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COCOONS EYEWEAR COCOONS OVERX SUNGLASSES
Test Series by Chari Daignault
Cocoons OveRx Sunglasses
Cocoons OveRx Sunglasses

LONG-TERM REPORT

INITIAL REPORT - January 10, 2010
FIELD REPORT - April 06, 2011
LONG TERM REPORT - June 13, 2011

TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: Chari Daignault
EMAIL: chari.daignault@gmail.com
AGE: 48
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida U.S.A.
GENDER: F
HEIGHT: 5' 6" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 135 lb (61.20 kg)

I've been a light hiker for 36 years. I take the minimum I can with me and prefer a pack close to 15 pounds [6.80 kg]. I've hiked all the Florida State Forest trails in Central Florida, backpacked the Na Pali coast on the island of Kauai and climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan. I have hiked dry & sandy, rough & rocky and wet & boggy trails and as a result, have found what does and doesn't work for me in terms of equipment and clothing.


INITIAL REPORT

PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Live Eyewear
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: www.liveeyewear.com
MSRP: US $49.95
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 1.1 oz (31.2 g)
Size Tested: Mini Slim (MS) Fits over frames measuring less than 4 15/16 inches in width by 1 3/8 inches in height (125 mm in width by 35 mm in height)
Additional Sizes available: Stream Line (S), Slim Line (M), Wide Line (ML), Pilot (L), and Aviator (XL)
Color Frame / Lens Tested: Soft Touch Sand / Polaré Polarized Amber
Additional Frame Colors available: Black, Tort, Slate, Burgundy, and Ivy
Additional Lens Colors available: Gray, Copper, Yellow, Clear, and Blue Mirror
Other Details: Polarized UV400 - Scratch Resistant - Flex2Fit Temples - Lifetime Warranty

Additional Information (from the manufacturer's website): Cocoons OveRx polarized sunglasses are designed to securely and comfortably fit over a wide range of prescription eyewear frame sizes and shapes. The patented frames are constructed from extremely durable ballistic nylon and feature the Polaré lens system that exceeds the highest level in lens quality, the Class 1 European Standard for optical clarity and performance. All styles feature adjustable Flex2Fit® temples that enable each wearer to custom contour the temple shape for an exact fit that is extremely comfortable and secure.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

The Cocoons came with a zippered neoprene carrying case and a cleaning cloth. The case has two clips which allow the case to be secured to my backpack or to my belt (The belt clip is not visible in the picture below). They also came with an illustrated Use and Care Guide which featured one half page of instruction and eight-plus pages of product detail, available accessories and warranty information.

Cocoons Eyewear
Included accessories


I like the smooth, soft feel of the frames and am happy with the color choices (frame / lens) I chose. The Sand / Amber combination look good together in my opinion; and looking-good will definitely make me want to wear them more often.

Cocoons Eyewear
Cocoons Eyewear - front view


The Cocoons have the "normal" eyeglass lens I'd expect in a pair of sunglasses, but in addition, they have a set of side lenses - in the same polarized lens material as the front lenses - which offer peripheral vision and peripheral protection. It's nice to have a fully-surrounding pair of sunglasses without losing my peripheral vision.

Cocoons Eyewear
Cocoons Eyewear - side view


The Cocoons feel light-weight and appear minimally bulky. They did not fit over my usual prescription glasses -- the ones I meticulously measured using Live Eyewear's online Sizing Calculator, along with their Printable Sizing Guide. However, they did fit over my "backup" pair of prescription glasses, which I will use with the Cocoons for the purposes of the entire testing period.

READING THE INSTRUCTIONS

The only instructions that are in the Use and Care Guide are with regard to the Flex2fit adjustable temples. The stems of the frame which go around the ear actually have a piece of wire inside which allows them to be bent and shaped to fit my head. No pre-heating of the stems is required and they keep the shape into which I bend them! This is nice, because I have a very small head and ears and most stems are so long that they stick out past my head. I am able to bend these around the tops of my ears and also shape them so they stay put along the side of my head. This also helps to keep them securely on so they don't slip off if I bend over and look down.

Cocoons Eyewear
Cocoons M/S with my glasses inside


There really weren't any other instruction needed; I just slipped them on over my glasses and that was that.

TRYING IT OUT

As I'd mentioned earlier, the Mini (MS) Slim Cocoons did not fit over my usual, everyday glasses. Even though I checked and double-checked using the online calculator and printable sizing guide, when I tried to fit the Cocoons over my glasses, they just would not fit once I got them to the area just behind my temples. I think the reason for this is because once my glasses are on my head, the stems push out from the normal 90 degree angle they make with the glasses. I could pretty much only measure them when they were off my head, so this is an unfortunate possibility for mis-sizing. All my prescription glasses have flexible hinges which allow the stems to expand and contract as needed (I guess in case my head swells).

Smile
Where's my tiny dog and my latte?


In the above picture, I'm wearing the MS Cocoons over my backup glasses. They must be slightly smaller than my usual glasses, but not by any way that I can discern. My backup glasses have the same prescription as my usual ones, so using them for testing purposes is not a problem.

