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Adventurer and French geophysicist Eric Brossier first crossed paths with Essilor CEO Hubert Sagineres during a trek in Canada. From a casual discussion about eyewear endurance came a partnership, and with it the Brossier family’s year trial of testing Essilor’s eyewear solutions in the Polar Circle.
The Brossiers spent an entire year on their expedition in Grise Fiord, Canada researching weather and wildlife patterns. They used theXperioUV polarized sunglasses to protect against photokeratitis, cataracts and skin cancer around the eyelids; and Crizal lenses to reduce glare during activities.
One year later, the results are in and have been analyzed.
Four aspects were tested in the Crizal trial: transparency, glare reduction, smudge protection and ease of cleaning. There were two sets of equipment, a pack with Crizal and a pack without Crizal. Results show that the pack with Crizal had more significant smudge protection and glare reduction and was given a higher rating in every category when compared to the non-Crizal pack (see chart below).
Eric Brossier noted his preference in his journal, “When the light is strong, lateral glare can be very annoying, especially inside the boat because of the glass surface of the cockpit. Global comfort with the Pack A (with Crizal) was clearly higher than the Pack B (without Crizal).”
Eric and his family were given Xperio UV polarized lenses to help with the extreme varying light conditions. Seven aspects were tested: overall satisfaction, protection, glare reduction, smudge protection, color contrast, color of the lenses and ease of cleaning. Two sets of equipment were given to the crew, Xperio polarized sun lenses and non-polarized lenses.
France Brossier said in her notebook that she “completely adopted” to the Xperio lenses and when she had to switch she “felt less protected.”
As the crew was exposed to the harsh climate and intense sunlight reflection of the Polar Circle, they needed a high-performance sun solution that had maximum protection and perfect vision in extreme conditions. Crizal and Xperio met and exceeded their expectations.
Freezing temperatures (try negative 40 degrees Farenheit), harsh winds, a midnight sun and polar nights are difficult conditions for anyone to withstand, yet alone parents with young kids. Over a period of four months, French scientist Eric Brossier and his family carried out a number of tests for indoor and outdoor Essilor eyewear. After analyzing the results, research found Crizal and XperioUV were the most effective in reducing glare, smudge and had the best ease of cleaning and transparency. Next time you’re considering your next adventure, consider this: if Essilor’s products are good for conditions in the Polar Circle, they would be good for you, too.