Gear Review: Julbo Rookie and Tina Kids Sunglasses

July 16, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   4 Comments

Kids Sunglasses
Julbo Rookie (boys) and Tina (girls) sunglasses
$40-$55
Ages: Rookie, eight to 12; Tina, 10 to 15
julbousa.com

My kids spend a lot of time outdoors, regularly at higher elevations, where there’s less atmosphere protecting them from the sun’s UV rays. Just as much as I try to keep sunblock on them to protect their skin, I want them wearing good-quality sunglasses to protect their eyes from the damage that can result from long-term UV exposure. That’s why my 12-year-old son has worn the Rookie sunglasses, and my 10-year-old daughter the Tina, on hiking and backpacking trips from southern Utah to Idaho’s White Clouds Mountains, and will wear them on all of our family adventures until they’re big enough for high-quality adult sunglasses.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: Julbo Rookie and Tina Kids Sunglasses

  1. Lorena Zimmer   |  October 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hi. Any chance you have a pic of your daughter in hers? I am having to buy some for my daughter in prescription without trying them. We are between the rookie and the Tina.

    • MichaelALanza   |  October 3, 2013 at 5:46 am

      Hi Lorena, no, sorry, but unfortunately my daughter lost her Tina sunglasses before I got a photo.

  2. Paul   |  July 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Michael as usual great stuff on the sunglasses! I am so done with the cheapo one week until they’re broken sunglasses. I love the julbo looping glasses with the reversible frames!! Any feedback on hats or what sun block you and your kids use?

    Thanks a ton! You are such a valuable resource for us outdoors parents!

    -Paul

    • Michael Lanza   |  July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Hi Paul, thanks for the nice words. I use the highest-SPF-rated sunblock I can find, between SPF 30 and 50, and try to reapply it a couple of times a day. Here’s a pretty good article explaining SPF at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2013/05/19/sunscreen-spf-ratings/2325341/.

      We try to wear wide-brim hats to protect the neck, face, and ears, too, especially at higher elevations. A bandanna tucked under a baseball cap-style hat, hanging down over your ears and neck, works well, too.

      The thing to remember about UV exposure is that it gets higher as the sun is higher in the sky: Thus, exposure is greater during the middle hours of the day than early morning or evening, and greater in late spring and summer, when the sun is higher in the sky for more hours of the day. Water and snow also reflect sunlight, increasing your exposure (and potentially burning sensitive areas like behind your ears and–believe it or not–your nostrils. I know this from personal experience; now I always put a little sunblock on a fingertip and spread it just inside my nostrils). So even a sunny winter day on snow poses high risk of UV exposure, and you should use sunblock as aggressively as you would in July.

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