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Julbo Montebianco 2 Sunglasses | Review

The Julbo Montebianco combines reactive lens technology with a secure fit for long days in the mountains

Why We Chose The Julbo Montebianco 2 Sunglasses: Protective, secure fit, classic design

The classic Montebianco design has quickly become an iconic frame in the Julbo’s expanding range of mountain sunglasses. Now in its second version, Julbo has given this frame a bit of an update for a more contemporary look that matches its sporty capabilities.


To go alongside this new and updated design, the Montebianco 2s feature Julbo’s tried and tested Reactiv lens technology. This is the glass that, depending on the light conditions, adapts the visible light transmission (that’s the amount of light it exposes to your eyes).

In the case of these active sunglasses, the Reactiv lens technology can adapt from category 2 – 4, depending on the light conditions. This equates to a visible light transmission (VLT) of 9% – 20%.

Photos: Mike Drummond

Take for example if you start your hike within the treeline before ascending up into the alpine – there’s going to be a huge difference in potentially damaging light from these elevations, and the Montebianco is capable of adapting to these conditions to provide the best balance of eye protection and a clear view.

“It was like the world just turned from standard definition to ultra HD.”

On the comfort side of things, the Montebianco 2s feature curved temples with an ergonomic profile to help provide a comfortable yet secure fit for when you’re moving fast in the mountains, while a flexible, shock absorbing nose grip works to keep the sunglasses well seated on your face.

If you’re after a little more security to help protect these pricey shades then there’s the option to add on a handy silicone cord that wraps around your head to keep the sunglasses locked in place.

There’s also the option to attach removable side shields, depending on the terrain you’re in. Side shields are essential for travelling in snowy or icy conditions to help prevent potentially harmful rays bouncing into the side of the exposed section of the sunglasses.

Tester’s Verdict

James Forrest, Lake District-based gear reviewer

“Putting these sunglasses on during the 0utdoor 100 testing weekend in Grasmere was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment for me. I almost did a double take. It was like the world just turned from standard definition to ultra HD. The effect was impressive and, to be honest, I’d never worn sunglasses like them before. The wraparound style was comfy and contemporary, and the all-round look hit the spot.”

Becky Angell using the sunglasses during our Test Team event in the Lake District. Photo: Neil Irwin

Julbo Montebianco 2 Sunglasses

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2022/23
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