Application to test--Numa X-Frames Sunglasses--Arnold Peterson
- Application to test Numa X-Frames Sunglasses
I have read the by-laws 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 late 2006.
Date: February 4, 2007
Name Arnold Peterson
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Weight 165 lb (74.8 kg)
Email Address ALP4982 AT yahoo DOT com
Location Wilmington Massachusetts USA
Backpacking Background: At this time almost all my experience has
been hiking in New Hampshire, Florida, Colorado USA, New Brunswick,
and Nova Scotia Canada using an 11 lb (5 kg) day pack. I have
backpacked on Mt. Washington and Imp Shelter located between North
Carter and Mount Moriah mountains in New Hampshire. The gear I will
be writing about has been used a lot hiking mostly all year around in
New Hampshire. I have recently completed the forty-eight 4000 footers
(1219 m) of New Hampshire. My longest day hike was 12 hours covering
almost 20 miles (32 km).
Test plan for Numa X-Frames Sunglasses
My test plan would be built around function, comfort, usability, and
durability. I will be testing in NH, ME, and VT USA. The
temperatures could typically be as low as -20 F (-29 C). Rain and
snow is almost a certainty. Mt Washington has had temperatures as
low as -60 F (-51 C) and has recorded the strongest winds on earth at
231 MPH (372 km/hr). This year I will not be going south and have
started gearing up for colder hiking weather. Temperatures change
greatly from the base of the mountain with altitudes ranging from
4000 to 6000 ft (1219-1829 m). Being able to stay warm is more than
comfort, it is survival. The following mountains are on my winter
agenda: Sandwich Mt 980 ft (121 m), Mt Nancy 3926 ft (1197 m), Mt
Weeks N peak 33901 ft (1189 m), Mt Weeks S peak 3885 ft (3885 m),
Vose Spur 3862 ft (1177 m). The Sleepers E peak 860 (1177 M), Nubble
Peak 3813 ft (1162 m), and Cannon Balls NE peak 3769 ft (1149 m),
which are all part of the New England Hundred Highest Peaks.
Contingency peaks would be Mt Lincoln 5089 ft (1551 m), Mt Liberty
4489 ft (1359 M) and Mt Moosilauke 4802 ft (1464 M).
If I am not wearing good sunglasses I get headaches. This condition
is year round. Even on cloudy days there are uv rays that are not
good for me. I am sensitive to florescent lights and need protection
to avoid headaches. I have at least 11 pair of sun glasses. Between
loss and breakage I need a lot of spares. The Numa X-Frames come
with 4 different lenses. The sunglass lenses will be worn most of
the time. The orange lenses will be worn on cloudy or overcast days
as I still need protection from uv rays. I will wear the Polarized
lenses for driving and when there is a lot of glare from lakes and in
some mountain where there is a lot of glare from ice and water. I
will wear the clear lenses when light conditions are too low on the
trail and still need protection from wind, and branches. Having 4
interchangeable lenses will mean I can use them for almost everything
Will I be able to wear the Numa sunglasses for long hours in warm and
cold weather and not feel the need to remove them? Will I have
sensitive spots on my nose, ears or where the bows and temples come
in contact with my head? I will be looking at how well the
ventilation works. I will note if there is any fogging. I will test
them in the shower to see if they fog up.
Ease of use.
Do they go on and come off quickly and easily? Do I have to take a
lot of precaution to prevent breakage, or lens scratches? Do they
store easily with the rest of my equipment?
Will these Numa sunglasses fit so well that after I have them on, I
will forget that I am wearing them? Will the Numa X-Frames
sunglasses stay on my head while going through the bushes? Will they
stay on my head when changing tops? I will be changing lenses a lot
and I will note how easy it will be to change lenses.
Recently I was removing a pair of sunglasses; they slipped from my
hand and landed on the tip of the bow. Result the bow broke in
half. Never had that happen before. Will they be durable when
bumping into trees, and other objects? How resistant will they be to
When they need replacing will I be happy enough to go and buy another
Testing will also be done in the mountains of NH, ME, and VT, USA. I
will also be testing the Numa sunglasses in some local Massachusetts
State Forrest. My outdoor activities last year consisted of hiking
over 50 4000 foot (1219m) mountains. These will also be used while
driving and in some indoor locations where there are a lot of
Previously Written Reports
I am in the FR part of testing for the Big Agnes Sleeping Bag,
Sleeping Giant Air Pad, Black Diamond Headlamp, Kahtoola Microspikes
and waiting to start testing Gregory Whitney backpack.
A pending application for Big Agnes 3 Wire Bivy.
I wish to thank those who will be evaluating my application for the
Numa X-Frames Sunglasses.