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I don't have any experience with the Nashbar sunglasses, but I'd imagine they're pretty much identical to the Performance brand (being the same company and all). I've worn a couple pair of the Performance shades, and I think they're a great deal. My main beef was that they didn't have rubber grips on the nosepads, but I know the newer ones do, oh and they can fog easily in the rain. Plus they came with three sets of lenses. I like them a lot.
Compared to other brands, I can say this:
The optics are as pretty much as good as those on my $100 pair of Smith Sliders, and the frames feel just as sturdy. My Smiths came with three sets of lenses, as well, so that's a wash. I'd say my Smiths just seem to fit better, but that's comparing apples and oranges since the two styles are different. Also, they don't fog quite as much as the Performance ones.
On the other hand, the Performance/Nashbar glasses are no comparison to my Rudy Project Rydons. The Rudy's optics are far nicer and the lenses don't fog easily at all. The frames themselves are far sturdier than the Performance or Smiths, and they fit amazingly well. I've never had a pair of shades that fit as well, and the earpieces are infinitely adjustable. The one downfall is that they only included one set of lenses and extra sets are at least $30 a piece. But, the supplied lens is a red color that is really versatile. I only find myself wanting when the light is really dim, so I may buy a clear set. I paid $130 for the Rudys, and I would pay it again in a second.
Bottom line... The Nashbars would probably be a great deal if you were looking to spend $30 or less. If you want some thing a little higher end, try Smith, but find some on sale. I wouldn't pay full price for Smiths. If you want a sweet pair of technical sunglasses that are a joy to put on, and you're willing to shell out some dough, Rudy Projects are the answer.