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    I'm know this has been discussed several times before and I have searched the forum, However! Today I got a big bug in my eye on a downhill and it was not fun at all. I was wondering if someone out there could help me find a pair of sunglasses/safteyglasses, preferebly with interchangeable lenses so I may choose between clear and tinted. Price range: free - $150. I mostly ride at dusk after work but will also ride during the afternoon on the weekends (thats why I want tinted as well).

    Thanks ahead for any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam
    I'm know this has been discussed several times before and I have searched the forum, However! Today I got a big bug in my eye on a downhill and it was not fun at all. I was wondering if someone out there could help me find a pair of sunglasses/safteyglasses, preferebly with interchangeable lenses so I may choose between clear and tinted. Price range: free - $150. I mostly ride at dusk after work but will also ride during the afternoon on the weekends (thats why I want tinted as well).

    Thanks ahead for any help.
    i use smith toasters...

    They come with 3 lenses, and i actually just picked up a set of clear lenses about an hour ago. Going to use them for night riding.



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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    i use smith toasters...

    They come with 3 lenses, and i actually just picked up a set of clear lenses about an hour ago. Going to use them for night riding.


    can you buy those anywhere in-store? I live in MN
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    I use the Performance "Orion" glasses. Came w/three lenses: clear, amber, and dark w/mirror finish. Usually goes on sale for $25-$30. I'm saving up for some Bolle Vigilante glasses w/the rx insert. It'd be nice to see where I'm going, heh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam
    can you buy those anywhere in-store? I live in MN
    yep, smith are a pretty big brand name. Any sunglasses hut, or major sunglasses store should have them. I wouldnt reccomend buying them online, as they are pretty compact and might not fit if you have a big noggin

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    hey, i bet clyde can show you some nice ryders sunglasses.
    just kidding
    i use smith axls, which have been discontinued, so if you find some you could get them cheap.
    Occasionally i'll use smith spawns or costa del mar triple tails, which are both good sunglasses too. the costas are really light for a glass polarized lens but the spawns are all around light, sometimes i forget they are even on.
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    I am a BIG Oakley fan and coming out soon they will be offering TRANSITION (R) lenses so you only need one to go from Bright to dark conditions. The lense will be expensive (I think around $200) but worth it. The regular frames (M Frames) and lenses will run you around $100 - 150. I love hte fact if the lenses gets stratch you just replace the lense. The frames stay the same.

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    can you please post some pictures of your 07 rockhopper?

    i have Oakley Half-Jacket transitions, and i love them - the plastic is light, and it clamps on my head just right - firm enough to stay on going over hard bumps... and not so much pressure as to give me a headache, which i'm sensitive to.

    oakley lenses are special because they are much clearer than most other sunglass lens - try one on and see for yourself. they may have too many hyperbolic marketing-speak like "high definition optics" and stuff like that, but just try them out - you won't be disappointed.

    170 u.s.d for the half jacket transitions... and 50 or so for just the lens (price of those lens is for non-transitions, transitions lenses aren't available for sale just yet last time I checked).

    http://oakley.com/o/o3688d

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    Well, if you wish to have a lense for a variety of conditions, I have the perfect solution.

    1) A clear lense pair of safety glasses from the hardware store
    2) Safety glasses with a slightly tinted lense from the hardware store (or the shooter section of the hunter/outdoor store).
    3) A dark pair of safety glasses from the hardware store.

    The only really negative thing about safety glasses is there is not a lot of ventilation in them. They need to be treated with anti-fog coating (I use the wipes from the auto parts department) otherwise your body heat and moisture builds up behind the lense. I've gone as far as drilling holes through the periphery of cheap clear shooter sunglasses to provide a little ventilation.

    Take two out with you, put the other one in your pack. It only gets dark one time per day. It's not exactly an item one needs to "whip out". Of course if you want something a bit "smoother" the transition lenses from Oakley or Tifosi. They should be able to hook you up for 5 to 8 times the cost. At the end of the day, remember it's just plastic.

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    I swear by Optic Nerve Banshees. They come with four sets of lenses and they stay put very well. On top of that they only cost $59, which is cheap compared to most "name brand" companies.
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    Only ever worn Oakleys. Only ever will wear Oakleys. They've saved my sight twice that I can remember clearly, and hundreds of times where I've only noticed afterwards from a new scratch in the iridium.

    I'm tall and have a broad face and am very sensitive to bright natural light - although, bizarrely, very bright artificial light doesn't bother me (I can look straight into a torch with no probs.....), so only Heaters tend to be wide enough to block out enough sun for me.

    I have three pairs of lenses, depending on what i use them for. Black Irid for riding, Gold Irid for pedestrian, Smoke Irid for winter - even overcast is too bright for me sometimes.

