Itâ€™s time to announce the winner of the Switch Vision / WanderingJustin.com Stoke Sunglasses giveaway â€¦ read on!
More than a month ago, I asked WanderingJustin.com readers to tell me about the oddest thing theyâ€™ve ever found while hiking or biking. Tell me the best story, I said, and my buddies at Switch Vision will send you a pair of the awesome Switch Stoke sunglasses – just like the ones I wear.
Veteran BMX hero-turned-mountain biker Abel from Queen Creek., Ariz., couldâ€™ve won the sunglasses with both of his best trailside finds. The first item? During a ride at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Abel found a brand-new – with tag! – Dallas Cowboys jersey. But that wasnâ€™t his winning entry.
And I have to say, his winner does shock me. It handily beat such entries as a Bowie knife, a crescent wrench, a pair of Pearl Izumi gloves and a deer carcass.
Abel earned his pair of Switch Vision sunglasses by finding what he describes as a â€œa pair of what looked to be fetish homemade metal mesh underwear hanging on a bushâ€ in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve near Squaw Peak.
â€œI passed the underwear and saw them hanging there and was like, â€˜What the heck was that?!â€™ As a curious George I had to stop and investigate,â€ Abel tells me. â€œDidn’t touch them though cause you never know where they have been. Got a good chuckle out of it and continued my ride.â€
Shenanigans involving homemade chainmail chones seem much more likely to happen in Papago Park: Crazy things happen at Papago Park, the famous urban outdoor refuge plunked right in the middle of Phoenix. Just a few years ago, I railed around a corner on my Santa Cruz Superlight and nearly plowed into a bikini-clad model posing on a rock. The scene bewildered me – the photo assistants bouncing sunlight off her, the photographer issuing orders, the disdainful air of the model toward all around her.
But the Phoenix Mountain Preserve? Wow!
Letâ€™s all salute Abel for his find, applaud him for his discretion in leaving the chainmail undies alone, and berate him for not taking a photo (I couldâ€™ve used the pattern to make my own).
Speaking of my friends at Switch Vision, they also sent me a pair of their H-WALL sunglasses. This a more sports-oriented, lightweight model than the Stoke glasses that I like so much. So far, Iâ€™ve had them out for quite a few mountain bike rides.
The report? The disappear on my face. I forget that theyâ€™re even there – except for all the sunlight they block and that nice polarized tint they add to my world. For some reason, their lenses seem to be more sweat-resistant than the lenses on my Stoke sunglasses. They definitely make me look faster â€¦ which only leads to disappoint when people see that Iâ€™m not really that fast! But overall, I really like them. If you want a lighter-weight, Euro-fast-looking pair of sunglasses with that awesome Magnetic Lens Interchange System, they are likely perfect for you.
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