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Glasses



Gear Review: Bollé Aravis Sunglasses

Flexible sunglasses that are ready to face any adventure.

Gear Review: Switch Axo Sunglasses

Magnetic interchangeable lenses for easy switch outs.

Gear Review: Tifosi Duro with Blue Clarion Mirror Lens Sunglasses

Bargain priced sunglasses with interchangeable lenses.

Gear Review: Smith Optics ChromaPop Ignitor Lens Sunglasses

Non-prescription sunglasses that still enhance vision.

Fall Gear Guide 2013: Eyewear

See better in all conditions with these sunglasses and goggles.

Gear Review: Smith Approach Max Slideshows

Lightweight shades with maximum ventilation.

Gear Review: Oakley Style Switch Sunglasses

A no-budge sunglass with interchangeable lenses.

Gear Review: Zeal Penny Lane Sunglasses

If you want one pair of shades that are both stylish and functional the Zeal Penny Lane fit the bill.

Gear Review: Julbo Suspect Sunglasses

A lightweight, single-lens, do-anything frame with great coverage and durability.

Gear Review: Costa Del Mar Cat Cay Sunglasses

Full-coverage lenses that let zero light seep, but shades that don't overwhelm a small face.

Gear Guide 2013: Eyewear

Protect your eyes with versatile shades.

Gear Review: Julbo Trek Sunglasses

These mountaineering sunglasses keep perspiration away.

Gear Review: Native Eyewear Trango

Our favorite interchangeable-lens sunglasses are also stylish and affordable.

Gear Review: Bollé Rainier Sunglasses

For changing conditions, look no further than these specks by Bollé.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Eyewear

Seeing is important. Looking good is nice too. Do both with these sunglasses and goggles.

Gear: Eyewear

High summer is no time to go without shades. These models will protect your eyes no matter where your adventures take you.

Gear Review: Smith Gibson

Frontcountry looks meet backcountry performance with these shades.

Gear Review: Julbo Tensing

With vented wrap-around sidewalls, dark lenses (5 percent VLT), and a face-hugging frame, the Tensing provided high-altitude sun protection rivaling heavier, spendier mountaineering models.

Gear Review: Zeal Zeta

Full-coverage lenses without the huge frames.

Gear Review: Spy Quanta

These sunglasses will stay in place and won't mist up, even during your most difficult hikes and climbs.

Gear Guide 2012: Sunglasses

Four pairs of shades that perform in the wild

Gear Guide 2012: Ryders Clamor Sunglasses

Bargain sunglasses that perform

Gear Guide 2012: Julbo Dust Sunglasses

Sunglasses made for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking

Gear Guide 2012: adidas Terrex Fast sunglasses

No-fog sunglasses that are built for the active user

Gear Guide 2012: Switch Tioga Sunglasses

Interchangeable lens glasses that both sturdy and easy-to-use

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Eyewear

Protect your eyes from sun, snow, and debris with these goggles and sunglasses.

Gear Review: Native Vim Sunglasses



Gear Review: Revo Guide Sunglasses

A pair of sunglasses that can handle glare from water, snow, and alpine environments.

Gear Review: Julbo Around Excel Goggles

These goggles have all-conditions lens that really perform in all conditions.

Gear Review: Zeal Eclipse SPPX Goggles

These goggles have excellent optics and the best-in-test ventilation.

Gear Review: Adidas Terrex Pro Sunglasses

Fog-free full-coverage eye protection

The End-of-Summer Gear

Close out the season in style, with sandals, eyewear, a wearable air conditioner (for your dog), and a proper skinny-dipping accessory.

Gear Review: Costa Del Mar Zane Sunglasses

Worth the price, the Costa Del Mar Zane sunglasses have polarized lenses perfect for spotting fish despite the water's glare.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: CAN'T GO WRONG

Socks to hats to sports bras–the essential gear for any female hiker.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Smith Optics Heyday Sunglasses

Good-looking performance shades that fit a woman's face.

Gear Review: Zeal Tenacity Sunglasses

High performance shades scaled down to fit small and medium faces.

Gear Review: Julbo MonteBianco Sunglasses

High-elevation glasses that have city street style.

