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Sherpa Glasses


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Sherpa Glasses

Manufacturer: Julbo

Your Opinion: 
 - 6 Votes


Page By: wildstar

Created/Edited: Dec 5, 2004 / Dec 5, 2004

Object ID: 1197

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These glasses are an affordable option for any climber. They are designed primarily for glacier and snow excursions although can be used in a variety of settings.


Spectron x5 polycarbonate lenses block 100% of UV rays and 85% of visible light, reducing glare and creating a clear image

Moldable ear temples offer added security with a customized fit

Vented leather side shields block peripheral light and can be removed as needed

Comes with nylon keeper strap and plastic carrying case


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pjc30943Untitled Review

Voted 4/5

First here are some good points.

-Price. It is inexpensive.
-Durability: I have had no problems with the frame at all, despite some accidental abuse.
-Lens: Does not scratch too easily, and is likewise durable.
-Light transmission: For most conditions, the visible light is attentuated plenty sufficiently. I can't see UV, so I'm hoping the 100% UVAB is correct:)
-Side shields do decent job of cutting out light.
-Relatively comfortable to wear for extended periods. After about 8-10 hours in one stretch, though, you can feel it.

-Side shields make it hard to look to the side with a hood on: one has to completely turn the head, as can be expected with the "classic" type glasses.
-Despite the claims, I could not find that the ear segment was modable at all. Flexible, yes; but not moldable. So, my biggest complaint is that these glasses easily slip down slightly due to this, at least for my head geometry; especially when wearing a fleece cap, for example, which helps push it down. This slight slipping does not terribly compromise anything, but is very annoying.

-Color distortion is pretty obvious, but that is to be expected (though some other glasses are better with color accuracy)

-The carry case is very durable, but almost useless; it is *barely* bigh enough to hold the glasses, and in cold weather it is annoying to fiddle around with making the springy ear-temples both fit inside the case at the same time.

My next pair will be a wrap-around, such as the Jublo Epic or Advance, to facilitate glancing to the side. However, the drawback is that wrap-around glasses can't be had in prescriptions, for those who wear eyeglasses. The ability to have prescription glacier glasses was my main reason for starting with the classic-style (round) glasses.

This pair is recommended. But please also consider the wrap-arounds, even if the base models are usually more espensive. However I would not buy these again knowing what I know now, because of the slight slipping problem. This is most likely just because of my head geometry. I'd go for a pair that has some adjustability on the nose bridge, which would remedy the situation--as the Sherpa has none.
Posted Dec 16, 2004 12:27 pm

mtnbndUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I break and lose glasses all the time. These glasses are inexpensive and do a great job. For the price they are great glasses.
Posted Oct 30, 2005 8:41 pm

chmoore577Untitled Review

Voted 5/5

I found these glasses to have the performance, look, and feel of much more expensive shades. I am very pleased with my sherpa's as they are comfortable and effective. I bought these from campmor for $39 and wore them on several climbs recently in Colorado. I had only one minor complaint and that involved the small rope neck band that came with the glasses. It irritated my ears and i replaced it with a Croakie.
Posted Nov 2, 2005 11:49 am

awagherUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I have a pair of these that were loaned to me by a partner and I fear the day he asks for them back. They block light well and are still bright enough to wear on overcast days. The reason I had to borrow them was because I had lost all of my other glasses on a route somewhere. Not with these guys. They secure well to my head with the ear grabbing arms and they come with a cord that keeps them from slipping off. I have not had them fog up yet either.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 3:37 pm

Poor Climber8 out of 10

Hasn't voted

I love these glasses. The are light, tough, cheap, fit me well and block the light well.

~ Great value ( I bought mine for 39.00 dollars)
~ Blocks light well
~ They fit well, ( subjective) and the ear loops keep them on
~ They are tough

~ Non moldable bridge
Posted Jan 20, 2007 10:39 pm

BSPclimberI like 'em

Hasn't voted

A good pair of sunglasses for the price. Fairly comfortable and the shield blocks light well. Why spend 100+ bucks on designer shades?
Posted Sep 13, 2008 1:56 pm

mtnbndOK glasses

Voted 4/5

These glasses are great, if they fit your head...if not they are very uncomfortable into you mod them.
Posted Nov 11, 2009 3:58 pm

Josh LewisNot Impressed

Voted 2/5

Not only did they not fit on me very well, but they snapped very easily. To make it even worse before they broke I used a special string to prevent it from falling off which it fogged up quite fast even when they were far away from my eyes. Perhaps I got a bad pair of these, but once I swapped to ski goggles I was very impressed at how much better they were.

Plus they looked extremely nerdy which I kinda admire about them but kinda don't. Also they had a reflection that made it so that my own eyes would reflect back making it a little bit harder to see out of them.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 3:07 am

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