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OUR TAKE In cloudy, over­cast, or stormy con­di­tions, we reached for Costas with the new Sun­rise Sil­ver Lens. The pale, golden lens has 30 per­cent vis­i­ble light trans­mis­sion—enough to pro­tect our peep­ers while still pro­vid­ing con­trast in low-light con­di­tions. The Sun­rise Sil­ver was de­vel­oped with fish­ing in mind, but it works great in win­ter: Just as the po­lar­iza­tion blocks sur­face sheen on wa­ter, it dimmed snow glare and helped us pin­point ski­able lines down open aprons in the San Juan Range. Caveat: You’ll fry your eye­balls if you wear th­ese on blue­bird days; pack high-light spares. TRAIL CRED “When we were climb­ing up Colorado’s 13,125-foot Mt. Kennedy in flat light, I could see the rolls and div­ots on the wide slope well enough to lay an ef­fi­cient skin track to the top,” our tester says. $189; costadel­

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