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Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.(12 posts)

Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.Scy
Mar 31, 2001 6:04 AM
I've got very poor vision and ride w/ glasses. Tried using contacts w/sunglasses, but the pain from the dryness was immediate (lasted only a block before turning back home to switch to glasses). I've held off on getting sports shields w/ Rx inserts because they look kinda dorky to me. Also, I was concerned that weight of the shields plus the insert would make it heavy, uncomfortable, and prone to slippage.

Do any of you have any experience with this setup. I've looked at the latest Performance catalog, and the ones by Rudy Project actually look decent; they also listed ones mae by Bolle and Smith.

Anyone out there have any experience or comments about these setups (comfort, slippage, weight)? Would I be better off just getting prescription sunglasses?
I use prescription sunglassesmike mcmahon
Mar 31, 2001 6:14 AM
and have used them for about 4-5 years. I found a pair of Adidas sunglasses that would accept Rx lenses. I've had two minor problems with them. Unless you need dark lenses for some reason, I'd recommend getting sunglass lenses that are light enough to use in semi-dark early morning and evening hours and on dark and cloudy days. My lenses are dark and I end up riding with no glasses when it gets dark
re: Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.donalson
Mar 31, 2001 6:21 AM
out of ceriousity how offten do you ride and how long did you have the contacts before you rode?...and what kind of contacts did you use?

i just ask because diferent types of contacts react dif to dif people...i'm useing a disposable (monthly) soft contact...seems to work well for me, and they are cheap ($16 for 2 sets) i'm lucky that i have the same presciption in both eyes though...

as for the insterst i've heard good things about the bolle brand, they are compatable w/ oakly M frames (which is what i use) so i may try them out at some point...i know that getting presciptiosn put into oakleys is expensive (much like any of their products) and they don't go to far up or down the spectrum (i have a -4.25 and they don't cover for me. :(

but others may know more about the bolle inserts...but the work from what i hear)

Take a look at Optilabszelig
Mar 31, 2001 6:40 AM
I used Bolle Edge II's with the insert for about 8 years. While better than riding with my regular glasses, having the two layers of lenses, reflections, refractions, sweat and bugs drove me crazy. Obviously not the best solution. Oakley implants don't work as my prescription is -6.5 and -5.5. Most wrap around frames cannot accomodate the prescription.

Last year I got a pair of polarised wrap around glasses, bifocals actually, from Optilabs in the UK. I liked them so much I also bought a pair with clear lenses and an anti-reflective coating. They make straight up prescriptions, bifocals and varifocals. Website is

You can call them from the States by dialing 011 44 208 686 5708 and ask for Tony. All they need is your prescription and your ptp, pupil to pupil measurement which you can get while getting your eyes checked.

I currently live in the UK due to my job but would still buy from them upon my return to the States. They're a reputable company whose primary business is grinding lenses for opticians in London and the UK. Not to worry about dealing with this company if you're not in the UK. Most companies in the UK do business cross-border, ie Europe and the States, everyday and its not big deal.

Worth a look. For me, the best things since clipless pedals, index shifting and lycra shorts with synthetic chamois.
Another sourcecoonass
Mar 31, 2001 6:42 AM
you can get prescription sunglasses (no insert) for about $135. @ Optilabs. I haven't ordered mine yet,but plan to.
my thoughtsDaveG
Mar 31, 2001 7:11 AM
I am currently using Briko Klips, which uses the dual lens design. These work well but are subject to the downside of any dual-lens system - fogging, sweat between lenses, difficult cleaning. I have not had any issue with weight or durability. Distortion is not a major issue - there's some period of adjustment. Before that I had Rudy Projects, which were not as well made. I've checked the Oakley one-piece system but my precription is too strong and they are expensive (~$300). Next time I'm due, I'll probbaly check out the Optilabs as I've seen many positive reviews here and elsewhere.
re: Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.Mel Erickson
Mar 31, 2001 9:37 AM
I do not own a pair but have heard many good things about Zeal. They will put a prescription in many of their sunglasses and have a wide offering. The Lazor has changeable lenses and it appears one is offered polarized.
Try Briko at In-Spex.comAFred
Apr 1, 2001 7:20 AM
I use Briko Klips. They are light and optically clear, though the inserts sit very close to your eye. They come in two types of shades, one for overcast or dull light and one for bright light. The shades are smaller than Oakleys and Smiths, but have a nice wrap-around effect. had the best price and great customer service.
re: Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.ACE
Apr 1, 2001 4:14 PM
I have both Bolle and Smith. The Smiths fit so close to my face that my eyelashes are constantly pressed against them. Love the Bolles
re: Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.gmoney
Apr 1, 2001 8:32 PM
oakley is worth the money. They will last three + years if you take care and don't sit on them. At 300.00 a pair, 100 a year or less than a $1.00 a day. The branding sucks(only "jerks" or "cool" people wear them)(ha HA) I have 3 pairs. One droped out of my bike bag and went through the street sweeper( I'm a fool, they were two years old nothing broke I could just see out of the scratches and used them for six more months, till i could afford a new pair.
good luck

re: Sunglasses/shields w/ Rx inserts--any suggestions.Ken56
Apr 2, 2001 11:54 AM
I have the Smith's and really like them. I used to wear my regular prescription glasses, but the wind coming over the lens into my eyes would dry them out and really bothered me. The Smith's fit nice and tight against my eyebrows and my eyes stay moist. The weight isn't a problem because I got the inserts in plastic. The only inconvenience is in cleaning them. You have to take them apart and clean each pair individually after each ride, but it's not a big deal. You also get 3 sets of lenses with them. I keep the dark ones in all the time naturally, but if I think I'll be out late or if it's early morning, I'll take the yellow lenses with me to change into. I can just slip them into my Jersey pocket easily.
I like my Bolle'slook271
Apr 2, 2001 2:25 PM
I have the Vigilantes and really like them. They have 4 interchangeable lenses and hide the inserts fairly well.I use polycarb lenses and they are quite light. Haven't had any problems with perspiration on the inserts, either. I have heard that this can be a problem with Smiths. Bear in mind that my prescription is not real strong, so yours may be slightly heavier, yet, with polycarb lenses, I think that it wouldn't be that much of a big deal.