Tuesday, June 20, 2017

REVIEW: Knockaround Sunglasses (& GIVEAWAY)

If you know me, you know I love my sunnies. And let's just say, THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER! #BangarangRufio

These are just a few of the pairs of sunnies I have around the house...

Confession: The majority of my sunglasses are freebies from race events (I literally think I only bought one of the pairs and they were maybe $15 from Target). Seeing as they're mostly cheap, I don't worry about losing, scratching or breaking them. They're sort of like chapstick... They're a necessity, but I'm shocked if I can see 'em through till the end.

So when the kick-butt (and local - YAY for San Diego companies) folks at Knockaround offered to send me a couple pairs of their sunglasses to try out, you know I didn't even have to think about my answer. #HeckToTheYesPlease


As you can see from the pairs they sent, it's like they knew my style! I may have gasped when I opened the box (not only because of their kindness for sending me SIX pairs, but also because they were just so purrrrrty!). When I opened the package from Knockaround the hubby noticed how generous they were and asked which pair(s) he could have. I reluctantly offered him a single pair (but at least I was kind enough to give him first choice ;) #BestWifeAward).

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Living in SoCal, we wear sunglasses the majority of the year (in case you didn't know, we occasionally have to deal with some sub-par weather - mostly "May Gray" and "June Gloom - but 90% of the year it's in the 60/70s and sunshiny). As opposed to the HIGH sunshine tax we're forced to pay, I see wearing sunnies as a small price to pay for paradise.

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We have been rocking these sunnies for the past couple months and we each give them two thumbs up. I'd say on any given day, there's a 95% chance we are rocking Knockarounds. They've been used while hiking Half Dome, working out in the rain, walking with the pup, running to Yosemite Falls, lounging at the pool, racing and just living life.


May Gray brought some drizzle during one of our runs. Wearing sunnies helped so I wasn't getting pelted in the eyes by the drops!

If you follow me on Instagram {@CarleeMcDot}, then you've probably seen these pics, but they're too good not to share! #KnockFan

I think my favorite model are the Classics (I like the thicker arms, they seem to stay in place a little better while running) and the hubby loves the Polarized feature. The colors are AMAZEBALLS and the fact that you can customize your sunnies (you can get as cray-cray as you'd like) is FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! The possibilities are literally ENDLESS!

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PS I love how the founder came up with the name... It totally sounds like my dad (and I can smell the fresh cut grass)!

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And because I love you, I was able to sweet talk my contact at Knockaround to give THREE of you the chance to win a pair - just in time for summer! Entering is easy, all you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below and then cross your fingers (and maybe toes... but not your eyes... never your eyes... my mom told me if you do, they could stay like that ;))! Each winner will be able to select any pair of sunglasses currently in stock as their prize (not including custom orders).
This giveaway will run through Monday, June 26th at 11:59pm PST. The winners will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account and have 24 hours to claim their prize. All entries are verified, so be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected in your place (I don't want you missing out on a technicality).


How do you normally protect your eyes from the sun?

80 comments:

Leah said...

I wear sunglasses all year too! I don't have the pleasure of living in sunny CA, but I still need them to keep my eyes safe.

Fritz said...

I'm like you and were tons of freebies/cheapo sunglasses from races and Walmart. I play a lot of sand volleyball, so they get scratched up or thrown to the side if the sun goes down. I could always use more sunglasses.

Unknown said...

i wish the races i ran gave out sunnies!!!! i have a good collection of random sunglasses, but i seem to lose them all the time! - kim k.

Kelly Wu said...

I have been converted to cheapo sunglasses in the past few years after losing one too many more expensive pairs. And go figure, the cheapo ones seem to last forever! I basically have a pair in every bag I own so I'm never without - the Florida sun is harsh!

Meg said...

Sunglasses or a hat during running!

apazwife said...

I usually wear a hat.

Jennifer said...

Cheap sunglasses I get from festivals.

KookyRunner said...

I currently use a pair of Nike sunglasses.

KimJ said...

Love love the colors! I mostly wear my Rx sunnies, but not to run, as it makes me feel wobbly.

jenk said...

I wear sunglasses ALL the time!! They are my favorite accessory!

Krysta Jensen said...

