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Glacier Glasses

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How we choose: The best glacier glasses highlighted here were selected based on 15 reviews of 6 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Julbo Explorer

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

High altitude eye protection, style, and comfort win the day with the Julbo Explorer. I would recommend these glasses for hiking, trekking, biking, kayaking. Don't forget how important protecting your eyes in high UV light is!

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • 100% UV protection
  • Quality construction/materials
  • Can get prescription lenses through Julbo
  • Spectron 4 not polorized

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fogged easily
  • Not interchangable lenses
  • Pushed in at the cheeks a bit
  • Spectron 4 not polorized

  I purchased these glasses for a trek to Mt. Everest in 2012. I bought them well ahead of time in order to test them out hiking in and around Vegas. I also used them kayaking, golfing, and biking. Notice the vents below the lens and near the temple. They are not as effective as I had hoped. When I hike in summer heat in Vegas, they fog on me frequently. There are a few different lenses you can get: For protection from high-altitude sunlight, Explorer is available with either the Camel polarized, photochromic, anti-fog lens; the glass Alt Arc 4 lens; or the Spectron 4 lens.

Read more: Julbo Explorer reviews (3)

Julbo Colorado

user rating: 4 of 5 (3 reviews)

Great bang-for-your-buck glacier glasses.

Reasons to Buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Good sun protection
  • Good optical quality

Reasons to Avoid

  • Poor retention strap
  • Durability

I used these glacier glasses daily for 45 days on an icefield expedition. Fit: They are comfortable under a helmet, beanie, or hat. These glasses run wide, so if you have a narrow face, consider trying them on before purchasing. The piece that goes behind your ears has a bendable wire in it that you can mold to whatever shape you like to make the glasses stay on better. The retention strap slides off easily as soon as your sunscreen lubes up the frame, so I would recommend using a different retention strap.

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Julbo Micropores

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)
$140 MSRP

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable
  • Moldable temple
  • Anti-fogging good

Reasons to Avoid

  • Metal temple frame fragile
  • Light comes in

I wear Ray Ban Aviators for driving (55mm lens width; 14mm bridge width; 135mm temple length). With the bridge width of 24mm on the Micropores, I thought they would be big but they fit fine and are very comfortable. Moldable temples are nice for dialing a good fit. 12/3/16 hiked up Mount Moosilauke. On the summit I layered up and put on my Julbos. It was about 20mph winds with gusts to about 35mph and temps. about 15 degrees. The Micropores fogged a little but cleared quickly. The glasses developed icing and so did my friend's goggles while summiting and descending. The case is useless—hard to open, no padding inside, and after I adjusted my temples on the Micropores they wouldn't fit back in the case. Light does get in from the top.

Read more: Julbo Micropores reviews (4)

Julbo Tensing

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Excellent sunglasses for those times when we need high protection (snow, glaciers, heights). Thanks to its Spectron 4 lens and its anatomical frame, we will be protected from light in all environments.

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent lenses
  • Comfort
  • Cat 4 Lenses
  • Anatomical frame
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Mirrored glass
  • They scratch easily

They are glasses that at first glance seem of low quality, since their plastic is very light and flexible. But, after using them for a long time, we appreciate that flexibility, since if they are harder, they would probably break inside the backpack or when we squeeze them with something. Apart from that, they have very high quality lenses and a category 4 light filtering level that allows us to take care of our eyes in the most extreme conditions.    1) Glasses: It is the strongest point of these glasses, the quality of its glass is excellent and its dark brown tint allows us to take care of our eyes from extreme brightness and see without problems in the brightest environments.

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