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Believe it or not, I’m a somewhat new adopter of running with sunglasses. For the first few years of my running journey, I scoffed at the idea of wearing sunglasses as I figured they would bounce around or fall down while I was in motion. Between carrying my phone and iPod, I didn’t need another item to adjust mid-run.
Fast forward to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas expo in 2019. I was wandering around, checking out the booths per usual when I came across one selling Knockaround sunglasses. I would usually just walk past booths like this, but the flashy design and group of runners lining up to buy them piqued my interest. I picked up a pair of their Clear Jelly Purple Premiums Sport and skeptically tried them on. The fit immediately felt different than my glam Hollywood sunglasses I rock in my day to day life, they actually had a secure and comfortable feel. I spent a few minutes chatting with the rep at the booth and figured why not give them a try since they were only $25.
Leaving the expo, I wasn’t prepared to mess with a new running accessory during my full marathon that weekend- I was just focused on surviving it! However, once I was back home I ventured out on my shakeout run, this time with my new Knockaround sunglasses on. After a mile in they were staying in place, but I was sure as the miles went on that they’d lose their grip between the sweat and bouncing of my run. To my surprise they stayed put for the entire 6 miles and shielded my eyes from the sun and bugs (ya know, those lovely days where the aphids are out en masse?). This thanks in large part to their rubber nose pads that prevent the sunglasses from moving around. After showering, I immediately went online and ordered two more pairs to have a small rotation. Since then I’ve acquired somewhat of a running sunglass addiction (thanks, Knockaround!) and have over 10 pairs in a variety of vibrant colors…and counting! I’m actually placing an order tonight (shhh!). I’m guilty of matching my running outfit as often as possible, so the countless color and pattern varieties that Knockaround has is a perfect compliment.
Although I’m a diehard Premiums Sport fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try Knockaround’s Pacific Palisades collection. Alike the Premiums Sport, the Pacific Palisades have UV400 protection and FDA approved impact resistant lenses, however the design is inspired by days chillin’ at the beach. As you’ve probably figured out, I’m pretty picky about my sunglasses, so I wasn’t sure how I found feel about this new design. When my Vintage Rose pair arrived, I immediately noticed the sleek design. I tried them on and to be honest, at first I didn’t think they looked good on me. In all fairness, I feel like my face shape can make it hard to wear a lot of different sunglass designs. I wasn’t ready to give up on them just yet, so I wore them a few additional times and they really have grown on me. While they may not be my typical style, they add a fun flair to my everyday outfits, breaking up my mostly black wardrobe. These glasses are also only $25 but you would never notice, they look expensive! So much so that I’ve received more compliments on these sunglasses than any of my other everyday pairs that cost over $100.
Knockaround has other styles as well, including Fort Knocks, Torrey Pines, and Deja Views to name a few. All styles cater to a different lifestyle or fashion preference, so regardless of what type of sunglass you are looking for, Knockaround likely can meet that need. Most of their sunglasses are $25, however a few of their styles and custom sunglasses range from $30-35. Oh, did I forget to mention you can customize your own sunglasses? How amazing is that?! With their custom sunglass builder, you get to be the designer by selecting your own frame color/design, lenses, and even the color of your “K” logo. This is perfect for a gift- the holidays are right around the corner (hint, hint!).
So whether you are looking for a new running accessory or a durable pair of everyday sunglasses, Knockaround has you covered!