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Julbo Fury Review

A lightweight model with good coverage and a secure fit
Julbo Fury
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Price:  $140 List | $139.95 at REI
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Pros:  Reasonably priced, lightweight, secure
Cons:  Smaller fit, only one lens included, no rigid carrying case
Manufacturer:   Julbo
By Zach Wick ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 25, 2022
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  • Lens Quality - 20% 9.0
  • Fit and Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Coverage - 20% 7.0
  • Frame Quality - 15% 8.0
  • Field Performance - 25% 8.0

Our Verdict

With one of the lightest weights in our test, the Julbo Fury still manages to provide solid coverage. These full-framed glasses fit close to the face and stay firmly planted when the going gets rough. The polycarbonate Spectron 3 lens that we tested provides clear, distortion-free optics, transmits 12% of visible light, and is big enough to cover almost your full field of vision. The frame is flexible but has a tighter fit than some of the most comfortable sunglasses we tested. Mountain bikers looking for a pair of durable, securely fitting sunglasses would be well served to give this model a look.

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Pros Reasonably priced, lightweight, secureInexpensive, three lenses included, good optics, good dust and debris protectionInexpensive, great coverage, three lenses includedVery inexpensive, comes with 3 lenses, good coverage, available in multiple frame colorsInexpensive, good coverage, good optics
Cons Smaller fit, only one lens included, no rigid carrying caseDifficult lens swaps, can fog easily when stoppingInsecure fit on smaller heads, below-average fog preventionMinor lens distortion, do not increase contrastNo case, limited versatility
Bottom Line A lightweight model with good coverage and a secure fitAn impressive value with high-coverage, high-performance, and three lenses included at a reasonable priceAn affordable model with great coverage that works best for larger heads and road bikingYou get a lot for your money with these very inexpensive shadesAn updated classic that's great for road cycling but work in a limited range of light conditions
Rating Categories Julbo Fury Tifosi Sledge Tifosi Rail X-Tiger Polarized Scott Sport Shield
Lens Quality (20%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Fit and Comfort (20%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
Coverage (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
Frame Quality (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Field Performance (25%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Julbo Fury Tifosi Sledge Tifosi Rail X-Tiger Polarized Scott Sport Shield
Fit Large Large-Extra Large Large-Extra Large Large Medium-Large
Number of Lenses Included 1 3 3 3 1
Lens Tested Spectron 3 CF - Smoke/multilayer red Smoke, Clear, AC Red Clarion Blue, AC Red, Clear Clear/Mirrored/Polarized Red Chrome
Ideal Lens Light Conditions All Clear: Low light
Smoke: Bright light
AC Red: Medium to bright light
Clear: Low light, Clarion Blue: Bright light, AC Red: Medium to bright light Clear: Low light Mirrored: Bright light. Polarized: Bright light/water Bright light
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) 12% not specified not specified not specified not specified
VLT Protection Index Cat 3 unknown unknown unknown unknown
Ideal Activity road/mountain/gravel biking road/mountain biking, running, backcountry skiing, golf, fishing, hiking road/mountain/gravel biking road/mountain biking, running, fishing, backcountry skiing, golf, hiking road biking, running, backcountry skiing, fishing, hiking
Polarized No No No 1 of the three lenses No
Lens Material polycarbonate plastic- polycarbonate polycarbonate "highly flexible resin lens" plastic
Lens Type cylindrical cylindrical cylindrical cylindrical cylindrical
Neutral/Contrast Neutral Increased contrast Increased contrast Neutral Neutral
UV Protection 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
HEV/Blue Light Protection Unkonwn Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Impact Resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Protective Coatings None None None not specified None
Weight (grams) 23 39 31 32 33
Case Included Microfiber cleaning/storage bag Rigid zippered case and soft cleaning/storage bag Rigid zippered case and soft cleaning/storage bag Rigid zippered case and soft cleaning/storage bag Microfiber cleaning/storage bag

Our Analysis and Test Results

Julbo isn't necessarily the first name that we think of when tracking down a new pair of sunglasses, but this French company has been around for more than a century. With roots in mountaineering eyewear, Julbo has expanded to provide sunglasses for everything from trail running to sailing. The Fury is a recent addition to their mountain bike-specific lineup.

