Hiking sunglasses for your next adventure
Ask any hiker you meet on the trail; a pair of polarized sunglasses is essential gear. Whether you’re thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or venturing out for a few miles in your local park, a little extra shade on the eyes keeps you feeling energized and helps you to see the trail (and epic views) more clearly.
Not sure where to start? Here are some tips on how to choose from our wide range of polarized hiking sunglasses, all under $100.
Key features of hiking sunglasses
There are a few key features to consider when choosing a pair of hiking sunglasses.
Polarized lenses: Polarization provides enhanced vision and reduces eye strain, particularly in reflective conditions such as around snow or water. Luckily, all Sunskis are polarized because we believe polarized lenses are an essential feature for people who love to live life outside.
Comfort: Have you ever thought about how comfortable your sunglasses are? If they hurt the bridge of your nose or pinch your temples or give you a headache after a while or constantly slip down your nose, that’s definitely not comfortable! At Sunski, we make lightweight, flexible sunglasses that are super comfortable for long days outside in the sun. And our flexible frames are designed to fit perfectly and keep your sunglasses from slipping or sliding around on your face, no matter how fast you’re moving around.
Durability: Let’s be real, when you’re out having fun on the trail, the last thing you want to be worrying about are your expensive designer shades that will scratch or break if you drop them. That’s exactly why we started Sunski --so we could make affordable, durable sunglasses that actually performed outdoors for ourselves and our friends.
Visible light transmission (VLT): This is a little more technical, but it’s something to consider when purchasing a pair of hiking sunglasses. The VLT rating tells you how dark or light your sunglasses are. So when you’re picking up a new pair of sunglasses for hiking, you’ll want to choose something that has a lower VLT to protect your eyes from bright glare and the fatiguing effects of being out in the sun all day. Sunski lenses provide great sun protection with a VLT range from 9-15 percent.
Hiking sunglasses for every style
When you consider the features listed above, you probably picture a pair of wraparound sport sunglasses that look like something Bladerunner would have worn in the ‘80s. Luckily, Sunski sunglasses exist so you can avoid looking like an Ironman competitor (unless that’s your thing, of course) and actually look good while you’re out on the trail.
Our sunglasses come in a variety of timeless styles and finishes, including round frame sunglasses, tortoise shell sunglasses, half frame sunglasses and wayfarer sunglasses. All of our sunglasses are polarized, lightweight, comfortable and durable and every pair comes with a lifetime warranty, which makes Sunskis a great choice for hiking and all sorts of outside activities.
If you’re really looking for something athletic, don’t forget to peruse our sport collection, which includes styles with extra features like rubber nose pads and lanyard loops. So whatever you’re into, when you choose Sunski, you’re sure to find a pair of sunglasses that expresses your unique sense of style and actually performs when you need it!
Glacier Collection: Hiking sunglasses for peak performance
If you’re planning on summiting a peak or heading out in glacial conditions, check out the Glacier Collection, our award-winning glacier sunglasses with removable magnetic sun shields. These sunglasses are the perfect combination of modern style and performance eyewear.
From the bestselling Treeline to the backcountry ski-favorite the Gondola, these sunglasses are just what you need for fast-moving adventures at altitude. The Alpine Collection is also a favorite of mariners and fishing enthusiasts, since the added glare protection really makes a difference when you spend long days on the water. Wherever your adventures take you, keep your eyes protected so you can keep on living life outside.