From exploring a nearby state park to scaling steep cliffs, any true hiker knows that the right sunglasses make all the difference. Protect your eyes from tree branches, debris, or whatever else Mother Nature might throw your way so you can focus on what’s important — enjoying the scenery.
Key Qualities for Hiking & Mountaineering Sunglasses:
- Sunglasses with 99-100 percent UV protection are very important to hikers, climbers, and mountaineers who spend long hours in the sun.
- Wrap around sunglasses are your best bet for keeping rocks, dust, dirt, and glare out of your eyes. You can grab a pair here
- Investing in a neck cord is the best way to keep track of your shades for the duration of your trek. We have a bunch of great options here.
Lenses to Look For:
- Block blue light to height contrast and visual acuity
- Help you properly read and judge your terrain
- Increase contrast
- Improve clarity on overcast days
- Reduce glare off surfaces like water and snow
- Provide clearer definition so you can see differences in the surface of the mountain or terrain
- Give you a wider scope of vision
- Help block an additional 10-60 percent of visible light when hiking at high altitudes
- Reduce brightness on sunny days
For more on the benefits of different lenses, visit our Guide to Sunglass Tints.