RED STAR WORLDWEAR RS14 SU
BY ERIN M. HEDDEN
December 24, 2010
NAME: Erin M. Hedden
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 153 lb (69.40 kg)
Backpacking Background: I have been backpacking since I was 4 years old, taking
trips into the mountains for week long stays at a time with my family. I hike
various terrains throughout Colorado from mountains and plateaus to grasslands
and prairies. My excursions can be a day hike with a waist pack, a loop trail
with 3 nights camping between start and finish, or an in and out trip which can
range from an overnighter to 4 nights camping. Depending on the area and weather
I use a tent or go hammock camping if I would rather stay up off of the ground.
Manufacturer: Red Star Worldwear
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.redstarworldwear.com/
MSRP: $80 US
Listed Weight: 0.72 oz (21.0 g)
Measured Weight: 0.72 oz (21.2 g)
Frame/Lense Material: Duraflex/Polycarbonate
Frame/Lense Color: Black/Grey
Ear/Nose Pads Color: Orange
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Red Star Worldwear boasts that this model offers 100% UV and IR protection with
superior polarized lens technology that exceeds ANSI standards.
The nose and ear pads that are in place ensure a no slip fit and there are small
holes in the nose pads to make them breathable.
Polycarbonate lenses are high impact and light weight as are the duraflex
The manufacturer trademark Red Star marks the head of the arms on each side of
the glasses while a small "Q3" is marked on the upper right corner of the lenses
on the right hand side of the glasses as well.
Since purchasing these glasses in June of 2010 they have been the only
sunglasses I have worn in various conditions and during all of my activities
from hiking and biking to fishing and driving.
Throughout the months of June through December, approximately 162 days, the sunglasses were subjected to hot, sunny, bright days as well as frigid and frosty ones, a few thunderstorms
that ranged from steady trickles to downpours, and were also worn on windy
afternoons where dust and debris were heavy in the air. I've worn them to shield
my eyes against flying particles of dust, dirt and sand on the shores of many
lakes around southern and eastern Colorado when I just wasn't ready to give up
on the fish, despite oncoming storms. They endured 6 hours on a hot, dry, trail
through the rugged and rough Picketwire Canyon to see the dinosaur tracks and
find all of the Native American rock art, then did it all over again for another
11 hours on a wild turkey hunt which never seemed to be anywhere near the beaten
Since these were my primary sunglasses for every event they were also put to the
test on a sunny day after a recent snowstorm in the mountains.
The overall fit of the sunglasses is snug and comfortable. They are lightweight
enough that they are barely noticeable except that the snug fit of the arms that
wrap around the contour of the head, and the cushioned ear pads which seem to
grip snugly gives them away as being worn.
The nose pads provide a nice snug fit and there has been no instances of
slippage occurring while looking downwards or while being bounced around on a
bumpy trail astride a mountain bike. The small pin sized holes in the pads
allows just enough air to pass through so that sweat and water do not interfere
with the grip the pads have either.
I have dropped them on a couple of occasions and there were no scratches
sustained by the lenses and the frames bounced right back. On one occasion the
arms of the sunglasses had been stepped on and they too bounced right back
without any bends, breaks or cracking occurring. They delivered on their promise
to be sturdy and durable in construction.
During the time spent on lakes and rivers the lenses provided minimal glare from
the waters and offered great protection from the shine on the snow after the
snowstorm in the mountains. They provide good protection from the suns rays and
I experienced minimal squinting at any time, even that which can sometimes be
caused from peripheral exposure since the lenses actually wrap around the face
enough to shade the line of vision completely.
Overall these sunglasses are a great fit, they keep the glare and light to a
minimal, and they are quite stylish in appearance.
THINGS I LIKE
Lightweight frames are very sturdy and take some abuse.
Comfortable fit with the nose and earpieces padded in a lightweight rubber that
is also breathable.
The lenses actually cover enough of the area around the eyes to block out all
sunlight from creeping in from over the top, under the bottom, or from the sides
which reduces squinting from glare off of mirrors in vehicles or on motorcycles
or bright flashes coming off of passing vehicles, windows or other surface areas
that the sun catches and glints off of.
I like the versatility of these sunglasses as well as that they have already
endured so many of the outdoor activities that I participate in.
They are stylish and can not only be a part of everyday casual dress, they can
also go good with rugged outdoor gear, wetsuits when river rafting and a uniform
The price was very fair for the quality of the sunglasses. I am very impressed.
I have never experienced any instances where condensation has proved to be a
problem for these glasses.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
The frames, though very sturdy, feel cheap and plastic like, but even though
they feel flimsy they aren't. I am just not keen on the feel.
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