Need performance prescription sunglasses that can meet the grueling expectations of climbing mountains and glaciers, all while providing pristine vision and protection amidst the elements? You came to the right place! Below is a roundup of the best mountaineering sunglasses for 2020. Before heading out to conquer the mountains, be sure to pack your favorite sunglasses to protect your eyes from the extreme sun glare and high elevation sun.

Read on to find the best performing prescription sunglasses of the season.

Top Picks of 2020

1. Julbo Explorer 2.0
2. Julbo Sherpa
3. Julbo Vermont Classic
4. Julbo Cham
5. Oakley Clifden
Best Mountaineering Sunglasses of 2019

 

What to Look for in Mountaineering Sunglasses

Finding a killer pair of prescription mountaineering sunglasses all comes down to two main elements: frames and lenses.

Frame technology is all about supporting you and your adventure by functioning so seamlessly you forget your sunglasses are even there. No slippage. No fiddling. Just focusing on the adventure. Some key features are rubber grip nose pads and flexible temples, side shields and cord attachment holes. All these features have one purpose in mind: best face grip possible while keeping peripheral light out.

Lens Technology, such as mirror finishes and dark lenses, fights the harsh light conditions caused by the reflective surface of snow and glaciers. Some other features to consider are transition lenses, polarization, and lens color. Ultimately with high-altitude lenses it all comes down to one goal: keeping as much glare and light out of your eyes.

If you want to know in greater detail how to choose the right pair, check out the Mountaineering Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide where you can learn which features provide the level of support you need.

1| Julbo Explorer 2.0

Julbo Explorer 2.0 Product Image

Julbo Explorer 2.0 in Matte Black with Spectron 4 Lenses

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Explore more with the Julbo Explorer 2.0. Gracing the top of the best of list for the second year running, the Explorer 2.0 continues to perform at the top of the peak. The Explorer 2.0 has it all – side shields, flexible temples, helmet compatibility, rubber nose pads, leash holes in the temples. If having the best of the best is your game, look no further.

2| Julbo Sherpa

Julbo Sherpa in Black with Spectron 3CF Lens Product Image

Julbo Sherpa in Black with Spectron 3CF Lens

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Sherpa for the win! The updated technology on the temples give you ultimate adjustability no matter what you are wearing. The round lenses and leather side shields maintain the cool retro style of mountaineering sunglasses with added rubber nose pads to update the tech. Flexible temples assure great helmet compatibility and comfort. The Sherpa is a great companion, who keeps the glacier glare out of your eyes all day.

3| Julbo Vermont Classic

Julbo Vermont Classic

Julbo Vermont Classic in Brass/Brown with Spectron 3CF Lenses

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It’s no shock the Vermont Classic has made the list again. The leather side shields and nose bridge design has been serving mountaineers for decades. The rubber cable temples make for excellent flexibility and helmet compatibility while gripping to your head. Combine the Vermont Classic with your prescription and a cool mirrored lens and you are in for a killer pair of shades. You can’t go wrong with the Classic solution to mountaineering glasses.

4| Julbo Cham

Julbo Cham in Black Matte/Black with Spectron 3CF Lense

Julbo Cham in Black Matte/Black with Spectron 3CF Lenses

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The Cham frame is a hybrid of the classic Julbo model and modern technology. The flexible rubber temples and adjustable rubber nose pieces allow you to get the most out of your prescription sunglasses. Retro leather side shields nod their head toward tradition while bringing the spirit from generations of past mountaineers into the next generation. The metal frame gives you support, while still maintaining a lightweight feel. To sum it up, the Cham brings the cool retro feel to the modern adventure seeker.

5| Oakley Clifden

Oakley Clifden

Oakley Clifden in Polished Black with PRIM Snow Sapphire

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NEW to the market, new to the mountaineering game. The Oakley Clifden has brought its A game. With beloved Unobtainium material equipping the side shields and nose pads, the Clifden will block light without slippin’ an inch. A removable 20″ coated woven steel leash gives you added security while climbing. If you already love Oakley, try out the Clifden on your next summit and you will see the PRIZM difference.

Best Mountaineering Sunglasses of 2019

Julbo took the cake this year, all the cake. True to its roots, Julbo has a variety of awesome frames to kick off the 2019 season.

Julbo Explorer 2.0

Julbo Explorer 2.0 Matte Black/Black Cameleon

Julbo Explorer 2.0 Sunglasses in Matte Black/Black with Cameleon lens

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The Julbo Explorer 2.0 is the ultimate high-altitude mountaineering sunglass. They offer everything you need for your journey to the summit. Featuring Spectron 4 polycarbonate lenses and incorporated vents, the Julbo Explorer 2.0 ensures that your lenses stay as clear as possible during your excursions. In addition, the adjustable side temples and an adjustable neck cord allows for even greater adjustability and comfort.

 

Julbo Vermont Classic

Julbo Vermont

Julbo Vermont in Brass/Brown with Spectron 3CF Lenses

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The Julbo Vermont Classic glasses feature traditional mountaineering frame with round lens, a leather nose piece and leather side shields, which offer protection and comfort when headed to the summits. These frames are for the mountaineer who wants to channel generations of past great adventurers. These classic mountaineering glasses feature polycarbonate lenses removing glacier glare and filter out excess light- guaranteeing the best vision possible.

Julbo Montebianco

Julbo Montebianco Army Orange

Julbo Montebianco in Army with Orange Lens

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MonteBianco is simplicity and functionality combined. Both stylish and sleek, Montebianco’s curved temples provide maximum coverage, whether cruising around town or climbing Mount Rainier. In addition, the MonteBianco frame is geared toward the adventurer who desires a wide field of vision without compromising total coverage. The rubber grip temples with cord attachment holes and removable side shields provide ultimate versatility.

Julbo Cham

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The Cham frame is a hybrid of the Classic Julbo model with the updated technology of modern metal frames. The flexible rubber temples and adjustable rubber nose pieces give great grip throughout your entire adventure. Retro leather side shields nod their head toward tradition while bringing the spirit from generations of past mountaineers into your expedition. The metal frame provides support, while still maintaining a lightweight feel. To sum it up, the Cham brings the cool retro feel to the modern adventure seeker.

Julbo Shield

Julbo Shield

Julbo Shield in Blue/Blue/Orange with Cameleon Lense

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Shield is one of Julbo’s stylish frames designed with the hardcore mountaineer in mind. All-terrain and all-protection, Shield gives endless possibility to those daring enough to go there. Non-slip curved temples with cord holes and rubberized nose pads help the sunglasses stay put throughout every technical section. Also, the removable soft-feel side shields offer maximum comfort and style. Moreover, Shield is Julbo’s tallest frame with the largest field of view delivers uninterrupted vision.

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