Mountain-inspired sunglasses with shields on the temples and bridge are common today — you can get a pair for $89 from Sunski or for more than $500 from Vuarnet — but in 1950, when the French company Julbo released its Vermont glacier glasses, they were cutting edge. Julbo aimed to provide mountain climbers with sufficient protection against the intense light in the high snowy and icy environments (UV rays bounce off these reflective surfaces and cause snow blindness).
Seven decades later, Julbo maintains that intention, and while it now uses polycarbonates and wrap-around designs to make lightweight sunglasses for use at high altitudes, the Vermont continues to justify itself in function and, with its iconic mountain aesthetic, style too. Julbo recently re-released the sunglasses, now dubbed the Vermont Classic, and right now they’re on sale at Drop for $61 off.
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