Here's my IR for the Optic Nerve Pipeline glasses. Heading out in a
couple hours to test these over the weekend. Blue sunny skies, high
humidity and 90 F temps, looks like a good test!
Optic Nerve Pipeline Sunglasses
Last Updated: July 5, 2013
Biographical Information Product Information Initial Report - July 5,
2013 Long Term Report - coming soon Summary
Name Jennifer Pope
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Weight 140 lb (63 kg)
Email Address Jennifer.Pope@...
Location Connecticut USA
Intermediate. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and
started backpacking in Northern California over a decade ago. I'm
again taking a break from backpacking to hike and car camp with my two
young daughters and my husband. My daughters are now old enough that
they can hike shorter distances rather than being carried. We live on
the Connecticut coast and hike around New England.
Product Information (back to top)
Manufacturer Optic Nerve
Manufacturer URL http://opticnerve.com/
Year of Manufacture 2013
Frame Color matte black (also available in matte red and matte white)
Lens Colors smoke w/flash mirror for bright sun and high contrast
copper for variable light
Claimed Weight NA
Actual Weight .9 oz (25 g)
MSRP $49 US
Warranty Warranty protects against manufacturing defects not normal
wear and tear (including scratched lenses). Warranty claims must be
mailed to the company, with proof of purchase and a $15 processing
fee. (from product packaging)
July 5, 2013
Initial Impressions & Product Description (back to top)
My first thought upon opening these glasses is that they are very
lightweight and have more of a classic look.
The sunglasses are stored in a hard-sided zippered case. Inside the
case is a cloth drawstring bag with two pockets for the other two
The glasses themselves are lightweight plastic. The frame completely
surrounds the lens except for a small cutout notch on each side. The
Optic Nerve "N" logo is directly above this notch. The arms of the
sunglasses have a small venting hole on each side near the lens as
well. The lens shape is more square than I expected based on the
website picture, which is preferable to me. It gives my eyes a little
more coverage and it makes the glasses feel more modern and less like
I'm wearing men's sunglasses (which is sometimes how I feel in unisex
sunglasses). The glasses come with two sets of lenses. The traditional
"smoke" lenses have a mirrored finish and are for regular sunny days.
The copper colored lenses are for variable light. My hikes and early
morning runs often take me in and out of dense tree coverage, so I'm
curious how these copper lenses will work for me. I have never used
colored lenses before.
Smoke lenses installed, copper lenses in front.
There are a few non-slip pads on the glasses in key places. The nose
pads have non-slip pads. This is very important for me in the summer
in the humidity. My sunglasses are constantly sliding down my face,
which I find quite annoying. There are also non-slip pads at the very
end of each arm. I found already that these are quite grippy when I
moved the sunglasses from my face to the top of my head and pulled a
few hairs out of my head. I hope this means they will stay put when
I'm moving around in the humidity.
Non-slip pads on the arm (top) and nose (bottom) of the sunglasses.
When the glasses are folded up there are two 'tails' that stick out on
either side. These little tails cause the glasses to be slightly askew
in the case. They are just a teeny tiny bit too big for the case. The
case still zippers normally; they just sit in the case a little oddly.
Since this is the thinnest plastic on the glasses I worry that these
tails might easily snap off. But for now, the crooked case placement
is the only valid criticism.
Vent 'tails' on the sides of the glasses when folded.
Summary (back to top)
These are lightweight sunglasses. They have a sporty look but aren't
too masculine for female wearers.
Please check back in about 4 months for the final installment of this report.
Thank you to Optic Nerve and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to
test this item.