January 28, 2013

Rugged Reader "Rugged Reader" Giveaway"

And no, the post title is not a typo born of late night sleep-blogging. Nor is it a sign that you're suffering from double vision... though the giveaway does have an optometrical angle!

 Oh Dear!  You Can't Focus on That Lamp?

You see, this a giveaway contest for the rugged readers of Cranky Fitness who'd like to win a cool pair of compact, portable, nearly indestructible "Rugged Reader" eyeglasses. (Canadians too!)

The glasses can be clipped easily onto a pocket.  And, made of tough polycarbonate, they form their own case with rotating arms. (Arms? Wait, that sounds funny! Is there another word for the thingies that hold glasses to your face?). They cost about twenty bucks, which will either sound like a bargain or quite pricey depending on your normal eyeware buying habits.

If the video thing below works, check out the clever design. (And have no fear, you get the gist in 7 seconds and there is no annoying sound track to alert bosses or spouses that you are blogsurfing yet again).

But what if you are too young to need "cheaters?"  Lucky you!   If you don't have any needful close friends or relatives, then you're free to go about your business...

That is, unless you're brave enough to stick around to witness the graphic Eyeglass Ass-Squashing Test undertaken in the Cranky Fitness Laboratories. 

A few random eyeglass-related matters first though:

You May Need Glasses And Not Know It!

First off, some of you who think you don't need glasses may actually be suffering from a common underdiagnosed ocular condition that may require treatment.  Be very alarmed!

But how would you know? Well, as it happens there is a handy reading glasses quiz hidden deep within the dusty Cranky Fitness Archives.

I Know I Just Bragged That I Don't Need Reading Glasses
So it's true that since discovering a miraculous presbyopia cure I rarely need to use reading glasses anymore. But rarely ain't quite never, and sometimes low light conditions or exremely tiny print force me to sheepishly borrow glasses from companions, sort of the way smug ex-smokers must feel in weak moments when they find themselves bumming cigarettes off their happily unreformed pals. It's nice to have your own emergency resources discreetly stashed away.

OK, now on to the glasses at hand...

Quick Photo-Review of Rugged Readers

They are indeed small and convenient and portable! Here they are next to a pen.

They have smaller lenses than most, but they seem to be good quality and do the job well when called upon.

They come in several colors and styles, though with a camerphone it's kinda hard to tell that the Lobster has a red pair and I have a tortoiseshell pair.

They even have a butch camouflage pattern, especially handy for macho dudes who find the notion of reading glasses a bit sissy to begin with, and generally prefer to squint or just make shit up instead of actually reading it.

Squash Test:

The glasses had no problem being sat upon!

And lest you think the chair was too cushy, this test was repeated on the only hard-surfaced seating we have in our condo, and again, no breakage.

(But there's no way in hell I'm putting up a picture of me sitting on the toilet, even with lid down and pants up).

The only quibble about the glasses is:  because the arms function as a case, they don't curve over your ears. This means the glasses may slip off more easily than most when you look down.

Wanna Win A Pair?

Just leave a comment below and we'll let the random number generator pick a winner. Be sure to check back in a week to see if you won, and if so, be prepared to email me your mailing info by Friday February 8th.

Any of you need reading glasses, or have thoughts about eyewear or crappy vision, or anything else you want to say? How the heck was your weekend?

Lamps: Quinn Anya


    I love you.
    I love our LOBSTER.
    lottsa lottsa love.

  2. These would be so cool to have. I hate to take my reading glasses with me travelling even as I would find them so handy to have.

  3. Still laughing at the "squish test"-- mostly because I have done that more than a few times!! ( and destroyed a few pairs..)
    Looks like they would be great, especially for travel.

  4. So floppin sick of buying dollar store plastics that last about two days for me. So sick of not being able to see also!
    Hit 50 and everything went to heck for me................

  5. I have been wearing corrective lenses since the summer before I started grade 4. I remember that I cried when I found out I had to get glasses. Even with my contacts/glasses, I sometimes find it hard to read small print these days. So does Husband. I made a comment about getting old and Husband stated quite vehemently that the problem was not his eyes, it's just that the print was so small. I wisely left it alone. :)

  6. I am so rough on my reading glasses! I go through several pairs a year. Would love to try a pair that may stand up to my rough play :)

  7. I'm still trying to pretend that I don't need reading glasses - my eyes (and head) say differently when I spend much time on my computer. At least when I read my Nook I can just make the font jumbo size!!!

  8. Ooh, ooh! My eyes are going fast. I buy dozens of dollar store glasses so that I can keep a set everywhere, partly because I haven't gotten used to keeping track of glasses yet and partly because they break so often and so easily.

    I'm trying to think of a way to tie this into fitness. Rugged enough to toss into your gym bag? Opportunity to actually assess the protein/fibre/calories ratios on your enery bars? Whatever, they look cool.

  9. those look so convenient! I am thinking of going back to contacts - I am getting very tired of not being able to breathe properly from the weight of my glasses. That and the crick in my neck from tipping my head back to get my monitor in focus.

  10. Love the squish test. The lengths you go to for your blog readers. :) I'm not quite there yet with the reading glasses, but my days are numbered. Soon my eyesight will be joining my metabolism, my lips and my eyebrows in Cabo, where reports have it they have been hiding out of late.

  11. Heather says: yes i need reading glasses i have some old ones on right now just to see the computer would love to win this one
    hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

  12. This past weekend my new friend and I discovered Geocaching. I really could have used a pair of pocket readers, since we were trying to read the clues and follow the compass. I promise to send you a picture of me wearing (of course after I win them) on our next Geocaching adventure.

  13. Husband (Lasik Boy) could use them. I sucked it up and wear progressive lenses.


  14. I hate my glasses. I've had bifocals since my early 40's. I use large fonts on my computer because my eyes get tired easily. I hate having to take off my glasses to do Yoga. I hate that I have to be careful to not splash water on my glasses when I am in the pool. If I don't wear them, I might not be able to see if it is time for me to get out of the water!
    Did I mention I hate my glasses?
    Shame on me....at least I can afford glasses. Oh and if you use a random number generator or something like that, please do not send me the glasses....let someone else win them. I am just commenting because I like you. AND you comment on my blog too. :D

    I still hate my glasses....oh and my weekend was fantasmagoric!

  15. You and the Lobster both look very handsome in the uncrushable glasses. Alas, they would do me no good, not being prescription. (Look away, Random Number Generator, look away.)

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

  16. You talking to me!!!! ;) LOVE this pics! I just bought some but not that cute. I will enter but if somebody else really really needs them, you can pass to them since I just bought some - not as amazing as those though! ;)

  17. Yes, i wear reading glasses, and i don't like to. But i've given in when reading in bed at night, i'm too tired to focus by then.

  18. You're going to hate me...because my eyes seem to be improving. I kid you not, for some reason, as of last year, after wearing classes since grade 6 I no longer have to wear glasses to correct my nearsightedness to drive...although this means eventually I'll need reading glasses as they shift the other way and. But for now? I'm just enjoying wearing normal cheap sunglasses and not having my vision fog up when I come inside in the winter. :)

  19. Would love to try a pair. They look very durable.

  20. Even though I could watch the video and read the comments without squinting, if I move more than 6 inches from the computer screen, I'm blurred.

  21. i'm just starting to have a tough time reading

  22. i'm just starting to have a tough time reading

  23. These look pretty cool. You and the Lobster should do eyeglass modeling on the side. .. with or without the squish test. Include me in, please.

  24. I just started wearing readers and hate carrying them around. I'm still in denial about needing them.


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