Knockaround Sunglasses: The Fun Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

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It’s obvious according to my blogs that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their new Seventy Nines style. Although the Seventy Nines are durable, I mostly wore them during fun activities. Their gold accents and blocky thick frames was the modern yet retro look I wanted to wear during fun outings.


Seventy Nines are Tough and Stylish

When asked to choose a Fun-pair of sunglasses, I immediately wanted to go out of my comfort zone and try something totally new. I love how Knockaround offers a wide variety of frame styles. Their Seventy Nines caught my eye because they looked fashion-forward yet had a vintage vibe to them. The gold hardware and details like the logo and rivet in the front, got my attention. Same with the gradient lenses. I love to wear that style while driving or being outdoors because of the easier viewability in the lower portion of the lens. According to the Knockaround website, Seventy Nines have durable 5-barrel hinges. That means they will last because I don’t have to budget to purchase new sunglasses every year. The frame are smaller than what I’d like because I have such a wide face. They recommend this frame style to small to medium-sized faces. Still, I feel they looked nice on me. The color I tested was the Beverly Peach. The soft warm color is flattering with my skin tone. Their blocky frames are super fun. I got many compliments while wearing these frames.

Here are some key features:

  • Beverly peach frames

  • Amber gradient lenses, polarized option available

  • Gold hardware

  • UV400 protection

  • FDA approved, impact resistant lenses with laser etch logo

  • Protective pouch included

  • Lens Width: 45 mm

  • Lens Height: 38 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 146 mm

  • $25

  • Seventy Nines come in 10 other colors too!

Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.

Mostly, I wore the Seventy Nines while running errands, having fun outdoors, driving and to work.


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the stylish ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com to check out.

Knockaround Sunglasses: The Run Pair

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.

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If you’ve been following my blogs you’d notice that I’m a big fan of Knockaround sunglasses (see my previous blog posts below.) Their sunnies are the best. Why? They are made well, pretty much all frames cost under $30 and their styles are cute as all heck. When BibRave asked the pros a month ago who wants to opt-in to test a Run-pair and Fun-pair of Knockaround I jumped up and down for the opportunity. But before you get all confused about what is considered a Run-pair and what is a Fun-pair, I’ll let you in on a little secret. ALL of their sunglasses are suitable for Run or for Fun! Yeah, even their Mile High aviators. This is exactly why I wanted to test out their Mile High’s during my running activities. I wanted to really put their metal frames to the test when it comes to being active. And their Mile Highs did not let me down.


Mile High Aviators are Tough and Stylish

When you think of aviator sunglasses do you think military? Top Gun? Badassness? Trendy? Maybe you don’t think running. I love the style of aviators because of their military background and I wanted to feel and look badass when running. Also, I like how typical aviator lenses are HUGE so that means major sun blockage. According to Wikipedia, aviators are characterised by dark, often reflective lenses having an area two or three times of area of the eyeball, and have very thin metal frames with a double or triple bridge. They say the design attempts to cover the entire range of the human eye to prevent as much light as possible from entering the eye from any angle. This is probably why pilots wear them. So why can’t a runner wear them? Knockaround’s version of the aviator is the Mile High or the Mount Evans. I opted in to test the Mile High in Rose Gold and Copper. Here are some Mile High specs:

Here are some key features:

  • Rose gold metal frame

  • Tortoise shell rubber detailing

  • Polarized copper lenses

  • Full UV400 protection

  • FDA approved impact resistant lenses

  • Lens Width: 58 mm

  • Lens Height: 54 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 21 mm

  • Arm Length: 132 mm

  • $30

  • Mile High’s come in 8 other colors too!


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Durable, Cute & Willing to Go the Distance

The Knockaround website doesn’t exactly say the Mile Highs are ment for running. Still, I knew these would be my Run-pair to test. Typically, I never see any runners wear metal framed glasses while running and I wasn’t sure why. For the past month, I wore my Mile Highs during most training runs and during one 4th of July 4 mile race. During every run they stayed on my face, never bounced, completely blocked the sun, made me look 100% like a badass. And then, while wearing them during the 4th of July 4 miler race with Arizona Road Racers, I PR’ed the course! The last time I ran the course this fast was in 2015 and I was 4 years YOUNGER! This was a huge confidence boost for me. Was it the Mile High’s? I wouldn’t doubt it. I know those sunnies are magical.

Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!

Finish line face! This is when I knew I PR’ed my last time on this course 4 years ago!


Run? Fun? Both!

I’ll be honest. The campaign for Knockaround was to find a pair of their sunglasses suitable for Run and another for Fun but you can’t. ALL of their frames, even the metal ones, are a good choice for running or outdoor strength training. Check out my slideshow below of all the fun places I took the Mile High’s with me. If you are curious to try a pair out for yourself then go to Knockaround.com and apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS2 for 20% OFF your entire order. Limited to one use per user and the coupon is valid until tomorrow on 7/15.

