LTR: Dual Eyewear - Sunglasses - Kurt Papke
- James: my tale of woe with the Dual sunglasses is told in this location:
My whining is laid out in plain text below:
Long Term Report
The week of April 30 I headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from
there to Lucerne, Switzerland. The Duals came along for the ride. I
used them when driving, on the train in Switzerland, and during the
The photo at left shows the glasses in action on the shores of Lake
Lucerne with Mount Pilatus in the background. I wish I could have
gotten out and done a little hiking in the Alps, but that was not
possible on this business trip.
Busted Part Deux
May 7, I put the Duals into my shirt pocket to walk out of the office
and to my car. Snap! The left temple tips broke at precisely the
same spot as the right ones. Fortunately when the first ones broke
Customer Service sent me a complete set, so I have a spare. I'm
thinking about not trying to wear these every single day as I have
been, they just seem too fragile. Perhaps I should reserve them for
bicycling and backpacking/hiking trips.
Terrain/ trail type
May 28, 2012 Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains Finger Rock
(9.7 km) Very steep high desert canyon Sunny, 62-84F (17-29 C), 7-15%
RH 3100-5465 ft
June 21-23, 2012 San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest
near Flagstaff, Arizona Mt Humphreys
(41.2 km) Forests to mountain peak tundra Sunny, 50-80 F
(10-27 F) 8050-12562 ft
Finger Rock Trail
This was a morning conditioning day hike up one of the most
challenging canyons in the Tucson area. I was working hard enough on
the ascent that sweat from my face was constantly dripping into and
running down the glasses. This happens to me with every pair I have
worn -- someday I hope a company will come up with a design or
technology that actually prevents this. Other than that, the
sunglasses worked just fine. I think I am finally getting used to the
bifocals during descents, as it didn't seem to bother me quite as much
on this hike despite the steep terrain.
Busted for the Last Time?
The day after my Finger Rock hike I was going to put on the Dual
glasses to drive to dinner, and noticed an odd gap (see above photo).
At first I thought maybe the screw came loose, but no, alas, they were
busted again. I cannot imagine what I did to them on the hike - I
never even had them in my pocket. They were either on my eyes, or
placed up on my hat.
After some correspondence with Customer Service I mailed them back to
Dual for replacement. When they received the return, they e-mailed me
and said the pair I sent back were the 2.5 diopter lens, would I like
to replace with them with the same or the 1.5 that I specified? I was
a bit puzzled because I was sure they were 1.5, but I thought they
knew better than I did and asked them to please replace the glasses
with the same model as I returned. When they arrived, I noticed
immediately when I put them on that the lens was much stronger than
the original pair. Sigh.
This was a 3-day 2-night backpacking loop hike consisting of the
Kachina, Mt Humphreys and Weatherford trails in the San Francisco
Peaks, including a summit of Mt Humphreys. We were hiking at pretty
good altitude, so a protective pair of sunglasses were very important
to me on this trip.
The photo at left shows the Duals in action on the Weatherford trail.
About 2 hours earlier we were at the peak of the mountain in the
background, where the glasses did a great job of protecting my eyes
from the fierce sunlight at that altitude. I continue to like the
tint and clarity of these glasses.
On the way down the mountain the Dual lenses did not bother me as much
as some prior hikes, despite the higher magnification. I think it is
because the descent trail is an old roadbed, so it was a very gentle
grade with few of the big "steps" that I am used to having to navigate
in the canyons I often hike. I didn't have to focus so much on foot
placement, so I was able to look up more out of the non-corrective
part of the lenses.
During the 5-hour drive home from the trail I wore the Duals in the
car. Contrary to my prior experience, with the higher magnification
the dashboard was too far away and was blurry when looking through the
corrective lens. I certainly concur with the recommendation from the
Dual website to go with under-correction when selecting the diopter.
I like the ability to see my watch, GPS or camera screen when on the
trail with the Dual sunglasses, but I have lost all confidence in
their durability. I cannot recommend them for backpacking purposes,
end of story. When I am packing in the backcountry my sunglasses are
an essential element of my kit, and I cannot afford to be unable to
wear them due to breakage.
I think the Dual glasses are an excellent choice when cycling and
driving, and I will continue to use them for that purpose despite the
lens correction being too strong with the replacement glasses.
I do concur with the advice on their website to select a lens strength
slightly lower than used for reading -- it makes a huge difference
when staring at the ground, or even when looking at the dashboard of
Many thanks to Dual Eyewear and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test this product.
> James: my tale of woe with the Dual sunglasses is told in this location:http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/test/TESTS/LTR%20-%20Duals%20-%20Kurt/#Long_Term_Report
> Or: http://tinyurl.com/7peq7xf
We used to have a saying around here... "We test the best and Break the
rest". It sounds like the glasses fall into the second category. Thank
you for your perseverance with customer service and following this test
through to completion.
I have a few minor edits for you below. Please adjust your report
appropriately and upload it to the proper folder. Also please delete the
copy in the test folder.
Thanks again Kurt! On to bigger, or at lest better, things!
James E. Triplett
Dual Eyewear - Sunglass Monitor
Fortunately when the first ones broke Customer Service sent me a complete
set, so I have a spare.
[Edit] I'm seeing an extra space between "Fortunately" and "when".
[Comment] I'm assuming you replaced the temple tip with one from the
first pair, although you don't state that. You may want to add that, and
if you're so inclined, tell a little about the "surgery" process.
I think I am finally getting used to the bifocals during descents, as it
didn't seem to bother me quite as much on this hike despite the steep
[Comment] Kurt, Do you wear bifocals normally? Just an observation, but
as a bifocal wearer myself, there is always a transition period when I get
a new prescription (especially on stairs).
I cannot recommend them for backpacking purposes, end of story.
[Edit] I'm not sure if there is an official rule on this, but I believe
the precedence has been set to not recommend for or against a product
being tested. I suggest removing this line, and stick with stating your
experiences (which you have done nicely) and let the reader come to their
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