Application to Test Julbo Run Sunglasses- Chad Fike
- Application to test the Julbo Run Sunglasses - Chad Fike
Please accept my application to test the Julbo Run
Sunglasses. I agree to comply with all the report requirements found
in the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609. I read these documents
most recently on September 30, 2008.
I am not sure what frame colors would be offered but I prefer darker
tones like black or grey. I would be interested in the prescription
optical insert if that is an option.
Name: Chad Fike
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
Email address: chadfikeAThotmailDOTcom
City, State, Country: Oakland, Maryland, USA
Date: September 30, 2008
I have gone camping, usually very close to home, since my
teens but only started seriously backpacking around age 30. I do
mostly weekend trips and often take day hikes. My backpacking
experience has been mostly in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia,
including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Each trip has been a
learning experience about techniques and equipment. I try to balance
weight, durability, and cost with my gear choices.
Testing would take place mostly in forested terrain of the
Appalachian Mountains of western Maryland and West Virginia. The
elevation ranges from around 2500 to 4800 ft (762 to 1463 m). I live
in an area with distinct changes in season. Since this test may run
from October to January, these glasses would accompany me through
fall and into winter. Therefore during the test period I could
encounter anything from sunny days around 70 F (21 C) to snow and
temperatures below freezing.
I am applying to test these sunglasses for various outdoor activities
rather than just backpacking. Since many Julbo glasses are
recommended for mountain biking, I would love to try them on autumn
trails. I would also test the Julbo's while dayhiking and, depending
on snow, cross country skiing. My backpacking trips seem to be
rather hit or miss, but I do have a three day backpacking trip
tentatively scheduled for October and would use the glasses on this
trip and any others I take. I wear eyeglasses, but usually use
contacts for outdoor activities and would most likely be wearing
these with contacts. I would also be interested in trying out the
prescription optical insert if it is an option.
Located about 10 minutes from my home, Herrington Manor and Swallow
Falls State Parks and Potomac Garrett State Forest have many trails
that I regularly ski, bike and hike on. For longer weekend hikes or
backpacking, there are also miles of trails in several sections of
the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia that are within an
hour of home.
I have always been a cheapskate when it comes to sunglasses. I would
like to find out how an expensive pair compares to what I usually
buy. Since the glasses are not on the website, I am making some
assumptions about possible features that may be similar to those
found when I applied for the Julbo Trail sunglasses. I would adapt my
reports to the actual features. If chosen, I would attempt to
ascertain the following:
Fit & Comfort- How well do the glasses fit me? Do my eyelashes rub
the lenses? Are they comfortable? Do they rub my ears or any other
places after being worn all day? Do they stay in place during
activities like running or biking? Does the "elastomer insert at the
temple end" really help provide "optimum hold" and does the "supple
shock-absorbent insert" help them to "remain in position on nose"?
Do they slide around when I get sweaty? How do they look on me?
Features- Are the lenses nice and clear? I assume these will have the
Zebra photochromic lenses. How much change is noticeable in the
lenses? How quick is the automatic transition, is it really 28
seconds as advertised? How well do the lenses adapt to varying light
and dark conditions? Are they dark enough for a bright sunny day? Do
they lighten enough for a cloudy day or wooded trail? How well does
the anti-fog coating work? Does the "adjustable natural airflow"
provide enough ventilation?
Durability- Is the workmanship of high quality? How well do the
glasses stand up to abuse? How do the flexible lenses perform? How
much do they flex? Do they scratch easily? Do the hinges work
My most recently completed test was of the Hydrapak Streamline and I
am not involved in any other active tests. This is my only current
application. My reviews can be viewed at: