Professional mountain guides designed the Julbo Explorer Sunglasses to make you have all the features you need when you go to the mountains.
- Camel photochromatic lenses are light-sensitive, which means they turn darker or lighter depending on the amount of available light
- Polarized lenses reduce glare and improve contrast and detail
- Removable side shields that offer goggle-rivaling protection
- Front vents fight condensation and fogging
- Curved, wrapping temples offer better hold and a more ergonomic fit
- Grip Tech sculpted inserts help the glasses stick to your face without sticking to your hair
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Are the Julbo Explorers with the camel...
Are the Julbo Explorers with the camel lenses able to handle bifocal lenses?
Julbo Camel Lens Details
Which model will fit a small face better:...
Which model will fit a small face better: Treck or Explorer?
I can't personally speak to either of these, but I can say that from when I've seen people wearing the Explorers, they looked to be a big large, insofar as the frames themselves are concerned. I do, however, have an abundance of experience with Julbo's Bivouack style sunglasses with the Camel lenses; my face is relatively small, as far as faces go, and the ability of the Bivouack's to basically mold to your face with the adjustable stem ends makes them perfect for essentially any face, so long as you don't mind being less-than-chic, per se.
Like I said, I cannot speak to these, so take this review with a grain of salt (I also notice this particular model is geared more towards alpine-based or glacier travel), but if you want a set of Julbo's just for general performance capability and everyday usefulness, I would look into the Bivouacks.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
these glasses are fully justify their money
Julbo Explorer Sunglasses
Cool style and doesnt fog
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
They don't fog and look good. If it fogs its because your doing something wrong. The tips can be adjusted and the nose padding also. I've used it for backcountry skiing/mountaineering and they've been just solid. On very cloudy day the vision is OK, otherwise its just perfect visibility & protection.
Dumb question: How do you attach and...
Dumb question: How do you attach and remove the dang adjustable strap? Perhaps I've lost too many neurons at high altitude. Used them on Mt Rainier today (white out), loved them!! Almost better than goggles.
Just carefully feed the little plastic hooks on the Croakie through the holes on the ear pads...maybe without gloves on. They flex and won't break...like threading a needle, only bigger.
Thanks a ton Phil. Thought I'd break the hook by pulling it out - but no. Duh!!
More than happy..
I got these even though my wife is a rep for Oakley... Sorry Honey.
I think they are one of the best glasses for mountaineering. I agree that they don't allow enough ventilation when you are sweating like a pig, for general climbing I think they do an awesome job protecting your eyes from the harsh glare.
Pretty sweet mountain glasses
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Everyone else pretty much hit all the highlights. Don't buy into the "anti-fog" stuff though. They are pretty easily to fog up during hard/fast skinning, especially with light or no wind conditions. Anyone that says otherwise is either moving too slowly or has sufficient air movement through the vents. Regardless, I really like the Explorers.
not for warm weather
used these for a summer traversing the juneau icefield - high albedo and pingpong ball conditions. it being summer never used them below freezing. that said i was sweating like mofo skiing and digging snowpits. the camel lenses are fantastic in various light conditions but the anti fog fails in warmer conditions (duh). the goggle like design causes the frame to rest on/near your eyebrows and once sweat starts running down the inside of the frame you will fog. one other annoyance was the bendy ear pieces - too flexible. pulling on the croakie strap to loosen will straighten out the ear pieces and leave glasses fighting to stay on your head.
all in all amazing lens but wrong glasses for warmer weather or high sweat activities.
Used these for a long hike on snow last weekend. Plusses: they have awesome coverage being that the lens is large. They really turn dark on the snow, almost too dark when the sun went behind a cloud! The antifog treatment works pretty well but don't expect miracles if you are sweating they will fog. Finally the built in neckstrap works well and can be synced tight to hold the glasses in place. Minor problems - the lens can be hard to clean on the inside being so deeply recessed. And they are a bit loose on my face. I must have a thing nose bridge. I wish the bridge part would be a bit more like my oakleys. In any case the neck strap can be used to keep them put on your face.
Built in strap
When I hike in these glasses it`s like being in a snowstorm, can`t see a shit! They fog as soon you start breathing. Had expected more from these glasses, but when that is said, they fits good and I still use them.
Three out of four skiers using Explorers
Summiting "Solidarity Peak" in the Wrangell-St.Elias range of AK.
Paul Claus cruising in his Explorers
Paul Claus, who owns the Ultima Thule Lodge, skis and climbs extensively and has an unbelievable number of hours flying glacier planes in Alaska, wearing a pair of Explorers while skiing in the Wrangells, AK.
The Prince of Darkness
I first became aware of these glasses when a friend offered to let me try them and described them as being "like putting cool cucumbers on your eyes." I was skeptical, but he wasn't kidding. On glaciers or anywhere there is blindingly white light, the Explorers are almost a medical necessity as the lens are such high quality and dark. After test driving a pair, I started to notice that almost all of the serious snow professionals were using them, like pilots, guides or forecasters.
The lens on the Explorer is dark, like to the point that they come with a warning about driving with them. I didn't really realize how bright glaciers and snow can be until I started using a pair of Explorers and no longer had headaches at the end of the day. I use a variety of sunglasses, but on really bright days, nothing beats the Explorer.
The one downside of the Explorer is that they don't have the spring-loaded side hinges, which means that it is hard to get them to fit over a hat. The arm ends can be bent into shape to fit your ears/head, but this often means that they have to be pulled kind of tight to your eyes, which can be uncomfortable if you are exerting yourself in the hot sun.
Glen Plake Explains Explorer
I used these glasses on a recent ascent in variable conditions, they never fogged or obscured my vision...save for the trip down in the fog and mist, and I attribute the fogging to the changing temperature and rain/mist that was going by. I own the julbo nomad photochromic as well and find my eyes are a tad sore after a few days on the glacier. Not so with the Explorer. By far the best glasses I've purchased to date. Don't hesitate get them!!
A+ Julbo Explorer
Hands down best bang for your buck glacier glasses on the market. Used in May on Rainier in full on winter conditions (Blinding sun, 60 mph winds, 3 ft of fresh snow, blinding blizzards, below zero temps). I experienced zero fogging, no eye fatigue or headache from varying alpine light, form fitting yet well ventilated, reasonably light and comfortable for all day use. the strap allowed me to hang around my neck and not sit on, step on or otherwise lose track of them on route or in camp. I have no reservations in recommending thee glasses or other Julbo products. Julbo is a real deal mountaineers brand.....get some.