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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-04-12, 09:01 PM   #1
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Cycling/sports sunglasses for big man

Need help finding sunglasses. I did have a pair of Prescription sunglasses but I'm switching to contacts for my new activity level. I got some swim goggles that are working, but need some sunglasses for cycling and running/walking. What out there looks good and fits bigger heads/faces that also work well for activities like that?
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Old 04-04-12, 10:17 PM   #2
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I've had good luck with Native brand Nano^2 model, and with the Rydon model from Rudy Project.

I like the Rudys much more. Nicer construction with the mouldable temples and nosepads to customize the fit, and the lenses lock into the frames a bit more securely.
Not to say they will fall out on the Natives; not at all. But once they're in, they have some play and can rattle a little bit on rough pavement or trails. It can get irritating.
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Well, there are these...................

Or, you could go with Oakley or nashbar, depending on budget.
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/SubCate..._202331_202331
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Old 04-04-12, 11:31 PM   #4
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I picked up some Oakley Fastjacket XL glasses from Amazon last month. Expensive, but the clarity is phenomenal and I'm fussy. I wasn't sure I'd like them but frankly, they're awesome for cycling. Great facial coverage, and I have a big melon.

I've seen those native specs on chainlove.com today and yesterday - keep an eye out if you want a pair (they put new items up every 15 min)
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Old 04-05-12, 04:58 AM   #5
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I like Oakley Jawbones. The lenses are easy to swap in and out and the vented lenses (you can get non vented lenses as well) are pretty "steam free". I actually scored a pair with Transitions Lenses that I wear just for cycling for a sweet price on the EvilBay last year. I've accumulated about 10 different lens sets that I pop in and out of my "every day pair". I use them like Mood Sunglasses. lol
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Old 04-05-12, 05:23 AM   #6
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I got the optic nerve riding glasses with the interchangable lenses and absolutlely love them for riding...

if I forget I use my oakley polarized sunglasses...

I almost never ride with my prescription glasses on...
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Old 04-05-12, 08:10 AM   #7
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I bought the Smith Pivlock V90 Max last year and really like them. The frameless design it a plus (and the reason I selected these in particular).

http://www.smithoptics.com/products/...+V90+Max/view/
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Old 04-05-12, 08:17 AM   #8
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target has some nice polarized sport glasses for about $10. Mine are going on 1 year strong.
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Smith and Wesson has some decent ones that are dirt cheap online. I have a couple of pair of their Magnums.
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Smith and Wesson has some decent ones that are dirt cheap online. I have a couple of pair of their Magnums.
I've got several pair of the Magnums (mirrored, grey, orange, yellow, gradient) that work great. Got my wife severall of the Mini-Magnums (mirrored, yellow, gradient) and her 90-year-old mom liked them so much she now sports a pair of mirrored Mini-Magnums. They are really light, fit well, have good coverage, hold up well and are cheap.
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If you want some great optically excellent glasses that you can use for other things than biking, I suggest you look into the following brands:
Kaenon
Maui Jim
Oakley
(in that order)

Kaenon lenses are impact resistant, hydroscopic and optically excellent - they are a bit on the trendy side but they can be worn at all different activity levels and have excellent scratch resistance. Kaenon glasses are usually mainly available from opticians or online (Amazon and direct from them).

Maui Jim has some glasses that are glass (stay away from for sports activities) and some impact resistant lenses. They make styles to fit different face types and a lot of them can be found in places like Costco, Sunglass Hut, Lens Crafters, Pearle Vision and the like. Their lenses are polarized (ride through some trees with the sun glinting through the leaves in the morning and you will be thankful you went polarized) plus they are lightweight and have good scratch resistance.

Oakley glasses are good...I have some and rarely use them anymore. They have a lens cut called XLJ which is made for high / chubby cheeks. That coupled with a half jacket will fit most of the largest heads and be comfortable. I will say however that their polarization is no where near as good as Maui Jim's and the lenses aren't particularly scratch resistant. The nice thing is the mass amounts of customizing you can do with the lens types and color on the removable lens models but sadly, I just don't think that they are the best thing going anymore. You can find Oakley glasses at a lot of sports oriented stores, Lens Crafters, Sunglass Hut, Oakley stores, etc.

Go out, see if you can try some on and see how they feel, fit, look. Decide if you can live with them off the bike and make sure you care for them. My Oakley Half Jackets have been with me for over 6 years now. Minor scratches on a couple of the lenses but once I went Maui, I can't go back.
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I bought the Smith Pivlock V90 Max last year and really like them. The frameless design it a plus (and the reason I selected these in particular).

http://www.smithoptics.com/products/...+V90+Max/view/
I just got the Pivlock V2 Max - similar to the V90s I think. I really like them - nice frameless design. Smith has a great warranty too. I actually got theses as a replacement for a pair of Thresholds that I had problems with. Replaced them with no questions asked!
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once I went Maui, I can't go back.
Funny, my wife and I have about 8 pairs of maui jims between us (I only have two, so you can see how this goes) and the lenses were better when Nikon made them. They're still great.

Anyway, if you damage them, scratch them, mangle them you can send them back to Maui Jim and they'll completely refurbish them for you. I think it's $45 or something but you get a practically new pair back (one time I really did just get a new pair). Anyway, just thought I'd mention that in case you didn't know.
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Another vote for the Jawbones. I have a pretty big melon and they fit me just fine.
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Old 04-05-12, 02:46 PM   #15
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Anybody try the Tifosi Logic XL?

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...75_-1___202365
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Look at the wiley x - they state head size on there different glasses..

http://www.wileyx.com/index.aspx
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I would like to hear feedback on these as well. Local shops don't seem to stock the xl and I would like to try them on.
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Old 04-06-12, 08:34 PM   #18
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The Tifosi Roubaix is supposed to be for large faces as well.
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i wear size large rayban wayfarers day to day, and on my bike. Dont much care for sports style sunnies.
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My suggestion is to go to a sunglasses place or a bike shop and try them on. Thats how I picked all mine. I tired ordering them on line but I have the same issues so it was important to me to try them on first.
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