When it comes to sunglasses, some frames never go out of style.
The aviator. The keyhole. The horn-rimmed.
Add to that list: mountaineering sunglasses.
If you’re unfamiliar, it’s probably because you haven’t climbed a glacier lately. The style, also known as glacier sunglasses, has origins in mountaineering and is marked by dark polarized lenses and side shields, which makes also make it ideal for motoring (or use as safety glasses).
These days we’re seeing the style everywhere, and whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a style maven looking to bring a touch of heritage to your daily jaunt, there’s a version out there for you. From the old-school frames of Julbo and Vaurnet to the more contemporary takes from labels like Electric California and Aether, here are the best mountaineering glasses to buy right now.
Clockwise from top left: Vaurnet x Rage & Bone Glacier ($600); Julbo Vermont Classic ($150); Vaurnet Edge Round ($320); Electric California Road Glacier ($140); Aether Apparel Scout Sunglasses ($600); Dragon Alliance MountaineerX ($220); Northern Lights Optic NL17 (
Main Photo: Aether