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Running with Sasquatch

The Benefits of Running!

Running with Sasquatch! In these times of quarantine, one thing to be mindful of while running on local roads and trails is the value of sight while running. We must be able to quickly adapt to changing light as we run, whether we are morning or evening runners and regardless of the terrain. Every hour of the day offers different light challenges that RLVNT can address. The perfect solution is the chameleon lens technology. This lens changes the color and contrasts to the amount of light that is penetrating the lens and adjusts automatically to the ideal contrast giving you the best performance from your vision. We all know that exercise is good for you, but do you know how running specifically can improve your life? Let’s unpack that! Running makes you happier. It is more than just being outside and seeing what the world holds. Have you ever heard of the “runners high”? This is a real thing. When we run, we get that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids. Even 30 minutes of walking or running outside or on a treadmill can instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. Think of running as a natural antidepressant. Running helps promote healthy sleeping patterns. Just 30 minutes a week can help with sleeping. Pair this with a blue light lens solution like what you find in RLVNT lenses and you have a winning combination of overall physical and eye health. Polarized lenses and photochromatic lenses offer the blue light blocking technology that helps you regulate your sleep patterns. You’ll soon realize that sleep is better than ever! Running helps you lose weight. There are…

30 days to go play

30 Days to Go Play!

Master of Isolation! During this time of isolation and social distancing, the WHO and CDC have instructed us to go outside and be active while maintaining a safe distance from other people. Social distancing is the new normal so we must learn to navigate this change in lifestyle to the best of our abilities. During this unusual time, we have decided to go outside and explore nature or our community every day during the month of April. We will be providing you with ideas on what to do outside either with your family, your significant other or by yourself. We all should try to stay connected to our community while still maintaining the social distancing guidelines. Vitamin D and regular exercises have multiple benefits to mental and physical well-being. Sometimes it’s hard to get outside due to weather or just the willpower to leave the Netflix binging behind. In the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot in the spring, we get some beautiful sun breaks too so the light is varied from minute to minute. Other places see full sun or snow this time of year so our Sunwear should accommodate a multitude of environments. This is why RLVNT is so important to getting outside and enjoying nature! We want you to be able to fully experience the world around you! Using technology to virtually explore places is a great tool that we are blessed to have at our fingertips during quarantine and I know the kids sure like seeing these amazing places in the world. That being said, there is nothing like actually going out and seeing beautiful things. Even just appreciating the natural beauty in our back…

Chameleon lenses are like no other. Here’s why.

  We are super stoked about these new lenses because they combine technologies in a totally new way. Chameleon lenses have five key features and benefits that make it the best choice for those who spend time outdoors.   1) Chameleon lenses use adaptive tint technology, which means they change color based on the amount of available sunlight. You’re familiar with this feature in “Transition” sunglasses, but Chameleon is designed specifically for those who need excellent vision in the outdoors. In low light conditions, the yellow-green tint  blocks haze and enhances the contrast between your target and the background. When the sun shines brightly, the lenses respond smoothly to the UV light and darken first to a copper and finally dark brown to protect your eyes and provide ultimate comfort all while maintaining great color contrast.   2) Chameleon lenses are polarized to reduce glare. Polarized lenses eliminate glare from the sun reflecting off  flat surfaces. This is important for those who work and play on the water. The reduced glare will help you see deeper into the river, lake, or ocean so you can get a better look at the fish habitat when angling and other sight fishing. You’ll be safer on the boat, too, since you’ll see underwater obstacles and hazards much more easily. In the field, glare is very distracting and puts a lot of strain on the eyes when you’re locked on your target. Our lenses prevent eye fatigue and ensure you see the field clearly and in higher contrast.   3) Chameleon lenses have Eye Matching Clarity. The clarity of the lens material perfectly matches the clarity of your eye. Some lens materials aren’t as…

