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    Canon fiend MadMan2k's Avatar
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    Cycling sunglasses

    I know there was a somewhat similar thread a little bit ago.

    I'm thinking about getting some prescription sunglasses for cycling, but it seems the offerings from the major manufacturers are quite overpriced.

    http://oakley.com/catalog/eyewear/po...d_half_jacket/ - I like the 'XLJ half jacket' there, with the blue lenses, but $160 before prescription seems a bit steep...

    Basically, two questions:

    What type of eyewear do you wear while riding?
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    What are some arguements for/against expensive glasses?

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    Use contacts + any sunglasses from any price.

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    I wear Rudy Project Kerosenes with contacts for road riding and the Rx inserts for MTBing. I really like the fit and features (Rx inserts, interchangable lenses, fog-control vents, replacable and asjustable nosepads and temples) of the Kerosenes. Probably the biggest difference between cheaper sunglasses and the higher priced ones is the weight and features of the frame combined with the clarity of the optics as well as the ability to take Rx. If these are not too important to you then you may wish to check out some of the more stylish safety glasses. UVEX ones have been recommended.
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    I recently bought a set of Ryders Interchangables for AUS$80 which was about $160 cheaper than a set of Nikes. It came with two sets of lenses are i bought another 2 sets for $26 each and now i have a set of sunnies that are suitable for all situations.

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    i got some cheap glasses from the swapmeet and they work just fine for me.....sunglasses are sunglasses in my opinion.

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    I have a set of prescription sunglasses which look similar to the ones the Blues Brother's wore. Now, they weren't my first choice for cycling, but between my insurance plan and the fact my head makes a watermellon look small, they were the best I could do.

    I tried to ride in contacts and sunglasses once. However, one day I looked back, the wind caught my contact and "woosh" - gone. I rode home with one eye open.

    I agree that it's tough to get a pair of "cool" cycling glasses in a prescription without spending a fortune.

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    Rudy Project Rydons with Rx inserts.
    I like the fact that I can change lenses for different light
    conditions without having to have multiple RX tinted lenses.
    They seem to weigh next to nothing, and I have had no
    problem with sweat and the glasses slipping down my nose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dominicolom
    i got some cheap glasses from the swapmeet and they work just fine for me.....sunglasses are sunglasses in my opinion.
    Oakley M Frames, Iridium Red or Blue w/ contacts. First, since I wear contacts, I can feel the wind pressure on my eyeball and don't like it at excessive speed so that is why I wear sweep lenses (road riding, Mtn biking, skiing). Regular lenses don't work for me.

    Second, I used to think that sunglasses are sunglasses. There are definitely differences in lense quality and such. But, safety is also an issue. Oakleys COULD be OSHA certified but Oakley does not want to print "OSHA" on their product so they can't claim that. I saw a test where a 100 mph steel ball (like a BB) is fired at the sunglasses from 10" away. To claim certification, the lense cannot shatter, the frame cannot shatter, and the lense cannot detach from the frame. Every Oakley passes this test. I saw a pair of Maui Jim with a shattered lense, a pair of Bolle with a hole IN the lense.

    My driving pair are Maui Jims (Costco). Wow ... cool.
    Fellow rider used to use Bolle ... had 3 broken lenses and has since switched to Oakleys.

    Do I plan to get smacked in the face with a 100 mph projectile while road riding? Hopefully not. Maybe an object while Mtn biking ... but in any case, it is nice to know that I may have a decreased chance of the lense shattering into my eyes in the event of a crash.

    No, I don't work for Oakley (although that is one damn COOL facility).
    I think their products are definitely pricey.
    I've worn Oakleys since 95 or 96.
    I don't like the fact that ALL broken replacements used to be free. However, I did complain at the Oakley tour about cracks in the corners of my M Frame Reds. They replaced them free.

