Dixie Dansercoer’s job is one that most people can only dream of: he is a polar explorer, and after conducting several record-breaking expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, he now guides small groups of intrepid travelers around the Polar Regions. Eyewear is all-important in the harsh environments Dixie frequents, but due to his high nose bridge, conventional sunglasses often left a fatal gap between his face and the frame of the sunglasses. Materialise and SEIKO Optical, together with Hoet Design Studio, recently partnered up to create the award-winning Xchanger sports eyewear: a completely customizable, 3D-printed range of sunglasses, which was the perfect solution to Dixie’s problems in finding eyewear to fit his needs. We took the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences with the Xchanger sunglasses during one of his rare visits to his home in Belgium.
“Eyewear needs to do two things: fit perfectly, and protect your eyes. Sometimes when you buy a wrong pair of sunglasses it’s only when it’s too late that you start noticing the itchy feeling of the eyes and then you have eyeburn, but for the SEIKO pair, the fit and the vision were perfect.”
Dixie Dansercoer, Polar Explorer