Greg Hatten is a freelance writer, river runner, wooden boat builder, outfitter and fly fishing guide in the state of Oregon. In 2014 Greg was part of an international team of river runners who replicated the famous Grand Canyon trip of 1964 which was instrumental in saving the Grand Canyon from two dams that would’ve buried it under water (Marble Canyon Dam and Bridge Canyon Dam). Greg built and rowed the replica “Portola” on that trip which was Martin Litton’s first Grand Canyon dory. His passion for wood drift boats, the McKenzie River in Oregon, and the art of fly fishing keep Greg guiding and outdoors season after season. On every trip, each piece of gear he carries must make meet his extremely high standards to make the cut.
Why Greg Chooses Popticals:
“When I put sunglasses under my microscope, Popticals is my eyewear of choice. It’s the only brand I’ve found that provides superior performance, great protection and folds down so small that it actually fits in the palm of my hand. My pocket space is always at a premium. I never have enough of it. And while most sunglass cases are getting bigger and bulkier, it's nice to have a compact little case that easily fits in a shirt pocket or jacket and takes up very little room. My Popticals case has bounced around in the bottom of my boat, bounced off of rocks around the river, rattled around in the cab of my truck and has kept my glasses safe."
Katie is a competitive bass fisher and professional fishing guide at the world-renowned Bienville Plantation in White Springs, Florida. Katie fishes the FLW BFL division as well as the Fishers of Men National team tournament and Fitzgerald's Fishtales tournament trail. In 2013, she became part of an elite group of All American qualifiers and the second woman to have ever fished it. Among the top 50 in the nation, Katie finished in the top 25. At tournaments and on guided trips, Katie is rarely seen without Popticals and a smile on her face.
Why Katie Chooses Popticals
“I love my Popticals! The light, flexible frames are perfect for wearing all day long (without causing brain pain) and with so many styles to choose from, they fit my smaller face and still look good. Their Zeiss lenses provide complete UV protection & polarization & that is a must out on the water. Not to mention the compact size and durable case makes them easy to travel with and I don't worry about breaking them. Did I mention how much I love my Popticals?!”
Jonah Boyer is an adventure blogger, hiker, and professional whitewater raft guide in Moab, Utah. In 2014 he hiked the southern-most 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, where he was known as "coaster" for being one of a very few that had completed the coast-to-coast trek. In 2015 he hiked 1,300 miles from Key West to Pensacola Florida on the Florida Trail, followed by all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. From November of 2016 to April of 2017, Jonah will be trekking through the summer on the other side of the world, hiking the entire length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail, a 1,800 mile tramping route that will be his first international thru-hike. On the rapids and around the world, Jonah relies on his Popticals for portability and performance.
Why Jonah Chooses Popticals
“Whether I'm running commercial rafting trips on the Colorado River, or trekking across the bald grassy mountaintops of New Zealand, Popticals are one of my most essential pieces of gear. When I am rafting, the clarity that they provide is absolutely necessary for running big rapids safely; any glare or visual distortion could keep me from reading the water currents accurately and lead us into whitewater gnarliness. When I am backpacking, the ability to fold up and store my Popticals in the convenient hard shell case and attach it to my shoulder keeps my shades accessible and protected. No other pair of sunglasses performs as well when pushed to such high demands.”
Nick Lange is a professional USCG approved Captain as well as a New York State licensed fishing guide. Nick has over 20 years of experience navigating the Hudson river - if it swims in there, he's caught it. A winning veteran of many tournaments, his knowledge and experience are put on display regularly for his customers are Totally Hooked Charters, Nick’s premier fishing tour and guide service in upstate New York.
Why Nick Chooses Popticals
“I choose to wear Popticals Eyewear because it is important to protect your eyes from the sun. Popticals sunglass lenses do just that. They offer an array of lens options. The lenses are super crisp and clear. The best part is when you are done with them you can fold them up put them in their compact little case and keep them safe. Throw them on the dash board, put them in your pocket or hang them off their carabiner. They stay safe no matter what.”
