Julbo Explorer Sunglasses
Sunglasses are so important during long expeditions in bright snowy environments that they are one of the few things you bring two of — one primary pair and a backup in case the first pair are lost or broken. Both pairs need to not only be strong and offer full wrap-around coverage, but they also need to have the highest quality lenses for cutting UV and providing sharp contrast in the colorless environment. Julbo has been making sunglasses for expeditions for over a hundred years (they invented the iconic round lens with leather side-shields), and the Explorers are the brand’s modern day classics. They’re tough yet lightweight, there is no metal that could touch — and potentially freeze to — your face, and they have what Julbo calls a “Category 4” lens, the highest grade filter with crystal clear contrast in flat light. [$125-$190; julbousa.com]
TIP: On a climb, get in the habit of always storing sunglasses in the exact same pocket in your jacket and in the exact same spot in your tent, so you never misplace them.
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