Gear expert Alf Alderson kicks off our newly revamped Kit & Equipment reviews with a test of the hardy but stylish Dragon MountaineerX sunglasses.

PRICE: Available from between £152 - £220

WEBSITE: Dragon Alliance

WHAT THEY SAY: "The Dragon MountaineerX combines classic wayfarer style with state of the art innovation for high altitude snow activities. Features include interchangeable C-Temple, leather side sun shields, Rope Lanyard system, and Dragon Performance lenses. For high altitude snow activities that require maximum protection from sun, reflected UV, high impact, and corosional elements such as saltwater, and sun block."

WHAT ALF SAYS: I used a pair of MountaineerXs all last season and loved their light weight, cool, classic looks and ability to block out the harshest of light. They’re especially good on warm spring days or for ski touring, when goggles are too hot, and they have been specifically designed for high altitude activities.

This means you get a whole range of features including an easily interchangeable cable temple for a secure fit in tough conditions – when climbing, for instance - leather side sun shields for glacier and high altitude travel and a rope lanyard system to ensure they don’t fall down a crevasse or off the chairlift.

The ‘Predator’ lenses are made from high-impact resistance polycarbonate which is up to six times more resistant than standard polycarbonate – I can attest to this as I managed to snap one of the ear pieces due to rough treatment but the lenses were fine.

The lenses also feature a sealed multi-layer, dual sided, hydrophobic, oil-repellent, fog resistant, anti-smudge, scratch resistant hard coating, so you really have to go out of your way to damage these great looking sunnies.

In addition, they come with a hard protective case and a cloth bag that can also be used to clean the lenses.

FOR: Tough as old boots, great looks

AGAINST: Expensive

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.