Application to test Native Dash XP
I have read the by-laws and all the required material including BGT
Bylaws v. 0609 and will abide by the rules. I have also mailed in a
signed test agreement in April 2008.
NAME: Ken Norris
LOCATION: Redmond, Washington, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)
I have been hiking and backpacking for the past twelve years, going
on the occasional overnighter or day hike. In the past year or so, I
have begun night hiking and long day hikes (twenty miles [32 km] or
more), with an emphasis on lightweight and speed. These trips center
on Washington's Central Cascades (terrain characterized by steep
inclines and "moist" conditions) and the Oregon outback (areas
classified as high desert).
INITIALS THOUGHTS ON THE NATIVE DASH XPs
I have a confession: I'm hard on sunglasses. As a native of
Washington state, I reside in a state where the per capita sunglass
count far exceeds the need: when we see the sun, we need eyewear and
fast. Like the rain, we classify the degrees to which a day is
sunny. My struggles with sunglasses have revolved around their
fragility, versatility, fit, and packability. I rarely feel
confident that my sunglasses can keep up with my activities be it
hiking, running, or playing with my kids. I mournfully remember the
day that a friend of mine inadvertently karate chopped a very
expensive pair of shades while we were playing ultimate Frisbee.
Durability matters. The various forms of sunlight and the extensive
tree cover on the west side of the Cascades demands sunglasses that
both protect from rays and transition well to shade. Thus,
versatility is paramount to seeing the trail. Fit relates to the
size of my head it's big! I've worn too many pairs of sunglasses
that fit my head so poorly they added pressure and caused headaches.
Packability a word that my computer believes I invented is
essential to the Northwest. We just never know when the sun will
peak its head out, but we must be prepared.
Most of my hiking takes place in the Central Cascades, an area that
lately has ranged from 30 to 70F (0 to 20C) with projections into the
90sF (32C) this summer. These areas are characterized by dense tree
cover and steep terrain from 1000 to 5000 feet (305 to 1524m) of
elevation gain. I will also be crewing Primal Quest Montana in June
and July. Though the temperatures will probably be the same as the
Central Cascades, the chances of constant sunshine during these ten
days will increase as will my need for a reliable pair of shades.
I will have numerous opportunities to explore the various mountain
ranges while I wait for my team to arrive at various transition
areas. I'm hoping these excursions may even reach 10,000 feet
(3048m), especially with base camp at at least 4000 feet (1219m).
Regardless of my location, all of my hiking is light weight (less
than 25 pounds [11kg]), and I always log at least 4 miles (6.44km) --
the emphasis is on speed (1 to 4 hours) and hill climbing (I train
with adventure racers at least once a week).
My test plan revolves around the areas I mentioned in my initial
thoughts. They may be summarized by considering comfort and
Comfort: Do I notice the sunglasses while I'm wearing them?
1. Do the pressure points give me headaches?
2. Do they "bounce" when I'm running?
3. Does the tinting or curvature of the lens prevent or
4. How do they react to sweat?
Functionality: Do I find myself listing the Native Dash XPs
as a necessary compliment to my lightweight hiking?
1. Do they also help in windy conditions?
2. Do they impede or assist under tree cover?
3. Do they fit within the pack without threatening the
integrity of the frames?
I am a newbie, so I only have two owner reviews in the system. They
are at the address below.
Thanks for considering me!