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Glasses. Where do I even start?

Old 12-31-20, 10:50 AM
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Dual eyewear

I have been using these https://dualeyewear.com/
for quite a while. My distance vision is fine but I need help up close, like checking a flat tire for glass etc. These cycling glasses have worked well for me and now they have a polarized version that has been optimized for lcd, I have no problem reading my Garmin.
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Old 12-31-20, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Tifosi. I picked up a pair of Tifosi sunglasses 10 years ago and have been using them since. Bought a second pair two years ago so I could have a pair for brazing. I did not want they typical ugly sport sunglass, and Tifosi has several models available that don't meld into the mold of sport sunglasses. I use them while riding my motorcycle and bicycle. Can't go wrong with Tifosi.
I have used Tifosi for the past 15 years and think they are a great value. OTOH, their lenses, while fine, are not Oakleys. Then again neither is their price.
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Originally Posted by InvertedMP View Post
Ended up going to Sunglass Hut yesterday and picking up the Sutro. Hoping to ride with them today and see how they are but so far I like them.
I went for a period trying out various brands because I didnít want to spend the money on another pair of Oakley glasses to replace the ones I lost. The manager at the bike shop was selling a pair of radars he had for cheap, so I bought them. They were so much more clear than the cheaper glasses I had been using. It was especially noticeable on fast down hills. I eventually bought some jawbreakers and they have been my go to ever since. I like the huge lense choice with Oakley and the minimum amount of obstruction of vision from the frame.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
I went for a period trying out various brands because I didnít want to spend the money on another pair of Oakley glasses to replace the ones I lost. The manager at the bike shop was selling a pair of radars he had for cheap, so I bought them. They were so much more clear than the cheaper glasses I had been using. It was especially noticeable on fast down hills. I eventually bought some jawbreakers and they have been my go to ever since. I like the huge lense choice with Oakley and the minimum amount of obstruction of vision from the frame.
It's not just the size of the lens. I'm pretty sensitive to flare and aberrations, and Oakley consistently has the highest quality lenses that I've tried. Caveat: I've not tried Smith or Rudy Project, but have tried some of the cheaper ones like Tifosi - and they don't compare.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
It's not just the size of the lens. I'm pretty sensitive to flare and aberrations, and Oakley consistently has the highest quality lenses that I've tried. Caveat: I've not tried Smith or Rudy Project, but have tried some of the cheaper ones like Tifosi - and they don't compare.
ďhuge lense choiceĒ was referring to the number of choices of lenses there are for each style of frame. I do agree the clarity is very good.
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Old 01-03-21, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
ďhuge lense choiceĒ was referring to the number of choices of lenses there are for each style of frame. I do agree the clarity is very good.
Ah! I read too quickly. Saw something about 'huge' and 'lens' and 'unobstructed vision.'

Glad you like them. And yeah, swappable lenses are great. Good to have one for bright days, and one for overcast or trail raiding under tree cover.
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
It may be too late but if you have need for glasses already I suggest if you have extra FSA money to spend, you spend it on prescription sunglasses.


Just got a pair of RecSpecs as we needed to spend FSA money that was going to be wasted after 12/31

not for everyone but will be nice to ride with better vision.
The COVID bill signed last Sunday letís you roll all your 2020 FSA money to 2021. So if you didnít use it you wonít lose it (this year).

WileyX are my favorite sun glasses. I have a pair that you add a facial cavity for skiing or riding in the cold. Lens are interchangeable on all the models I think.
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Old 01-03-21, 11:35 PM
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I am very happy with the choice so far. The clarity is fantastic, they don’t move at all and I don’t have to worry about the frames blocking my view.
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My current pair of glasses for riding is a pair of Oakley Holbrooks w/ grey transitions lenses. They're comfortable, stay put, and don't look like Oakley Blades (or anything derived thereof).

