Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-08-06, 07:21 AM   #1
david.l.k
Reading Rocks!!!
Thread Starter
 
david.l.k's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 139
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sunglasses

I recently discovered that sunglasses are a must, as a fast downhill right after a mud crawl will send bits of mud flinging up at your face. The problem with my current sunglasses is that they are way far away from my face so they don't do to good of a job, they are much better than nothing, but when I'm going fast I still get a lot of wind on my eyes. I think I need to get closer fitting riding sunglasses but I'm wondering what colour would be the best, for differing light conditions and optimal trail view (i.e. contrast, glare etc)
I can't cite the source, but I've heard that amber lenses are pretty good for riding in overcast conditions. Maybe I should get those sunglasses where you can change the lenses.
Any thoughts?
david.l.k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 07:23 AM   #2
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check out the Optic Nerve banshee's. I have been using them for a few months now and I love them. They come with four sets of lenses so you will have the perfect lense for all conditions.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 09:12 AM   #3
BoSoxYacht
Banned
 
BoSoxYacht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
Bikes: 07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS
Posts: 7,282
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like Smith or Rudy Project sunglasses for the same reasons Lowcel mentioned .
BoSoxYacht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 09:19 AM   #4
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Smith and Rudy's are both great glasses, just rather expensive. I guess it depends on if price is of concern that is where the Optic's really shine. Retail is only $54.

I also forgot to mention how light they are, can't even notice them. I actually prefer then to my oakley's that I rode in last season.

[/end of commercial]
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 09:30 AM   #5
superwombat
Horizontal Trackstand
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Bikes:
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Industrial safety glasses, I got one of each shade, came to less than $40 CDN.
superwombat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 09:35 AM   #6
BoSoxYacht
Banned
 
BoSoxYacht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
Bikes: 07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS
Posts: 7,282
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by LowCel
Smith and Rudy's are both great glasses, just rather expensive. I guess it depends on if price is of concern that is where the Optic's really shine. Retail is only $54.

I also forgot to mention how light they are, can't even notice them. I actually prefer then to my oakley's that I rode in last season.

[/end of commercial]
If you shop around online , you can find some sweet deals . Both of my Smiths(Voodoo + Diablo) cost me less than $40 each . The Rudy Project glasses are a bit more pricey , but their warranty service is top notch . I work outside , on Lake Mead , so I have no problems justifying the cost of a quality set of eye protection .

Last edited by BoSoxYacht; 05-08-06 at 10:17 AM.
BoSoxYacht is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:02 AM   #7
dorsalis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Diego, Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the #1 big concern for me with sunglasses are the no slip nose pads. there is a type of nose pad that absorbs sweat and sticks even better. anyone know which one that is called? ridges might help but i think ikts more about the nose pad material.

right now i use oakley 20's but i asked cust service to switch out to better nosepads and they didnt make no slip ones. oh well.

might go for some optic nerves. but then i like to try out my sunglasses before i buy them and i dunno any retail stores that sell them.
dorsalis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:07 AM   #8
free_pizza
later
 
free_pizza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 2,471
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i use the smith toasters. They are a pretty nice set of shades and come with the 3 lenses, but i really only use the one lens. I find the Amber coloured lens give me the best depth perception. The frames themselves fit pretty small, so they wrap around my ears and stay on my noggin pretty well. I got my pair for free, but im not sure if i would spend the $100+ on them though.
free_pizza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:35 AM   #9
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
If you shop around online , you can find some sweet deals . Both of my Smiths(Voodoo + Diablo) cost me less than $40 each . The Rudy Project glasses are a bit more pricey , but their warranty service is top notch . I work outside , on Lake Mead , so I have no problems justifying the cost of a quality set of eye protection .
WOW, very good deal on the Smith's. For that price they would be hard to pass up. The only company I have dealt with warranty on with glasses has been Oakley. I was less than impressed. They had a problem with the paint coming off some of the half jackets including the silver / blue pair that I have. Even though it was a known problem and should have been warranty I had to pay around $25 which I am sure is more than it cost them to make the pair in the first place. I believe they charge $25 for all warranty issues.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 04:08 PM   #10
WannaGetGood
Commited Suicide
 
WannaGetGood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Abbotsford.BC
Bikes: 2001 Kona Stuff & 2004 Rocky Mountain Switch SL
Posts: 2,416
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you are doing downhill why not go with googles. I need a pair cuase my eyes start to water from the wind, and sometimes mud jumps into my eyes also.
WannaGetGood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 05:21 PM   #11
Kennethfaria
Banned.
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah i got pretty nice galsses at food basics last year...FOR THREE BUKS(CAD)..i dont use them though..is it really important though?

Anyways my glasses are pretty nice.not too tinted ..just perfect.
pop by your local food basics..im sure youll find a great pair..if you're on a budget...its a must.
and no i dont work for them.
The end.

Edit...they're not plastic either..if anyone's intersted.
Kennethfaria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 05:24 PM   #12
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kennethfaria
Yeah i got pretty nice galsses at food basics last year...FOR THREE BUKS(CAD)..i dont use them though..is it really important though?
To me they are. I hate to have things in eyes. I also can't handle wind hitting my eyes, causes my eyes to water which is a bad thing when riding fast around rocks and roots. Plus last week a racer in front of me hit a tree limb bending it backwards. Next thing I knew it nailed me right across the face. I believe having glasses on saved me from either temporary pain or as much as losing an eye. I won't ride without them.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 05:28 PM   #13
Minesbroken
It is what it is...
 
