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#137251 - 08/05/10 11:57 AM Lightweight backup sunglasses
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Registered: 12/08/05
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
My eyes are quite sensitive to high altitude sun, especially when I am on snow. I have suffered snow-blindness on several occasions. For this reason, I almost always carry backup sunglasses when I anticipate sustained hikes on snow.

For several years now, I have been using the throwaway sun glasses that ophthalmologists provide after an eye dilation exam as backups. They are just a thin sheet of plastic colored to block UV and bright sun and are designed to fit behind your normal glasses. They can be converted to stand-alone sunglasses with a little duct tape and a rubber band or two. I have obtained a set just by asking at my ophthalmologists reception desk; some offices may charge you for them though.

The ones that I have weigh about a gram and provide me with a bit of security and backup during my clumsy senior moments. I have, once, in the past dropped my sunglasses and watched them slide down a steep snow slope never to be seen again. Now I have an adequate backup.
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#137254 - 08/05/10 12:34 PM Re: Lightweight backup sunglasses [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 02/03/06
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Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Great minds think alike! I've been doing this for over 5 years now! cool


Edited by OregonMouse (08/05/10 12:35 PM)
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#137261 - 08/05/10 01:47 PM Re: Lightweight backup sunglasses [Re: Pika]
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Registered: 01/06/02
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Loc: Seattle, WA
Let's play "Can you top this". I'm pretty sure I have been carrying them in my gear for 25 years or more.

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#137274 - 08/05/10 07:49 PM Re: Lightweight backup sunglasses [Re: Pika]
Wolfeye Offline
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Registered: 01/11/07
Posts: 413
Loc: Seattle, WA
For a while I used cheap, UV-blocking rollup sunglasses as my only set. They worked, and I'm sure they weighed less than their case, which was like a film canister. I wish I'd slipped some kind of smooth paper around it before storage, though, as they got scratched after a while.

They can fly off your face in a gust of wind. Running a web search, I've found that some come with a string.

No idea how much they weigh as I haven't had a set in decades.

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