The folks at Julbo USA are, of course, very conscious of this; that’s why they do everything they can to help you find the correct fit. According to Nick Yardley at Julbo, the best way to ensure the right frame fit is to actually put them on your head, for several reasons:
Though there are measurements provided on the Julbo spec sheets, those are more for opticians’ use than the general public and don’t really relate to how well a frame will fit a head, e.g., the styling of a frame can make lenses with large dimensions fit only a small head.
In addition, head shape is a major factor and is actually more important than true size; thus, trying on a pair is your best option. What if you live nowhere near a Julbo retailer? Not a problem. “If a person is unable to try on a pair, call us,” says Nick. “We know all the frames extensively and can help. It’s not a problem to order three pairs and return two.”
The bottom line is: No matter how sweet/expensive your sunglasses are, if they are too small or fit incorrectly, you will look like a dork, which can severely cut into the badass-ness of your athletic prowess. And no one wants that.
Here is some beta on where to start with Julbo frames if you have a larger-shaped head:
• In the Performance category, the Pipeline L, the Contest, the Ultra and the Dirt.
• In the Travel category, the Hike and the Truck.
• In Mountaineering, both the Dolgan and Explorer are offered in large sizes; the Colorado also fits large heads.
– By Christine Rasmussen