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    Are You Paying Too Much For Sun Glasses?

    I got wear these over ten years ago and have loved them since. They are safety glasses but with a stylish wrap around design. They look as cool and function as well as any high dollar sunglasses at a fraction of the cost $5.00

    BOAS Safety Sunglasses

    There are several different styles. I have linked to the style I have and like.

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    They also sell bifocal safety glasses, cheap.
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    Wow. You can put a sticker on them with a random Italian word and sell them for $50 on eBay!!!

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    I wear something very similar from a welding supply store. Best part is that they are a good fit on my head. I've got one pair dark lenses, and one pair very lightly tinted. The latter pair is for flying insects and wind blown dust.

    I did try safety glasses from Lowes. They cost more and didn't work out as well.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    If only they shipped to Canada for a reasonable price...

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    I'm a fan of ZTEKs myself, and Amazon's got them for a buck right now - http://www.amazon.com/ZTEK-SAFETY-GL.../dp/B000GUN9OI

    The clear anti-fog models are great for cycling.

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    I've bought expensive sunglasses to teach me to take care of them and not lose them. Sometimes they are almost worth the money.

    My last sunglass purchase was some discontinued Pepper's for $10. By the time I realized they were as good as or better than some $100 Oakleys I had a few years ago a tried to buy some more they were gone...

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    Another member of the cheap & useful safety glasses brigade here. I've owned expensive sunglasses before but they endded up as scratched and broken as the cheapies, and I never got 50 times the benefit for 50 times the cost.

    I used to get my safety glasses for a few bucks a piece from the local hardware until a friend in the air force started supplying me with the safety glasses they use on the airfield. Nice wraparounds that are light and comfortable enough to wear all day long.

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    I wish there was a similar reasonable alternative to cycling clothing... Jerseys, jackets, etc. are way to much $ in my opinion.

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    Nope, Oakley warehouse sale, Mframes $50.......I tried the cheap models and they distort my vision. If you think those safety glasses work as well as Oakleys, more power to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Nope, Oakley warehouse sale, Mframes $50.......I tried the cheap models and they distort my vision. If you think those safety glasses work as well as Oakleys, more power to you!
    Some really do. But being in the construction industry and having to wear them every working day for five years, I finally settled on Pyramex brand. They fit my face good, have good lenses and have ventilation holes at top.

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    Man, I need some contact lenses so I can wear cool sunglasses too.
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    yep I wear the clear lens safety glasses that are about 5 bucks and love them. I either lose or break expensive ones.

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    If you just want something for riding then these are probably fine but don't expect me to believe that for $5 you can get a quality pair of sunglassses that are optically correct. polarized and handle glare well. Try them and then go try on a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses and tell there is no difference.
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    Do they come in flip-ups with multiple interchangable lenses and prescription inserts?
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    thanks for sharing, these will certainly come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
    If you just want something for riding then these are probably fine but don't expect me to believe that for $5 you can get a quality pair of sunglassses that are optically correct. polarized and handle glare well. Try them and then go try on a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses and tell there is no difference.
    Of course there's a difference. Maui Jims are awesome. But if you're the type of person with a tendency to be hard on or lose your gear, it's a lot less annoying to have to replace a sub-$5 pair of 100% UV blocking / optically adequate / shatterproof polycarbonate safety glasses than a pair of glasses costing well over $100. Also, Maui Jim doesn't make any glasses with clear or amber lenses, which are preferable for those of us who ride at night.

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    [QUOTE=stonecrd;10325361]QUOTE]

    No, you don't get polarized lenses for $5.00, and yes, the quallity of the lens is better. On the other hand, I never got as good a fit with some pretty expensive brands, though I'm sure they're out there. I'll stick with the choice I made.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    I've had trouble with trying really cheap sunglasses -- they were just optically bad and made me dizzy. I like to get Suncloud's or some other non-premium brand on sale at Campmor, sometimes at Sierra Trading Post. Much better optically, and usually can get polarized for $25 or so....

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    I just use polarized clip-ons over my bifocals. About US$20 total.
    [IMG]http://www.clipons.com/product/styleimage/SC_A_***_GREY.jpg[/IMG]

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    After my raybans got run over by a bus after falling out of my pocket (I turned around to pick them up, just in time to see it happen!) I bought some cheap (7) interchangeable lens glasses from ebay. They work just fine, nothing special they could be better. But if they fall out and get run over I really don't care!

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