What a great giveaway! Right now I have my expensive Oakleys that I mainly use for driving so they don't get scratched and 2 pair of really beat up cheapies.

jessiewynne said...

I usually wear a backwards hat (that I can flip around if things get too bright) and a pair of freebie sunglasses! I wear them year round - snow glares can be just as bad as the summer sun!

Jodi Stuber said...

These look so fun! I have tiofosis that I run in and love but these would be a fun switch up!

agphotography said...

Love these sunnies! My go to for running shades! 😎

Caitlin said...

I am the WORST at wearing sunglasses and I'm trying to get better so I can protect my eyes. A pair of these would certainly help with that! :)

MVB said...

While running I mainly rely on shade from my hat, but as summer is cranking up that isn't enough anymore. I have a pair of sunglasses from another brand, but I hate how they look.

Katie said...

I always wear regular glasses, so when I wear sunnies I need ones that will fit over my seeing glasses (because I'm THAT cool), so I generally have cheapies. But the style of these are what I prefer.
Or I wear hats, or visors.

Chelsea Stockdale said...

I've been wanting to try these cute sunglasses for a while now! There are a few others I've seen people wearing but they're all so cute!!! I love wearing bright colorful sunglasses because they just make any day better! :)

Briana said...

I used to wear a running brand, but have switched to the inexpensive and free pairs. Been wanting to check out knockaround!

Laura said...

Usually by squinting but I've been complaining that I need some decent sunglasses for months!

Natalie said...

I am really bad about protecting my eyes during the summer. Most sunglasses give me headaches, but I do wear a visor when I remember to pack it.

Sarah S. said...

I also have the headache problem with sunglasses...I think my head is a bit large for some of them. But I almost always wear a hat during sunny summer runs!

Lori Thornton said...

I have to admit, maybe I'm weird, I like to call Sunglassed my Sun Goggles. I'm not sure when, where, or why this came about, but I definitely know I was in my 30's when this became a thing.

Sadie Beery said...

I like to wear sunglasses and a hat in the summer.
Sadie B.

maria hernandez said...

Loved your blog Carlee!!! I also lose my glasses easily like you!

Amy Jo said...

Either a hat or my Knockaround sunglasses! I ordered my first pair after you mentioned them a couple weeks ago.

Anya said...

I work outside and have super sensitive eyes so I'm a sunglasses 100% of the time gal (even in may gray/June gloom!) I go through then way to often!

laura pignataro said...

I'm in Northern California, so yep, sunglasses are a must! I also wear a hat or visor when running cause I really can't stand any glare on my face!

Daniell Vecchione said...

I always have a pair of sunglasses on, but have yet to find/try a pair I like while running. Normally just use my visor as protection :)

bexisrad said...

Who doesn't love/want/need more sunglasses?! Especially if you're outdoors often and live in Socal!

JessicaS said...

I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes, but like you I never spend money on sunglasses! The ones I have are cheap and don't have much life left in them.

Avanna O'Brien said...

I LOVE Knockaround Sunglasses so much!! They literally don't move!! Cheap and awesome! Love reading your blog and Instagram posts! ☺️

Erica @ Erica Finds said...

I constantly forget or lose my sunglasses so would love to have a few colorful, fun ones to add into the mix!

Michelle B said...

I wear sunglasses or run in the EARRRRLLLLY morning so you don't have to worry about the crazy hot sun.

Sarah Welch said...

Sunglasses and trucker hats

Ken Christensen said...

I wear a hat with a visor

Lisa Verdon said...

I wear the cheap sunglasses you get at races:) hahha!

Christy said...

Sunglasses, a visor, or both!

melissa said...

I always wear a hat or visor.

Peanutruns said...

With KNOCKAROUNDS! :)

Jessy said...

Like you I wear a lot of free or freeish sunglasses! I love not worrying about losing them or scratching them. So excited to check these ones out!!

aharman83 said...

Living in the desert (29 Palms), we ALWAYS have to have sunglasses. When you live in nonstop sun, they are a necessity

Sara Dean said...

I have a cheapo pair of glasses from target, but i always habe glasses on! they say the lighter your eye color the more sensitive you are to light.....well i have light green eyes... always blinded and squinty outside lol!

Unknown said...

I love bright, colorful sunglasses!

Running Ragged said...

Living in Florida, I wear sunglasses daily! I have a pairs stashed everywhere!

