The best sunglasses for the mountains
Protection from UV rays, cold air and better visibility make sunglasses essential in winter. Discover the best models to wear at high altitude!
Why it is important to wear sunglasses in the mountains
The eyes must be protected from UV rays even in winter, especially in the mountains. Glare from ice and snow reflects 80-90% of the sun’s rays (compared to 20% on non-snowy surfaces), increasing exposure and eye health risks. Furthermore, the higher you go, the more ultraviolet radiation increases: it is calculated that for every 400 meters of height there is an average increase of 3% in radiation.
For this reason it’s essential to wear sunglasses, even when the sky is partially overcast. But only high-quality solar lenses are able to effectively protect the eye from the damage of UV rays and some essential factors and characteristics must be taken into consideration to choose the most suitable model.
Sunglasses for the mountains: fundamental features
Lightweight and durable frame
It is important that the frame is made of durable materials to resist bad weather, sunlight and sweat. It must be comfortable, light and at the same time robust. Especially on longer hikes, heavier glasses can weigh on your nose and ears, causing discomfort. Acetate and polycarbonate are among the lightest and most resistant materials, the ideal for quality sunglasses.
Polarized lenses significantly reduce solar reflections, effectively protect the eyes and contribute to clearer vision. This feature is especially important on ski or ice skating slopes, surfaces that reflects sun rays that are harmful to the eye.
Always choose high quality lenses with certified UV protection and filter, which can offer safe protection and high optical performance.
Whether trekking in the high mountains or a simple walk, good UV protection is extremely important even in the winter months. Unfiltered exposure to ultraviolet rays puts our eyes at risk for damage and disease, such as increased risk for cataracts. Additionally, snow reflects 80% of UV rays and can cause a condition known as snow blindness (photokeratitis); for this reason it is best to select a model of sunglasses with UV400 filtering capacity to protect your eyesight especially at high altitudes (where solar radiations is more intense and harmful).
Not only is the quality of the lenses important, but the shape can also affect the amount of light that reaches your eyes. Choose wraparound frames and oversized lenses for greater coverage of the top and sides of the eyes.
Take care of the health of your eyes with No Logo Eyewear certified sun lenses: they guarantee 100% protection against UV rays thanks to the high-quality UV400 filter, high optical precision and maximum comfort.
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