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  • dalenmoney
    I am out of town, so I dont know how to get the pictures in without use of ReportWriter. The text part though is below. Pictures will be added Monday. --Will
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 26, 2009
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      I am out of town, so I dont know how to get the pictures in without use of ReportWriter. The text part though is below. Pictures will be added Monday.

      --Will

      http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/TESTS/IR-%20Tiffosi%20Optics-%20Will%20Rice/



      TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC
      TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE
      INITIAL REPORT


      INITIAL REPORT - November 23, 2009



      TESTER INFORMATION

      NAME: Will Rice
      EMAIL: will.dalen at gmail.com
      AGE: 28
      LOCATION: Charlotte, NC, USA
      GENDER: M
      HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
      WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)

      I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.


      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      INITIAL REPORT


      PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

      Manufacturer: Tifosi
      Year of Manufacture: 2009
      Manufacturer's Website: http://www.tifosioptics.com
      MSRP: US$ 59.95
      Listed Weight (frames with lenses): 1 oz (26 g)
      Measured Weight: less than 1.8 oz (50 g)
      Measured Weight (with case): 3.5 oz (100 g)
      Claimed time to change from light to dark shades: 12 seconds
      Light Transmission: 45-15%
      UVA/ UVB Blocking: 100%
      Model: Dolomite
      Color: Magnesium
      Style: T-V390




      INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

      When I first got these glasses and took them out of the packaging, I was impressed at how they looked. They are very stylish and lightweight. The orange color seems to enhance my vision without giving me a headache from brightness. I did originally expect that the frames would be metallic. The frames are instead plastic, which makes them light enough that I forget that I am wearing them. I am concerned about their ability to withstand a fall onto conrete or any kind of impact my face might otherwise experience. The legs of the glasses are secured by a screw and typical sunglass hinge. The lenses have vented holes in the outer top and outer bottom locations. The legs of the sunglasses also have cutouts that reduce the weight and increase ventilation. The parts touching the ears and the bridge of the nose have rubber padding for better comfort and fit.

      TRYING IT OUT

      I have worn them on a couple specific occassions I want to talk about. First, I wore them out to a wooded area I was doing my thesis research in. The glasses aided in my seeing, even in shadier areas. They also protected my eyes from tree branches that I apparently walked right into without seeing. I eventually forgot I was even wearing them. They are very comfortable. The second occassion I wore them on was for a rainy/misty evening run. It was late afternoon when I started but then it transitioned to pretty much night time. The glasses still worked well to keep rain and mist out of my eyes while not impairing my vision in the darkness.

      TESTING STRATEGY

      I plan to wear these glasses as much as possible. There will be a few hiking trips, a few overnight backpacking trips (hoping to see they are durable enough not to break amongst other gear), some cycling, some running, and maybe some snowboarding.

      SUMMARY

      I am excited to test these glasses. I usually go for a darker shade of glasses to keep light out. These glasses seem like more of a usable tool in my conditions, so it will be interesting for me to see if they perform well enough to change my sunglass preference.

      Likes:
      - Lightweight
      - Fantastic looks
      - The tinting works well in all light conditions

      Dislikes:
      - Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.

      This report was created with the BackpackGearTest.org Report Writer Version 1.5 Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.
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    • tcallahanbgt
      Will, Your IR looks good. No edits. Upload when ready. Tom
      Message 2 of 7 , Nov 30, 2009
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        Will,
        Your IR looks good. No edits. Upload when ready.

        Tom
      • dalenmoney
        http://tinyurl.com/ydq8ztz there she is (my report being feminine, of course). Will TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE FIELD REPORT
        Message 3 of 7 , Feb 2, 2010
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          http://tinyurl.com/ydq8ztz

          there she is (my report being feminine, of course).

          Will

          TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC
          TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE
          FIELD REPORT


          INITIAL REPORT - November 23, 2009
          FIELD REPORT - February 02, 2010



          TESTER INFORMATION

          NAME: Will Rice
          EMAIL: will.dalen at gmail.com
          AGE: 28
          LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
          GENDER: M
          HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
          WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)

          I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.


          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          INITIAL REPORT


          PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

          Manufacturer: Tifosi
          Year of Manufacture: 2009
          Manufacturer's Website: http://www.tifosioptics.com
          MSRP: US$ 59.95
          Listed Weight (frames with lenses): 1 oz (26 g)
          Measured Weight: less than 1.8 oz (50 g)
          Measured Weight (with case): 3.5 oz (100 g)
          Claimed time to change from light to dark shades: 12 seconds
          Light Transmission: 45-15%
          UVA/ UVB Blocking: 100%
          Model: Dolomite
          Color: Magnesium
          Style: T-V390


          Wearing Them



          Seeing through them



          INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

          When I first got these glasses and took them out of the packaging, I was impressed at how they looked. They are very stylish and lightweight. The orange color seems to enhance my vision without giving me a headache from brightness. I did originally expect that the frames would be metallic. The frames are instead plastic, which makes them light enough that I forget that I am wearing them. I am concerned about their ability to withstand a fall onto conrete or any kind of impact my face might otherwise experience. The legs of the glasses are secured by a screw and typical sunglass hinge. The lenses have vented holes in the outer top and outer bottom locations. The legs of the sunglasses also have cutouts that reduce the weight and increase ventilation. The parts touching the ears and the bridge of the nose have rubber padding for better comfort and fit.