Which Knockarounds Work Best For You? Fast Lanes vs. Premiums

Disclaimer: I received a pairs of Knockarounds Fast Lane Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue lenses Fast Lane by Knockaround kinda day.

We are all a snob at something (particular running gear, the car we drive, brand of phone we have) but one thing is for sure, I am NOT a sunglasses snob! I can’t afford to be. It’s because I need my sunglasses for work, play, commute time and I’m short on cash (aka - tight budget!) There’s no time for me to baby a $300+ pair of sunnies!

So let me introduce you again to the Knockaround brand of sunglasses. I reviewed their Premium line about a year ago in a September 2018 blog post. The idea behind them is as simple as saying their name out loud: knock around. Sunglasses that you can literally knock around and they will still last. The original two pairs of from their Premium line are still with me with no scratches and holding up like a champ. Believe me, they get knocked around my duffle bag, dash of my car and side pocket of my purse daily. But, get this, they are reasonable. Their prices range from $15-$30 a pair and they even have $5 sales!

When the opportunity came along from BibRave to test out their Fast Lane line of sunglasses, I hopped on it faster than the Easter bunny. The Fast Lanes kinda look like the Premiums, just slightly different. I’m going to compare them to each other so you can see if the Fast Lanes are the Knockarounds for you.


Fast Lane vs. Premium

They kinda look alike, they kinda don’t. I don’t know which frames to choose! I’ll break down the differences and similarities of both so you could decide which pair of sunglasses pair better with your face.

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Fast Lane

  • Rectangular Lenses

  • Made for Medium Face Shapes

  • Thinner Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 53 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 17 mm

  • Arm Length: 142 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • Not as many color combos

  • $20-25

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Premium

  • Rounder Lenses

  • Made for Small Face Shapes

  • Thicker Arms

  • Keyhole Frames

  • Lens Width: 51 mm

  • Lens Height: 44 mm

  • Nose Bridge: 18 mm

  • Arm Length: 143 mm

  • Unisex

  • FDA-approved,
    Impact Resistant Lenses

  • UV400 Protection

  • More color combos

  • $15-20


My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

My two pairs of Knockaround sunglasses. Fast Lane in Slate Tortoise Shell with Sky Blue Lenses and Premium in Glossy Tortoise Shell with Amber lenses.

Get ‘em Both

If you are still undecided, then get them both! Both styles of sunglasses offer no bounce while running. Each style I tested were polarized, so I didn’t experience any glare from the sun or shiny objects. Both are crazy affordable. I’m on a tight budget and can’t afford to deal with triple digit sunglasses so the Knockaround brand is meant for people like me. Here is a discount code to get you started: Apply code BIBRAVEKNOCKS1 for 20% your entire order. Good till 4/18 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!


Gear Review: Knockaround Sunglasses

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Disclaimer: I received two pairs of Knockarounds Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Last month I had the opportunity to test another cool product with BibRave. On the review docket for the month of August were two pairs of Knockaround Sunglasses. These sunnies really have it all: superior quality, adorable colors, awesome for activities and they are crazy affordable. I put in my request to test their Premiums in Pool Blue with Sunset polarized lenses and to my surprise they mailed me those and a more modest pair of Premiums in Glossy Tortoise Shell with polarized Amber lenses. Let’s get to the nitty gritty on Knockarounds. 


Superior Quality

These shades hold up! I’m rough and tough with sunglasses. That’s why I don’t purchase sunnies with a triple digit price tag! I have been careful to keep these in their soft carry case while transporting from my laptop duffle to purse to running vest and they are holding up. Also dropped them a few times, lens down and no scratches. Check out the annotated infographic I designed to see some of the great quality features Knockarounds have:

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Adorable Colors 

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From themed running races, to favorite sports teams, to everyday looks, Knockarounds has a color for you. I choose Pool Blue with Sunset lenses because I know how good the blue would look against my skin tone and against my BibRave orange singlet! I had no idea they would send me a Glossy Tortoise Shell which looks fab with my natural hair color. They also design limited edition pairs that are seriously super cool. If I were to set myself up with Knockaround entourage, these would be the colors I’d choose. 


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Awesome for Activities

No bouncy bounce for me when I ran a fast 5k in my Pool Blue Sunsets. They fit my face perfectly. I like how the frames are wide. It’s like they were made for my wide round face. No glare from the polarized lenses either. Check me out at mile 2.85 at the StartLine Racing last race of their Sunrise Series in Glendale, AZ. Happy runner indeed!


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Crazy Affordable

You heard me mention this before. I’m on a budget. NBD though cause Knockarounds are crazy affordable. They range from $15-35 a pair. You read that correctly. No triple digit price tags. Low double-digit price tags here! That means I can sign up for more races and continue to keep my son on swim team. Every penny counts in my household. 


Happy Shopping

You know that pretty much all of my gear reviews come with a discount code, so here it is! Apply code BibRaveKnocks20 to your order for 20%. Good till 9/30 and one code per person. https://knockaround.com/ Happy Shopping!

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