|H-Wall Swept Back - Switch Eyewear|
Recently I've been running in a pair of these cool glasses from Switch Eyewear. Trail running in Colorado requires quality thermonuclear protection, and I seldom run without some kind of sun and debris protection. Earlier this year I did a review of Ryders Eyewear trail runners here. What I liked about those was the photochromic lenses that allowed for a transition from low-light to bright sun environments.
Switch addresses this issue by designing frames that allow a quick swap out of different tinted lenses for the type of environment you are running in. Most sets come with low-light rose amber lens, as well as a polarized grey (or other color) lens for bright settings. What is really slick is the magnetic interchange system to swap out lenses.
Extra lenses can be carried in a slim protective case, with magnets (similar to the ones in the frames) to secure the lens in the holder. All you have to do is get the lens close, and BAM! it locks into the case. The case is very trim and light, and easy to tuck into a pocket, or handheld.
All you have to do is get the lens close to position in the frames, and they snap in by themselves. Very secure and very stable. As for the lenses, I liked the rose amber for early mornings or cloudy days. They work much like driving glasses to help bring out the detail of the trail. The polarized darker lenses work really great in the bright Colorado sun.. I had no issues with distortion either.
As for venting, the H-Wall design works well... even with my slow running, I get enough flow through to keep the lenses relative clear of fog. The only time I had issues was when running pre-dawn in them... I would wear them on my hat, and they got pretty steamed up so that when I went to use them, there was a lot of moisture there... I know.. gross. But a quick wipe off and they were good to go.
Here they are in action.. I know, not the best pic. On this particular day, I knew I would be running in full sun most of the race, so I stuck with the darker lens. The worked great... very light weight, but the quality of construction is good. I didn't take any face plants, but if I did, I think they would have held up very well.. at least the lenses could be popped back in if the dislodged! But I doubt they would.. the magnetic bond is really strong.
Most frame/lens combinations retail in the $75-$95 range, so a little pricier, but not crazy expensive like some brands can be. And for the price you get a great multi-lens system. Check out their website to see how easy it is to customize the type of lens and frame combo you are looking for... OR read a bit further and win a pair for yourself!
For this giveaway, I'm excited to be able to give away two pairs of Switch eye wear.. What I have is two pairs of the "Stoke" style pictured above.. one in black, and one in a demi purple. So, to make this more fun, I'll giveaway the black pair to one lucky guy.. and the purple to one lucky gal... how does that sound?
Good luck.. and happy trails!
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