          TRYING IT OUT

          I have worn them on a couple specific occasions I want to talk about. First, I wore them out to a wooded area I was doing my thesis research in. The glasses aided in my seeing, even in shadier areas. They also protected my eyes from tree branches that I apparently walked right into without seeing. I eventually forgot I was even wearing them. They are very comfortable. The second occasion I wore them for was a rainy/misty evening run. It was late afternoon when I started but then it transitioned to pretty much night time. The glasses still worked well to keep rain and mist out of my eyes while not impairing my vision in the darkness.

          SUMMARY

          I am excited to test these glasses. I usually go for a darker shade of glasses to keep light out. These glasses seem like more of a usable tool in my conditions, so it will be interesting for me to see if they perform well enough to change my sunglass preference.

          Likes:
          - Lightweight
          - Fantastic looks
          - The tinting works well in all light conditions

          Dislikes:
          - Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.


          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

          FIELD REPORT


          CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE


          Me, in the sun



          I.
          Date: 12/24/2009
          Location: Charlotte, NC
          Activity: Running, cross-training

          Performance:
          I started out wearing these glasses to go running in. They stay in place well and were very light feeling on my face. I also did some pushups, jumping, stairs, and squats interspersed with the running. The glasses still did not move. The comfort aspect of the glasses is great. However, the color has been something new for me that I have had to get used to. Sometimes I just want less light to reach my eyes. These glasses, while they do in some cases make it easier to see, they also make everything appear orange. I have had trouble with contrast when the orange mixes with darker, grey-blue colors. The rest of the time though, everything does seem to stand out a little better, especially in shady areas on sunny days. I also wore the glasses on a different occasion right around dusk. I was able to keep the glasses on and still run in a darker setting.


          II.
          Date: 12/28/2009
          Location: Kings Mountain, NC
          Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 49 F (9.4 C)
          Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 304 m elevation gain), 3.4 miles (5.5 km) roundtrip

          Performance:
          These glasses continue to surprise me with their comfort and how lightweight they are. They also didn't fog up when I was breathing hard and pushing up some steep hills. It was pretty windy on this day and the glasses helped to block some of that wind.

          III.
          Date: 1/1-1/3/2010
          Location: Gatlinburg, TN
          Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
          Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)


          It was super cold


          Performance:
          I wore these as my primary eye protection while snowboarding. I also was wearing a ski mask to cover my mouth/nose and the rest of my face. As a result, the glasses fogged up a lot when I was not moving (i.e. lift line, riding the lift). When I was going downhill though, they stayed free of fog. This was possibly due to the wind that was coming through the cutouts on the sides of the lenses (at 5-20 mph/ 8-32 kph). As far as the lighting on a ski slope goes, the glasses seem to work well in both bright, snow-blinding conditions as well as lower light conditions towards the end of the day. However, due to the amount of wind that comes into these glasses at high speeds, I won't likely wear them as my primary snowboarding eye protection again.

          IV.
          Date: 1/9/2010
          Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
          Weather: Cold and sunny, 16-37 F (-8-2.7 C), windy (8 mph, 12.8 kph), 48% humidity
          Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5 hours)

          Performance:
          The lenses seemed to fog up more on this day. I tried cleaning them with my soft long-underwear, but that didn't fix the problem completely. The place these glasses performed really well on this day was in serving as eye protection. With running through underbrush being part of the activity, there were many branches that would have otherwise got me in the eye. The Tifosi's did a good job of diverting branches, briars, and whatever else brushed across my face. Even in doing this, they still have not shown any real signs of wear and tear. They look as good as the day I got them.

          V.
          Date: 1/30/2010
          Location: Charlotte, NC
          Weather: Snow, Overcast
          Activity: Cross-Country Skiing

          Performance:
          A peculiar thing happened when I took these glasses out to cross-country ski with me. The lenses didn't seem to get darker enough in overcast conditions. Since there was snow covering the ground, it was very white outside, and the glasses made all the snow seem brighter. The glasses also fogged a bunch when I began to ski. So, I put them on my head. They stayed in place through the day, with me falling here and there and occasionally crashing on down hill parts. I didn't even remember they were there until we were taking off our skis and I reached up and found them.

          VI.
          Other Testing

          I was skeptical about the lenses changing darkness. You can see different levels of dark in the pictures, but also I stood in the sun and had a friend of mine bring me the glasses from the shade. As I watched the lenses, they indeed became darker in the sunlight.