Get your #1 asset back

As a turkey hunter, think about all the gear, tools and gadgets you have and bring on a hunt to ensure success in the field. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably your trusted shotgun or bow. Can’t get very far without that and the memories that come with it. Now think about the calls you use – all your mouth calls, your slate, plus the treasured box call your grandfather passed down to you. Oh, and the crow and owl calls too. How about decoys? You probably have two different hens, a Jake, and a strutting Tom. Then there’s your blinds. One for stationary hunting, one for running and gunning, and that one you use for your sneak attacks. You’re decked out in the best and coolest gear. All the bells and whistles – your outerwear is waterproof, non-UV reflecting, and thermal with the perfect patterns for every season. You’ve got the moisture-wicking underclothing, the camo pants in tech fabrics and a collection of warm hoodies from your favorite brands. Finally, the boots. Your all-purpose 1200 Thinsulate go-tos plus the rubber boots for those hunts in wet, rainy conditions. You’re good to go and ready for anything the hunt throws at you. Right? You most likely have forgotten about your number one asset. Well if you’re like most of the 2.2 million turkey hunters in the US, probably not.  You most likely have forgotten about your number one asset in the field…your eyes. Look, I get it and it’s not your fault. It’s a blind spot (literally) that’s never been addressed. No one is talking about it because no one has invested in you and your eyes…

Concealment is King

We’ve all been there. It’s early morning and the fog is just starting to lift. You’ve been communicating with your target Tom for the past hour and he’s making his way toward your decoy. Your heart is racing in anticipation but you remain perfectly still while he comes into range. At 50 yards he puts on a show and soon he’s in full strut walking side-to-side. When he turns to the right his back is toward you and you know this is your chance. You slowly raise your perfectly sighted in shotgun. It’s loaded with the latest Longbeard XP ammo and you are so ready to jelly-face a big ol’ Tom. But when he turns back around to face your setup, it all goes pear-shaped. He stops and slowly moves out. He doesn’t fly away or sprint out, just edges away from you. You watch that Tom leisurely saunter out of sight and wonder what you did wrong. I bet I know what’s going through your head: “My setup was perfect! Did I call too much? Not enough? I’m a seasoned hunter! I’ve shot dozens of birds! My concealment is locked in and I know he didn’t see me.” I hate to break it to you, but he saw you. Hunters understand that when it comes to success in the field, concealment is king. Without it we don’t stand a chance. Luckily, there’s a ton of great gear and products out there to help us stay hidden. However, one area has never been addressed and it’s why you’re still flaring birds despite your painstaking concealment efforts: optical lenses and the way they reflect ultraviolet light. All optical surfaces (eyeglasses, binoculars,…

Set Your Sights on Trivex

As outdoor enthusiasts, we spend an insane amount of time researching the best equipment. If you’re anything like me, you try not to think about all the time you’ve spent reading about gear and how much money you’ve spent on rods, reels, guns, sonar, lures, decoys, boats…the list goes on and on. Please just don’t tell my wife. Now think about how much time you’ve spent looking into solutions for your number one asset, your vision. Probably none… why is this? I believe the industry lacks the knowledge required to make a commitment to you, the outdoor enthusiast, and your vision. At RLVNT, we promise to change that. What you might wear:  Glass Your “premium” pair of sunglasses probably has lenses made of glass. Glass lenses are great, and they work, but they have a ton of limitations. Glass is very heavy, it’s not impact resistant, and it’s super expensive. It has a limited range of available prescriptions and tints. So why use it? Its only real strength is its clarity. With an abbe value (optical clarity rating) of 59, it’s pretty darn clear. Here’s the deal, though, your eyes have an abbe value of about 45, so I’d argue glass won’t make your vision any clearer. What you probably wear:  Polycarbonate Polycarbonate is the most common lens material used for sunglasses. Polycarbonate is a popular choice in outdoor eyewear because it’s very light and has decent impact resistant. That’s great, but it has a terrible abbe value – only 30. Fail! Since it performs so poorly in the visual acuity category it shouldn’t be used by serious outdoor enthusiasts who need the best vision possible. What you should be wearing:  Trivex If…

Are you flaring turkey?

