A review of the Under Armour Igniter 2.0 Sunglasses

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To start off, I’d like to talk about some of the features marketed by Under Armour for this model, and sum up what makes it a choice for not only runner’s, but athletes in general. Was this product made specifically for runners? No. These are marketed as baseball sunglasses. Fact is, my car’s back seat and trunk contain a whole bunch sunglasses, with which I use on a regular basis for running, although none of which are marketed as “running” sunglasses. It just so happens my favorites are made for purposes that have general athletic use-ability. Does the UA Igniter 2.0? Yes. The thing is, running is a part of almost every sport, so an athletic pair of glasses is going to be ideal for running by default.

Which brings me to the point: These are great for running. Are they one of my favorites? Not particularly. Did they perform well? Exceptionally. Here are the specifics.

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Features of the Under Armour Igniter 2.0 Sunglasses

  • They are made of a lightweight frame consisting of titanium and grilamid. They call this ArmourFusion.
  •  ArmourSight – This is their technology implemented into the lens. Translated: The outer edges of the lenses aren’t darkened to a degree that hinders your peripheral sight, giving an estimated 20% better visual. They tailored the design to allow more peripheral sight, and made the lenses more durable, estimated ten times more than ordinary lenses.
  • The lenses are coated, preventing scratches and smudges, which, in turn, keeps the reflective capabilities optimized. This is their Multiflection coating.
  • Adjustable Nosepad – Non hinged. In adjusting you are bending the metal insert holding the rubber pad to the frame.
  • UA AutoGrip Temples – This allows for extreme flexibility of the arms (temples) to accommodate for head shape, and allow for a very comfortable fit
  • Lens Protection – 100% protection against UVA, UVB and UVC rays

It’s worth mentioning that all UA performance shades offer the same UVA, UVB and UVC protection.

Well, those are the specs. Now, what’s the opinion, How did they perform, and what are my thoughts?

Functionality

Remember ArmourFusion? Well, here it is, translated and reviewed: The joints of the temples respond very well, and snap into place perfectly. The engineering in this aspect is A-grade. Flabby temples are annoying. The material at the split of the joints is very firm, rounded on the edges of the inside to allow a perfect fold and hold. The frame itself is not extremely firm, almost as if flexing it enough would cause it to crease, rather than crack. The arms/temples themselves are extremely flexible.

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What about the AutoGrip Temples? As you can see, they flex very well. A picture is a thousand words, and here’s a display of them in action. Quite a bit of shades offer flexible temples, but it’s a significant factor nonetheless. You can see where the flexible material ends, and where the firm harder plastic of the frame will come around the contour of your head. This allows for the temples to have a firm squeeze and hold, while they offer enough “give” to not put too much pressure on your head. They hold very well. The only thing slipping was me trying to read a text while running.

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UV Protection

When it comes to protecting your sensitive eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, these do well. As stated above, they are supposed to provide complete protection against uva, uvb, and uvc rays. If you are yet to know the harmful affects direct sunlight can have on your eyes, make sure to look into the studies. It’s a pretty big deal..

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Polarization

One of the more annoying things about moving in the direction of the sun is not being able to see a thing. The brightness of the sun can be a problem when you need to be aware of oncoming pedestrians and/or vehicles (or anything really) and at the very least is extremely annoying. While these do reflect the sunlight and nullify the effect to a degree, they are not polarized so you will not get full glare protection. Did I run into any walls, or trip over any dogs? No, but it’s always convenient to not have to squint every time the sun wants to poke out at you.

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Comfort and Fit

I can say they fit well, but let me explain something with this model in particular, and this is also present in other sunglasses too, but not all, and not all to the same degree of effectiveness.

The harder material the frame is made of extends significantly past the joint, extended to a point where the stiffness of this portion can press/guide the flexible material that makes up the majority of the arms’ lengths to provide a perfect hold, while the arms flex to compensate for the shape of the head, properly conforming as needed. This allows for a really tight hold without feeling the pressure against your head, and also doubles for allowing proper fit for a wide range of head sizes/shapes, allowing it to be labeled Once-size-fits-all accurately.

It’s worth mentioning that I don’t usually have a problem with fit – although I usually purchase sized sunglasses, not One-Size-Fits-All. For a one size fits all, these hit the mark, but again, I prefer sizing options as you can generally get a more tailored fit, if you know your size, and if the sunglasses in question are true to size, which is a bit difficult if you don’t know your brand.

If you have a hard time finding the correct size for you – great option here.

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Style

Looks aren’t everything, but I definitely consider and appreciate a nice looking pair of shades. My son says i’m pretty ugly, but the shades make me look okay, although they definitely look better on him. He’s the most critical tester I know, and he gave them a pass in this aspect, so I will have to.

They look cool and definitely have some style points. There’s no extreme aesthetic differences from most other performance/sports sunglasses, although are the only pair I own with a transparent frame but you can get them in a few different style options including a solid frame color.

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The good:

Under Armour decided to go produce this model with a mirrored lens, rather than the standard, which they also have for this model. I only wear mirrored lenses, so if otherwise, they would not even have been considered.

One size fits all – and they actually fit really well.

Perfect fold and hold! The arms snap back, forth and hold so well! No flimsiness.

Mirrored Lens – I only wear mirrored, because it’s cool. Not! I started the habit when I would hike in the high Sierras during Winter to combat the reflection and blindness the massive amounts of snow caused. I didn’t see a reason to go back to standard lenses, plus I like the look. Being polarized is more effective, but that’s combo not present here. For running they are sufficient.

Flexible arms (temples) – This is a major plus for the “fit-ability”, and helps relieve excess pressure on the contact points.

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The bad:

Sadly, these are not polarized and do not offer the option for polarized lenses on this model.

Adjustable nose-pad is based on non-hinged technology – basically you bend a piece of metal that the rubber pad conforms to. I think it’s obvious the issue here – too much bending back and forth will ultimately leave you with two halves. Make sure you decide on a position, and leave it, problem solved.

Conclusion – They perform well, just about as well as many other sunglasses out but do have some key points as mentioned above. If the style is yours, and you want a great fitting, comfortable, fairly universal pair of sunglasses that will get you through your runs or outdoor athletic activities, without having to spend a massive amount on extremely feature-rich shades, these are a good option. They’re well balanced, and offer the UV protection and coverage you would need, without too much extra. The material, its flexibility and durability are up to par with today’s sunglass tech, and they certainly aren’t low quality, although not the best, but again, average/mid range price. Verdict – a great option to consider.

The best aspect of the Under Armour Igniter 2.0 mirrored sunglasses – The fit.

Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • UVA, UVB UVC Protection
  • ArmourFusion Frame
  • ArmourSight Lens
  • UA Autogrip Temples
  • Price: See Here
Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • UVA, UVB UVC Protection
  • ArmourFusion Frame
  • ArmourSight Lens
  • UA Autogrip Temples
  • Price: See Here
Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • Under Armour Igniter 2.0
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • UVA, UVB UVC Protection
  • ArmourFusion Frame
  • ArmourSight Lens
  • UA Autogrip Temples
  • Price: See Here

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