I am at work...will upload 2nd approved OR as soon as I get
home...wanted to get this in.
Please accept my application for the privilege of testing the Numa X-
Frames Extreme Eyewear System. I, Will Rice have read and agree to
comply with the report requirements stated in chapter 5 of the
BackpackGearTest Bylaws v. 0609.
NAME: William Rice
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 145 lb (65.80 kg)
I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer
camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping
organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and
then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the
Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early
spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and
now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I
carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.
I intend to test this gear in Atlanta, North Georgia, North
Carolina, and West Virginia. It will be tested all at elevations
below 6600 ft, on flat and calm terrain in Atlanta, but otherwise in
the Appalachian foothills and mountains. Since it is winter in the
southeast, I expect that temperatures will range from freezing to
about 70 degrees. In West VA, I intend to use it while
snowboarding, so temperatures will be freezing and lower with wind
chill. There will be sun and rain during testing, but likely not
I am an extremely active guy that likes to train, in preparation for
being active. I run 2-3 times a week (2-3 miles at a time) in all
weather, walk wherever I can, mountain bike, climb, and do whatever
outdoor activities that present themselves as an option. I am a bit
of a gear nut, preferring my accessories to perform multiple roles
in addition to what they advertise. Being not very big in stature,
I also prefer lightweight gear that won't bog me down should I
decide to do some rock hopping or take urban shortcuts.
I plan to test this gear while running during the week, especially
on a rainy day. I also plan to test while doing some day hikes,
probably at Stone Mountain, GA. They will serve as my eye-defense
against the wind while snowboarding in WVA. Lastly, they will come
bouldering with me in NC, and maybe even some more light hiking and
climbing in western and central NC.
Are they comfortable? Can I forget I am wearing them?
Do they stay in place when I am pounding the pavement?
If I crash a snowboard while wearing them, where do they go?
Do they fog when I am hot while still keeping wind out?
Do they limit peripheral vision while climbing?
How easy do the lenses change out? Is it practical to change them
daily according to the weather?
Will wearing these glasses attract members of my sexual preference?
I have finished two owner reviews that can be viewed here: