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Old 05-24-12, 02:47 AM   #1
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Should I do prescription sunglasses (again)?

I just bought a new pair of sunglasses, and while they are very stylish they aren't very practical on the bike. They're driving glasses and it's become pretty clear from the limited riding that I've done in them that I need some glasses for the bike.

So my first question: when do you need to use prescription sunglasses? My driving glasses are prescription because I do have a glasses restriction on my license - barely. I suppose the point can be made that I need to see as well on the bike as I do in the car, but the reason *not* to do prescription sunglasses is money and options. (Not only are they crazy expensive, but you get a bit less for your money in some cases.)

Second question: How important is it to be able to swap out lenses - like having a "bright" and a "hazy/foggy" lens? I'm considering doing the polarized Split Jacket, for example. If I bought them "over the counter" I'd get a second pair of lenses for low light but I don't get that when I do prescription. Someone suggested doing Rudy Project with the insert - then I could change around lenses as needed. (But I'm not sure how comfortable those insert things are.)

I'm a little reluctant to try Oakley again. My Göttis replaced a pair of Nanowire 4.0s, which had replaced a pair of Nanowire 2.0s. The Nanowire 2.0s cracked at the screw hole (they were frameless). They did so twice. (Oakley did replace them once). So then I tried Nanowire 4.0s - they have full frames, right? Yeah, they cracked as well. Twice. (Oakley replaced them once as well. And I am *not* hard on glasses.) The theory they came up with was that the Nanowires were too flexible and that caused the cracking. My optometrist seems to think that something like the Split Jacket which is not as flexible and holds the lens well would work and it does seem to fit my face well. But I'm going to seek out some Rudy Project frames tomorrow and see what might be had there.

Given that these glasses will be pretty much exclusively for riding I'm hoping the brain trust here has some wisdom for me.
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Old 05-24-12, 11:48 AM   #2
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This is akin to asking whether you should wear boxer or brief (or a thong) for underwear. The closest analogy I could give you is: it's like having a good bib vs bad bib (or no bib). You can still ride but one is clearly more of a pain in ass than other. If you have money to spare then it's a good item to spend on. Else, it's not the end of the world. For a while, I just rode with a safety glasses over my regular prescription glasses until I have some money and got myself a pair of prep sunglasses with transition lenses so I can ride when it's the dark. I am very satisfied with the purchase.
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If its the price that is freaking you out do what I did. Get these from Zinni optical online (google it) $40.00. Down side is that there is an insert. Upside is that they were only $40.00!! I went round and round on this one as well but I am pleased with my reasonable solution thus far.
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Old 05-24-12, 12:30 PM   #4
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I just bought a new pair of sunglasses, and while they are very stylish they aren't very practical on the bike. They're driving glasses and it's become pretty clear from the limited riding that I've done in them that I need some glasses for the bike.

So my first question: when do you need to use prescription sunglasses? My driving glasses are prescription because I do have a glasses restriction on my license - barely. I suppose the point can be made that I need to see as well on the bike as I do in the car, but the reason *not* to do prescription sunglasses is money and options. (Not only are they crazy expensive, but you get a bit less for your money in some cases.)

Second question: How important is it to be able to swap out lenses - like having a "bright" and a "hazy/foggy" lens? I'm considering doing the polarized Split Jacket, for example. If I bought them "over the counter" I'd get a second pair of lenses for low light but I don't get that when I do prescription. Someone suggested doing Rudy Project with the insert - then I could change around lenses as needed. (But I'm not sure how comfortable those insert things are.)

I'm a little reluctant to try Oakley again. My Göttis replaced a pair of Nanowire 4.0s, which had replaced a pair of Nanowire 2.0s. The Nanowire 2.0s cracked at the screw hole (they were frameless). They did so twice. (Oakley did replace them once). So then I tried Nanowire 4.0s - they have full frames, right? Yeah, they cracked as well. Twice. (Oakley replaced them once as well. And I am *not* hard on glasses.) The theory they came up with was that the Nanowires were too flexible and that caused the cracking. My optometrist seems to think that something like the Split Jacket which is not as flexible and holds the lens well would work and it does seem to fit my face well. But I'm going to seek out some Rudy Project frames tomorrow and see what might be had there.

Given that these glasses will be pretty much exclusively for riding I'm hoping the brain trust here has some wisdom for me.
It comes down to what you want. Do you want to see? Do you want to protect your eyes? You can easily do the latter without getting a prescription. It can be hard to do the former if you need a prescription. If you can find some on-line as someone suggested it could be a good option. In my case I thought my eyes were worth it and wrap around glasses keep grit and wind out of the eyes at speed. But I also need them to read. If you can read without them just get good cycling glasses.
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Old 05-24-12, 11:17 PM   #5
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So if I get cycling glasses I still have the question - do I want to just have them as sunglasses or for low light as well? Because that complicates things. It's not really a money issue (although two sets of prescription Oakley lenses are a bit out there) as more a "is this necessary" issue.
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I splurged for two pairs of Rx lenses, one dark and one clear for my Rudy Projects. Clear is necessary for night riding and running for me, but if I only did those in the daytime, I could get by with only the dark lenses. I can do the dark lenses when running in the dark where there is excellent street lighting, but I wouldn't ride with them ever in the dark because of the speeds involved. But daytime low light situations like fog/mist or just right around pre-dawn, I feel comfortable with the dark lenses.

I didn't get transition lenses (have them for my regular specs, not the Rudys), but I noticed that I get caught starting out in daylight and finishing at nighttime enough that it might've been the best choice for me.

An alternative pair I have are Bolle with a snap in Rx adapter. If I start out in daylight but get caught out late, then I can pop out the dark lenses but still have the Rx insert to look through. The main thing I don't like is that this system is heavier than the direct Rx lens. Maybe the Rudy Project Rx adapter system is lighter if you're considering this route.
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I buy prescription glasses for riding. They are more like traditional sunglasses than Oakley, etc.. riding glasses. I look for a frame that has larger lenses and is somewhat curved side-to-side and fit closely. The frames I have now are Ray-Ban. I don't like clip-in RX glasses because all the surfaces increase the reflections, reduce contrast, can get fogged up, dirty etc..
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For those (like me) who have good distance vision, but need close up, these are good

http://www.dualeyewear.com/

I recently bought a pair and like them. I can now see my computer clearly, read a map, etc
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Old 05-25-12, 09:46 AM   #9
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I have Rudy project Rydon with transition lenses and an Rx insert. The Rx insert if frameless so I barely notice it. Haven't experienced any issue to date with fogging, etc. between the two lenses. I'm going to buy grey lenses so I can use the glasses for driving (the transition doesn't work in the car - no UV). With my prescription I could have gone for Rx lenses, but these are my first real glasses, progressive lenses at that, and I want to make sure my Rx is stable before springing for the addition $s.
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Old 05-25-12, 12:19 PM   #10
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I use these:

http://www.cocoonseyewear.com/

Most of the time I wear the yellow lenses if I knwo I am going to be out early orlate adn need to see in little light. Otherwise I wear the mirror blue lenses.
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Old 05-27-12, 05:55 AM   #11
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Not me! I use "Fitovers". They go right over your regular glasses. Perhaps not as stylish, but I think they look ok. They work beautifully and are pretty cheap at about $40. My eyes never tear at +40mph. I strongly recommend them.
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Should I do prescription sunglasses (again)?

Last fall I got prescription lenses made for new Oakley Split Jackets. I got both lenses that came stock with the sunglasses so I have 3 sets of lenses. The prescription lenses are readers on the bottom and no prescription up top. It was not cheap but it was money well spent.
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zenni optical, not zinni
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