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Sunglasses (not necessarily for bikes)

Old 04-07-09, 11:41 AM
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Sunglasses (not necessarily for bikes)

What sunglasses do you guys use OFF the bike? I read a few threads which mentioned Oakley Flak Jacket was a good pair for both on and off bike use.

But I find them to be too curved so when they're folder, they dont fit in the pocket too snugly. Any of you guys use sunglasses that fold a little flatter?
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Old 04-07-09, 11:45 AM
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It's unusual. I most often ride about in my cheaper sunglasses from Performance. My prime sunglasses, by Rudy, have such round ridges, I can't put my "Take a look,' style mirrors' over the frames.. I find that my Performance glasses fold flatter and accommodate my favorite mirror.. I do wear my Rudy's for club rides.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:14 PM
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Oakley Five off the bike. Oakley Pro M on the bike.
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Tifosi on and off the bike. I believe this brand to be an excellent overall value.
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$30 something-a'rother from REI. Polarized.

I ride Native Nano2's or Rudy Project Kerosene's on the bike.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:31 PM
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I picked up a pair with interchangeable lenses at Costco a few years back. They've been collecting dust, till recently I got back into bicycling. They're PERFECT for the bike commute. I snap in clear lenses for the dark-ish morning commute, grey shaded lenses for the afternoon commute, and if I do any foggy or dusk riding the amber works well. Love 'em, but sorry I don't recall the brand (and I'm too lazy to walk downstairs and look in my bike pack).

For non-bike uses I LOVE my Ray Bans. Don't recall the model, but they're the best non-polarized lenses I've found, and the semi-nerdy looking plastic frame is tough and fits me well. Why non-polorized you ask? Because I also ride a motorcycle, and vertically polorized lenses coupled with a helmet face shield curved about a vertical axis results in psycodelic colors I haven't experienced since the "experimental" 70's!
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Off the bike i love Costa Del Mar's, because I do a lot of fishing and they have one of the best polarized lenses on the market.

On the bike I use a couple pairs of sunglasses from liberty optical, my dad does some work for them and occasionally gets me free pairs. They are not Oakley radars, but the price is right.
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Off Bike - anything by Maui Jim. By far the best optics I have ever seen. I can wear them all day and no eye strain. My eyes vision feels as if it gets better when I put them on.
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Giro Convert. And cheap aviators off the bike. But these Giros look great in or out of lycra.
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Off:
Smith Undertow (Gray Polarized) and Smith Shelter (Brown Polarchromic)

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Bolle Edge Amber Photochromic. Just got these. They are a shield that has no frame at all and is very light weight. They quickly change from from a faint amber to gray depending on the light. Perfect when in the drops.
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Smith interchange. I use Gold Light lens 90% or Yellow lens 10%
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ray bans aviators for an old school look.. not much while riding though as they tend to fall off :-/
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I've got the Oakley Half Jackets, but I have the XLJ lenses. They end up looking very similar to the Flak Jackets, which didn't fit my face well. Here's a pic (on a ride, but I also wear them around every day). Ignore the fact that I have a HammerGel hanging out of my mouth...the point of the pic was to humorously prove a point to my wife.

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Costa del Mar, both on and off the bike.

Next time, I'm going for Ray-Bans. Had a pair before, and best ever. Indestructable.
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Oakley Radar for on the bike and off as well.
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I like Maui Jim Gray lens sunglasses. They have very good optics and are the darkest polarized lenses I could find.
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I usually go with Maui Jim Sandy Beach sunglasses on and off the bike, also in grey.
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i have some crappy shades for riding....need to get some better ones.

off the bike i wear smith aviators or some smith wraps. both are ok, but i need to get some better ones.
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Tifosi on and off the bike. I believe this brand to be an excellent overall value.
+1, we sell them at the shop I work at. Usually people try them on, look at the tag and scoff, but I like to show them some comparable glasses and their prices. Real glasses' starting prices should be around $60. People have been brainwashed to think that glasses should cost $5.
You should see how cheap these glasses are at employee pricing. I could have a whole closet full of them.

Tifosi Dolomite with Fototec lenses on the bike, Tifosi Dolomites off the bike. I like the full frame, and the Fototec lenses are handy for group rides that start when it's light out and end at twilight.
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Oakley M Frame on bike (double as golf sunglasses)
Oakley Monster Dogs and Monster Pups off bike.
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M-frames on the bike.

Revo off the bike.
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