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Prescription Cycling Glasses?

Old 03-12-06, 12:03 PM
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I am thinking of getting a pair of prescription cycling glasses this year and was wondering what you might recommend? What brand, and what colour/tint do you use. Does any one use variable tint/photo-grey?

I have several pairs of "normal" glasses and I find my driving glasses aren't great for cycling because the focus point is too distant and I can't read my computer with them. I prefer my mid-range glasses for cycling, but with their "flat front profile" a lot of wind gets into my eyes.

Last year I was thinking about some Oakleys but then read some reviews about the frames breaking easily, so it ended up on the "think about it later list".

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my eyesight is pretty bad, I've been thinking of getting a pair... regular glasses don't do the job cutting the wind during a 60km/h descent.
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I've done some looking around, as I use contacts now with some great Smith glasses, but I'm sick of my contacts. Oakleys can only accomodate certain prescription strengths, and they don't have "clip ins". Some Rudy Project glasses allow for a "clip in" lens, and some allow actual prescription lenses. I haven't seem much from Smith or Briko. Maybe LASIK is an option (it scares me though!)
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I have a friend who bought a prescription pair from this brand. They look great, block wind, and dust. They also come with transitional lenses. A little pricey, but they seem to be very durable. He uses his for both cycling, and motorcycling.

Wiley X Prescription Cycling Glasses
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I haven't personally tried them, but a couple of folks in the 50+ forum and elsewhere here have recommended these guys.

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I bought a set of Bolle Parole during one of the nashbar sales. The prescription insert is for distance only so seeing the computer is a bit tough. I like having both grey and orange lenses for different lighting. They work well....I have dropped them repeatedly without damage. The Rx insert is far enough away from my eyes that I do not feel my eyelashes dragging on them...that was a problem with some other brands. Nashbars' Rx service hit the prescription perfectly and delivery was pretty fast. In a torrential downpour, water can get between the insert and the outer lens...then you need a plan "B". But that has only happened once and it was a real toad-strangling rain. A visor would have probably eliminated the problem. An orange or crimson lens really helps out on rainy days....
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I have Bolle Parole.
Thier great :-D
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I use Bolle Vigilante model....yellow-ish inserts. They come with both that color and the regular sunglass-looking color. They have the insert....I have a bad astigmatism too, so if they can work for me they work for anyone I guess.
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Rudy Project makes a lot of sunglasses that are Rx-friendly. You can get something like the Rydon:



What's unique is that now Rudy Project not only offers Rx inserts that you can pop into this particular frame, but they now offer Rx tinted lenses if you dont' want an insert.
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I recommend getting the lenses that change with the light. On partly cloudy days, going in and out of the sun or even riding just before dark. Not having to put them on and take them off or having the conditions get too dark to see details is great. I'm always thinking about how I want to recommend that to other cyclists, but hadn't found the right thread.
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Originally Posted by Propofol
Rudy Project makes a lot of sunglasses that are Rx-friendly. You can get something like the Rydon:



What's unique is that now Rudy Project not only offers Rx inserts that you can pop into this particular frame, but they now offer Rx tinted lenses if you dont' want an insert.
I tried using the Rudy Project Ekynox sunglasses with RX inserts. The problem was obvious as soon as I tried them on. The vision was totally distorted because my prescription was filled assuming that the insert frames were normal, i.e. the line of sight was perpendicular to the lenses. In reality, the inserts are in the shape of a V and I was looking through the lenses at a severe angle.

I immediately returned them to Rudy Project and it took me 3 months to get my money back.

So, the Lessons Learned would be to make sure that you're looking your prescription lense at a right angle. Those wrap-around glasses make that difficult.
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Originally Posted by RoboCheme
I tried using the Rudy Project Ekynox sunglasses with RX inserts. The problem was obvious as soon as I tried them on. The vision was totally distorted because my prescription was filled assuming that the insert frames were normal, i.e. the line of sight was perpendicular to the lenses. In reality, the inserts are in the shape of a V and I was looking through the lenses at a severe angle.

I immediately returned them to Rudy Project and it took me 3 months to get my money back.

So, the Lessons Learned would be to make sure that you're looking your prescription lense at a right angle. Those wrap-around glasses make that difficult.
That's why Rudy Project now offers prescriptions built right into the lenses.
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Seems to be my day for recommending products -- I've used the Rudys with a Rx insert for years (first the Eqynox SX, now the Rydon SX) and though I am nearsighted with an astigmatism, I've had little problem with them. A little big of fogging on some days but other than that, riding and racing, no trouble. And I do like that I can switch from grey to red lenses quickly before the start of a race.
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I've been though many types of Rx solutions, until I finally got used to contacts. Any 'insert' solution ends up fogging up, and has a narrow field of view. At the time, I tried the bolle's (early 90's)... they sucked. And the Rudy is the same basic design. Oakley M-Frames in Rx are the solution no question. Peripheral vision is the best.

