EDIT: LTR - Costa Tag Sunglasses - DLarsen
I'm digging your desert pal at Burning Man! Just a few quick edits, then feel free to delete the test file and upload at will. It's awesome when we can be so enthusiastic about a product!
>> She was very nice and told me that the problem would be a repair, but that she didn't know if the $11.95 processing fee could be waved because the repair is after the 90 day limit.EDIT: waived
>> If it is a defect, they would wave the fee.EDIT: waive
>> One other problem is that after wearing them so long, there are make up stains on the nose piece (photo above).EDIT: makeup
>> Once again, this is one of three products that I really think is miraculous!Edit: I believe you mean this is one of 3 product you have tested for BGT that you have really enjoyed? It's not very clear to the reader. I'd suggest editing that you believe the product is miraculous or on of 3 you tested in your time with BGT.
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> Below find my LTR. Thanks in advance for your edits. These were FABULOUS!!!! My url is: http://tinyurl.com/3ng8sa7
> Long Term Report
> 1 November 2011
> me Burn
> my new friend and me at Burning Man....
> Field Conditions
> I wore these sunglasses nearly every day either camping, hiking, boating, driving, even swimming. There were two trips that I especially wanted to talk about. The first was 8/29 - 9/5 at Burning Man in the Black Rock desert in Nevada (see picture above). The weather ranged from 99 degrees F (37 C) during the day to 32 degrees F (0 C) at night. The wind blew constantly. The second trip was on 10/14 in McCormick, South Carolina. I went sailing for the first time.
> The glasses continue to perform as mentioned before, incredibly well! I still really love how all the yellow light is taken out. Even in the glare of the white dust in the desert, my eyes never got tired. I also abused the glasses terribly because the alkali dust gets into EVERYTHING. There was never a problem with scratching, when I wiped them with my T-shirt. The hinges performed well with all the dust accumulation.
> I really loved the way the glasses performed when I went sailing for the first time. Because it was a sunny day and we were out for 2 hours, we were in the middle of a lake, the polarization worked beautifully. Everything was so clear and my eyes were never strained or tired. When I kayak on streams and rivers, there is always shade so I wasn't sure how they would perform in a large body of water on a sunny day. I was not disappointed.
> I noticed around mid September, that the ends of the ear pieces were wearing down (see picture). I couldn't figure out why this happened since the glasses were either on my face or in a case. I called Costa on 17 October to inquire about repair. They have very extensive instructions online about how to submit a repair, including a downloadable form and instructions for mailing the glasses. I decided to call because the Long Term Report was due so soon. When I called the 800 number the instructions directed me to an automated message, which let me know that I should just mail the glasses in because they do not do "repair assessments over the phone." So, I called again and made the choice to speak to a repair representative about a current repair. She was very nice and told me that the problem would be a repair, but that she didn't know if the $11.95 processing fee could be waved because the repair is after the 90 day limit. She said I should send them in with my receipt and they would decide if it is a manufacturer problem or normal use. If it is a defect, they would wave the fee. I plan to do that as soon as this test period is over.
> ear pieces photo
> makeup photo
> One other problem is that after wearing them so long, there are make up stains on the nose piece (photo above). I tried to remove it with water, but that would not do it. I didn't want to use a harsh cleaner. It would come off if I scraped it with my thumb. That doesn't bother me too much however.
> Once again, this is one of three products that I really think is miraculous! I absolutely love these glasses and will continue to wear them almost every day. I totally abused the lenses. I only cleaned them with t-shirts. I threw them in my purse sometimes without a case. No scratches on the lenses!!! The main problems are that the case is too big to fit in my purse and the wear on the earpieces.
> What I like
> Most of all, I love how the world looks on a sunny day through the lenses.
> I like the curve of the lenses.
> I like that the nose piece is one piece.
> What I don't like
> The case is too big.
> The ear piece ends wore.
> This concludes my long term report. Many thanks to Costa Del Mar and BackpackGearTest.org for providing the Tag 580P sunglasses for testing. Fabulous product!!!!