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Our Mountaineering Collection
Ready to take your trekking to new heights? Whether you are embarking on your first climb or enjoy exploring extreme environments, make sure you are protected with a pair of our mountaineering sunglasses. You may not realise it but solar radiation increases by 10% with every 1,000m of altitude, so it is vital your eyewear is up to the challenge.
What Lens Is Best Suited to Your Conditions?
Mountains are known to be dangerous places, however, you may not know that UV exposure at high altitudes can seriously threaten your vision. No matter if it is sunny or overcast, your eyes are still at risk. Here are some of our top lens recommendations for high altitudes.
When it comes to mountaineering, Category 4 lenses are a no-brainer. These super dark grey and brown lenses have been specially designed to combat high glare conditions. They provide a high level of protection from visible and UV light, however, due to their darkness, these lenses are not suitable for driving.
Look out for:
Bolle’s SOLACE4 Brown Gun & Oakley’s Prizm Snow Black.
Cloudy conditions are no less dangerous than the extreme sun – especially when you are on a mountain. Yet again, Category 4 lenses are the best choice for mountaineering as they can protect your vision from harsh glare. However, we recommend photochromic lenses too to adapt to your lighting conditions.
Look out for:
Bolle Phantom Black Gun Photochromic, Julbo Reactiv High Mountain Polarised Photochromic & Julbo Reactiv Performance 2-4.
When it comes to choosing a shape for your mountaineering sunglasses, it is important to look for durability and protection. You will need a pair that can withstand extreme environments and delivers all-day comfort.
A full frame is one of the most popular choices amongst mountaineers. This is because they often have a flatter design that allows for side shields. You will see side shields on many mountaineering sunglasses as they provide you with full protection and combat any sneaky glare from reaching your eyes. In general, full frames are normally thicker and more durable – ideal for withstanding harsh conditions.
A key benefit of shield sunglasses is that they are incredibly streamlined and offer large protective coverage. They also provide you with a wider field of view, so you can easily access your surroundings. Another benefit of the shield shape is that certain pairs feature technologies such as nose guards that cover your nose and stop harmful UV rays from penetrating more than just your eyes.
Mountaineering sunglasses are full of ingenious technologies to keep your vision protected. Here are some of the most important features that you will commonly find in our range.
For mountaineering, photochromic lenses provide optical clarity and eye comfort. They darken or lighten depending on the brightness level.
Side shields are built to reduce glare and offer you another level of protection. Depending on your preference, you can choose between removable or fixed shields.
Gaskets have been designed to encourage airflow and reduce fogging. They also protect your eyes from irritants and debris by creating an effective barrier.
Nose and high grip pieces are essential during intense activity as they help secure your frames to your skin to stop them from slipping off your face.
All of our mountaineering frames are super lightweight and durable. They are ideal for all-day-long comfort and will not weigh you down.
As you are climbing, you will frequently encounter the sun breaking through the clouds. A sports strap makes taking them on and off far easier and more accessible.
Our Staple Mountaineering Sunglasses
If you are still wondering which pair would be best for you, take a look at our top four best-selling mountaineering sunglasses.
For ‘ultimate’ protection when mountaineering, the Julbo Ulitmate Cover Sunglasses are a high-performance pair that prioritises your safety. The removable Spandex side shields and nose guard works to protect your face from harsh UV rays, while the lightweight frame offers you a flexible fit suitable for all-day exploration.
The Julbo Shield Sunglasses have been designed to do more than just help you see. Their lightweight and flexible frame features removable soft side shields that can give your extra protection from the elements. They also come with an adjustable retaining strap so they are quickly accessible when the sun breaks through.
Carefully combining fashion and functionality, the Bolle Ascender sunglasses are a stylish pair that have been built specifically for high altitudes. A lightweight frame makes them incredibly comfortable for all-day wear, while the Thermogrip rubber on the temples and nose piece works to provide you with unprecedented grip.
Explore our curated collection of best-selling mountaineering sunglasses, specifically recommended by fellow mountaineers.
Prescription Mountaineering Sunglasses
If you are looking to take on a high-altitude challenge but need your vision corrected, do not worry. We offer specifically designed prescription mountaineering sunglasses that will optimise your vision and keep your eyes safe.
Julbo Shield M Prescription Sunglasses – Directly Glazed£269.994 colours
If you are still unsure about which mountaineering sunglasses would be best suited to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our optical experts who can help answer your questions.
Or have you managed to narrow your choice down to a few pairs? If so, why not take advantage of our handy Home Trial service? This means that you can have up to three pairs of sunglasses delivered to your home to try on before making a decision.