Thursday, August 28, 2014

EWH Reviews- Revant Lenses


I have had my pair of Oakley sunglasses for awhile and have always dug them and have used them on my outdoor adventures. As much as I love the standard lenses that come with the shades, I have always wanted to try out new and different lenses for different situations. Or, as my grandpappy used to say, different strokes-lenses for different folks-frames.

Revant is a company that makes replacement lenses for Oakleys and other brands and I wanted to try out a pair and they were nice enough to send me their HC3 lenses. These lenses are designed to provide optimal polarization and clarity, all good things for people getting out and about in Southern California!


The HC3 is the premium lens Revant offers and after I spent 20 minutes searching through YouTube videos about how to replace my lenses, I finally mashed the lenses into their frame and gave them a whirl.

The best part? Revant makes these lenses for substantially cheaper than the replacement lenses you can buy from Oakley. So how did they do?

I took them out to my recent hike in Baldwin Hills and they performed great!


(look at that reflection!)

The optics were clear and there were no fogging issues (always a concern with hiking and sunglasses). The lenses were so sharp that you can take really cool pics with them!


(that is the sun in the clouds BTW)

Color me super impressed with these lenses! The fact that you can get lenses superior from the "off the shelf" offerings and at a better price, I think you should definitely check them out. I can't wait to see their other offerings!

If you want more info, check out the lenses here: http://www.revantoptics.com/elite-hc3

Disclaimer:
The Oakley shades were provided by Revant for review purposes. I get no benefit whether you buy Oakley products or shop at Revant, 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, August 26, 2014

Desperation Hiking- Baldwin Hills Edition


It must be no secret, oh those few people who still read this blog that I have not been going on many adventures lately. Granted, my life has been busier recently, I am getting married, work has been intense and it is Summertime here in SoCal which means its hot out for almost any hike and when the only benefit you are receiving is sweating, well that is not much of a benefit.


If I am being honest with myself, I also have lacked the drive to take my hiking out of neutral and put it into even first gear. There are several short hikes around LA but even those have not tempted me.


However work and life finally got to me. I HAD to go hiking, even if it was at Baldwin Hills State Park, which, well, has some issues.


At the end of the day however, it WAS worth it to go. Even with hundreds of people working out, doing the 282 steps, etc. there were still moments of peace on the trail and as you can hopefully make out from the pictures that the park does give you pretty views.


It got me out and about and I dare say that I am now in 1st gear again hiking-wise. There have been some hikes I have been itching to do around the Southland including Baldy and a hike in the Antelope Valley. I also want to hit up Monrovia again in the Fall and several other trails are springing to mind. Now I WANT to go on hikes so thank you Baldwin Hills, thank you for getting me going.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EWH Visits Chicago



So I haven't been going on many hikes lately but recently I had the chance to go to Chicago and I did some urban hiking around that great city. A 15-20 minute walk in any direction in the downtown area will get you to interesting places, the lake, the rivers, hot dogs.

The City does a great job providing the Lakefront trail so people could walk, ride bikes, etc. and enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather. I walked up and down the trail many a time during my stay in Chicago and it was a great way to experience the city and one of the great lakes.


The lake is the biggest feature of the city and despite being in Illinois, looks almost tropical from up high.


The great Chicago River also is a prominent feature and there is a great RiverWalk Trail that I hiked around during one day.



Just to be sure to hold onto your hats, they don't call Chicago the Windy City for nothing!

The city really blends in with the natural environment and has a lot of open space so while it is urban, you don't feel closed in by the buildings.


Of course, it also doesn't hurt if your city looks like the set of Bladerunner:



I absolutely loved my time in Chicago and can't wait to get back. There is a lot more explorin' left to be done!

Trip to Chicago, recapped!


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