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Tifosi Sunglasses - thumbs up!

Old 04-09-06, 10:10 AM
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Tifosi Sunglasses - thumbs up!

Just a heads up for anyone wanting to avoid the $150 hit on Oakleys. I've had a couple pairs of Tifosi's now and they're just awesome -esp. for the roughly $60 price tag. Optically they ARE on par with Oakley or just about anyone out there. I just got the new Pave model. I used to work for Lenscrafters in the lab making glasses, and I haven't seen optics this good for this price ever. Contrast is great - color accuity on the grey lenses is very very good (colored lenses obviously skews that but are designed for situations where color accuity isn't important), and they have an AR(sorry AR = anti-reflective) coating which I haven't noticed in sub $100 sunglasses before. The optical center of the lens is decentered which is nice but not sure if its necessary for a plano curved (non-perscription) lens. The optical center on a non perscription lens is so huge that, unless the frame design is very large, your pupils are going to fall somewhere in it.

I know I sound like an ad but geez, they're really good and darned affordable. They're worth lauding.
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Just checked them out, and they really look nice. The Tifosi website says they have a limited lifetime warranty as well. Pretty sweet.
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I'll throw another vote in for the Tifosi glasses. We looked and looked at the uber::expensive stuff and finally decided to sane it down a little and found the Tifosi. Damn sweet...comes with case, three interchangeable lens sets and they look awesome. We also bought the Pave model which is new this year. They are a great set of glasses so far. I've even bounce tested mine off the pavement twice - held up no problem.

Lenses are replaceable for $10 from the manufacturer as well.
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Old 04-09-06, 10:37 AM
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Have you tried the photochromatic lenses?
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They look very nice.
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Originally Posted by voltman
Have you tried the photochromatic lenses?
I'm not a fan of photochromatic lenses for the reason that they sometimes don't change in the car. I guess it depends on what triggers the change. If its UV light, auto windsheilds block a lot of that and might explain why they don't change. My girlfriend has photochromatic perscription lenses that don't change in the car, and it drives her nutz. If they're going to be used exclusively on the bike thats a different story, although the color of the Tifosi photochromatics is kind of strange - a light reddish color. I don't know if I'd like that or not.
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I have a pair of the stelvio glasses. The non-slip nose peice is awesome. I really like these glasses! Highly recomended.
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two days ago i ordered a pair of the new Q3 model with the photochromatic lens. they will be strictly for riding as i have some oakleys for driving. look forward to trying them out. later.
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I picked up a pair of $30 Tifosi at the LBS a year ago after my Oakleys got stolen - along with my entire winter/spring cycling kit - at a race. The Oakleys were nicer ... but they definitely were not $140 nicer. Was thinking of getting a pair of Smith's but I have to say that the Tifosi cheapos I have, have worked out great. They look like normal sunnies too so I can wear them with mufti without looking like a complete dork.
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The finish on the Oakley's is a bit nicer, I'll concede that, but in regard to the optics, the Tifosi's are right there with 'em IMO .

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Tifosi stood behind their product very courteously when I had a problem. I highly recommend the model called "pave" with three interchangeable lenses. I can't justify the cost of Oakley's, etc.
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I have had a pait for 2 seasons now. The lenses are a bit scratched but they have been thru hell. GREAT SHADES!!!
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Originally Posted by Equinox
Tifosi stood behind their product very courteously when I had a problem. I highly recommend the model called "pave" with three interchangeable lenses. I can't justify the cost of Oakley's, etc.
I see that they have a "vent" in the upper outside between frame and lens. Does that create any wind turbulence or other problems?
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Old 04-09-06, 09:24 PM
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My last pair had that vent - really didn't notice much in the way of problems with wind turbulence. The Paves are SWEEEEEET though. Dang, for $60 they're a sunglasses homerun.....
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Old 04-09-06, 09:33 PM
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Where is a good place to get them online?

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not sure - I've always purchased mine locally either at Nelo's or Austin Tri Cyclist.
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Old 04-09-06, 09:45 PM
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here ya go: https://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?brand=5136&init=y

I just went to froogle.com and typed "tifosi"...
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it's funny that you mention the optical center on these glasses being off center and then saying they're as good as Oakley's. Oakley's lenses extend the focused area of the lens to the very edges.

and Oakley helped save his face when he landed on it in P-R.
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I've been commuting with stelvios this year. No complaints or anything even close. I do notice that the lenses are a bit easier to swirl than are Rudy's or Oakleys but after over a year of everyday riding and lense changes with them they are really holding up well for the price.
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Originally Posted by BrianJ1888
it's funny that you mention the optical center on these glasses being off center and then saying they're as good as Oakley's. Oakley's lenses extend the focused area of the lens to the very edges.

and Oakley helped save his face when he landed on it in P-R.
You want to decenter the optical center of a lens because your pupils are not in the center of the lens in the frame. The diameter of the optical center of a lens gets smaller with a stronger perscription lens. With a non perscription lens, it is very very large and unless the lens is huge the optical center will more than likely go to the edge of the lens, or pretty darn close. Thats why I mentioned it - I don't think its really a big deal but they mention it in their advertising.
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I just got a pair of the Tifosi Pave sunglasses today. I do have to admit that these are some nice sunglasses. They are great visibility and are super comfortable. I have been wearing a pair of Smith Frontline glasses and some Rudy Project Freeon's and the Paves are more comfortable than both. The style of the Pave is exactly what I have been looking for. A great pair of shades for $60 and replacement lenses don't cost me $50.
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The Pave's are new this year and they really hit a home run with these I think.
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I have some tifosi slips. My problem with this model is that the inserts were very hard to pull out and push in. A crack eventually developed in the center of my favorite insert, the amber lens.
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Originally Posted by texascyclist
I have some tifosi slips. My problem with this model is that the inserts were very hard to pull out and push in. A crack eventually developed in the center of my favorite insert, the amber lens.
That's a common problem with the Slips. Tifosi replaced my lens for free, then it happened again. At that point they shipped me a new pair of glasses (different model) for free. They said they were going to fix that on the newer version of that model. The replacement model (can't remember which one it was) were great until a mishap at the beach and the Paves are brilliant.
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My wife has these sunglasses. She likes them a lot.
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