garyc57 wrote:As for sunglasses - I never wear 'em. I worry that the tinting will reduce my ability to spot rattlesnakes!
I never wear sunglasses while hiking either... but no rattlesnake worries, just eye-strain.
Years ago, when I wore sunglasses while hiking on bright days I felt more eye-strain after a hike than when just wearing glasses. As an experiment I stopped wearing (prescription) sunglasses, wearing my clear prescription glasses instead and I found eye-strain was no longer an issue.
I could hike without glasses (far-sighted in one, near-sighted in the other, almost exact opposites) but as much as I hate wearing glasses, I ALWAYS wear them while hiking for safety...
Since most of my hikes involve bushwhacking, getting poked in the eye with a sharp stick
is an ever-present hazard, one which has happened too many times to count.
The worst being one I'm sure I would have lost my left eye if not for my glasses... it was a pretty solid branch sticking out of a tree straight at me so it blended in with the trunk and I walked directly into it. The end of the branch hit solid on the left lens then slid onto my nose, slicing a 3/4" gash in my nose, the end result being a scar on my nose which I'll carry to my dying day.