid through mid-January: use XX2iRocks for 50% off. That’s a GREAT deal!

Do you have a favourite pair of sports sunglasses? What’s the most important feature for you?