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Old 07-25-18, 05:01 PM
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Prescription frames

I have a pair of prescription Oakley Flak 2.0s with the prism road lenses and I like them for the most part, but I'm wondering if there are better options for cycling. I know you can get the one piece lenses, but you have to add some sort of insert in them for the RX...I'm not sure if that really suits me.
id like something with a bigger lens for more coverage and maybe some vents in them to prevent fogging.
Any suggestions?
i do like the road prism lenses though. A lot
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lol am I the only one that wears rx frames?
Anyone wear the blade style frames with the rx inserts? Im curious about these. What do they look like? Do you like them? Do they work well? Any pros/cons?
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
I have a pair of prescription Oakley Flak 2.0s with the prism road lenses and I like them for the most part, but I'm wondering if there are better options for cycling. I know you can get the one piece lenses, but you have to add some sort of insert in them for the RX...I'm not sure if that really suits me.
Oakley can make prescription shield lenses, but they are very expensive..
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Oakley can make prescription shield lenses, but they are very expensive..
I was told by my eye Dr, that they only way they do the shields is with this insert that like clips onto the back of the lens... I don't know if that's what they mean, but that's what I was told after they 'called Oakley'. I get a military and first responder discount on their frames and lenses and I looked on my site and I'm unable to select rx lenses for any of the blades.
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
I was told by my eye Dr, that they only way they do the shields is with this insert that like clips onto the back of the lens... I don't know if that's what they mean, but that's what I was told after they 'called Oakley'. I get a military and first responder discount on their frames and lenses and I looked on my site and I'm unable to select rx lenses for any of the blades.
your doctor is wrong. Contact Oakley directly.

this video explains it

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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
your doctor is wrong. Contact Oakley directly.

this video explains it

https://youtu.be/GNOTQg6uKzQ
Thanks, those are quite interesting. They say no "progressive", although I have wondered about just doing distance glasses for riding, and not worrying too much about the near vision. Personally I can see well enough to mostly see my bike computer.

I have found side shields on safety glasses to be extremely annoying. Those glasses seem to have awfully wide temples, but perhaps enough wrap around to make them less critical.
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I thought this was going to be about getting one's health insurance to pay for a custom bike frame.
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Old 07-27-18, 09:06 AM
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Interesting.. thank you. Contacted them and waiting to hear back. I think of the two Radar seems nice.
I'm considering the Smith Pivlock with the inserts, too
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I wear the Flak 2.0 XL's Prizm Road RX and find they work excellent for riding.
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Tifosi makes bifocal lenses for cycling. I normally wear progressive lenses but I don't want to pay that much for cycling sunglasses. My vision is not too bad but I cannot read my bike computer without magnification. The Tifosi bifocal lenses work well enough and are vented. All for about $60.00.
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Originally Posted by Slick Madone View Post
I wear the Flak 2.0 XL's Prizm Road RX and find they work excellent for riding.
That's what I'm currently wearing, but I feel like the lenses themselves are too 'small' and they fog up pretty easy...I sweat a lot, lol
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
That's what I'm currently wearing, but I feel like the lenses themselves are too 'small' and they fog up pretty easy...I sweat a lot, lol
I cycle here in Dallas and never had an issue with fogging with these. I ordered a second pair.
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Originally Posted by Slick Madone View Post
I cycle here in Dallas and never had an issue with fogging with these. I ordered a second pair.
I'm in the Northeast where it's constantly oppressively humid.. and between that and my sweating... they fog up a lot.. and its a hassle to keep stopping to wipe them off.
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
That's what I'm currently wearing, but I feel like the lenses themselves are too 'small' and they fog up pretty easy...I sweat a lot, lol
I have many sets of Oakleys, and Flak 2.0XL are my favorite for rides when fogging could be an issue. They definitely work better than Jawbreakers/Radarlocks at preventing fogging.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I have many sets of Oakleys, and Flak 2.0XL are my favorite for rides when fogging could be an issue. They definitely work better than Jawbreakers/Radarlocks at preventing fogging.
Maybe these are the best I can get for my issues? Perhaps from the comments, I just have to learn to live with it
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Originally Posted by motosonic View Post
I was told by my eye Dr, that they only way they do the shields is with this insert that like clips onto the back of the lens... I don't know if that's what they mean, but that's what I was told after they 'called Oakley'. I get a military and first responder discount on their frames and lenses and I looked on my site and I'm unable to select rx lenses for any of the blades.
That was the way Oakley did it about ten years ago. (I have a pair from back then.) The Unindicted Co-Conspirator and I both just got Oakley prescription shield lenses from Lenscrafters. They were just a little more expensive than ordinary progressive transitions lenses and frames, but eye protection is one of those items on which I don't scrimp. IIRC, the cost per pair was just over $500.
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That was the way Oakley did it about ten years ago. (I have a pair from back then.) The Unindicted Co-Conspirator and I both just got Oakley prescription shield lenses from Lenscrafters. They were just a little more expensive than ordinary progressive transitions lenses and frames, but eye protection is one of those items on which I don't scrimp. IIRC, the cost per pair was just over $500.
Which frames?
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Which frames?
Flak Jacket 2.0
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The Oakleys say we're going to drop you like a bad habit. Sadly, the rest of us doesn't agree...
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I got used to wearing my transition glasses and happy with that - for long rides normally will pack an spare old one just in case.

