IR- Tifosi Optics Backcountry Orange Fototec- Will Rice
- With pics...
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
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%
Seeing through them
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.
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.
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.
- Fantastic looks
- The tinting works well in all light conditions
- Not sure if I can replace the lenses or not.
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