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Reviews > Eye Protection and Binoculars > Sun Glasses > Guideline Eyewear Spray Sunglasses > Test Report by Kurt Papke
Guideline Eyegear Spray Sunglasses
|Height:||6' 4" (193 cm)|
|Weight:||218 lbs (99 kg)|
|Email address:||kwpapke at gmail dot com|
|City, State, Country:||Tucson, Arizona USA|
|Year of manufacture:||2014|
|Manufacturer website:|| http://www.glpolarized.com
Matte Brown Tortoise
Also available in Matte Black/Amber, and Matte Black/Gray
||One size available only
Website indicates "Best for medium to large faces"
lenses: 12.4% light transmission, 1.4 mm thick
UV protection: 100% for UV-A, UV-B; UV-C protection is unspecified
Measured: 0.8 oz (23 g) without case
Hard case only: 1.2 oz (35 g)
I put on the glasses and went outside on a bright sunny day
during the early afternoon and went for a stroll. The Spray
sunglasses felt very comfortable, no distortion, and a good level
of sun protection. The polarization was very obvious looking
in the East sky - it was considerably darker than with
Please check back in four months for my long term report from the
|October 12, 2014
||Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountains, near
|Sunny, 85 F
|October 16-19, 2014
||Gila Wilderness, near Glenwood New Mexico
Hot Spring and Box Canyon
|Mixed rain showers and sun, 32-75 F
|November 13-14, 2014||Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tucson Arizona||Romero Canyon
|Sunny, 40-75 F
|December 7-9, 2014
||Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountains, near
|Hazy sun, 40-75 F
|January 6-9, 2015
||Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
|Sunny, 29-60 F
|January 24-25, 2015||Saguaro National Park, rincon Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona||Italian Spring Trail
|32-65 F (0-18 C)
Day 1: sunny, day 2: hazy clouds
|February 2-5, 2015
||Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona||Tanner
and Beamer Trails
|35-70 F (2-21 C)
Mostly sunny, occasional hazy clouds
This was a 4-day 3-night
backpacking trip along the San Francisco River in western New
Mexico in the Gila Wilderness. We had a wide range of
weather conditions on this trip, from chilly mornings to warm and
sunny afternoons, with some rain showers on the last day.
Days 2 and 3 included hikes in and along the San Francisco
River. I really appreciated the polarized lenses on those
days, as it allowed me to see down into the water to check my
footing. This was particularly important on day 3 which was
a hike in and out of a slot/box canyon, where the water was often
hip-deep, and the river bottom was a mix of muck and
boulders. I don't normally think of polarized sunglasses
being particularly useful when backpacking, particularly in the
desert Southwest, but I learned that when wading in water they
really are quite handy.
The photo at right shows the Spray sunglasses at the trailhead,
as we were getting ready to begin our descent to the San Francisco
River. It was a bit overcast that day, but still bright
enough that I wanted eye protection.
This was just a simple "get into the mountains" overnight backpack. I hiked to a campsite that I like at a higher altitude, so I was on the trail for quite some time. The photo at left was taken on my ascent, and it is obvious from the picture that it was a bright sunshiny day where sunglasses are essential.
This was a pleasant 3-day/2-night backpack up into the Rincon
Mountains on a trail that I had a hankering to return to after a 5
year absence. It is notable in that the trail follows the
Tanque Verde Ridge, so it provides expansive views but offers
little protection from the sun, so sunglasses are essential.
I had hazy sun for most of the 3 days, so the sunglasses were on
and off my eyes depending on the time of day and the direction I
was hiking. They stayed perched nicely on my hat when not in
use. The Spray sunglasses performed flawlessly on this trip.
My wife and I took a week-long road trip from Tucson to Denver,
and I did much of the driving, wearing the Spray sunglasses during
most of the daylight hours. One thing I noticed is the
polarized lenses create a "rainbow" effect in the car
windows. This was not a problem for me, and is something
that any polarized glasses would do. Since I was wearing the
glasses pretty much all day long it gave me a chance to assess the
long-term comfort of the frames, and the Spray glasses did not
I had brilliant sunshine on this 4-day backpacking trip in the
Grand Canyon. I didn't wear the Spray glasses at all times,
for instance on day 4 I was hiking in the shadow of the South Rim
early in the morning, but I did wear them for hours every
day. The Clear Creek trail is on a South-facing slope of the
Tonto Platform and is treeless, so good eye protection was
essential, as the following photo shows:
The bad news: I had the glasses perched on my hat, bent over to
pick something up, and the glasses fell off my hat onto the sharp
rocky ground and got scratched. The good news: the scratches
are not in my center field of view, so no serious impact.
Bottom line: the Spray sunglasses performed extremely well in
long days of canyon hiking in the intense Arizona winter sun, when
it is low in the sky and shines right into my eyes even at high
noon. Though my legs were sore when the trip was over, my
eyes were in great shape!
During this 4-day backpack in the Grand
Canyon I wore the Spray sunglasses whenever I was in the sun,
which was pretty much all the time with the exception of the
first/last mile of the trail which is shaded by the South Rim.
One of the things I have come to appreciate about the Spray
glasses is their comfort. I can wear them all day long for
several days and experience no eye strain, pressure on my nose nor
my temples. The glasses are very light and don't weigh me
I have also come to like the rimless design. They are not
distracting for all-day use.
Another successful backpack outing with the Spray sunglasses!
I have been very pleased with the performance of the Guideline
Eyegear Spray sunglasses over the last four months. I intend
to continue to wear them for as long as they hold out.
Thanks to BackpackGearTest.org and Guideline Eyegear for the
opportunity to contribute to this test.