Enter BTB Sunglasses. They generously offered me a pair of glasses to try out and thus ended my several year sunglasses drought. It took me a few days to decide which pair I wanted to try (me indecisive, no, really?!). They have some great looking ladies sunglasses as well as some pretty cool running sunglasses. I almost got a bitchin' pair that had bright blue lenses, from the 800 series, but ultimately went with the BTB 200, "A traditional "full frame" glass known for it's style and fit".
|Aren't they puuuurty and oh so stylish?!|
In addition, BTB sunglasses are the only glasses I know of that boast lenses that can withstand being shot with a 12-gauge shot gun. You'll never have to worry about bugs in your eyes again when wearing those babies... nothing will get through. Maybe if Ralphie had been wearing a pair of BTB glasses his Christmas wish would've been better received... less talk of shooting his eye out. :)
So, BTB, in case you're wondering stands for "Be the Ball". Basically, BTB Sunglasses were, "started in part to help fund the BTB Foundation", which is designed to help combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to get out of the house and play sports. A portion of each sale from a pair of BTB sunglasses goes directly to the BTB foundation, which I think is awesome! I'm a big fan of kids playing sports and being active. (If you'd like to grab a badge for your blog in support of the program, you can get one HERE.)
Anyway, back to me and my experience (because that's really what it's all about right?! ME. ME. ME) with BTB sunglasses. When I first received my pair, I was pretty happy to find them in a nice little box:
I put them on and wore them around the house for a bit. I first noticed that they seemed fairly light, fit my face well without squishing my head, and most importantly, weren't so close to my eyes that my eyelashes batted against the lens... I hate it when that happens. I wanted to take them for a test run but alas it rained for about the next week straight and, I know it will be hard to believe, but even I can't look cool wearing sunglasses in the rain. Then all of my running happened before the sun came up, which was then followed by a week of rest, followed by more early morning running, followed by a marathon, followed by another week of rest, which finally brought us to this week. The week were I finally managed to get in a few runs, in the sunshiny light of day and give the glasses a real go. (Here come the awesome self-portraits you've been waiting for.)
Run #1: An easy 3 miler with all 4 kids (2 on bikes) and a layover at the park. 100% sunshine.
|best thing about wearing glasses - you can look directly into the sun for a self-portrait and not have to squint|
Run #2: A slightly longer 5 miler, this time with just the stroller. Mix of clouds and sun.
|I think the glasses look a lot more hardcore when paired with a black shirt.|
Overall, I was very pleased with my two test runs in the BTB glasses and look forward to wearing them more in the future... assuming the sun can hold out, this is fall in the Willamette Valley after all. They really do seem to be quality glasses that are well worth the price. I'm happy with the pair I got but I think I might like to invest in another, more colorful pair too.
If you're in the market for a new pair of sunglasses or just feel like treating yourself, you should check out BTB Sunglasses. Just tell them I sent you... or rather input the code LAURIE25 and you'll get 25% off any one pair of glasses! I'm not a super math genius but last time I checked 25% off of less than $50 = a really great deal... what are you waiting for go check them out now!!
Fine print: I received a pair of BTB Sunglasses to test out and review. The opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own.