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Built to keep up with the demands of mountaineers venturing into the most extreme environments, the Julbo Explorer 2.0 Cameleon Photochromic Sunglasses are at home far above the treeline. Photochromic Cameleon lenses adjust automatically in response to changing light conditions, so there's no need to fiddle with spare lenses when you're scaling sheer cliffs. The lenses are also polarized to cut through the glare from the ever-present snow at high altitudes, and they feature anti-fog and oil-repellent coatings to fight off condensation, snowflakes, and smudges. A brown tint reduces strain for less eye fatigue during long days in exposed terrain. Removable side shields keep light from creeping in from the sides, and they stop icy gusts from drying your eyes out. Julbo also equipped the Explorer 2.0's with grippy nose pads and 360-degree adjustable temples for a comfy and secure fit that won't slip, no matter how tough the going gets.
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- Julbo's flagship mountaineering model for alpine adventures
- Cameleon lenses adjust to changes in light intensity
- Polarization eliminates glare from reflective surfaces
- Removable side shields block light and wind
- 360-degree adjustable temples for secure fit
- Anti-fog coating prevents condensation buildup
- Oil-repellent coating repels splashes and smudges
- Brown tint reduces strain on eyes
- Item #JUL007J
- Q & A
Great in mountains, works in town too
- Familiarity: 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.