          DURABILITY

          I have dropped the glasses a few times on varying ground materials (gravel, dusty ground, carpet, snow). They have not acquired any scratches or nicks yet. They look new still. All the rubber, padded components are also in good condition. The hinges work fine. Their appears to be zero wear-and-tear on the glasses despite my wearing them pretty much everyday the sun is out.

          SUMMARY


          Close Up


          I have worn these glasses in all of the outdoor activities and fitness activities I do. They feel very light and have shown good durability. They started out pretty good in terms of not fogging, but lately they have been fogging more. Also, in doing activities that involve high speeds, they let lots of air in through the vents. In the winter time, this is not preferable for me.

          Likes
          -light
          -durable
          -fits well and comfortable

          Dislikes
          -the way the orange contrasts with muted blue colors
          -vents let in too much cold air at high speeds
          -fogging a lot lately
        • Kathy Waters
          Well, thanks a lot, Will. You just caused me to get totally confused - I think you mean this is your FR, no? Please only post the new section when you are
          Message 4 of 7 , Feb 2, 2010
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            Well, thanks a lot, Will. You just caused me to get totally confused - I think you mean this is your FR, no? <g>

            Please only post the new section when you are posting FRs and LTRs. No need to have your IR report here.

            Thanks,
            Kathy

            ----- Original Message -----
            From: dalenmoney
            To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:28 PM
            Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR- Tifosi Optics- Will Rice



            http://tinyurl.com/ydq8ztz

            there she is (my report being feminine, of course).

            Will

            TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC
            TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE
            FIELD REPORT

            INITIAL REPORT - November 23, 2009
            FIELD REPORT - February 02, 2010

            TESTER INFORMATION

            NAME: Will Rice
            EMAIL: will.dalen at gmail.com
            AGE: 28
            LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
            GENDER: M
            HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
            WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)

            I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.

            ----------------------------------------------------------

            INITIAL REPORT

            PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

            Manufacturer: Tifosi
            Year of Manufacture: 2009
            Manufacturer's Website: http://www.tifosioptics.com
            MSRP: US$ 59.95
            Listed Weight (frames with lenses): 1 oz (26 g)
            Measured Weight: less than 1.8 oz (50 g)
            Measured Weight (with case): 3.5 oz (100 g)
            Claimed time to change from light to dark shades: 12 seconds
            Light Transmission: 45-15%
            UVA/ UVB Blocking: 100%
            Model: Dolomite
            Color: Magnesium
            Style: T-V390

            Wearing Them

            Seeing through them

            INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

            When I first got these glasses and took them out of the packaging, I was impressed at how they looked. They are very stylish and lightweight. The orange color seems to enhance my vision without giving me a headache from brightness. I did originally expect that the frames would be metallic. The frames are instead plastic, which makes them light enough that I forget that I am wearing them. I am concerned about their ability to withstand a fall onto conrete or any kind of impact my face might otherwise experience. The legs of the glasses are secured by a screw and typical sunglass hinge. The lenses have vented holes in the outer top and outer bottom locations. The legs of the sunglasses also have cutouts that reduce the weight and increase ventilation. The parts touching the ears and the bridge of the nose have rubber padding for better comfort and fit.

            TRYING IT OUT

            I have worn them on a couple specific occasions I want to talk about. First, I wore them out to a wooded area I was doing my thesis research in. The glasses aided in my seeing, even in shadier areas. They also protected my eyes from tree branches that I apparently walked right into without seeing. I eventually forgot I was even wearing them. They are very comfortable. The second occasion I wore them for was a rainy/misty evening run. It was late afternoon when I started but then it transitioned to pretty much night time. The glasses still worked well to keep rain and mist out of my eyes while not impairing my vision in the darkness.

            SUMMARY

            I am excited to test these glasses. I usually go for a darker shade of glasses to keep light out. These glasses seem like more of a usable tool in my conditions, so it will be interesting for me to see if they perform well enough to change my sunglass preference.

            Likes:
            - Lightweight
            - Fantastic looks
            - The tinting works well in all light conditions

            Dislikes:
            - Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.

            ----------------------------------------------------------

            FIELD REPORT

            CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE

            Me, in the sun

            I.
            Date: 12/24/2009
            Location: Charlotte, NC
            Activity: Running, cross-training

            Performance:
            I started out wearing these glasses to go running in. They stay in place well and were very light feeling on my face. I also did some pushups, jumping, stairs, and squats interspersed with the running. The glasses still did not move. The comfort aspect of the glasses is great. However, the color has been something new for me that I have had to get used to. Sometimes I just want less light to reach my eyes. These glasses, while they do in some cases make it easier to see, they also make everything appear orange. I have had trouble with contrast when the orange mixes with darker, grey-blue colors. The rest of the time though, everything does seem to stand out a little better, especially in shady areas on sunny days. I also wore the glasses on a different occasion right around dusk. I was able to keep the glasses on and still run in a darker setting.

