Reading glasses...map magnifiers?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by edh, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    How do those of you who use glasses for reading cope on the hill? I have just joined this club (at last a chance to look intelligent).

    I don't really want to take glasses with me - anyone tried little card magnifiers or the like?
  2. Jamaarja

    Jamaarja Trekker

    Welcome to the 'club' Ed !
    Tried once taking glasses, but were useless in the rain (steaming up) and too bulky to carry around.
    I have been using the little magnifying bubble on my compass, but what you found looks like a great alternative !
  3. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

  4. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Glasses too bulky to carry around?:confused: You sure you are not confusing them with binoculars?:p

    It is possible to buy cheap plastic reading glasses in £1 shops (I'm sure you've seen them Ed, though maybe not passed the threshold;)). They come in a slim plastic case and all in probably weigh about 20g. Probably not much cop for regular usage, but for a quick perusal of a map in good weather? (Thinking your PCT trip)

    The flat lenses look a better option, but you can't beat a handled magnifying glass like Robin suggests for ease of use.

    As a side note, I've worn glasses full time for 30+ years. I only started using baseball type caps about 10 years ago, and found they make a massive difference with glasses in the rain. (obvious really but I'm a bit slow sometimes:(:D) .

    I manage with glasses doing nighttime micro-nav in wet weather, (using a baseplate compass), with maps in a map case, (3 layers of plastic refraction plus water refraction plus reflective glare to deal with) so it can't be that much of a disability......
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  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've tried a pair of Lizzies reading glasses out walking, ok if a bit fiddly/annoying since I habitually wear sunnies all year...

    The little magnifier looks a good deal to someone who just dropped £large on Oakley vanity products :oops:

    I'm not sure I'll use maps on the PCT... maybe just on the phone.
  6. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    It can still surprise me how much more intelligent someone who can barely read can look just by putting on a pair of reading glasses.

    Ed - to what degree do you need reading glasses?
  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    To a + .25 degree....and as I do so much monitor work.

    Anyway - sunglasess time in the NE :cool:
  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I carry a little credit card sized Fresnel lens, my eyes aren't what they used to be, which doesn't bode well considering I'm only 39
  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    + .25 isn't very much in the way of magnification - Have you actually had problems reading a map 'in the field' ?? I need much stronger adjustment than that for reading/sewing, but manage OK for map reading when out and about. (-reading the small print on supermarket packets is more problematic :eek:) Wearing 'distance' glasses complicates things a whole lot too :confused:. You can get prescription glasses with dark/reactive tints but not good 'wraparound style' ones - I've tried :(.

    I think the little magnifier Robin highlighted looks good - drill a hole and attach with cord otherwise it will gone before too long.

    PS - eeek just checked that magnifiers size - maybe a 'tad' large o_O
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  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    A little bit - and more noticeably on the GPS (I don't often use paper maps). And a bit more when looking at ingredients as you say....

    My distance reading is better than 20:20 happily.

    I'll have a look in Smith's before deciding between that sort of thing or some dinky magnifiers.
  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    You do "distance reading" ?? :confused::)
  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    You know what I mean....distance lookering..:p
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  13. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    It's a PIA this reading glasses lark. Main reason I also use smart phone with maps on so I can zoom! If you get & can recommend a solution let me know. I'm now up to x2.5. I only buy cheap as I'm cak handed & must go through 20 pairs a year. I also carry a spare pair (fold up Foster Grants). Useful as on my last trip my readers ended up being swept into the Geldie!
  14. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I can't read a bill board never mind a map without glasses. o_O
    BB cap with the peak waterproofed with thinned seam sealer helps a lot of rainy days.
    On long trips I carry a spare pair of specs + carry a card magnifier in my wallet just in case.
  15. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    ive plenty of fresnel lens magnifiers (credit card sized) pm me your addy Ed and ill send you some.
  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Thanks; good of you.
  17. Owen

    Owen Backpacker

    :)
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014
  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    No. I can see uber fine apart from up close.

    Unless you are being silly?
  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Paul - many thanks; they are great - good size.

    I now also have my reading glasses....I assume they take a bit of getting used to :(.....the vanity aspect being a significant hurdle
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  20. Gazelle

    Gazelle Ultralighter

    They don't match your handbag?
  21. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Try taking off the Julbo Nomads first...

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