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JulboExplorer 2.0 Chameleon Photochromic Polarized Sunglasses
Item # JUL007J
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April 4, 2019
The best sunglasses for skiing
- I've used it several times
I don't know of a better pair of skiing shades. You can put these on in the morning and not take them off till the sunsets. The photochromatic lens adjusts the shading and the Julbo anti-fog is unmatched. If you are spring mountaineering, look no further!
June 13, 2019
Heck yeah Mikell, glad you're digging the Explorer 2.0, they are simply the best! And those REACTIV photochromic lenses will never fog so long as you keep them clean. A little dawn dish soap and warm water and viola, like new!
September 28, 2018
Great in mountains, works in town too
- I've put it through the wringer
I'm on my second pair of these after dropping the first pair rummaging through my pack in the dark on an alpine start. Third pair of glacier glasses, and have played around with climbing partners too. Used this pair extensively in the Mont Blanc range, Cordillera Blanca and during the winter in the Rockies. Mostly climbing, but also skiing on sunny days. A couple of key points that stand out for me: 1) Light adaptive lenses are good for long days. You can keep them on from the dim light of early morning until dusk without going blind from too much shade at the start/finish or too much light at midday. The light adaptivity is pretty fast, and seamless. It doesn't for instance pose any problem when moving from light to shade on a climb/ski, although it can be a problem when driving on bright days if you suddenly enter a tunnel at 70mph or go under an overpass. The transition from light to dark is so rapid in that situation that the lens doesn't have time to adapt and you can't see in the darker tunnel/overpass. They are not rated for driving anyway though, so shouldn't expect anything different. 2) The frame is adjustable. The part that goes over your ear can be bent to fit your head better. The fit is sufficiently good that I don't need a keeper leash. They are so snug I never worry about them falling off, even in a violent lead fall. 3) The classic shape of the earpiece makes it easy to put these glasses on or take them off without adjusting your helmet. The more classic style glacier glasses from Julbo (flat, with a wrap around ear piece) are much harder to get on and off. Combined with #2 above this means I can do my alpine start, and then slip these on mid climb when the sun rises, without faffing around with my helmet at any point. 4) Never fogs up except when skiing while it's snowing, in which case ski goggles designed for flat light would be better anyway. 5) The side flaps are easily removable. The aesthetic of the glasses means that without the side flaps you can wear them casually around town without looking ridiculous (a welcome change from the prior bug-eyed design). Not the most stylish, but totally passable. I mostly use these without side flaps even when climbing. Only exception is on summer glaciated terrain where the light is something else, and the side flaps become more important.
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