            II.
            Date: 12/28/2009
            Location: Kings Mountain, NC
            Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 49 F (9.4 C)
            Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 304 m elevation gain), 3.4 miles (5.5 km) roundtrip

            Performance:
            These glasses continue to surprise me with their comfort and how lightweight they are. They also didn't fog up when I was breathing hard and pushing up some steep hills. It was pretty windy on this day and the glasses helped to block some of that wind.

            III.
            Date: 1/1-1/3/2010
            Location: Gatlinburg, TN
            Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
            Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)

            It was super cold

            Performance:
            I wore these as my primary eye protection while snowboarding. I also was wearing a ski mask to cover my mouth/nose and the rest of my face. As a result, the glasses fogged up a lot when I was not moving (i.e. lift line, riding the lift). When I was going downhill though, they stayed free of fog. This was possibly due to the wind that was coming through the cutouts on the sides of the lenses (at 5-20 mph/ 8-32 kph). As far as the lighting on a ski slope goes, the glasses seem to work well in both bright, snow-blinding conditions as well as lower light conditions towards the end of the day. However, due to the amount of wind that comes into these glasses at high speeds, I won't likely wear them as my primary snowboarding eye protection again.

            IV.
            Date: 1/9/2010
            Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
            Weather: Cold and sunny, 16-37 F (-8-2.7 C), windy (8 mph, 12.8 kph), 48% humidity
            Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5 hours)

            Performance:
            The lenses seemed to fog up more on this day. I tried cleaning them with my soft long-underwear, but that didn't fix the problem completely. The place these glasses performed really well on this day was in serving as eye protection. With running through underbrush being part of the activity, there were many branches that would have otherwise got me in the eye. The Tifosi's did a good job of diverting branches, briars, and whatever else brushed across my face. Even in doing this, they still have not shown any real signs of wear and tear. They look as good as the day I got them.

            V.
            Date: 1/30/2010
            Location: Charlotte, NC
            Weather: Snow, Overcast
            Activity: Cross-Country Skiing

            Performance:
            A peculiar thing happened when I took these glasses out to cross-country ski with me. The lenses didn't seem to get darker enough in overcast conditions. Since there was snow covering the ground, it was very white outside, and the glasses made all the snow seem brighter. The glasses also fogged a bunch when I began to ski. So, I put them on my head. They stayed in place through the day, with me falling here and there and occasionally crashing on down hill parts. I didn't even remember they were there until we were taking off our skis and I reached up and found them.

            VI.
            Other Testing

            I was skeptical about the lenses changing darkness. You can see different levels of dark in the pictures, but also I stood in the sun and had a friend of mine bring me the glasses from the shade. As I watched the lenses, they indeed became darker in the sunlight.

            DURABILITY

            I have dropped the glasses a few times on varying ground materials (gravel, dusty ground, carpet, snow). They have not acquired any scratches or nicks yet. They look new still. All the rubber, padded components are also in good condition. The hinges work fine. Their appears to be zero wear-and-tear on the glasses despite my wearing them pretty much everyday the sun is out.

            SUMMARY

            Close Up

            I have worn these glasses in all of the outdoor activities and fitness activities I do. They feel very light and have shown good durability. They started out pretty good in terms of not fogging, but lately they have been fogging more. Also, in doing activities that involve high speeds, they let lots of air in through the vents. In the winter time, this is not preferable for me.

            Likes
            -light
            -durable
            -fits well and comfortable

            Dislikes
            -the way the orange contrasts with muted blue colors
            -vents let in too much cold air at high speeds
            -fogging a lot lately





            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • dalenmoney
            ummm....errrr....in the hebrew alphabet I is actually F, and I once went to school with a kid who was jewish. maybe. sorry about that. do you want me to
            Message 5 of 7 , Feb 7, 2010
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              ummm....errrr....in the hebrew alphabet I is actually F, and I once went to school with a kid who was jewish. maybe.

              sorry about that.

              do you want me to repost, or is it good enough to admit my mistake?

