/ Sunglasses for use with normal specs
I have a pair of these, with a selection of lenses. Work well for me - mountains and cycling.
Also don't rule out goggles.
A lot will depend on how often you plan to need category 4 protection. If you envisage going to the alps regularly, then something like Adidas sunglasses make sense: though the initial outlay is fairly high so is the quality, and in the long term (when your prescription changes) they work out cheaper than some other options.
If you plan on going only once, then goggles make sense, as do various home-engineered options I've seen people use. Another option *might* be contact lenses and category 4 sunglasses.
I'd really recommend these here http://www.ravenspring.co.uk/zurich-sunglasses
For alpine use go for the darker density versions
My wife Sarah is wearing them over her prescription lenses in the photo here:
I can ski in not too bright light in photochromic specs, but need prescription glacier glasses for Spring/Summer use when it is substantially bright (gaffer tape can be very useful, but you immediately lose all style points with the continentals, unless they admire "British eccentricity").
>> sunglasses over specs will not work - you really need to exclude the light from the sides, top and bottom <<
actualy the "Zurich" one I mentioned pretty well achieve this because they have rims all round and especially to the sides - they were designed for skiing. The best solution I've seen for wearing with prescription glasses
I like the look of these. Is there not a bit of congestion round the back of the ears where the legs meet?
Not easier at all if, like me, you don't get on with contacts.
Around 1999 I bought a pair of Loubsol glacier glasses with an optical insert. These worked very well for mountaineering and ski-touring. I stopped wearing them when I started using contact lenses (much less hassle). The current model would appear to be :
I've never had contacts so I'm quite unsure. I somehow feel that having to mess with contacts while bivvying on a rock ledge might be a bad idea but maybe I'm just being very conservative?
If your eyes support them, there's no reason why you couldn't leave the lenses( e.g Acuvue Oasys) in day and night for a few days. I do this regularly for up to a week, with no adverse results.
Lenses are the best thing ever, but if you are a new user, some people need a mirror, so less useful if you're in a bivvi and its blowing a hoolie outside...
> >> sunglasses over specs will not work - you really need to exclude the light from the sides, top and bottom <<
> actualy the "Zurich" one I mentioned pretty well achieve this because they have rims all round and especially to the sides - they were designed for skiing. The best solution I've seen for wearing with prescription glasses
As do the Cocoons I mentioned earlier. They extend both over the top and under the bottom of the normal glasses (as well as round the side) to pretty much block out all perpheral light.
I assume you mean on the inside in cold conditions and heavy workload? Haven't had a problem yet. I think there's enough airflow round them to avoid too much of a problem.
Thanks - but I don't see any reason why you should feel guilty. You asked for advice, you got it, you acted on it, then you came back to acknowledge the advice. Five stars for courtesy, I'd say.
> Five stars for courtesy, I'd say.
Indeed, I had a rant the other week, asking why so few forum users return to say thanks and what action or whatever they had taken / chosen.
You'll need a small mirror to start with, but it soon becomes 'automatic'.
I've been wearing my 'Oasys' lenses for a week now, day and night, with no problems. One can understand why opticians don't advise such methods !
To be on the safe side, see your optician regularly, at least annually.
Oh, sorry, yes thank you all very much for all the comments! The UKC forum is really great for getting advice even if you only lurk on somebody else's thread. As for the contacts: to be fair, the optician was just about to suggest Oasys when I asked for it because I read about it here. Saas Fee in just three weeks so I'd better start practicing the lense insertion procedure...
> Oh, sorry, yes thank you all very much for all the comments! The UKC forum is really great for getting advice even if you only lurk on somebody else's thread. As for the contacts: to be fair, the optician was just about to suggest Oasys when I asked for it because I read about it here. Saas Fee in just three weeks so I'd better start practicing the lense insertion procedure...
I don't think anyone is after praise, but sometimes a little feedback would be welcome !
No reason to feel guilty at all, it is a widespread problem for people going to the high mountains, so it is very interesting to hear how various solutions have worked.
Send your prescription to these guys and get a pair of Cat 4 prescription glacier glasses
They look good, and I need a new pair. Have you actually tried them? Thanks.
I've had a quick look at the website and it looks to me like replacement lenses when your prescription changes will cost more than with the Adidas system.
I did have to add some duct-tape to fully exclude sidelight, also removed the bits of string as being too annoying.
Noted - thanks.
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