From title I thought the topic was bike frame
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I've been wearing Rx (Progressive) Oakley Flak 2.0XLs for a while now. The first pair I got through SportRx and the tint was called OO Black Iridium Polarized. It is the same as the regular Black Iridium Polarized but employs a Rose base to warm things up a bit and increase contrast. I find these perfect for Road and Gravel biking in bright sunlight (which is most of the time here in FL). I also use them for driving. I like polarized glasses for riding and driving - no issues with LCDs (Computers, Phones, Dashboards, etc.) when they are made properly (orientation).

The second pair that I ordered was the Prizm Roads but unfortunately they were made incorrectly the first time (wrong Rx in left eye). They re-made them but unfortunately the second time there was a visible defect (looked like an internal scratch or fleck of something) right in the optical center (distance area) of the right eye. It was inside the lens and definitely visible when wearing - it looked like a fixed "floater" or a small blurry spot right in the center that just bugged me. So I ended up sending them back for a refund. I really liked the Prizm Road tint for cloudy and rainy conditions (which are still pretty bright here). They wouldn't make them a third time though so I had to just take the refund. Oakely has discontinued all of their non-Prizm tints for Rx (at least that is what they told me about 6 months ago).

So I figured that I would try something different after that. I ordered Rx (progressive) lenses from Fuse here in FL in a fairly neutral tint with a Blue Flash mirror. It was called "Midnight" something... They were roughly 1/3 the price of the Oakley lenses and turned out fantastic. They are a bit lighter (tint and weight) than the OOBIPs but not significantly. I find that I use these for Mountain/Trail riding and the OOBIPs for Road and Gravel riding.

No issue with fogging and it is ridiculously hot and humid here in South FL... The Oakley lenses are great. Except for my (rare) issue(s), they are second to none in performance. I would definitely recommend Fuse Rx lenses though - I'd say 95% of the performance for far less than half the price. I've got a bunch of their lenses in various tints in other Oakley and RayBan frames and they are fantastic.

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Originally Posted by dbf909 View Post
I've been wearing Rx (Progressive) Oakley Flak 2.0XLs for a while now. The first pair I got through SportRx and the tint was called OO Black Iridium Polarized. It is the same as the regular Black Iridium Polarized but employs a Rose base to warm things up a bit and increase contrast. I find these perfect for Road and Gravel biking in bright sunlight (which is most of the time here in FL). I also use them for driving. I like polarized glasses for riding and driving - no issues with LCDs (Computers, Phones, Dashboards, etc.) when they are made properly (orientation).

The second pair that I ordered was the Prizm Roads but unfortunately they were made incorrectly the first time (wrong Rx in left eye). They re-made them but unfortunately the second time there was a visible defect (looked like an internal scratch or fleck of something) right in the optical center (distance area) of the right eye. It was inside the lens and definitely visible when wearing - it looked like a fixed "floater" or a small blurry spot right in the center that just bugged me. So I ended up sending them back for a refund. I really liked the Prizm Road tint for cloudy and rainy conditions (which are still pretty bright here). They wouldn't make them a third time though so I had to just take the refund. Oakely has discontinued all of their non-Prizm tints for Rx (at least that is what they told me about 6 months ago).

So I figured that I would try something different after that. I ordered Rx (progressive) lenses from Fuse here in FL in a fairly neutral tint with a Blue Flash mirror. It was called "Midnight" something... They were roughly 1/3 the price of the Oakley lenses and turned out fantastic. They are a bit lighter (tint and weight) than the OOBIPs but not significantly. I find that I use these for Mountain/Trail riding and the OOBIPs for Road and Gravel riding.

No issue with fogging and it is ridiculously hot and humid here in South FL... The Oakley lenses are great. Except for my (rare) issue(s), they are second to none in performance. I would definitely recommend Fuse Rx lenses though - I'd say 95% of the performance for far less than half the price. I've got a bunch of their lenses in various tints in other Oakley and RayBan frames and they are fantastic.
They made you lenses for the Flak 2.0s?
I do really like the Road prism lenses.. fantastic lenses..
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Are contact lenses a non starter?
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Are contact lenses a non starter?
for me? Unfortunately. I have a bad astigmatism, and contacts, regardless of brand, irritate my eyes.
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Bifocals
I have progressives with my regular glasses, but for the bike, I got single vision distance prescription. Then I used a cut-down "stick on bifocal" to bring just the handlebars into close focus. My eye doc told me that "+2" readers would work with my distance prescription. This single vision is cheaper, and the close focus area can be tiny, much smaller than they can grind.

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Inserts have advantages and disadvantages.

See my Rudy Project comments in this thread.

Disadvantages:
An extra layer clipped behind the wraparound lens. These can get tiny bugs or moisture in between the surfaces. But it's mostly not a problem.
I used to have eyelashes contacting the insert, kind of annoying, and a contributor to minor smearing on the inside surface. It hasn't been a problem for some years now, perhaps I've adjusted the nose piece to move the glasses a little farther away.
I get double reflections from point lights at night, just a small annoyance.

Advantages:
Interchangeable lenses!! I had clear and dark lenses. Now I've added fantastic photochromic lenses that go from 88% dark to essentially clear. I can ride from daylight to sunset to dark. I got some yellow lenses for dark, cloudy days, but rarely switch to them.
Scratched lenses can be replaced without needing an expensive prescription.

Cheaper prescriptions. The insert is quite small and easy to fit into it's wire frame. No fancy computer controlled wraparound grinding is needed.
So I can just remake the insert lens and keep everything else.

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