              Will

              --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, "Kathy Waters" <kathy@...> wrote:
              >
              > Well, thanks a lot, Will. You just caused me to get totally confused - I think you mean this is your FR, no? <g>
              >
              > Please only post the new section when you are posting FRs and LTRs. No need to have your IR report here.
              >
              > Thanks,
              > Kathy
              >
              > ----- Original Message -----
              > From: dalenmoney
              > To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
              > Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:28 PM
              > Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR- Tifosi Optics- Will Rice
              >
              >
              >
              > http://tinyurl.com/ydq8ztz
              >
              > there she is (my report being feminine, of course).
              >
              > Will
              >
              > TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC
              > TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE
              > FIELD REPORT
              >
              > INITIAL REPORT - November 23, 2009
              > FIELD REPORT - February 02, 2010
              >
              > TESTER INFORMATION
              >
              > NAME: Will Rice
              > EMAIL: will.dalen at gmail.com
              > AGE: 28
              > LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
              > GENDER: M
              > HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
              > WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)
              >
              > I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.
              >
              > ----------------------------------------------------------
              >
              > INITIAL REPORT
              >
              > PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
              >
              > Manufacturer: Tifosi
              > Year of Manufacture: 2009
              > Manufacturer's Website: http://www.tifosioptics.com
              > MSRP: US$ 59.95
              > Listed Weight (frames with lenses): 1 oz (26 g)
              > Measured Weight: less than 1.8 oz (50 g)
              > Measured Weight (with case): 3.5 oz (100 g)
              > Claimed time to change from light to dark shades: 12 seconds
              > Light Transmission: 45-15%
              > UVA/ UVB Blocking: 100%
              > Model: Dolomite
              > Color: Magnesium
              > Style: T-V390
              >
              > Wearing Them
              >
              > Seeing through them
              >
              > INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
              >
              > When I first got these glasses and took them out of the packaging, I was impressed at how they looked. They are very stylish and lightweight. The orange color seems to enhance my vision without giving me a headache from brightness. I did originally expect that the frames would be metallic. The frames are instead plastic, which makes them light enough that I forget that I am wearing them. I am concerned about their ability to withstand a fall onto conrete or any kind of impact my face might otherwise experience. The legs of the glasses are secured by a screw and typical sunglass hinge. The lenses have vented holes in the outer top and outer bottom locations. The legs of the sunglasses also have cutouts that reduce the weight and increase ventilation. The parts touching the ears and the bridge of the nose have rubber padding for better comfort and fit.
              >
              > TRYING IT OUT
              >
              > I have worn them on a couple specific occasions I want to talk about. First, I wore them out to a wooded area I was doing my thesis research in. The glasses aided in my seeing, even in shadier areas. They also protected my eyes from tree branches that I apparently walked right into without seeing. I eventually forgot I was even wearing them. They are very comfortable. The second occasion I wore them for was a rainy/misty evening run. It was late afternoon when I started but then it transitioned to pretty much night time. The glasses still worked well to keep rain and mist out of my eyes while not impairing my vision in the darkness.
              >
              > SUMMARY
              >
              > I am excited to test these glasses. I usually go for a darker shade of glasses to keep light out. These glasses seem like more of a usable tool in my conditions, so it will be interesting for me to see if they perform well enough to change my sunglass preference.
              >
              > Likes:
              > - Lightweight
              > - Fantastic looks
              > - The tinting works well in all light conditions
              >
              > Dislikes:
              > - Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.
              >
              > ----------------------------------------------------------
              >
              > FIELD REPORT
              >
              > CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE
              >
              > Me, in the sun
              >
              > I.
              > Date: 12/24/2009
              > Location: Charlotte, NC
              > Activity: Running, cross-training
              >
              > Performance:
              > I started out wearing these glasses to go running in. They stay in place well and were very light feeling on my face. I also did some pushups, jumping, stairs, and squats interspersed with the running. The glasses still did not move. The comfort aspect of the glasses is great. However, the color has been something new for me that I have had to get used to. Sometimes I just want less light to reach my eyes. These glasses, while they do in some cases make it easier to see, they also make everything appear orange. I have had trouble with contrast when the orange mixes with darker, grey-blue colors. The rest of the time though, everything does seem to stand out a little better, especially in shady areas on sunny days. I also wore the glasses on a different occasion right around dusk. I was able to keep the glasses on and still run in a darker setting.
              >
              > II.
              > Date: 12/28/2009
              > Location: Kings Mountain, NC
              > Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 49 F (9.4 C)
              > Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 304 m elevation gain), 3.4 miles (5.5 km) roundtrip
              >
              > Performance:
              > These glasses continue to surprise me with their comfort and how lightweight they are. They also didn't fog up when I was breathing hard and pushing up some steep hills. It was pretty windy on this day and the glasses helped to block some of that wind.
              >
              > III.
              > Date: 1/1-1/3/2010
              > Location: Gatlinburg, TN
              > Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
              > Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)
              >
              > It was super cold
              >
              > Performance:
              > I wore these as my primary eye protection while snowboarding. I also was wearing a ski mask to cover my mouth/nose and the rest of my face. As a result, the glasses fogged up a lot when I was not moving (i.e. lift line, riding the lift). When I was going downhill though, they stayed free of fog. This was possibly due to the wind that was coming through the cutouts on the sides of the lenses (at 5-20 mph/ 8-32 kph). As far as the lighting on a ski slope goes, the glasses seem to work well in both bright, snow-blinding conditions as well as lower light conditions towards the end of the day. However, due to the amount of wind that comes into these glasses at high speeds, I won't likely wear them as my primary snowboarding eye protection again.
              >
              > IV.
              > Date: 1/9/2010
              > Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
              > Weather: Cold and sunny, 16-37 F (-8-2.7 C), windy (8 mph, 12.8 kph), 48% humidity
              > Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5 hours)
              >
              > Performance:
              > The lenses seemed to fog up more on this day. I tried cleaning them with my soft long-underwear, but that didn't fix the problem completely. The place these glasses performed really well on this day was in serving as eye protection. With running through underbrush being part of the activity, there were many branches that would have otherwise got me in the eye. The Tifosi's did a good job of diverting branches, briars, and whatever else brushed across my face. Even in doing this, they still have not shown any real signs of wear and tear. They look as good as the day I got them.
              >
              > V.
              > Date: 1/30/2010
              > Location: Charlotte, NC
              > Weather: Snow, Overcast
              > Activity: Cross-Country Skiing
              >
              > Performance:
              > A peculiar thing happened when I took these glasses out to cross-country ski with me. The lenses didn't seem to get darker enough in overcast conditions. Since there was snow covering the ground, it was very white outside, and the glasses made all the snow seem brighter. The glasses also fogged a bunch when I began to ski. So, I put them on my head. They stayed in place through the day, with me falling here and there and occasionally crashing on down hill parts. I didn't even remember they were there until we were taking off our skis and I reached up and found them.
              >
              > VI.
              > Other Testing
              >
              > I was skeptical about the lenses changing darkness. You can see different levels of dark in the pictures, but also I stood in the sun and had a friend of mine bring me the glasses from the shade. As I watched the lenses, they indeed became darker in the sunlight.
              >
              > DURABILITY
              >
              > I have dropped the glasses a few times on varying ground materials (gravel, dusty ground, carpet, snow). They have not acquired any scratches or nicks yet. They look new still. All the rubber, padded components are also in good condition. The hinges work fine. Their appears to be zero wear-and-tear on the glasses despite my wearing them pretty much everyday the sun is out.
              >
              > SUMMARY
              >
              > Close Up
              >
              > I have worn these glasses in all of the outdoor activities and fitness activities I do. They feel very light and have shown good durability. They started out pretty good in terms of not fogging, but lately they have been fogging more. Also, in doing activities that involve high speeds, they let lots of air in through the vents. In the winter time, this is not preferable for me.
              >
              > Likes
              > -light
              > -durable
              > -fits well and comfortable
              >
              > Dislikes
              > -the way the orange contrasts with muted blue colors
              > -vents let in too much cold air at high speeds
              > -fogging a lot lately
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              >
            • tcallahanbgt
              Will, Nice write up. Here are your edits. Please look them over and post when ready. A few of the edits involve the way numbers are written. While I knew what
              Message 6 of 7 , Feb 7, 2010
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                Will,
                Nice write up. Here are your edits. Please look them over and post when ready.

