I've posted my LTR for the Defcon sunglasses to the test folder. I'm still enjoying these glasses :)
Thanks in advance for providing the edits.
I hope that you're having a good holiday season. Happy New Year!
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Final Condition">>I wore the Defcon sunglasses nearly every day during the Long-Term test period. I wore them on my daily lunch-time walks at work and on the drive home. I wore them for 9 dayhikes, 2 mountain bike rides, 2 afternoon runs, 2 tennis matches, playing disc golf, one snowshoe hike and multiple sessions of cutting firewood.
Some examples include:
Fairy Falls, Spenceville Wildlife Area, Northern California: 11.8 mi (19 km); elevation 400 to 1,000 ft (122 to 305 m); 47 to 50 F (8 to 10 C). With overcast high fog conditions but bright at times, I wore the sunglasses on top of my head at times.
Western States Trail, Sierra Nevada, California: 12.8 mi (20.6 km); 715 to 1,200 ft (218 to 366 m); 44 to 53 F (7 to 12 C). The trail is on the shady side of the canyon in winter so we hiked in and out of bright sunshine all day. I mostly kept the glasses on but wore them on my head through darker spots.
Rockville Hills Regional Park, Northern California: 5.5 mi (8.9 km); 150 to 550 ft (46 to 168 m); 55 F (13 C). The trails here are mostly exposed and it was a bright sunny day so I wore the glasses the entire time.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
I continue to find the Defcon to be the best-fitting glasses I've ever owned. Sport sunglasses are typically designed for larger people than me so they usually hurt my ears and slide off of my nose during vigorous activity. The Defcon fit snugly without causing any irritation and never slip on my nose despite my face being soaking wet with sweat at times. Although these aren't safety glasses I like using them for wood-cutting and feel more comfortable using a chainsaw with these glasses than with any of the safety glasses that I own since they fit so well. The only time this didn't work was in lower light conditions where the Defcon lenses were just too dark for me.
The lenses have held up remarkably well. I never use a case for my sunglasses. Since I wear them so frequently, they are either hanging on my car visor, sitting on my dresser or countertop, in my tent pocket or on top of my head or helmet when not being worn. Despite my not being particularly careful with them, I can't see any noticeable scratches or damage. The screws haven't loosened and the rubbery material on both the stems and nose is still intact.
The Ryders Eyewear Defcon are a great fitting, functional pair of sunglasses that work well for outdoor athletic use.
Great fit on smaller face!
Lenses are dark in low light conditions
This concludes my Long-Term Report and this test series. Thanks to Ryders Eyewear and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
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