    There's an e-bay shop I get lenses from. I import them from Tenessee to the UK and they cost me half what I would pay over here for them, so you can get a whole new irid lenses m-frmae for much less than $140. He tends to have limited numbers, so you have to wait a bit to see what he's got, but.....
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    I have a set of Specialized halftimes. The adaptalite lenses work pretty well, very similar to Transitions lenses. They're pretty light, they look good, and they work very, very well. They've saved me from many spider webs, bugs and low branches.

    They may fog depending on the optics / helmet combo if you come to a stop on a humid midwestern morning, but that's about the only bad thing I can say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falanx
    and hundreds of times where I've only noticed afterwards from a new scratch in the iridium.
    Ive never seen or heard of anyone losing their eyesight from cleaning their lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    Ive never seen or heard of anyone losing their eyesight from cleaning their lenses

    You won't scratch Irids cleaning them. Only stones do that Big-assed stones.
    "While my father fought for you, I learnt. While my father glorified your petty administration, I learnt. While he longed every day for our line, Adunís line, to be restored, I learnt. He sent me away to bring the Dark Templar back when the time was right!
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    12 Euros from french sports chain Decathlon and they come with sets of clear and tinted glasses.

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    I've used Smith's, Native Eyewear, Oakleys, and generics.

    I like the ease of interchangeability with the Smith's and the Native's. The Native's were a bit small for my face, but I liked that out on the trail.

    With my Oakley's, I always ended up with pressure on my temples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
    The only really negative thing about safety glasses is there is not a lot of ventilation in them.

    At the end of the day, remember it's just plastic.
    Wrong.

    The optics of the lenses are the biggest, most important difference. I can appreciate someone's desire to save money. Your prerogative. But it's completely inaccurate to say $5 safety glasses are basically the same as an $80 pair of Smiths.

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    I use the MEC Espresso glasses. $25 with uv lense. $10 for other lenses, 6 to choose from. I use the brown, yellow, and clear. I like the fuller wrap they give, more protection. I find they don't fog up like a lot of other riding glasses I've used, especially when night riding in moist conditions.

    I was looking for a comparable product on REI's site since most people here are american, and unfortunately I can find nothing
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    I have a pair of Oakley Straight Jackets, and XX's.

    Love em.

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    Well I just purchased a pair of Smith Factors, the Toasters were too small for my noggin. I'm not sure I'll keep them, but I like the price and the fact that they come with 4 sets of lenses. Thanks for all the opinions.
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    check these out. http://www.tifosioptics.com/interchangeable/slip.html. optically correct, very fog resistent, very comfortable and go from almost clear to very dark , or back or somewhere in between in under 10 seconds. also under $60 and scratch resistant. no need to change lenses at all no matter the condition.
    I also have a pair of these http://www.tifosioptics.com/interchangeable/pave.html for the same reasons.
    available at a lot of bike shops or online at www.firstshades.com
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    Several generations of Harley Riders can't be wrong. KD's, or "Kool Daddy's" have been used by hard core motorcyclists since the 50's. They keep the wind and debris out of your eyes really well, and many people such as myself like the way they look. At 8 dollars each at www.originalkds.com, and with every lense color I could want being available, I bought a bunch and switch between them depending on conditions. The best part is that unlike fancy 150 dollar sunglasses, its no biggie when you lose or break them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthetas
    check these out. http://www.tifosioptics.com/interchangeable/slip.html. optically correct, very fog resistent, very comfortable and go from almost clear to very dark , or back or somewhere in between in under 10 seconds. also under $60 and scratch resistant. no need to change lenses at all no matter the condition.
    I also have a pair of these http://www.tifosioptics.com/interchangeable/pave.html for the same reasons.
    available at a lot of bike shops or online at www.firstshades.com
    Which would be better, swapping out lenses (because you get yellow lenses) or transitional or where you don't get yellow lenses but you don't have to worry about swapping out lenses?
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    my personal choice

    I usually wear Oakley M-Frames with interchangeable lenses.

    I also wear a pair of Oakley half jackets if there won't be too much brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
    Wrong.

    The optics of the lenses are the biggest, most important difference. I can appreciate someone's desire to save money. Your prerogative. But it's completely inaccurate to say $5 safety glasses are basically the same as an $80 pair of Smiths.

    Spot on. A brand new pair of high-quality lenses is like no cheap eyewear on earth. I'm not gonna keep bleating about Oakley, but the first time I put a pair on, I didn't know how to describe how clear the picture was.... I shoudl imagine the high end stuff by other manufacturers is close or similar.

    But I buy based on knowing those lenses will save me again and again if I need them to.
    "While my father fought for you, I learnt. While my father glorified your petty administration, I learnt. While he longed every day for our line, Adunís line, to be restored, I learnt. He sent me away to bring the Dark Templar back when the time was right!
    "And you tell me that I cannot do this? That I cannot feel the weight of the universe?
    "Damn you, Tellan! Aldaris killed my father!"

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