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Apr 16, 2013
So as silly as this sounds, I've never owned a real pair of sunglasses and I am trying to figure out what to get for glacier travel and mountaineering.

What color lens? Mirrored? etc?

Planning on buying them at
L. Von Dommheimer
From Anchorage
Joined Nov 22, 2010
1,853 points
Apr 16, 2013
You should check out They have done great for me in the past on my prescriptions. Even if you choose not to buy from them, their site has a lot of good info on lenses and so forth. Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Joined Jun 3, 2012
35 points
Apr 18, 2013
I got a pair of Liberty Sport Rec Specs from my local optomitrist and have been really happy with them for climbing. Haven't done snow/mountaineering with them but have had them about a year and a half and they have been great. RadDawg
From NE, GA
Joined Jul 7, 2008
165 points
Apr 18, 2013
My first pair of prescription sunglasses just showed up from opticsplanet, early by the way, and I'm very happy. IDK about glacier travel, but for everyday script sunglasses, I say a light shade like brown with no mirror for all day wear sun up to sun down. Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Joined Sep 29, 2011
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Apr 18, 2013
I would get the lens that blocks the most uv and light possible that the company sells. My oakleys are going strong for five years now. I have a brownish tint and it keeps colors looking mostly normal. rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
205 points
Apr 18, 2013
I got some polarized ray bans, nowhere near a glacier goggle, they changed my life. Grey lens with no mirror, I wear them whenever I'm outside, unless it's really flat light or dark. The polarized lenses are necessary for fly fishing, you don't get any glare off the water. I do get nervous climbing in them but they have a sort of rubberized frame so they stay on my head pretty well, but they have taken a couple rope slaps which make me weary. Should probably invest in some chums. I'd say splurge and get polarized at least MRock
Joined Apr 10, 2013
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May 11, 2013
I have used a pair of BBB cycling glasses for about 7 years now. They have an optical insert and 3 options for lenses (dark polarised, yellow, clear). They work well. harihari
Joined Jun 30, 2010
75 points
Jun 23, 2013
I've purchased two pair, the first from Opticus and the second recently from A Sight for Sport Eyes

Opticus has a very limited selection of glasses for high prescriptions (-4.5 contacts) and the pair I ended up with looked like welding glasses with dark photochromatic lenses. Anyway. I lost these after a couple month. Brilliant move on my part.

The next time around I researched a bit more and Sport Eyes has a much larger selection for high prescriptions. I also think their photochromatic lens (NXT) is better quality. They transition from 50% to 90% light transmission. Perfect for almost everything. I wear them indoors a lot, minimizing having to switch between my regular glasses and they work just fine. Of course I'm the douche wearing sunglasses inside though...

Just a thought for high prescription wearers out there.

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