by Tyler Bradley
It might be worth admitting I’ve been a nosebleed fan of Airblaster for a while now, watching what they do from the cheap seats way up in the rafters. I love the Skolf stuff, the colorways and cuts, the fun before fame approach, and the great balance they’ve struck between making gear that’s affordable and innovative, too. The Ninja Suits are sweet and the vibe they’ve built around the brand takes me back to the golden era of snowboarding for snowboarding’s sake, riding with your friends from first to the last chair and basically just goofing off.
But enough gushing. While I’d like to qualify that I’m already sold on the Airblaster mission, the purpose of this review is to talk about vision, specifically how the Airblaster Glacier Glasses optics perform.
Airblaster Glacier Glasses Review
I admit I laughed when I first saw a pair of the Airblaster Glacier Glasses on my friend Pete Benton last season. They made me think of Reinhold Messner or another old-timey mountain climber one might encounter in the Bugaboos or some far-flung alpinist heavy zone, the glare reduction, peripheral vision killing “side shields” telegraphing your intent to summit some rarely attempted spire, most likely in Daisy Duke shorts and knee-high gaiters.
Glacier Glasses Polarized Lenses
These goofy looking things actually work, and eventually, you will embrace the Clydesdale horse w blinders on look. My pair have been on the Bow to Yoho Wapta traverse, the New Denver Glacier and several other zones were cutting down on glare and sun have been integral to our rapid travel. But it doesn’t have to be just glaciated terrain you bust these out in- Any sunny or high UV day, these have actually become my go-to sunglasses. This is partly because of their being polarized and styley (I have the Hot Green ones), but because of another mega influencing factor too- I can’t have nice things, at least not for extended periods. I lose or destroy sunglasses regularly, so the $25 sale price for these is ridiculous value. Wouldn’t you know, though, the tether I have has seen my first pair last me almost a calendar year now!
These offer good performance, great value, and perform better than expected or branded. Mega thumbs up for the Airblaster Glacier ‘Glasses ($24.95)!