                A few of the edits involve the way numbers are written. While I knew what you meant, the suggested edits will make it a little easier and clearer to understand for the reader. There are also some edits that round off numbers that have been converted to metric. Here's a link that gives a good description of this.
                http://www.holliseaster.com/BGT/InterimGuide.htm#StyleConversions

                There are also edits for metric units. Here's a helpful link that I book marked some time ago to help me out when writing reports.
                http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/correct.htm


                >
                > FIELD REPORT
                > CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE
                >
                >Edit: Though not required, it is recommended that you include a statement that summarizes the days of use. Something along the lines of,
                "During Field Testing I used the sunglasses for a total XX days, of this XX days were hiking/backpacking, XX days were snowboarding, XX days were running, etc.
                See this link for recommended guidance,
                http://www.holliseaster.com/BGT/InterimGuide.htm#StyleDaysOfUse


                > Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 49 F (9.4 C)
                EDIT: Change 16- 24 kph to 16 to 24 km/h
                Edit: Change (9.4 C) to (9 C)

                > Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 304 m elevation gain), 3.4 miles (5.5 km) roundtrip
                Edit: Change 304 m to 300 m

                > Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
                Edit: Change 16-24 kph to 16 to 24 km/h
                Edit: Change (-1-4.4) to (-1 to 4 C)


                > Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)
                Edit: Change 457-762 m to 500-800 m


                > Weather: Cold and sunny, 16-37 F (-8-2.7 C), windy (8 mph, 12.8 kph), 48% humidity
                Edit: (-8-2.7 C) to (-8 to 3 C)
                EDIT: 12.8 kph to 13 km/h
              • Kathy Waters
                You re good! I was only razzing (and reminding) you. Kathy ... From: dalenmoney To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 8:54
                Message 7 of 7 , Feb 7, 2010
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                  You're good! I was only razzing (and reminding) you.

