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Been wanting, but putting off new ones since then. But the last couple months as its gotten brighter and brighter coming out of winter, I’ve really needed some.
Turns out it really is a fast easy change too!
To me that was a steal for $32 (local price; Online you can find them as low as $19.99, but before shipping. ) especially since it is 1/5 what replacing the last ones could cost IF I could find a pair (discontinued model).
It’s even cheaper than the last safety/sun glasses I had, a smoke black pair from 3M, they were $45. They lasted me about 4, naybe 5 years, and are still useable, but some of the marks on thd lenses are getting pretty annoying.
They’ve been backups in my truck for a while, but now in my bike bag, a last ditch pair.
Those by 3M are what I was going after to get again, when I found the Radians.
Here are the frames sans lenses, and then changed to the smoke from the copper shown above. Only takes maybe 45 seconds, a minute max to swap them.
Adjustable temple/earpiece lengths and soft bridgr pads, plus super light weight= really comfortable.
So far I’m using the smoke for general wear, and changing to the copper, which is a deep orange/amber with a pink tint, for riding the bike. After a few minute my eyes adjust and take out the pink tint, then the amber does like other brown/amber glasses I’ve had; Hightens contrast and boosts depth perception.
Only time will tell how the other colors will work but so far I’m really enjoying them.
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Lets say, saw a need for 😉 a couple light packs, to fill out gaps in capacity capabilities for day bags.
My main and favorite grab and go day bag for several years now has been a Black Diamond 16L pack. Its small, light, durrable, and can really be stuffed with day trip/hike essentials.
But it’s on the smaller side at times. Two years ago I acquired a 25L TNF (The North Face) Vault as an upgrade for those times.
It has the room I need on average, for day trips. But it has two problems; it has a stiff structured back panel that is a great idea, but horrendously uncomfortable.
And it’s bright red.
No matter what they say animals can and can’t see, I see little to no way of proving it… So I have a hard time taking bright colors on hunting trips.
On the other hand I find camo pointless, but thats another topic for another time. 🙂
So, I wanted another mid sized 25L to 35L pack for day hikes and day hunts, that wasn’t brightly colored.
And I also wanted a pack between that size, and the big 65L 3 day trip pack I have. An overnight day trip bag that wouldn’t be heavy or waste space. Mainly for my summer weight camping gear, where I don’t need the room for my 20° bag or many, if any extra clothes. Went with 45L.
I ended up with a claimed 35L that I’d say is around 20L maybe 25L actual capacity. And the other, claimed to be 45L, around 30L, 35L absolute max.
Not optimal. But then, for $10, and $15, shipped, respectively the small and large, I can’t complain much. 😉
It was worth the risk, and while not exactly what I needed, they’ll help out. I’ll just still need to find something in the 40L to 45L area for a summer time overnight trip bag.
For the smaller, I went with green, so I’m comfortable with it for hunting trips.
Draw closure top, with top flap. Pocket under flap.
And one ob the top of the flap;
Standard stretchy side pockets;
The outer sleeve pocket on the frontvis the same stretchy material.
Grab handle leaves a little to be desired;
And, the nifty feature I liked, the inner pocket on the top flap is double zippered;
Turn the pocket insige out, roll the bag into it and zip;
Will make neatly packing it in my main hunting trip bag/dry bag much easier!
Overall it seems well built, and while light weight materials , also seems like it will be durable enough. Time will tell.
For the other, since it was planned as a non hunting hike pack, color didn’t matter much. So I went with something I liked, and something I’m garranteed to not lose when I set it down.
So sue me, I like purple. 🙂
It is 2 main compartments, small side mesh pockets, and a tiny zipped one on the front. And a bottom access area, that when fully opened/pressed out to capacity almost fills the whole main compartment! Bottom easy access for sleeping bag? Or ive seen the same made for shoes.. I’m sure ill find a use, but its a little odd in its size.