Although the MS Cocoons are small, they still look pretty big on my face; then again, I have a really small face. They feel light-weight and don't put any pressure on the tops of my ears or bridge of my nose -- at least that I can tell so far. They seem to offer excellent coverage and protection from the sun and glare. I will be able to test that further during the Field Report phase.

SUMMARY

Things I've learned / noticed so far:

LIKES
Color
Shape
Weight
Coverage and protection

DISLIKES
Didn't fit my first pair of glasses (I really did measure correctly!)


FIELD REPORT

FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS

During the Field Testing period, the sunglasses have been worn in Central Florida, in the areas surrounding Orlando. The terrain covered has been sidewalks, asphalt, high grass, brush, gravel, sand and hard-packed sand/dirt. Temperatures during the testing period in this area have ranged from highs around 88F [31C] and lows around 54F [12C]. It's been extremely dry during this timeframe and we were in our fire season here. Many of the trails I would hike on during my day hikes were closed intermittently due to controlled burns to prevent brush fires.

I've worn the sunglasses just over 60 miles (97 km) during this time on approximately 21 separate day hikes of 3 to 4 miles (4.8 km - 6.4 km) each. They made a two night, three day trip down to Naples for a wonderful weekend walking on sandy beaches. They went over really well at a golf tournament in which I played in February. I wear them during my drive into the office each day and on walks with the dogs through our community. I've also worn them four separate times while doing spring cleaning yard work.

Tiny Dogs
Tiny Dogs


PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD

The Cocoons OveRx sunglasses have proven themselves to be surprisingly rugged. Although they've never fallen off my face, I have dropped them, sat on them and once even kicked them. There are no scratches, nothing is broken and they keep their shape.

No Damage
No Damage


The amber polarized lenses offer a much better field of vision than my regular prescription sunglasses. Without glare, there are so many more things to see! I've found that I don't squint as much, which also helps with seeing a lot better. For me, there is a bit of loss of peripheral vision near the front of the temples, most likely due to the frames being wide along that part of the stems so they can block sunlight. Having worn glasses since I was seven years old, I'm used to having to turn my head to get a good view of what's to the left or right of me, so the obstruction doesn't bother me per se; it just requires a bit of getting used to. One advantage of the wider side stems is that my eyes are protected from any debris that flies up while I'm working in the yard.

The Cocoons are so light; I always have to double-check the case when I go to take them with me -- it feels as though there's nothing in there. I've experienced no pain on the bridge of my nose or the tops/backs of my ears when wearing them over my glasses. The Cocoons don't push my regular glasses into my head and they don't pinch the sides of my head. They do look very big when they're on my face; probably because I'm used to seeing thin-rimmed glasses there.

SUMMARY

Throughout the Field Testing period, I've experienced no real issues with wearing the Cocoons over my glasses. It's very convenient to be able to wear them in the car, on the trail and while doing anything out in the sun. Although they won't take the place of my Transitions lenses, they do appear to be a less costly alternative and offer a lot more physical protection to my eyes.

LIKES
Lightweight
Convenient
Rugged
Good protection

DISLIKES
Obstructed view at temple
Rather large on my face



LONG-TERM REPORT

LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS

I've continued wearing the sunglasses around Central Florida, in the areas surrounding Orlando. Terrain encountered has been sidewalks, high grasses, brush, gravel, sand and hard-packed sand and dirt. Temperatures during the testing period in this area have ranged from highs around 95F [35C] and lows around 74F [23C]. The fire season has unfortunately extended itself into our rainy season. We've had little to no rain yet and brush fires are prevalent throughout the area.

I've worn the sunglasses everyday riding to work in the mornings. For two weeks, I was detailed out to our downtown office and had to park in the parking garage. It was very nice to just take the Cocoons off each time I entered the garage and then slip them back on in the evenings when I left. I've worn the Cocoons every weekend doing weekly yard work. Due to my work schedule and the fires as of late, my day hikes have been cut back considerably.

PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD

The Cocoons have continued to perform as expected and have offered benefits in everyday life outside of my active outdoor activities. Being able to remove them as needed when entering buildings and not having to dig through my bag for my glasses to swap out with sunglasses is really convenient. I've not experienced any issues with fogging and although there is some obstruction at the temples, the field of vision with the Cocoons using the amber lenses is remarkably crisp and clear even when going from the shade of trees out into full sun (and visa-versa).

Although the Cocoons do not add much weight to my glasses, they do rest on my glasses at certain points and after a while (several hours of wearing them), I do notice the weight, but it's not painful. If I sweat a lot, the whole shebang of Cocoons and glasses will slide a small bit down the bridge of my nose, but I can nudge them back up -- pretty much without even thinking about it. I've not ever had the Cocoons come anywhere near falling off; they stay on very well and hug my head without pinching, even over and behind my ears.

SUMMARY

As mentioned, I've experienced no real issues with wearing the Cocoons over my glasses.They're very convenient and easy to use. To me, they are an inexpensive alternative to Transitions lenses -- and they work while in the car, where Transitions lenses do not.

LIKES
Lightweight
Convenient
Rugged
Good protection

DISLIKES
Obstructed view at temple
Rather large on my face

This concludes my Long Term Report. Many thanks to Live Eyewear and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test these sunglasses.

This report was created with the BackpackGearTest.org Report Writer Version 1.5 Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.


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