How to Choose Your Glasses for Skydiving, and Parachuting
Camera man Cassy Langlois, and instructor Jean-Nicolas Lagacé.
My name is Frédéric Baillargeon, and I manage three skydiving schools in Quebec. I’ve got more than 2500 jumps under my belt, with more than 2300 flight hours as a jump pilot.
When you skydive, there is a temperature change of 25 degrees in 60 seconds. Moreover, the atmosphere can change from a dry environment (over the clouds) to a very humid one (on the ground). This is quite the challenge for eyewear, and glasses have a tendency to fog up before landing, which is dangerous. Finding a pair of well-ventilated sunglasses that don’t let too much air pass through and dry up your eyes is essential to all skydivers.
Julbo’s Tensing Flight is designed to face this challenge with style. As soon as you combine the Tensing with an elastic head band, it wraps around the face, fitting the majority of skydivers. Prior to Tensing Flight, we used a cheaper brand called Curv X, but they let in too much air. When we tested the Tensing Flight with our instructors, it was a great success – everyone wanted to buy the demo we were testing with.
However, the problem with the Tensing Flight is its retail price: $190. At that price, these glasses are too expensive for the amateur, occasional skydiver.
So, here is a life hack from a pro! Being on the amateur team for Julbo (I use the Explorer model for high altitude climbing and the Monte Bianco to drive), I carefully studied the different models to discover it was possible to combine the regular Tensing model without the Zebra lens ($60) and buy the elastic strap separately (S10). You can get the same comfortable fit and performance of the Tensing Flight for only $70, a price even amateurs can afford. Since I pioneered this combination, almost all our skydivers have adopted it.