Below is the text for my LTR on the Numa SWAT Sunglasses. HTML can be found
I will be OOP until late Wednesday night, so no hurry on the edits.
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
I have continued to wear the SWAT Sunglasses daily in Colorado, Florida and
Michigan under conditions that ranged from 104 F (40 C) and 10% humidity to
98 F (37 C) and 100% humidity. The weather in Florida was unbearably hot and
humid. I'll take Colorado's dry heat any time. Aside from hiking in Colorado
(actually it's more bushwhacking on some of our recent trips) and playing in
Florida, I used the SWATs while driving 1250 miles (2013 km) to Michigan
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
The SWAT sunglasses are still performing exceptionally well. Nothing has
come apart or come even close to doing so. Even after wearing them for
almost 10 hours straight, changing from polarized to orange lenses during
the day, these sunglasses never felt uncomfortable. I never had that
uncomfortable feeling of pressure on my nose or over my ears.
I never use to put my sunglasses up over my head. I was afraid of them
falling off. I hate to admit that I did this several times with the Numas
and I actually forgot they were there. They never came lose and they are so
light I really had to reach up to touch them to see if they were up there.
I'm going to get a sports chain though because these sunglasses will be a
part of me for some time.
I never experienced fogging even in the 100% humidity of Florida during
drenching downpours that soaked my clothes. Of course, in Florida, just
walking outside in that humidity my shirts get soggy, so not having these
get fogged up was impressive.
The frames have not discolored even being used in ultra high UV out in
Colorado, or being left on the dash where the temperature in the car will
get to over 130 F (54 C). Nor did the frames get soft or get out of shape.
However, I did get a series of nicks and scratches on the frame. As I have
said, I do a lot of rock scrambling and, not using a neck rope, I take my
sunglasses off to read things because I need my reading glasses. So during
one or two of those transitions, I've dropped the SWATs on some rocks
underfoot. I would have expected something to break for sure. But, all that
has happened was tiny nicking of the top of the frame going from side to
side. It's not visible from the front, but it is visible looking down from
the top. I would add a picture, but I am over my picture limit for this
report. So, let's analyze this. The nicks and scratches are black. My frames
are beige. So the nicks show through the coloring. That means that a) the
material is not colored all the way through and b) if I didn't want nicks to
show - I should have gotten the black frames. Does Numa have touch up paint?
I hate to send these back just for some small nicks and scratches, but I'm
not sure they'll get worse with time or not.
In all, I really like these sunglasses. Great lens choices that are simple
to swap. The frames are durable, but I am concerned about the wear along the
top showing through. Although I think the small pinhead nicks came from
dropping them on rock, it concerns me that there is also wear along the top
of the frame. That's the part that faces down when I take these off and rest
them on a hard surface. The polarized lens work great, as do the orange
lens. The SWATs look great and they feel great, even after extended wear for
several hours at a time.
I'm going to be using them this weekend on the trip to Beaver Island, up in
the northern part of Lake Michigan. We'll be dune hiking. Great for
stressing out the legs and also great for stress testing the ability of the
SWATs to keep dune sand out of my eyes.
I will continue to wear these almost daily under all sorts of conditions.
I'll even wear these at night with the clear lens to keep blowing sand out
of my eyes (how about a polarized clear lens for night driving Numa?).
They're great. They stay with me.
Thank you to Numa and BackpackGearTest.com for letting me participate in
John R. Waters
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