Vance is a multi-sport athlete. He is currently focused on domestic and international endurance events including 70.3 and 140.6 IRONMAN. In the past, he has excelled in competitive level racquetball and powerlifting. Vance has summited Mt. Whitney and Everest Base Camp with plans to summit other world renowned peaks. Vance travels extensively as corporate trainer and consultant for biotechnology companies, professional sports organizations and collegiate athletic programs. His philanthropy includes donations and promotion of the YMCA, LiveSTRONG, Team Never Quit and the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
Why Vance Chooses Popticals
I used a pair of Pop Gear for the first time during my 70.3 IRONMAN in St. George Utah. This turned out to be a real test of the lens quality as the weather deteriorated quickly after the start of the event. The temperatures dropped the wind picked up and it rained for most of the 56-mile bike segment. The minute I left T1 on my bike it was evident that the Ri-Pel technology was working. The lens clarity was excellent with little or no residual moisture staying on the lens surface for the entire race. I took advantage of hard case and had it hanging off my bike frame in transition 1. The FL2 Micro-Rail System made 'popping' them on fast, I remember smiling because it was so easy...which left just as fast when the thought about the 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run that was still ahead.
Caleb is a competitive mid-distance trail runner. He is currently focused on setting his sights on more competitive mountain running along with his new love of adventure racing in hopes to bring a competitive team to the USARA Adventure Racing National Championship. Caleb is passionate about sharing the outdoors with others along with giving the opportunity to those less fortunate that may never get to experience the true bliss of being active and outside.
Why Caleb Chooses Popticals:
With being on-the-go most of the time I need to ensure I have the equipment required for another successful adventure and my Popticals fit every aspect of that! No matter what I find myself doing outside my Popstars from Popticals always rise to the occasion. My Popstars embrace everything I desire out of sunglasses and so much more being that they are light enough to where I don’t feel "bogged down", strong and flexible enough for any adventure along with "bomb-proof" lenses, and of course the coolest part to me is the FL2 micro-rail system® allowing the glasses to be stowed in their custom-made durable case that is half the size of what standard glasses can be. The team at Popticals have the right recipe for protecting your eyes while protecting your adventure. To just call these "sun-glasses" though would be an understatement...these are POPTICALS!
Chris is a competitive runner, cyclist, and ruck runner. Ruck running requires competitors to run with a fully-loaded backpack, and this style race is Chris’s specialty. He placed 2nd in the 2014 Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon with a time of 5:01:00 while carrying a 40lb. ruck. With an unmatched grit, Chris attributes his competitive edge to the mental strength playing a factor for him to compete and push through when his body tells him to stop. As a competitive athlete, he is always looking for that so-called 1% advantage that can be the difference between success or watching others pass him by. For Chris, part of that advantage lies in his eyewear of choice, Popticals.
Why Chris Chooses Popticals:
“One of the smallest, but biggest, game changers in my athletic life is Popticals. It's eyewear that folds into a compact size for easy storing in my cycling jersey. What's more, these rugged, stylish sunglasses can be accessed and unfolded with no fumbling in seconds to meet my real-time eyewear needs. And the lens optics provide sight enhancement for picking up essential ground details on a dirt trail or paved road. It's what makes Popticals my eyewear of choice in competition, training or just hanging out after a race.”
Wayne is fly fishing and float fishing guide on the tributaries of Lake Ontario. From his Pavati drift boat Wayne provides seasoned expertise for fishing salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, walleye, bass, pike, and brook trout along the Salmon River, the Oswego, the Black River along with all the smaller waters in between. No matter what he's catching, Popticals are Wayne's go-to sunglasses for every trip.
Why Wayne Chooses Popticals:
"The fold up design allows me to carry them comfortably in my fishing vest or wading jacket pockets. The case is very tough and can handle being bounced around the truck or boat. The brown lenses are great for fishing because they work for low light and bright light conditions. I no longer carry two pair of polarized glasses."