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I use glasses purchased at a local safety equipment supply store. They look like cycling glasses with a small wrap around but are not cycling geeky. They won't shatter in a crash and are well under $10.00. I need reading glasses so I bought ones with cheaters ($3.00 extra). Mine came in dark, smoke (perfect in the rain) and clear for at night. I am very particular and the slightest flaw would drive me nuts. I've had no such problems.
I don't abuse them but I don't baby them and none have even a scratch after years of use.

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Old 01-07-21, 02:18 PM
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I can't say enough good things about my 100% Speedcraft glasses. Super light and comfortable with a great field of view. I was torn on the "giant" sized cycling glasses but they really are nice to wear.
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Originally Posted by colnago62 View Post
I went for a period trying out various brands because I didnít want to spend the money on another pair of Oakley glasses to replace the ones I lost. The manager at the bike shop was selling a pair of radars he had for cheap, so I bought them. They were so much more clear than the cheaper glasses I had been using. It was especially noticeable on fast down hills. I eventually bought some jawbreakers and they have been my go to ever since. I like the huge lense choice with Oakley and the minimum amount of obstruction of vision from the frame.
I lot of the Oakley's have a higher base curvature than a typical lens. That mean you get lower distortion when using your peripheral vision, in addition to the better AR coatings that Oakley uses. Once I tried some Oakley's I haven't gone back. They're the first glasses I can wear without feeling like they degrade my vision.
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For me, comfort is paramount. I am very sensitive to pressure on the side of my head. Most "cycling" glasses are obnoxiously tight by my standard. Coverage is also important. I prefer a larger lens. Effectiveness at cutting glare is also important to me, but most polarized glasses give me what I want. Appearance is of no consequence to me. For cycling specific glasses I like aviator style. Glasses are like saddles though in that one size does not fit all.
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Old 08-22-21, 11:50 AM
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Folks, I have two pair of lenses for the Tifosi Crit frame, if you can use them, shoot me your mailing address.
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Old 08-22-21, 12:34 PM
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Goodr. Unless you're a racer boy, I think casual sunglasses are the way to go. Goodrs are inexpensive and don't slip.
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Rudy Project. Not at all cheap, but prescription and overall excellent. If you don't need prescription lenses and/or are price sensitive, then they aren't for you.
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My preference is glasses large enough that I don't get wind in my eyes at 40 mph, and I can't see the frames in my peripheral vision. Right now, I'm wearing Tifosi's, I forget which model name, but they stay on without a problem, though I find when I go into the drops I have to push them up my nose a bit to get the top of the frame out of my field of vision. You can't have everything. Not at that price, anyhow.
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Maybe it's me, but I have a harder time seeing my Garmin with polarized lenses. My car's heads up display does not work at all.
For this exact reason, airline pilots donít use polarized sunglasses. Itís not just you. Donít pay extra for polarization.

My Tifosi Swanks cost $25, theyíre comfortable, durable and offer better field of vision than my old Oakleys. I also have a pair of Photochromatic Tifosis; theyíre old, so donít respond to light conditions as well as newer models, but again, theyíre comfortable and durable and affordable (I think $60 about 5-6 years ago).

I also like Goodr. They have a great range of colors to match your bike/helmet/shoes/whatever.

If getting affordable sunglasses, avoid pairs with reflective/mirror lenses. Iíve found that the mirror coating tends to warp/scratch/discolour and itís really off-putting.
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I have a pair of Rudy Project Exceptions. Prescription insert, 3 different lenses. Don't breathe worth a damn and sweat definitely builds up behind them in humid weather. Were incredibly expensive.

So, basically: Would not buy again.
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Originally Posted by SapInMyBlood View Post
Polarized safety glasses from your local hardware store are awesome
I wear Smith and Wesson shooting glasses, but they are are just basic polarized safety glasses. Bought them for about $10 at my local sporting goods store.
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Find yourself some Jetblacks and try them for size and fit. They are reasonably priced and come with multiple lenses.
https://www.jetblackproducts.com/pro...-amber-lenses/
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