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Sunglasses???(14 posts)

Nov 25, 2001 3:31 PM
I was wondering what you buys suggest for sunglasses, other than the Oakley Pro M and Racing Jackets. What other good racing optics do the pros wear and you guys wear? Thanks
re: Rudy Project Skeeys (nm)gmagee
Nov 25, 2001 3:49 PM
re: Sunglasses???Lone Gunman
Nov 25, 2001 3:51 PM
Bolle bought from They are a replaceable lens system for under $100 shipped. Multiple shades of lenses for any light condition. Alot of people like the Briko or Rudy Project.
I wear prescription Ray-Ban Daddy-O ovalsElefantino
Nov 25, 2001 6:02 PM
Weird name, nice glasses. Very minimal. Also have Bolle prescription Vigilantes, which are much heavier with the clip-in.
Rudy Project Keroseneshms
Nov 25, 2001 7:41 PM
I have both Oakley racing Jackets and Rudy Project Kerosenes. The Kerosenes are my favorite by a long shot. The Kerosenes are less prone to fog up and the lenses are more substantial. The lenses also are easy to change and the spare lenses fit easily into a jersey pocket.
Ditto on the Rudy Project Kerosenesgrandemamou
Nov 26, 2001 4:48 AM
I used the racing jackets for a couple of years. They are light but very fragile. I broke at least one stem a year. The Rudy Projects are much more substantial. The stems and nose pieces are adjustable so you get a great fit. I have had these for over a year with no problems.
re: Sunglasses???flybyvine
Nov 26, 2001 1:37 AM
Oakley 20's - very good prescription setup (even for us long sighted bats).

Also more robust than M frames although don't try & shake water off them by holding onto the wings & shaking - you find that they are not attached with screws just plastic lugs as the front of the frames bounces across the road & you are left with 2 wings in your hands. Not a scratch on the lenses mind you !!
re: Sunglasses???cioccman
Nov 26, 2001 8:40 AM
I've got Oakley Racing Jackets, M Frames with multiple sweep lenses and Rudy Project Kerosene. I like the weight and interchangability of the M Frames. They are my recommendation. Reminder, the Pro Ms have no hinges.
re: Sunglasses???grzy
Nov 26, 2001 9:45 AM
Smith Buzzsaw can be had for something around $40 on sale in the less popular colors. Comes with three sets of interchangable lenses. For high end one has to consider the polarized shades from (J)Oakley and Smith - the Otis is super sweet, but $150 a pop is too rich for my blood - especially with what I do to them. Like the Nikon glasses with nylon frames (way tougher than acrylic). Every poseur wears Rudy Projects.
Yes to Smiths.Sintesi
Nov 26, 2001 11:41 AM
I wear Bazookas and like them much. They come w/ three lenses and the amber is perfect for mottled shading situations (i.e. in a forest, under trees, etc. . .) The optics are of a slightly lower quality than say Oakley's but as grzy points out you can get them for a third the price on closeout. No slip and do not fog up very often. The might be a little too "stylie" for some but definitely worth investigating.
Smith Slider MainlinesColnagoFE
Nov 26, 2001 1:51 PM
I like 'em and got em for about $40 closeout from Colorado Cyclist because they are transparent red I think. Nice coverage and 3 lenses. Lost my last pair water skiing so now I have 5 pairs of lenses for them (bottom line: they dont float). Tried on the Toasters but they were too small for my face. Also have owned the traditional Sliders which are good too. I wore out the first pair (the part where the lenses attach broke).
Same heremickey-mac
Nov 26, 2001 5:18 PM
I got the red Mainlines for $50 from CC. They're about three months old and they're a nice pair of glasses. The only complaint I've got is one expressed by others about these glasses: when providing three sets of lenses they should have included a clear set. The lighter lenses (orange and yellow) aren't all that distinguishable and seem to be intended for cloudy conditions. If you can still get them for $50, you should do it.
re: Sunglasses???NeedSpeed
Nov 26, 2001 1:18 PM
Also check out the Oakley Minute frames. They are lightweight, have the iridium lenses for the sun and are compact on the face, but high enough to keep the dust and bugs from flying through the tops when you are pedaling in the drops. I'm not sure if they are cheaper than the Racing Jackets or not at about $130 from Oakley but possibly cheaper elsewhere.
Happy w/ my Smiths, great warranty service from what I hear. . .js5280
Nov 26, 2001 4:04 PM
Just keep a hold of the receipt in case you break them. I've heard they'll replace almost anything. One thing I do notice though is that if the glasses have a frame that outlines the lens (like my Sliders, but most Smiths have this design), it can create a small blind spot when your looking over your shoulder for traffic, other riders, etc. The blade style Oakleys, Rudys, etc. don't have this disadvantage because the lens attaches to the top only. It's not a huge deal, but something I have noticed. My next glasses will probably be a blade len style even though I love my Smiths.

Swappable lens are great, I don't think I'd buy any other type now, especially if your going to spend a decent amount on quality sunglasses. You need good eye protection regardless if it's sunny, cloudy, or dark. With swappable lens you get all three from one pair of glasses.