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Old 12-28-05, 01:26 AM
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the sunglasses decision

trying not to beat a dead horse here buuuuut:

so i'm doing some research - looking to get some glasses for day and night riding home, around.

considering:
- smith interchangeables
- specialized
- rudy project (not too hot on the look, prove me wrong?)

require:
- fit for night riding!

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Old 12-28-05, 07:59 AM
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I've never seen any reason to spend the big bucks on these name brand glasses. I got a pair from Performance for less than $20.00 that have lasted me about 4 years now. They work very well and have interchangeable lenses. I bought a second pair in a different frame color because I liked them so much...

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There are the Oakley Half-Jackets too. They have interchangeable lenses. I personally like the looks of Oakley to Smith or Rudy.
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I've got Rudy Project Rydons because of their being Rx'able.
They had the biggest selection of replacement lenses of
any of the big names and their frame/lens warranty is great.
that and they fit my face better than any of the other glasses
I looked at.

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I also have rudy projects with prescription inserts. One nice feature is you can flip up the sunglass lens. It's handy when you go in a tunnel, or if it gets dark at the end of your ride.
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I have a pair of Rudy's that I picked up on Ebay for about $50. I love them but on some days they are too dark. I read a post awhile back about safety glasses. I went to Home Depot and got a pair of lightly tinted safety glasses for about $9. They are incredibly comfortable and almost distortion free. Think about it. People have to wear these 8 hrs. a day, at work. They have to make them comfortable or people won't wear them and OSHA will fine the employer. You get 3 pairs in various shades for under $30. The added bonus, 0 OCP points.
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I got some Tifosi Slips with three lenses, one clear that would be good for your night rides. I think they were 40 bucks, and they look like great, like they should cost more.
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Hopefully, I will soon be getting a pair of Oakley Half Jackets for 2% of the "American" cost.
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Rudy Project Rydons for me. They stay in place, don't fog up, look great, and do a good job in keeping air turbulence from getting in behind the lenses. I had a problem with this with the cheapo sunglasses I got from Performance. I wear contacts and at high speeds with even a slight crosswind, there was a tendency for my left contact to get blown out. Since switching to the Rydons I haven't had this problem.
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^^^ Rudy Rydons here as well with Rx inserts (bifocals no less!). I'm very happy with them. I'm really happy with the interchangeable lenses -- I didn't think that I would use them that much, but it has been the opposite.
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I have the smiths which I love then for Christmas I got a pair of Native brand - also very nice
If you look at www.sierratradingpost.com you'll find lots of name brand sunglasses for half off

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Just like DEK, I got Performance glasses with 3 lenses. Cost around $20. My only complaint is that they fog up pretty fast once you're stopped and you walk in a warm place (store). But I can deal with that. I take them off.
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i wear oakly half jackets....... there IS a difference between better glasses and performance.. it's all in the optics.. i didn't believe it til i bought my first pair of oakleys... i used to wear cheap sunglasses... i know own 3 pair of oakleys and i'm planning to add to my wardrobe!
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I have Oakleys as well.....but I wouldn't wear them when I ride. It'll hurt if I drop them or if I go down with them.
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Originally Posted by Cadd
I have Oakleys as well.....but I wouldn't wear them when I ride. It'll hurt if I drop them or if I go down with them.
Where else could you wear them if you're not riding? Mos def fashion faux pas.
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Originally Posted by caligurl
i wear oakly half jackets....... there IS a difference between better glasses and performance.. it's all in the optics.. i didn't believe it til i bought my first pair of oakleys... i used to wear cheap sunglasses... i know own 3 pair of oakleys and i'm planning to add to my wardrobe!
Maybe it's my old eyes but I notice little difference in the optics. Certainly not $100.00 worth of difference. Also, as stated in another members post, when wearing these expensive glasses, you better not drop them or, heaven forbid, crash with them on. Then it's bookoo bucks out the window.
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Originally Posted by fixedfiend
Where else could you wear them if you're not riding? Mos def fashion faux pas.
When I drive.

Ok, maybe I'm a little older now...but can someone explain what "Mos def fashion faux pas" means?
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I use these for riding at dusk to night riding.. Oakley zero's, by far the most comfortable glasses I have ever worn.. Get them with gold clear lenses and your good to go.. You can find some decent deals on ebay for around 70 to 80.00 total..

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Smith Mainline Sliders work well for me.
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Originally Posted by DEK
Maybe it's my old eyes but I notice little difference in the optics. Certainly not $100.00 worth of difference. Also, as stated in another members post, when wearing these expensive glasses, you better not drop them or, heaven forbid, crash with them on. Then it's bookoo bucks out the window.
I'm not that worried about crashing with my Rudy's. Their replacement policy is pretty damn generous.
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I got these in polarized, prescription lenses:



Oakley Minute frames made of their "O Matter".(plastic) lightweight, keeps the wind and bugs out of my eyes, and the polarized lenses give me a high-contrast view.
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Originally Posted by DEK
I've never seen any reason to spend the big bucks on these name brand glasses. I got a pair from Performance for less than $20.00 that have lasted me about 4 years now. They work very well and have interchangeable lenses. I bought a second pair in a different frame color because I liked them so much...

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2510
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I have two pair of Performance glasses. I use them even when not cycling. The money i save goes to good bike parts.
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I ride with Oakley M frames during the day. They are my main sunglasses and my favorites. I also bought a pair of sunglasses as backups from home Depot. They have some nice ones for $20 that look a lot like the pic bbatle put up of Oakley and they seem to have good optics. They are not the cheap protective eyewear that Home Depot sells but nice looking sunglasses. I also just received for Christmas some Performance Vega glasses that I wanted. They have 3 interchangeable lenses but I put the clear ones in for night rides and will probably never use the other lenses. I just wanted some decent clear glasses as I don't like the wind or bugs getting into my eyes. I also didn't want to spend a lot on clear glasses. As an additional note, I will say that the Oakley and the HD glasses definatly feel much more substancial than the performance ones. There also is a big difference int he optics between most good and cheap sunglasses. My eyes are sensative to those optics and will get a headache if the optics are not clear.
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