Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EWH Reviews Oakley Sunglasses

I recently got a chance to try out Oakley sunglasses on the trail. Usually, the sunglasses I use are el cheapos, under $50 and while they work, they have issues. I have issues with fogging, I have issues with clarity, my issues have issues!

So it was really interesting to try out expensivo sunglasses and see what the differences are. Suffice to say, they are startling.

The first thing I notice about these Oakley puppies is the clarity of the lenses. Anytime in Southern California can be sunny, which is both a blessing and a curse. Unlike the inexpensive sunglasses, these guys are crystal clear out on the trail, both in sunny and shady settings.

The second think I noticed was the lack of fogging. I am not a sweaty guy but you know if you are huffing and puffing up a trail, your glasses can become fogged. Some sunglasses negative this but having vents. Oakley just removes the lower part of the sunglasses so you don't "hotbox" yourself (trademark pending).

These glasses are "sporty" looking and the particular pair I had (the Half Jacket) are definitely for smaller faces so you may want to check sizings for your face. The sunglasses might not serve you well in all social situations but they sure look great on the trail!

Once they are on your face they are lightweight but very tough. I was impressed by these shades, they were a HUGE upgrade over the el cheapos.

These sunglasses came from the great folks at Blackleaf.

Blackleaf is a UK company and they cater to the action sports enthusiast in the UK and abroad. I am in the US but I was impressed by the responsiveness of Blackleaf and will definitely be checking them out for my adventure needs. You should too!

The Oakley shades were provided by Blackleaf for review purposes. I get no benefit whether you buy Oakley products or shop at Blackleaf, its life, make your own decisions. I try to review things as honestly as possible but it is the internet, take everything with a grain of salt, thanks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EWH Gets His Groove Back, Debs Style

Ahhh the Debs. A great hillside here in the City of Los Angeles which will get you out and about in wilderness without leaving the city. I love the Debs, especially for its pine trees

and uncrowded trails.

I especially dig that this easy trail got me back out on the trail. I have been in a Spring funk and going out on an easy-ish trail, just me, was just what I needed. Especially since the Debs are a hidden gem, one I have detailed many times but came to the fore to me while hiking.

The views that you get of the surrounding mountains are amazing

and the views of the city aren't so shabby either

While the Debs is a hidden gem, there are also hidden gems within gems, especially a sweet lake

(gem wheels within gem wheels)

The park, while small has varied terrain and trails and I always recommend it if you don't have the time to venture further afield

I like the Debs and it made me like hiking again. Consider me a fan.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Suffering Through the Springtime Blahs

(This is what I have been up to recently)

What, its April already? Seriously space-time, get your act together and slow down a bit will ya?

The flowers are blooming (or have bloomed if you are here in SoCal) and life is moving on. Sadly, I have not been in the mountains (or the hills, or a flat dirt strip by the gas station) for several weeks and have been feeling a little blah about adventuring.

This rut is not uncommon it seems. Teton Sports recently did an article on how to break out of the Springtime rut. They have great suggestions which speak to me since I haven't felt like being EXTREME when it comes to outdoors adventures lately.

(I am tackling mountains, mountains of cabbage)

So how do I get back my get-up-and-go? I think the first step is to find a short trail that I love and do it. I have done enough of the trails here in SoCal to know which ones I like and I don't want any guessing games, I want a solid outdoor experience, guaranteed. What that trail is, I am not quite sure yet but ideas are percolating.

The second step is do an easy-ish trail that I haven't done before. As much as I love the Verdugos, I haven't done all of them and I need to check out the trails coming out of Strough Canyon Park.

The third is to get back onto the trail with my buddies.

The Wilderness Travel Course was great, I learned a lot but the best part was making friends with Karl, Jaime and Mike. They make the trail miles go by super quick and I can't wait to get back out there with them.

I also just got some sweet shades from this action sports company called Blackleaf and I can't wait to try em out! I will certainly report to you about them and as Teton Sports says, sometimes new gear will shake you out of the Spring blahs and I will put that to the test!

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