    Best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMan2k
    I'm thinking about getting some prescription sunglasses for cycling, but it seems the offerings from the major manufacturers are quite overpriced.
    Me too - so I've started to do some research. At Performance, you can get their "Radial II" glasses with RX adapter and lenses for about $110. Another $40 if you want the lighter, thinner "high index" lenses. Still, for $150 complete, that's not too bad - and they look decent too:

    I'm not decided yet - but it's good to know there are some more reasonable options out there in relation to cost...

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    I don't know about those 'cartel' ones, lol.

    I have a fairly small prescription, so I shouldn't need special lenses or anything...
    I wonder how much it would effect the lens strength/polarization/etc of those Oakley glasses, to have a prescription put in.

    How do they go about doing that, anyway? (Inserting prescription)
    I'm getting an eye exam tomorrow, and ordering new regular glasses, so I'll know what my Rx is then.

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    I'm 14, and need Rx glasses, kind of bites cause I just can't go to the store and get a pair of $5 glasses.

    I have these in Prescription
    http://oakley.com/catalog/colors/eye...ium_polarized/

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    Hey do you guys know if the Half-jacket XLJ's carbon fibre frame model is actually carbon fiber? Not just painted?

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    >Basically, two questions:

    >What type of eyewear do you wear while riding?
    Adidas Evil Eye Pro w/ Rx insert

    >and,
    > What are some arguements for/against expensive glasses?[/QUOTE]

    They are designed with vents to reduce fogging on the inside without the wind blowing in your eyes. I have three sets of lenses; clear, yellow, and "LST Trail Gold" (a sort of mirrored bronze). I ride to work in the dark and come home in daylight so I change the lenses at least twice a day. The yellow lenses are great in rain and fog but clear is better in the dark because car headlights make it hard to see the ground otherwise. The interchangable lenses are not unique but they are very easy to change and I don't worry about breaking anything when I change them. There are about 10 colors of lenses available. The nose pads and ear pieces have an adjustable angle so you can vary the position of the glasses. Maybe any interchangeble lense glasses would be as good but I like the way these fit and look and they seem like they will last a long time.

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    Sunglasses are a marketing marvel. You do need to avoid the really cheap ones, but spending more money does more to make you feel good about your purchase than the actual quality difference.

    Also, remember the universal law of sunglasses. The more expensive they are - the more likely you will sit on them, leave them on the top of the car, etc. The really cheap ones seem to hang around forever!

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    Dude I just got a pair of prescription glasses that cost more than my bike. I hate to think about it, but I was too lazy to really shop around.

    I got the performance Radial II, but then had the Rx lenses done at Lens Crafters, which charged me $160 - ouch. (Much better than regular glasses at blocking wind though.)

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    I'm nearsighted enough to be considered legally blind and have been wearing glasses since I was 9. I recently (less than a month ago) switched to contact lenses for riding for the simple reason that the idea of having peripheral vision on the bike was a really appealing idea. With the contacts I'm using Performance Quattros ... they're not great but they do the job, have four interchangeable lenses in various colors, and were only $40.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LapDog
    Sunglasses are a marketing marvel. You do need to avoid the really cheap ones, but spending more money does more to make you feel good about your purchase than the actual quality difference.

    Also, remember the universal law of sunglasses. The more expensive they are - the more likely you will sit on them, leave them on the top of the car, etc. The really cheap ones seem to hang around forever!
    I don't know, I've had a pair of Oakley A wires for 5+ years and never sat/destroyed them. I actually bought a second pair becasue I have had such a good experience with them.

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    Performance brand with 3 or 4 different sets of lenses. Wait until they go on sale for 50% off. They always do. I've had mine for over a year. No problems.

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    Generally, anything over $100 and you're paying for style.

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    For me, I just like the way Oakley's fit my face; however, I agree that they are expensive but that is what money is made for...

    I have a pair of Juliets, Magnesium M-Frames (several lenses) and the new Ducati Zeros (Great because I cannot even feel them, too bad the lenses are not swappable).

    I have a couple pairs of Georgio Armani sunglasses for every day wear...

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