Chosen for it’s everal cord locked bungee attachment points, compression straps, and bottom straps that I liked the look of for hanging my tent on.
This one is heavier materials than the other, has a more solid feel to it.
I want to say it feels more solidly built as well, but that might be an illusion of the heavier materials. As I said above, only time will tell how they survive, but I’m thinking theyll be fine. 😉
Great wide padded straps;
Hip belt comes mid gut on me, like most do and is deathly short… I’ll probably cut it off. Nice adjustable/removable sternum strap though!
And I was pleasantly surprised by this;
First time I’ve ever seen a heavy dedicated carry handle on a backpack! And it still has the usual carry/hanging loop too.
Overall, I’m pleased for $25 total. Hell, I think I’d have been pleased with just the purple one for that much, or a little more. 🙂
Thought I’d post an update. Been wearing the new holster I got a couple months ago off and on for some work, and short hikes.
Have some setup issues.
They have it, as set for left hand draw,
Holster sits basically horizontal, grip left, muzzle right.
Shoulder strap run from top of holster (by hammer) up over RIGHT shoulder, down across back, under Left arm to bottom of holster(behind grip/by trigger).
The the chest strap runs around you, through a loop on the back of the holster.
Holster free floats on the chest strap, held up by shoulder strap.
When you go to draw, to keep holster from sliding left, you have to grip with the off side hand.
Also while walking/working, it naturally drifts left, rotating the shoulder stap on your torso, sliding on chest strap, till under the left arm. (To where you cant grip the gun to draw without sliding it back to center chest with the off side hand.)
Because of shoulder strap placement/tension it can’t slide to the right.
Basically, the tension is backwards.
While hiking with it like this, every time I repositioned it (about every 150 yards!) I thought about strap direction and buckle placement, being pretty sure I could reverse it to the left shoulder, but still be left hand draw.
It actually was as simple as I thought. (Amazing)
I now have the shoulder strap run from top of holster(by hammer) over my LEFT shoulder, across back, under Right arm.
Now it gets different.. that bottom right end of the shoulder strap I connect to the end of the CHEST strap.
Chest strap goes Left, and Down through the loop on the back of the holster, then BACK to the Right, and around my back, to the Left bottom of the holster.
So the pull to the left is now resisted by the tail of the shoulder strap, and the chest tension. If it slides, it will be down to the right. So even if it does move, it could go a ways before I couldn’t draw.
Muzzle end is also held by the chest strap. And because the chest strap and shoulder straps tension each other, once set, it can’t really drift very far either way.
So far as I can tell anyway. Will walk a couple miles with it and see.
Still needs work, but it’s better!
It even ended up with the tension right so the lower end of the shoulder strap is lower away from my arm and arm pit, more comfortable and crowds my arm less when moving. On the other side it tended to pinch and pull at my underarm.
The only problems I see, are if it does move around, the gun/holster is semi fixed in line with it all, and it tensions through one end of it… As it moves one strap will tighten as the other loosens. So it’s going to chinch/tighten around me in one place or the other, and be crushing…
And there is the other problem. With this set so it works, the chest strap is pretty tight… and rather crushingly uncomfortable already.
I know I should be able to set this up so the weight and tension is all on the shoulder strap, and the chest strap can just center/position the gun on me and hold it semi loosesly..
What I’d like to try is;
The chest strap run from muzzle end of the holster, or the loop on the back, but a fixed atachment, not slidding, and around to the lower left corner of the holster as I gave it now. And the shoulder strap as I have it now for top of holster run over my left shoulder.
But then attached to the center back of the chest strap.
Either floating or fixed at that joint. I think fixed would get the effect I want.
Will have to play with it some more, and see… need to find the 2 or 3 Big safety pins I have so I can pin this up how I want it before I cut/sew/ add/modify anything.
But as it is, it’s a lot better!
Pics to follow in another post if I can find someone to take them while I’m wearing it..