Using Night Vision in Extreme Sports

Note: this post comes from Jim Van over at Integrated Components, a company that sells night vision equipment to extreme athletes.

night vision ice climbing

If your favorite outdoor sport is not challenging enough, try doing it on a moonless night under night vision goggles. If you’re a top performer, the learning might be shorter than you think.

The two major things you’ll need to overcome:

1. Limited Depth of Focus

It takes practice. You may not be in an ideal position to reach up and to refocus, so you’ll have to take your best guess as to how far out to set the focus.

2. Less Than a 180-Degree Field of View

So far, only one person had an issue with vertigo until she realized she was moving her head up and down way too fast. Everyone is quick to realize there are many more shooting stars every night than are visible to the naked eye!

Ice climbing, downhill skiing, and dog mushing are among the first three activities we’ve tried.

Spelunking, fly and float fishing, back country boarding and skiing, motocross and desert racing, as well as Rocky Mountain 4X4 ing on 100 year old mining roads to ghost towns at over 10,000 ft are all on the docket in the coming month.

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