Minesbroken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Long Island NY
Bikes: Trek 6500 w/ stuff
Posts: 806
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a set of smith voodoos that came with 3 different lense shades...love em. Best sunglasses Ive ever owned definatly. look into them
Minesbroken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 05:58 PM   #14
iamthetas
Senior Member
 
iamthetas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: colonial heights Va
Bikes: Devinci Guzzler, 04 Canadian version
Posts: 1,200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got my Tifosi Tyrants on Ebay for under $25. best glasses Ive ever worn http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll..._BIN_Stores_IT
iamthetas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 06:41 PM   #15
zx108
Senior Member
 
zx108's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: N.J.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
oakleys if you can afford them. i tried out some smiths and bolles but the oakleys just sat nice on my face and the sweep of the lenses were perfect. sunglasses are like hats you have to try them out you cant buy them online.

i am not saying oakleys are the best, becasue price wise they deffinatly arent. but they worked out great for me. i use unknowns by the way
zx108 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 06:49 PM   #16
Scooby Snax
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
I'd suggest that you grab a pair of safety glasses, the hip ones, I know oakleys are rated as safety glasses, I just like the fit and optics, they make awsome Rx lenses, good for when you're crouched and looking up through the lense.
You only have one pair of eyes, take care of them.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 07:12 PM   #17
chris1020
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: St. Louis, MO
Bikes:
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by zx108
oakleys if you can afford them. i tried out some smiths and bolles but the oakleys just sat nice on my face and the sweep of the lenses were perfect. sunglasses are like hats you have to try them out you cant buy them online.

i am not saying oakleys are the best, becasue price wise they deffinatly arent. but they worked out great for me. i use unknowns by the way

I have a pair of Oakley M-frames, I chose them because the lenses are interchangable. I have a dark lens that I wear during sunny days and I have a clear lens that I use on cloudy days and also riding at night. The M-frames really work nice with my helmet. The arms don't dig into my ear lobes while riding, which is kind of nice.
chris1020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 08:24 PM   #18
dorsalis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Diego, Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
where do you get clear lenses
dorsalis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 09:10 PM   #19
chris1020
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: St. Louis, MO
Bikes:
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dorsalis
where do you get clear lenses
I bought mine at Sun Glass Hut. If you are looking for Oakleys you can check out oakley.com.
chris1020 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:39 PM   #20
Peek the Geek
is slower than you
 
Peek the Geek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: WI
Bikes: Gunnar Sport, Marin Pine Mountain, Gunnar Ruffian, Gunnar Roadie, BMC Fourstroke, Salsa Vaya
Posts: 1,486
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I really like my Smiths for mountain biking. Came with three sets of lenses---brown, rose, and yellow. Most of my riding is done in the trees, so I wear my yellow lenses the most because they don't make things too dark and boost the contrast adn visibility of everything.

I've got a pair of Rudy Projects also, and they're definitely better quality optics and fit than the Smiths. But they cost more and aren't as sturdy, so I only use them for road biking. Most Rudys, by the way, only come with one set of lenses. So you have to pay $30 or so to get other tints.

If you want multiple lenses, make sure they're included. If you only get one tint, think about where you ride. If you're always in the trees and don't see too much direct sunlight, I'd recommend yellow or amber. If you're usually exposed, go with a red tint (dark enough to block the sun, yet light and contrasting enough for overcast days).
__________________
Proud supporter of the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association (CORBA)
www.chippewaoffroad.org

Peek the Geek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:43 PM   #21
sipes77
Senior Member
 
sipes77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 51
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like "Bomber" saftey glasses, I use them for work and play, they are inexpensive and look good. If you loose them, no big, just get another pair. They come in different shades, from clear to dark.
sipes77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 10:52 PM   #22
Siu Blue Wind
Flowers for mom
 
Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 10,952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
For RX mtb glasses, do you guys think transitions (light sensitive lenses) are good enough?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buddha
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
Siu Blue Wind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-06, 11:19 PM   #23
randyr1v3rs
aka Mississippi Gary
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: St. Louis
Bikes: Cannondale Rush 600, Specialized P1 Single Speed, Robinson SST
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I found a great set of cheap-o shades with amber lenses at the local REI/Alpine Shop type store. Cost me $12.99 and work really well - the arms of the frame wrap pretty far around the back of my head. Pricey sunglasses are nice, but you should definitely be able to find a good pair of cheap sunglasses. Take it from Billy Gibbons - he knows what he is talking about.

Last edited by randyr1v3rs; 05-08-06 at 11:27 PM.
randyr1v3rs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-06, 01:22 AM   #24
Blazinall91
Show Me What'cha got
 
Blazinall91's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: O'Fallon, Misery
Bikes: old school Giant Attraction MTB (where it all started),old school Schwinn High Plains MTB (XC and long ride duty), Mosh DJ3 (BMX basher), and Trek Bruiser 1 (freeride and full of mods and still growing)
Posts: 1,225
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i ride with a pair of Peppers Landlord in tortoise shell with polarized lenses



and Oakley Monster Dogs in whiskey


same glasses but different color than mine

the Oakleys were $100 even and the Peppers I got cheap for about $70

for me my eyes are worth the quality optics, when i got my first pair of Oakleys I couldn't believe the difference high quality sunnies make, but now i'm never going to go back to cheap ones
Blazinall91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-06, 01:27 AM   #25
g3ck0
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Bay Area, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 436
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Wiley-X POLARIZED P-38's look pretty good to me, how is it guys? any experiences with Wiley-X? See eBay item no. 8282089030
g3ck0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:28 PM.