The French brand Julbo is more than a hundred years old. The brand was named after his founder, Jules Baud, who was an optician from the Jura region (France). He launched his very first glasses in 1888 in Morez, in the valley of the French eyewear industry. In the early 20th century he worked together with the Chamonix crystal-hunters to design efficient Julbo sunglasses delivering the best possible eye protection in the high mountains. Julbo’s creations marked the beginning of an optical sun protection adventure, but the brand became really famous with the introduction of the iconic Vermont glacier sunglasses. Throughout the years, it has become a benchmark brand for many elite athletes in the mountaineering world. The product range has expanded and today the brand is offering complete series of Julbo ski goggles and Julbo ski helmets. The French brand is leading the outdoor sunglasses market thanks to quality lenses and advanced technological innovations. Their glasses feature innovative lenses such as the high performance Zebra photochromic lenses, the NXT, or the Cameleon lenses that are both photochromic and polarized. Julbo supports many iconic athletes and accompanies them, whether they are Nordic or Cross skiers, or freeriders. Don’t hesitate any longer, you’re sure to find a product tailored to your favorite sport within the Julbo range.
Completely revolutionary at the time, the "Cristalliers" glasses allowed the Julbo brand to make a name for itself in the world of optics at the beginning of the 20th century. These technical glasses, which had long been sought after by professionals in the Chamonix region, offered a unique protection in the mountains at the time. Their secret: an additional side lens to prevent burns from oblique rays and their reflection on snow and ice.
1950 - VERMONT / THE FIRST GLACIER GLASSES
Julbo has revolutionized the eyewear world by introducing the Vermont model. With the Vermont sunglasses, it has become possible to reach high altitudes without damaging the eyes. This new kind of glasses called the "Glacier glasses" marked the beginning of the golden age of mountaineering and the conquest of the world's highest peaks. Glacier glasses rapidly found an audience among mountaineers and celebrities of all kinds.e.
1970 - THE JULBO SUNGLASSES TESTED ON THE HIGHEST SUMMITS OF THE WORLD!
In order to offer high quality products capable of coping with the most extreme weather conditions, the company entrusted Yannick Seigneur with the task of testing its new designs on mythical peaks exceeding 8,000 meters. This is how the famous Everest, Makalu and Annapurna glasses were developed.
1980 - THE PEAK OF ALPINISM
In the 1980s, mountaineering was a booming activity, with some memorable successes and a series of incredible summits conquered. At that time, the company sponsored all these adventures, such as the three summits over 8,000 meters that Eric Escoffier climbed in less than three weeks, or Patrick Gabarrou's famous "Voyage du Gab", which involved climbing seven north faces in the Mont Blanc massif in just three days.
1990 - TECHNICAL ADVANCED GLASSES AND GLASSES ADAPTED TO THE YOUNGEST SKIERS.
Thanks to its experience in extreme conditions, Julbo launched its Nautic range in the 1990s suitable for the oceans. And it was Franck Cammas who was in charge of testing these new nautical sunglasses capable of withstanding salty seawater, gale force winds and the most intense light reflections. This decade also witnessed the introduction of the first Julbo children's sunglasses and a complete range for babies designed with ergonomic and durable characteristics in mind.
2000 - ULTRA-VERSATILE MULTI-ACTIVITY GLASSES.
Suitable for all sports, Julbo develops models adapted to each sport and versatile glasses capable of adapting to all situations. The partnership with Mike Horn has enabled Julbo to further enhance its technical expertise and offer state-of-the-art glasses. Whatever your favourite outdoor sport is (Trail, Mountain biking, Rock climbing...) Julbo offers the perfect sunglasses.
2010 - MULTIPLICATION OF JULBO LENSES
As a pioneer in technological innovation, Julbo continues to develop numerous technical lenses, such as the photochromic Zebra, Zeba Light, Octopus and Falcon lenses, as well as its famous RX TREM lens, which enables wearers of glasses to enjoy the quality of the Julbo sunglasses while practicing their favourite sport.
2020 - DEVELOPMENT OF THE REACTIV PHOTOCHROMIC RANGE
A decade of development and experimentation in all sports has led Julbo to once again develop its photochromic range of glasses that adapt instantly to different light conditions, regardless of the weather, for ultra-precise vision. The brand's popular lenses have undergone a complete name change: farewell to Zebra, Camleon and Octopus and hello to Reactiv Performance, Reactiv High Mountain and Reactiv Nautic. These new generation lenses are manufactured by low temperature casting and benefit from a photochromic coating to ensure a lifetime of effectiveness. This type of manufacturing process provides exceptional transparency and stability over time while ensuring the product remains light, impact resistant and solvent resistant. The entire range of Reactiv Photochromic lenses conform to the most advanced technical criteria such as speed of adaptation, amplitude of the photochromic range, lens colour and polarization. The Reactiv range is made up of more than 7 different photochromic lenses in order to accommodate all types of utilisations!