The 2017 convention season is starting to pick up so we thought we’d share a bit about the upcoming events where you can find GUNNAR. There’s not much else in this world that gives us all the nerd-chills as much as hanging out in some foreign city, seeing friends, checking out the latest games and equipment, and eating a lot of unhealthy food. This year is no exception and we’re super pumped to see everyone’s faces at the various shows we’re planning to attend.
Up first, Team GUNNAR will be in Austin, Texas, for Rooster Teeth Expo which goes from July 7 to 9. Aside from everything else associated with this awesome show, we’re also very excited to pay Via 313 another visit for their incredible pizza! After RTX, we’ll be right in our own backyard for some more shenanigans at San Diego Comic-Con from July 20 to 23. We can’t tell you what we’re doing specifically, but you might want to stretch and be ready to run. Once SDCC has passed, we’ll be turning around and heading north for DEF CON. Calling Vegas home for many years, this is the quintessential show for all things hacking, digital espionage, and coding. It takes place July 27-30. Following DEF CON, and for those who are in the ergonomics industry, we’ll be heading back to Vegas to once again attend ErgoExpo August 22-25. This is a bit more of a laid-back show mostly because it’s all about being comfortable at work, and we’re perfectly okay with that.
Summer will be winding down after these shows have passed, but that doesn’t mean we will! After ErgoExpo, we’ll be in Seattle for PAX West from September 1 to 4. Great breweries, delicious sea food, and of course, some of the biggest gaming enthusiasts in the world – we can’t wait! Finally, winding down the season will be TwitchCon, and this year is shaping up to be the best one yet. It’ll be in Long Beach and takes place October 20-22. Swing by our booth to snap some selfies with us!
We hope to see many of you at these shows! Don’t forget, it is the Summer season so jump on gunnar.com to save 30% on GUNNAR sunglasses before you head out – 50% off if you also purchase a pair with amber lenses.
When 3 AM ticked over on September 1 and we started our trek to the Pacific Northwest, we had a feeling this year’s PAX in Seattle would be pretty big. What we didn’t expect was just how epic the show would be, and it’s taken us a few days to truly wrap our heads around it. We saw an overwhelming number of people visit our booth, check out our latest styles, and each one of them kept us very busy. Even on Sunday and Monday when most events like this seem to wind down a bit, we never had more than a few minutes to take a breather or rest our feet. And you know what? It didn’t matter because we were fired up to bring you the very best in computer eyewear! Here’s a quick 30-second video highlighting our weekend at PAX West:
There’s a certain vibe in Seattle that’s hard to shake, and we’re already missing it and everyone we met. Yes, we were pretty exhausted by the time we got home, but that all changed when we started thinking about the next event we’re planning to attend. Featured at the show were our new styles, Enigma and Havok, which sold out pretty quickly. Click their names to check them out and to order up a pair for yourself! To check out some of the photos we took at the event, head over to our Facebook page and click on the PAX West album. Toss us a Like if you haven’t yet!
Much <3, PAX friends, see you at the next show!
Holy smokes, PAX East was a whirlwind for GUNNAR Optiks this year! When we first stepped foot onto Boston soil, it was probably one of the most gorgeous days they’d seen in months – sunny, in the 70s, and clear skies all around. Not only that, but the area around the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center was teaming with life, fantastic places to eat, and spectacular views. Couple everything together with the ocean air, the vibe of the city, and all of the enthusiastic folks who came by our booth, and we ended up having an amazing time at the show.
This year’s event weekend went really well. We had several Visionaries come to our booth to hang out, get pictures with us, meet up with fans, and help spread the word about ensuring eyes are protected. Scott Cole from ESPN, popular streamers, Trick2G, Shahmeen, and Wooty, the one and only LeeAnna Vamp, Michele Morrow who was representing Legendary Entertainment, and many more took time out of their busy schedules to swing by and spend time with everyone. Not only that, but we had an incredible turnout for our daily raffles! Prizes from us, Filthy Casual, and DXRacer were huge hits, and of course, grand prize winners all walked away with even bigger smiles to go with their free glasses. Take a peek at some of the images we snagged while we were there:
We weren’t too fond of having to leave such a great city, but we certainly took home a lot of great memories. From our time with the NVIDIA GeForce team at their after party to hanging out with the good folks from Universal Pictures and the Warcraft movie, PAX East 2016 was one of the most exciting shows we’ve been to in recent memory. We’ll never forget the mind-blowingly delicious lobster rolls, but more importantly, we can’t say thank you enough to every single one of you who stopped by the GUNNAR booth. We hope to see you again at the next event!
It’s been just over a week since we landed in San Antonio, TX to attend PAX South 2016, and the memories are still very strong. The 3-day whirlwind event saw thousands of gamers from all over the US and the world come together to celebrate all things geek. More impressive, though, was the sheer volume of traffic the GUNNAR booth handled. Beginning the hour before the doors opened to the general public on Friday, our staff saw a steady flow of curious people come up and try on a pair of glasses. And wouldn’t you know? Before lunch hit on the first day, we had already sold out of stock on two different styles.
While at the show, the GUNNARS crew had two different giveaways going at the same time. The first was a daily raffle where fans in attendance had a chance to win one of several prizes, including one of two gift boxes loaded with GUNNAR swag and a pair of glasses. The response was phenomenal, and with roughly 30 minutes before the 4 PM CST daily giveaway time, we had dozens of enthusiastic people surrounding the booth crowding in to make sure they could hear the ticket numbers as they were called out. The second contest was a drawing held on the Tuesday after returning from PAX South where 6 lucky entrants received a 3-month supply of GUNNARS. Basically, they got 3 free pairs!
All-in-all, it was a very fun event and by the last day, nearly every single pair of glasses we brought had sold out. We’re already looking forward to next year’s show! We just uploaded all of our photos to our Facebook page so feel free to check out the celebrity visitors and crowds that came by: Click me!