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wisam · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 60

Looking for a pair of glacier glasses for Denali this spring.  Trying to stay away from the old school (round lens) look and looking for someting a bit more modern looking.  That being said, my #1 priority would be good protection over appearance.   Anyone have any suggestions?  In the past I've always used regular sun glasses with good coverage like the Smith Parallel max, but looking for someting a bit better for Denali

I actually have one pair of glacier glasses (Julbo colorado) that I found in a stream on the way off of Rainier a couple of years ago, but wouldnt mind having someting a bit nicer since I'm guessing I'll be wearing them nonstop for a few weeks and for some reason I feel wierd about trusting my eyes to something that was siting in a stream for who knows how long. 

Jonny d · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 40

Got good use out of these this year-- just make sure you snug them tight on your head:  https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/124149/julbo-explorer-sunglasses

$20 off when you use the code advertised in the Garage.

Ryan Hamilton · · Orem · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 5

Julbo is the way to go. I have the older Explorer and they are solid. They made some nice improvements for the Explorer 2 and I like them better. I've also used the Tamang, which I think look pretty cool with a sort of nod to the style of the old round lens but definitely modern (and really inexpensive for the quality). They fit a slightly smaller face better. The MonteBianco are just awesome. I used mine all the time on just about everything, El Cap, Rainier, cragging, whatever. Super Comfortable, slightly less coverage than the Explorer 2, but they are light and comfy. 

Andy P. · · Wisconsin · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 185

Agree with Julbo. Put some care into lens selection with them. I've used both the falcon lens and zebra lens above 15k and both were adequate. The falcon was ideal in the brightest snow/glacier terrain with the polarization. However, the Zebra was more of all all day lens, I forgot to take them off until it was well into dusk simply because they lighten up enough to be useful in lower light conditions... this is awesome if you want to wear them for eye protection for steep climbing or windy conditions. I haven't used the camel lens at altitude, just for some normal skiing, comparable to falcon in y experience but even darker.

wisam · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 60

Thanks ended up getting the explorer 

diepj · · PDX · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

My advice is get or make a nose guard. You'll look like a fool but it's better than burning the crap out of your nose. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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