Gear Review: Ryders Eyewear Vela Interchangeable Sunglasses

High quality interchangeable optics for one low price.

Gear Review: Smith Pivlock V90 Sunglasses

Rimless and interchangeable

Gear Review: Oakley Radar Path Sunglasses

Sporting a pair of Oakley's Radars gives your eyes as much protection as they can get, this side of a welding helmet.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Optics

From sunglasses to binoculars to goggles these six items will help you see better.

Survival: Above Treeline With No Sunglasses

Can't see a thing and forgot your shades at home? We've got a solution for you.

Gear Review: Zeal Optics Airstream

The large frame and polarization of these sunglasses will keep your eyes fresh all day.

Gear Review: Switch Cortina FullStop

The struggle between user and lens is over with these magnetic interchangeable lenses.

Gear Review: Tifosi Logic

These sunglasses come with three interchangeable lenses, so you're ready for anything.

Gear Review: Julbo Contest

Transition seamlessly between seasons with these year round sunglasses.

Gear Review: Costa Fathom Sunglasses with 580P lens

Sunglasses that provide super clarity and eye protection.

Gear School: Sunglasses

Protect your eyes by picking the right shades for any activity.

Gear Review: Numa Sport Optic Point Ballistic Sunglasses

These tough, ultra-lightweight sunglasses are Special Forces worthy–literally.

Gear Guide 2010: Essentials A to Z

Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.

Toughest Gear: Smith Slider Sunglasses

These sunglasses come with four lens for lasting protection.

Gear Review: Julbo Ozone

Protective shades for your kids

Gear Review: Julbo Monterosas Glacier Glasses

Women's glacier glasses that transform to daily shades

Gear Review: Smith Pavilion

Lightweight, rugged shades that work for city or trail

Gear Review: Tifosi Ventoux Sunglasses

Glare proof photochromatic sunglasses at a sweet price

Gear Review: Tifosi Tyrant Sunglasses

With transition lenses, these sunglasses are great for winter low light.

Gear Review: Julbo Bivouak Glacier Glasses

Block the glacial glare with these stylish Julbo shades.

Mount Hood Gear Checklist--Courtesy of John Harlin

BACKPACKER contributing editor John Harlin III first summited Mt. Hood at age 11 and has climbed the peak in every season. Here, he gives you his gear checklist for hitting the mountain right.

Gear School 2009

Tent leak like a sieve? Boots stink like a compost pile? Don't worry. Class is now in session. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, this in your one-stop, do-it-all user's guide.

Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.

Field Test: Global Apparel for Men

Get technical layers that work everywhere from hotel bars to high-mountain trails. Our testers vetted more than 50 products from the Alps to the Andes to bring you these top systems.

Field Test: Global Apparel for Women

The BACKPACKER ladies tested made-for-trail clothes that can double as street wear–wherever the streets may be.

Review: Costa Del Mar Man-o'-War Sunglasses

Block out the rays with these stylish shades.

Kaenon Bolsa

Take in those sweeping mountain vistas with the polarized Kaenon Bolsa sunglasses.

March 2008 Essentials Review: Sunglasses

Save yourself from squinting, and get the most of the view you've worked for with these essential specs.

Backpacker Gear Guide: Essentials

Packs, tents, boots, and bags–that's easy. Now comes the hard part: Everything else. Below, you'll find our top picks for all the lust-worthy backcountry essentials you'll need to make your trip safe, fun, and simple.

180s Expands Presence in Global Marketplace

A leading US manufacturer of apparel and accessories announced a number of new distribution partnerships in Canada, Western Europe and Japan.

How to See In the Dark

Expert tips for improving your night vision

Sunglasses Review: The North Face Adrenaline Pack Glasses

Sunglasses built so strong they'd knock out ZZ Top--despite the price.

Editors' Choice Gold Awards 2005

Two tried-and-true favorites--the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero and the Smith Sliders sunglasses--join our gear hall of fame

Sunglasses Review: Smith Sliders

Winners of the 2005 Editors' Choice Gold Award, these innovative shades continue to lead eyewear evolution.

Sun Solutions

Winter sun damage can be just as bad as in summer.

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