Izipizi Glacier Sun Sunglasses | Review

The Izipizi Glacier Sun provide essential protection for skiers in an affordable and stylish package

Why we chose the Izipizi Glacier Sun: Cat.4 protection, affordable, stylish

Price: £60 / 60€ / $80


Designing a good looking pair of sunglasses that are capable of protecting you while you’re posing high in the alpine seems to be a difficult task. Many brands head down the serious ‘sporty’ look, making you look like you’ve just smashed out a few stages of the Tour de France, while the fashionable styles simply don’t offer enough protection for the damaging alpine UV rays.

This, however, isn’t the case with the new kids on the block – Izipizi – who are the creators of these ‘60s throwback shades – the Glacier Sun.

French-based Izipizi has a pretty impressive story, so let us dive into that before we chat about these very cool shades. Founded in 2010, Izipizi set out to “bring a ‘smile’ to millions of people”. That’s not just a marketing slogan as Izipizi targeted their first models to people with Presbyopia, a condition that leads to the gradual loss of your eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects.

“Izipizi has focused on affordability, quality and style”

By creating glasses that were affordable, high quality and fashionable, Izipizi brought a refreshing and fashionable alternative to the unimaginative glasses millions of people suffering from longsightedness were stuck with. Ever since this founding, Izipizi has focused on affordability, quality and style; which brings us back to the Glacier Sun sunglasses

Glacier Sun Sunglasses Build

Starting with the build, it’s worth breaking down all the technical stuff that comes with these sunnies. Firstly, and it’s something that’s essential to look for in a pair of sunglasses, is the Cat.4 lenses found on the Glacier Sun specs. Polarised for your protection, these lenses let through just 4% of visible light, while blocking out 100% of UV light.

This level of protection is essential stuff if you frequently find yourself up high in the alpine. Protection in the alpine is required as the higher you go, the less light is shielded from your eyes (we’re talking about high alpine glacial resorts such as Tignes, Saas Fee, and other resorts that stretch up above 2,500 metres).

Looking at the design of the sunglasses, the removable side shells (made from a leather-look cotton, not actual leather) are not just a fashion accessory, but also work to block any light from bouncing into the side of the glasses, providing you with essential eye protection for snow-based activities. If you’re unaware, when the sun’s harmful rays shine at snow, the white surface of snow reflects these rays all over the place. This reflection can, in turn, result in harmful rays bouncing into your eyes (where typical sunglasses do not protect).

The side shells block out any of these harmful rays, while also providing a goggle-like seal around the eyes. This seal will mean that, if you do decide to take these sunglasses for a spin on the slopes, you’ll be free from the classic eye-watering descents you usually get with open-framed sunglasses.

“The removable side shells.. are not just a fashion accessory”

The hooked ends to the arms provide a secure fit around a wide range of face and ear shapes, while providing a solid hook around the ear to prevent any unwanted slippage; stopping the glasses from wandering when you’re threading carved turns between the punters.

The Izipizi Glacier Sun provides essential protection for skiers – all while bringing back the extremely hip look of the classic glacial sunglasses from the ‘60s. What’s best is that they come with an extremely high-quality build at an equally-impressive price – the £60 price tag is pretty impressive considering these sunglasses offer the gold standard Cat.4 protection.

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