                  Kathy

                  ----- Original Message -----
                  From: dalenmoney
                  To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 8:54 AM
                  Subject: [backpackgeartesters] Re: IR- Tifosi Optics- Will Rice



                  ummm....errrr....in the hebrew alphabet I is actually F, and I once went to school with a kid who was jewish. maybe.

                  sorry about that.

                  do you want me to repost, or is it good enough to admit my mistake?

                  Will

                  --- In backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com, "Kathy Waters" <kathy@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Well, thanks a lot, Will. You just caused me to get totally confused - I think you mean this is your FR, no? <g>
                  >
                  > Please only post the new section when you are posting FRs and LTRs. No need to have your IR report here.
                  >
                  > Thanks,
                  > Kathy
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  > From: dalenmoney
                  > To: backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com
                  > Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:28 PM
                  > Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR- Tifosi Optics- Will Rice
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > http://tinyurl.com/ydq8ztz
                  >
                  > there she is (my report being feminine, of course).
                  >
                  > Will
                  >
                  > TIFOSI BACKCOUNTRY ORANGE FOTOTEC
                  > TEST SERIES BY WILL RICE
                  > FIELD REPORT
                  >
                  > INITIAL REPORT - November 23, 2009
                  > FIELD REPORT - February 02, 2010
                  >
                  > TESTER INFORMATION
                  >
                  > NAME: Will Rice
                  > EMAIL: will.dalen at gmail.com
                  > AGE: 28
                  > LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
                  > GENDER: M
                  > HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
                  > WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)
                  >
                  > I began backpacking at the age of 13 when I first went to summer camp (1993). In 1999, I started working with a college tripping organization in outdoor trip logistics (in gear preparation), and then as a leader. My most frequented hiking locations are in the Carolina Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains during the cold early spring and the summer. I stopped being a trip leader in 2004, and now I average about 4 backpacking trips and 4 day hikes per year. I carry between 25 and 35 lbs (11.3-15.8 kg) on multi-day trips.
                  >
                  > ----------------------------------------------------------
                  >
                  > INITIAL REPORT
                  >
                  > PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
                  >
                  > Manufacturer: Tifosi
                  > Year of Manufacture: 2009
                  > Manufacturer's Website: http://www.tifosioptics.com
                  > MSRP: US$ 59.95
                  > Listed Weight (frames with lenses): 1 oz (26 g)
                  > Measured Weight: less than 1.8 oz (50 g)
                  > Measured Weight (with case): 3.5 oz (100 g)
                  > Claimed time to change from light to dark shades: 12 seconds
                  > Light Transmission: 45-15%
                  > UVA/ UVB Blocking: 100%
                  > Model: Dolomite
                  > Color: Magnesium
                  > Style: T-V390
                  >
                  > Wearing Them
                  >
                  > Seeing through them
                  >
                  > INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
                  >
                  > When I first got these glasses and took them out of the packaging, I was impressed at how they looked. They are very stylish and lightweight. The orange color seems to enhance my vision without giving me a headache from brightness. I did originally expect that the frames would be metallic. The frames are instead plastic, which makes them light enough that I forget that I am wearing them. I am concerned about their ability to withstand a fall onto conrete or any kind of impact my face might otherwise experience. The legs of the glasses are secured by a screw and typical sunglass hinge. The lenses have vented holes in the outer top and outer bottom locations. The legs of the sunglasses also have cutouts that reduce the weight and increase ventilation. The parts touching the ears and the bridge of the nose have rubber padding for better comfort and fit.
                  >
                  > TRYING IT OUT
                  >
                  > I have worn them on a couple specific occasions I want to talk about. First, I wore them out to a wooded area I was doing my thesis research in. The glasses aided in my seeing, even in shadier areas. They also protected my eyes from tree branches that I apparently walked right into without seeing. I eventually forgot I was even wearing them. They are very comfortable. The second occasion I wore them for was a rainy/misty evening run. It was late afternoon when I started but then it transitioned to pretty much night time. The glasses still worked well to keep rain and mist out of my eyes while not impairing my vision in the darkness.
                  >
                  > SUMMARY
                  >
                  > I am excited to test these glasses. I usually go for a darker shade of glasses to keep light out. These glasses seem like more of a usable tool in my conditions, so it will be interesting for me to see if they perform well enough to change my sunglass preference.
                  >
                  > Likes:
                  > - Lightweight
                  > - Fantastic looks
                  > - The tinting works well in all light conditions
                  >
                  > Dislikes:
                  > - Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.
                  >
                  > ----------------------------------------------------------
                  >
                  > FIELD REPORT
                  >
                  > CONDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE
                  >
                  > Me, in the sun