It’s early, you’ve arrived at your hunting land 45 minutes prior to daylight and you’re certain where you need to start your morning. You know this already, because you have been scouting the past 3 weeks and have identified a pattern and created a plan to harvest this year’s trophy.  You send out a call into the dark cool morning and just as predicted, you are greeted with a response from one of the Tom’s currently roosted in the area you figured he’d be.  It’s time to make your move and get set up. You quickly and quietly set up your position and await the excitement of the morning.  Again, as predicted the Turkeys make their way off the roost and follow the course, they’ve taken most every morning leading up to today. Excitement is brewing as they approach your location, and close the distance to 100-yards, then 50, 45, 44, 42 annnnnnd that’s when things start to take a turn for the worse.  You’ve done nothing different, as the flock lead by the targeted Tom shift away from you.  With your bow still in your hand, as it’s been since they approached 150 yards, you’re left to wonder what happened… There’s no way they saw me… or did they We’ve all heard the expression “eyes like a hawk” but instead maybe it should be “eyes like a turkey.” We’ve all heard the expression “eyes like a hawk” but instead maybe it should be “eyes like a turkey.”  Turkey Vision deserves that level of appreciation. And better understanding their greatest survival strength may be the difference in your success. When studying Turkey Vision there are a few things that stand out. They see…

Sunscreen: not just for your health. Part 2

In the previous blog post I discussed the health reasons why it’s important for us to apply sunscreen when exposed to the power of the sun. Those reason alone should require us to wear it at all times. Yet, even though most of us understand this, we don’t apply sunscreen when entering the field. Until now, I myself included. But, did you know?!?  It’s not just for health reasons we should apply sunscreen while in the field. The benefits of wearing the RIGHT sunscreen while in pursuit of your trophy game can/will play a significant and important role for the hunter in their quest to be concealed. That’s right, by applying sunscreen you can effectively conceal yourself to your background much more efficiently. The key is to understand which sunscreens to use and when. Let’s go deeper. The first thing to know is that there are two types of sunscreens. Sunscreens that are Absorb UV and sunscreens that Reflective UV. Also, it’s important to understand that objects that absorb UV appear dark (black) and objects that reflect UV appear light (white) in the UV spectrum.   This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRD-xvlhGMc from Physics Girl Dianne Cowern does a great job of explaining this. It’s a great video in its entirety, but you’ll get the jest of it if you watch the first 2:45mins of the video. Here’s the important think to note, that many animals, (actually most animals) use their ability to see into the UV spectrum as a means of survival.  The best illustration of this that I could find is this video on how the Caribou spots a Wolf in the wild. It’s fascinating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nke5c7Nml_8 So how does this affect…

Sunscreen: not just for your health. Part 1

  The impact of the Sun’s short wavelength Ultraviolet rays and the toll it can take on humans has been well documented.  Skin Cancer is the #1 cancer in the US and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) roughly 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each day.  Research indicates that over 3 million Americans are affected by nonmelanoma skin cancer each year and more than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma. The scary thing is that cases of Basil Cell Carcinoma have increased 145% since 1976-1984 and 2000-2010 and Squamous Cell Carcinoma have increase 263% in the same time period.  And Melanoma rates have double from 1982 to 2011. For more information regarding these figures see that attached link https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions/skin-cancer As someone who has had skin cancer, a squamous cell on my upper lip.  Which I discovered just prior to the 2016 Minnesota rifle opener for deer.  At the time I was sporting my awesome yearly goatee, which my wife loves. (ok she hates it, but ?‍♂️).  At first, I thought it was a zit and tried popping it, when that didn’t work, I got stubborn like most guys, and took a finger clipper to it.  Two days later, it was clear that it was not happy and responded with all this black nastiness growing out of it. That’s when I knew something wasn’t right and finally decided to go to the doctor, only to find out I had skin cancer. So, I totally understand the impacts of sun damage and how scary hearing the “C” word can be. We all know the importance of wearing sunblock to reduce and eliminate the power of the suns…