Performance Comparison


Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - we tested the dark blue/green gray furys with the spectron 3cf lens.
We tested the Dark Blue/Green Gray Furys with the Spectron 3CF lens.
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Lens Quality


The Fury is available with a variety of lens options, but each pair only comes with one lens. You'll want to make sure that you select the best lens for your typical riding light conditions if you end up going with this model. We tested the Spectron 3CF lens that transmits 12% of visible light, and we found that it works best in bright light conditions. Riding in dappled light or transitioning between bright and shaded areas we found that this lens was a little bit dark. The Fury is also available with Julbo's Reactiv photochromic lens, which adjusts its light transmission based on the light conditions.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - the spectron 3cf lens holds up well against scratches and scuffs.
The Spectron 3CF lens holds up well against scratches and scuffs.
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The Fury's base-5 cylindrical lens provides sharp, distortion-free optics, and we couldn't discern any difference in optical quality from the other high-end lenses we tested. Additionally, the lens held up incredibly well during our test process. Despite a few brushes with trailside branches and being dropped on the ground more than once, our Spectron 3CF lens was no worse for wear after our test session.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - while secure, we found the fury to fit a bit on the narrower side.
While secure, we found the Fury to fit a bit on the narrower side.
Credit: Zach Wick

Fit and Comfort


The Fury has an incredibly secure fit, but it isn't the most comfortable model that we tested. The frame fits a little bit narrow, which means that the arms squeeze fairly tight against the sides of your head. This contributes to the secure fit, but it also meant that we developed some discomfort at the sides of the head when wearing these glasses for long periods of time. For situations where we needed our glasses to stay put on our faces, though, we appreciated the tight fit. It's nice not having to worry about your sunglasses rattling off of your face when you're focusing on the trail ahead.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - elastomers at the temples are designed to improve comfort and absorb...
Elastomers at the temples are designed to improve comfort and absorb shock.
Credit: Zach Wick

Coverage


at 53mm tall and 131mm wide, the Fury doesn't have the biggest lens in the test. Regardless, the close fit and full-frame mean that these glasses actually provide solid coverage. While wearing them you can see the edges of the frame in your periphery, but it isn't enough to be distracting or cause issues with your field of vision while riding.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - the lens isn't the biggest that we tested, but it provides solid...
The lens isn't the biggest that we tested, but it provides solid coverage.
Credit: Zach Wick

Out on the trail or road, these lenses provide enough coverage to keep you from wincing at oncoming bugs or brush. The polycarbonate lens is shatterproof and should provide solid impact protection (luckily we didn't get a chance to put this to the test.)

Frame Quality


Julbo doesn't specify the material that comprises the Fury's frame, but it's similar in strength and flexibility to the Grilamid TR90 material that some of our favorite glasses in the test use. It is flexible enough to provide a decent range of comfortable fit and rigid enough to give the glasses some structure. The nose piece and arm tips feature grippy soft material that Julbo claims helps to absorb shock and contributes to the secure fit. Overall the frame construction is solid and we don't have any durability concerns.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - we were pleasantly surprised at how well these glasses performed...
We were pleasantly surprised at how well these glasses performed while mountain biking.
Credit: Zach Wick

Field Performance


Out on the trails, the Fury performed admirably. Ultimately, we have no real complaints about the way these glasses performed in the field, but they didn't quite stack up with the best models in the test. The mid-size lens provides solid coverage and protection, the ventilated design means that fogging isn't a huge issue, and the grippy nose and arm tip pieces mean that they stayed in place well. While their performance was solid all around, they didn't wow us in any one specific area.

Style


The Fury's styling isn't quite as over the top as some of the more gaudy models that we tested, but the reflective Spectron 3CF lens will still stand out in a crowd. The styling is distinctively more casual than the Julbo Aero, and it fits in well with the current trend of large, high-coverage sunglasses.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - unlike most glasses we tested, the fury doesn't come with a hard...
Unlike most glasses we tested, the Fury doesn't come with a hard storage case.
Credit: Zach Wick

Case Quality


Along with its sibling, the Julbo Aero, the Fury is one of the only models we tested that doesn't come with some kind of rigid storage case. Instead, these glasses just come with the standard microfiber storage and cleaning bag. These glasses are on the more affordable end of the spectrum, but we're still a bit disappointed that Julbo doesn't include a protective storage case.

Value


These sunglasses are a decent value, but we think there are better options among the models that we tested. The Tifosi Sledge comes at a lower price and outperformed the Fury at just about every turn. The Sledge also includes three lens options and a rigid storage case. If you're a big fan of the Fury's styling they're a solid option, but otherwise, we feel there are better values available.

Conclusion


The Fury is a solid pair of sunglasses, but it doesn't quite stack up with the best that we tested. That said, if you're looking for a new lightweight pair of mountain biking sunglasses that will stay in place on your head, these are a decent option to consider.

Julbo Fury cycling sunglasses - the fury is indeed a nice pair of shades, but they don't stand out...
The Fury is indeed a nice pair of shades, but they don't stand out in a competitive field of cycling sunglasses.
Credit: Zach Wick

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