                  >
                  > I.
                  > Date: 12/24/2009
                  > Location: Charlotte, NC
                  > Activity: Running, cross-training
                  >
                  > Performance:
                  > I started out wearing these glasses to go running in. They stay in place well and were very light feeling on my face. I also did some pushups, jumping, stairs, and squats interspersed with the running. The glasses still did not move. The comfort aspect of the glasses is great. However, the color has been something new for me that I have had to get used to. Sometimes I just want less light to reach my eyes. These glasses, while they do in some cases make it easier to see, they also make everything appear orange. I have had trouble with contrast when the orange mixes with darker, grey-blue colors. The rest of the time though, everything does seem to stand out a little better, especially in shady areas on sunny days. I also wore the glasses on a different occasion right around dusk. I was able to keep the glasses on and still run in a darker setting.
                  >
                  > II.
                  > Date: 12/28/2009
                  > Location: Kings Mountain, NC
                  > Weather: sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 49 F (9.4 C)
                  > Activity: Hiking to top of mountain (1000 ft/ 304 m elevation gain), 3.4 miles (5.5 km) roundtrip
                  >
                  > Performance:
                  > These glasses continue to surprise me with their comfort and how lightweight they are. They also didn't fog up when I was breathing hard and pushing up some steep hills. It was pretty windy on this day and the glasses helped to block some of that wind.
                  >
                  > III.
                  > Date: 1/1-1/3/2010
                  > Location: Gatlinburg, TN
                  > Weather: Overcast to sunny, windy (10-15 mph, 16- 24 kph), 30-40 F (-1-4.4)
                  > Activity: Snowboarding (1500-2500 ft/ 457-762 m)
                  >
                  > It was super cold
                  >
                  > Performance:
                  > I wore these as my primary eye protection while snowboarding. I also was wearing a ski mask to cover my mouth/nose and the rest of my face. As a result, the glasses fogged up a lot when I was not moving (i.e. lift line, riding the lift). When I was going downhill though, they stayed free of fog. This was possibly due to the wind that was coming through the cutouts on the sides of the lenses (at 5-20 mph/ 8-32 kph). As far as the lighting on a ski slope goes, the glasses seem to work well in both bright, snow-blinding conditions as well as lower light conditions towards the end of the day. However, due to the amount of wind that comes into these glasses at high speeds, I won't likely wear them as my primary snowboarding eye protection again.
                  >
                  > IV.
                  > Date: 1/9/2010
                  > Location: Latta Plantation, Charlotte, NC
                  > Weather: Cold and sunny, 16-37 F (-8-2.7 C), windy (8 mph, 12.8 kph), 48% humidity
                  > Activity: Orienteering (off-trail running for 3 hours, hiking for 1.5 hours)
                  >
                  > Performance:
                  > The lenses seemed to fog up more on this day. I tried cleaning them with my soft long-underwear, but that didn't fix the problem completely. The place these glasses performed really well on this day was in serving as eye protection. With running through underbrush being part of the activity, there were many branches that would have otherwise got me in the eye. The Tifosi's did a good job of diverting branches, briars, and whatever else brushed across my face. Even in doing this, they still have not shown any real signs of wear and tear. They look as good as the day I got them.
                  >
                  > V.
                  > Date: 1/30/2010
                  > Location: Charlotte, NC
                  > Weather: Snow, Overcast
                  > Activity: Cross-Country Skiing
                  >
                  > Performance:
                  > A peculiar thing happened when I took these glasses out to cross-country ski with me. The lenses didn't seem to get darker enough in overcast conditions. Since there was snow covering the ground, it was very white outside, and the glasses made all the snow seem brighter. The glasses also fogged a bunch when I began to ski. So, I put them on my head. They stayed in place through the day, with me falling here and there and occasionally crashing on down hill parts. I didn't even remember they were there until we were taking off our skis and I reached up and found them.
                  >
                  > VI.
                  > Other Testing
                  >
                  > I was skeptical about the lenses changing darkness. You can see different levels of dark in the pictures, but also I stood in the sun and had a friend of mine bring me the glasses from the shade. As I watched the lenses, they indeed became darker in the sunlight.
                  >
                  > DURABILITY
                  >
                  > I have dropped the glasses a few times on varying ground materials (gravel, dusty ground, carpet, snow). They have not acquired any scratches or nicks yet. They look new still. All the rubber, padded components are also in good condition. The hinges work fine. Their appears to be zero wear-and-tear on the glasses despite my wearing them pretty much everyday the sun is out.
                  >
                  > SUMMARY
                  >
                  > Close Up
                  >
                  > I have worn these glasses in all of the outdoor activities and fitness activities I do. They feel very light and have shown good durability. They started out pretty good in terms of not fogging, but lately they have been fogging more. Also, in doing activities that involve high speeds, they let lots of air in through the vents. In the winter time, this is not preferable for me.
                  >
                  > Likes
                  > -light
                  > -durable
                  > -fits well and comfortable
                  >
                  > Dislikes
                  > -the way the orange contrasts with muted blue colors
                  > -vents let in too much cold air at high speeds
                  > -fogging a lot lately
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  >





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