|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – November 2008
Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.
Oakley Hijinx Iridium
Without eye protection in high-altitude sunshine, you can go snowblind in less than 30 minutes. These stylish, large-frame glasses offer plenty of coverage to avoid the glare from reflective snow and water, yet excellent ventilation prevents fogging on the sweatiest days. The wide nylon temple pieces eliminate the need for the ugly add-ons common to many glacier glasses. Even better: The polycarbonate optics are super sharp, so you can appreciate all the staggering scenery. When other climbers tried the Hijinx, they said "ahhh" as if they were seeing the mountain for the first time. Despite endless lens polishing and several careless mishaps, the frames, hinges, and lenses are still flawless. Available in a variety of lens (and frame) colors. Best choice for high-altitude snow: Black Iridium ($100) and Dark Bronze polarized ($145). oakley.com. Reader service #115