I rode with them for 8 years, until my scrip changed for the third time, and I finally used contacts. Negitive is the price. I managed to get mine through sponsorship at 20% under dealer.

However, if you can ride with contacts, then do it. I'm never going back.
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If you have fairly bad eyesight like I do, the only choice you may have is contacts. I tried going with the Oakley's, but the lense required for my eyesight was to thick to accommodate for the Oakley prescription glasses. So I would suggest either the Bolle inserts, or just stick with contacts, which is what I do.
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before i had rudy project skeey with RX clipons.... they were ok but the only complaint that i had was it was kinda heavy when you put everything together... plus it's dizzy wearing the shades + rx because the eyewear was too curved.
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I'm also using the Bolle Parole. Same as the Vigilant only for smaller faces. They works great for astigmatism. I'm using the TNS gun lens, they can be bought with other lens our swapped out depending on conditions.

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I bought a pair of Rudy Project Rydons a year ago with Rx inserts (bifocals!) and interchangeable lenses (yellow, red, and brown polarized). I am extremely happy with them.

I initially went to my normal and other local optometrists, but I quickly found out that they knew nothing about cycling. I went through a place in Colorado (Sports Optical?) that was really helpful. I've also heard lots of good things about the Bolle (which also accomodate Rx lenses, I think), but beware that your lashes may brush against the lenses. The Rydons have an adjustable nose piece so that this isn't an issue. I also looked at the Adidas which seemed pretty nice as well.
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My optomotrist is looking to carry Rudy for the reason that they are some of the best glasses for Rx inserts.

I wear contacts, so I don't worry about the Rx inserts - but I have a pair of Rudy Rydon's and they rock. I have the laser black lenses for really sunny days and the racing red lenses for just about every other type of light and they work great.
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I was looking around for the same thing the other day and found

http://www.heavyglare.com/

They seem to have a fairly extensive list of prescription sunglasses. Makes a good place to start looking.
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Hi,

I have had some older Bolle sunglasses, some Rudy Project Kerosene sunglasses , and now some Bolle Parole sunglasses all with Rx inserts. All of them have allowed me to see properly while riding and racing and I wore the original Bolle and Rudy project sunglasses until they wore out (frame breakage).

I prefer the Rx inserts vs. prescriptions on the sunglass lenses because I like to use different color lenses for different lighting conditions. I agree with some above about reduced peripheral vision but it is not a showstopper or safety hazard for me.

I did not like the Rudy Project Kerosene very much because the metal parts were not stainless steel and started corroding within weeks of starting to use them. I went back to Bolle because all of the components are plastic and actually last longer -- they are also lighter.
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Originally Posted by bccycleguy
I am thinking of getting a pair of prescription cycling glasses this year and was wondering what you might recommend? What brand, and what colour/tint do you use. Does any one use variable tint/photo-grey?

I have several pairs of "normal" glasses and I find my driving glasses aren't great for cycling because the focus point is too distant and I can't read my computer with them. I prefer my mid-range glasses for cycling, but with their "flat front profile" a lot of wind gets into my eyes.

Last year I was thinking about some Oakleys but then read some reviews about the frames breaking easily, so it ended up on the "think about it later list".
I bought a pair of Oakley XX's with polarized lenses in a dark grey/black tint. Oakley handled the prescription. These are full frames made of "O-Matter", a fancy name for their plastic. Very light; they keep the sun and the wind and the bugs out of my eyes.
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I usually wear contacts. Sometimes, of course, that's just not working. So I've got a really nice set of Rudy's with the clip in inserts. As others have stated it's little wierd at first. BUT- my eyes quickly adjust and I'm just fine. I think the prescription part initially causes your eyes to focus on the second set of lenses another 3mm away.
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Originally Posted by haagar
I was looking around for the same thing the other day and found

http://www.heavyglare.com/

They seem to have a fairly extensive list of prescription sunglasses. Makes a good place to start looking.
They're local to me, so I've had the pleasure of doing business with them in person. Great folks! They do a lot of stuff for our troops with similar needs. If you have special needs in the sunglass/prescription area they will take very good care of you.
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I also recommend the Bolle Paroles, which I am very happy with. Before these I used regular glasses and the wind would cause my eyes to water at higher speeds which was very dangerous. Also the grit and wind would severely dry out my eyes which caused terrible fatigue to onset later in the day.

It took a few rides to get used to the glasses with the inserts, but they have been just great.
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