REPOST - Application to test Smith Optics Ignitor Lens and Factor Frames
- Please accept my application to test the Smith Optics Ignitor Lenses
and Factor Frames. I have read the requirements in the BGT survival
Guide, Ch 5 (v. 1202), and will comply with all report requirements. I
sent my application to test on November 28, via regular mail. I hope
it has been recieved in time for this test.
Name: Greg Mehojah
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
City, State, Country: Albuquerque, New Mexico
I began backpacking this year to reintroduce myself to the outdoors,
and introduce my 10 year old son to backpacking. My trips are
typically 1-2 nights with my son and 2 nights when I solo. My first
season has taken me through desert terrain and high-altitude
meadowlands throughout New Mexico, as well as day hikes of the
foothills and ridgeline trails of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque.
I tend to carry most of the gear when I hike with my son, so I am not
a lightweight hiker, but plan on moving that direction as my son gets
Currently, I wear a pair of Oakley Half-Jackets as my primary
sunglasses for all activities, including dayhikes, camping, driving,
golfing, and intense mountain biking (which includes daytime rides
and night rides). I like my Oakleys because they are light, durable,
and have interchangeable lenses that allow me to use clear (untinted)
lenses for night mountain biking. However much I like them, they do
scratch quite easily and the nose pieces come off quite often and are
difficult to obtain (and pricey!). While these two issues are
frustrating, I generally like the way they fit my somewhat large head.
Albuquerque, and New Mexico in general, is blessed with extremely
bright sunny days most of the year (roughly 90% of the year is sunny
and cloud free). Because of the clear skies and high altitudes, the
sun shines very brightly which wreaks havoc on my light blue eyes.
Because of my light colored eyes, and resultant sensitivity to bright
light, I take sunglasses and eye protection very seriously. New
Mexico weather changes frequently and without warning. The climate
in which I will test these glasses, if chosen, will include
variations in temperatures ranging from 20 degrees to 60 degrees F.
Precipitation in the form of rain, hail, sleet and snow is likely at
higher altitudes where I plan on hiking and camping during the period
of this test. Wind is also a factor that I will be able to test
these sunglasses in because wind is prevelant this time of year at
high altitude, exposed trails. My activities during this test will
take place at altitudes ranging from between 7,000 feet and 10,500
feet above sea level.
I am an avid dayhiker, new backpacker, and serious mountain biker.
All of these activities will allow me to test the following:
1. Mountain biking:
The bright skies and generally dry climate of Albuquerque will allow
me to test the Ignitor Lenses ability to protect my eyes
from general trail grime including dust, dirt, small pebbles, and
bright light. I often ride in groups of 3-6riders, which causes lots
of dirt and grime to be kicked up, as well as the occasional branch
slamming into my face. Most of my mountain bike trails are
interspersed with clear meadows and dense ponderosa pine groves,
which creates a bright-to-dark transition. I intend to test the
ability of the Ignitor lenses to handle these types of light-to-dark
transitions, and back to bright again. Riding at speed on technical
trails requires glasses that can quickly adapt to these types of
changes. I plan on riding three to four times per week on technical
mountain bike trails during the period of this test. These rides
will include both daytime rides and night rides beginning and ending
in the dark.
Fit is equally important. Glasses that move on my face during rough
rocky and technical sections of trails are dangerous. I demand that my
sunglasses stay on my face where I put them and not move around no
matter how rough the trails get. Slipping of glasses down my nose is
annoying, but not nearly as bad as glasses that fly around my face
while riding. I plan on testing whether these glasses will stay put,
and whether they fall down my nose due to sweat and rough trails.
As with my Oakleys, when I ride at night, I want lenses that
interchange from tinted to clear with little effort. Do the glasses
come with soft protective cases/bags for the lenses you are changing
out? Do the lenses fit snugly into the frames? What is the durability
of lenses in my hydration pack after a 25 mile bike ride? How well do
the lenses provide for wind protection? Do the lenses sufficiently
cover my eyes for both sun and wind protection? Finally, as with
any strenuous exercise, sunglasses generally tend to fog up easily.
I know my Oakelys certainly do when I stop for a breather on a bike
ride. I will also test how well the Ignitor Lenses and Factor Frames
vent in similar situations.
I have lost a pair of Oakely Half-Jacket lenses to a branch slamming
into my face that my hiking partner neglected to hold for me as he
passed. I would much rather have a protective lense that I can replace
due to this type of damage than try to have a doctor repair my cornea
any day. How durable are the Ignitor lenses in similar situations?
Can they withstand this type of abuse without shattering into my
eyes? Can the lenses take this type of abuse without undue
scratching? I will also test how well the lenses provide for
distinction in shaded trails, and how well the lenses reduce
glare at various moving and still water sources. I hike in
terrain that varries from exposed desert terrain to trails that
require moderate bush whacking. I want lenses that can take some
abuse without either cracking, shattering, or needlessly scratching
while still providing general sun and wind protection for my eyes.
I also plan on testing whether the lenses sufficiently vent during
strenuous hiking. My current sunglasses tend to fog up when used
during strenuous hiking as they do when I stop for breaks during
mountain bike rides. Do the frames/lenses provide an acceptable
balance between eye coverage and airflow sufficient to prevent
Because I generally wear various types of hats when I hike/camp, I
plan to test how well these frames adapt to those types of clothing.
When I hike and camp, I tend to wear everything from baseball hats,
full cover brim sun hats and balaclavas. My current Oakelys have arms
that extend too far beyond my ear, which can sometimes interfere with
the types of hats I like to wear. I plan to wear these glasses while
wearing all of these types of headwear for fit and determine whether
the frames interefere in a similar way.
I have completed two Owner Reviews:
Marmot Eiger 36 Pack
MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter
Both reviews can be seen here:
None at this time.
None at this time.
Thank you for considering my application to test the Smith Optics
Ignitor Lenses and Factor Frames.