Jennifer Marcum said...

I wear Headsweats visors (usually running before the sun comes up good) & sometimes sunglasses. I've been curious about Knockarounds.

Jennifer Flynn said...

Sunglasses. I have 1 pair of Knockarounds and love them. I obviously want to add to the collection!

Chantelle Is Me said...

I really don't protect my eyes enough :( I know I should! Maybe a new pair of sunglasses is the perfect thing ;)

Jodi Hipke said...

I need to wear sunglasses more often! And I live in Arizona! I should know better. I've seen these and wanted to check them out so this would be a perfect opportunity.

selah said...

I wear sunglasses and a visor

Samantha Hopkins said...

Living in South Texas, sunglasses are a must! I also have a love affair with visors.

John Niedzwiecki said...

I'm huge on sunglasses. My brand of choice is XX2i, but I love all the colors these ones offer. Sometimes you just want lively glasses.

Katherine Pease said...

I think Boulder gets about as much sun as SoCal so I always keep some sunglasses on hand. Love the colors and your enthusiasm Carlee!

Kristine Lewis said...

I'm really interested in trying these, my Goodr ones didn't live up to the dirty hard life of trails.

Julie said...

sunglasses and a hat

Anonymous said...

I would love to try these!

jennifer said...

I love all the colors. I usually protect my eyes with a cheap pair of sunglasses or visor or both . . usually I forget one or the other

Julie Ong said...

Haha! My favorite are ones I got from a Froyo run! Just checked out Knockarounds site and I will definitely be ordering some.... Once I can make up my mind which one(s) can't believe I didn't look into this earlier. I, too, am a Target sunglass wearer and have gone through too many pairs

Kyle B. said...

I wear sunglasses all the time! Gotta protect those eyes.

Danielle said...

I ALWAYS wear sunglasses! My migraines are triggered by light sensitivity so I never leave home without them!

Toni @ Running, Loving, Living said...

I wear sunglasses and sometimes a visor or a hat

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity said...

I always wear sunglasses - even when it isn't that sunny out. The brightness affects my eyes, so it is very rare to see me out without sunglasses.

Danielle Fogerty said...

I generally don't wear sunglasses to run, but I wear them everywhere else

Crissie Clark Woolard said...

I wear sunglasses and or a hat. What a great fun giveaway. Thank you so much

Catherine said...

We wear sunglasses all the time here at FL beaches, but I'm like you, cheap Target ones or freebies (usually sporting some tacky logo on the arm!) My son got a pair of Knockarounds as a gift for his communion and I'm constantly stealing his! haha!

Leslie H. said...

I wear sunglasses all the time now that we live in Texas!

Kellenator said...

Living in Colorado, I'm closer to the sun than most of the US ;) I need some sunnies!

Sarah Snyder said...

Love wearing fun sunnies! Gotta protect those eyes! What better way than with some bright Summer colors!

gelcys castaneda said...

LOVE the colors! I have an array of sunglasses I MUST wear in the hit Florida sun!

theslowsheep said...

Cheap sunglasses! Would totally dig a nice pair!

Tiff M said...

i wear sunglasses every day!! and a hat for extra protection

Terra Heck said...

I usually wear sunglasses when out in the sun. Sometimes I'll also wear a visor to protect my eyes and face from the rays. Thanks.
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Jorge Mendez said...

I totally connect with the "Knockaround" concept, except I called them "beater" since i could beat them around. Great blog!

FireRunner2379 said...

Does squinting count...Haha! Really, its usually a hat and sometimes its shades!

Lauren S said...

I rock sunglasses and a hat usually. I love Knockarounds!

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I always wear sunglasses with UV protection
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katy_dyer said...

I always wear sunglasses even if the sun isn't shining! I grew up in Phoenix and now live in Orange County, thus I have been wearing sunglasses all of my life. I find that sunglasses also protect my eyes if it is raining and they are important for running in the snow. I've been wearing nike for year, but they are beat up now and I would love to try a colorful pari of Knockaround sunnies. :o)

Lourdes said...

I normally don't wear sunglasses while running. I don't have "running" glasses and I don't want to wear my "fancy" ones. I usually wear a visor.

Stephanie Abdon said...

Visor

Taylor Closet said...

I usually wear a sun hat.