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need sunglasses help!gtx
Jan 2, 2002 11:44 AM
I recently got some new Rudy Project Graal sunglasses. For the last ten years or so I have been riding with Raybans and also a cheap pair of clear lens glasses, but started getting paranoid that having sunglasses with glass lenses wasn’t such a hot idea for sports in terms of safety. I was also looking forward to having slightly lighter glasses.

Anyway, the Rudys fit great. They wrap around a bit more so they are better for peripheral vision. And they are lighter and more comfortable. Best of all, they come with three sets of lenses--smoke, red and clear. I had heard a lot of good things about red lenses for gray weather so I was looking forward to trying them out.

Ok, so the smoke lenses on the Rudys distort color more than the Raybans (made everything more brown) but that didn’t bother me too much. But I was bummed to discover that I was getting a lot of eye fatigue (never happened on the Raybans).

Then the red lenses--I don’t get it. It really messed with the colors a lot, and again, I was getting some eye strain. I preferred switching back to my clear lenses during cloudy weather.

So...have I wasted $100? Should I just use the Rudys for the clear lenses only? Will the clear lenses on the Rudys offer superior protection to my cheap clear lenses (which are also supposed to prvide UV protection)? The main thing I can’t figure out is the eye strain/fatigue issue. My Raybans aren’t Polarized. Am I just not used to the Rudys? Is it all in my head? Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

Thanks for any tips/suggestions/info

Here are links to the sunglasses--Rayban lens info and Rudy Project info
re: need sunglasses help!Samu
Jan 2, 2002 3:36 PM
I have Rudy Kerosenes and Graals. I haven't experience your problem. I really like the glasses and had excellence service when I had a warrantee issue and a scratched lens. I would try wearing them for a while to see if you can get use to them.
Jan 2, 2002 7:38 PM
I have never had this particular problem before, but I do know that despite being "non-prescription" many sunglasses are in fact "visually distorted" (sorry, no opthamologist here). I had a few pairs in the past that f*cked with my depth perception despite being just "shades".

I'd say send 'em back.


Because you know as well as I do that if you don't absolutely LOVE 'em then you'll never use 'em and then they become a $100.00 drawer accessory.

Make up an excuse to send them back. Try saying that the frames fit funny or hurt your ears. Tell them that the glasses gave you a rash on your nose...anything really.

Then get something new that you will use. I wear phony bootleg Oakley's (sshhh!) just for the fit, and cheap clears like you describe for cloudy days.

Question: What the hell is a red lens for? Riding on
Mars? I can't even stand yellow lenses! Now red?


A. (I think these Blur Optics G1's are pretty tight, but perhaps not as peripheral as Rudy's...oh well, sometimes it is about how good you look. Heh heh heh!)
Further push to return them.nigel
Jan 3, 2002 11:03 AM
I agree with Ahimsa 100%. One should get something which is perfect for them for $100 or so, particularly in the eye category; you can't f*ck around with your eyesight and ocular muscles. It sounds like your eyes are straining to produce clear images to your brain due to the lens' fogginess or distortion. Get your money back ASAP. Use the excuses Ahimsa mentioned or simply tell them that your eyes are strained by them.

Funny, but I also wear the "Schmoakleys" (bogus Oakleys Pro M Frames in particular) which I got from an online company. They look great and I've had no problems whatsoever with eye strain. FWIW, they're also about $15.

Keep trying with shades until you get something that's RIGHT FOR YOU.

re: need sunglasses help!colker
Jan 3, 2002 3:17 AM
i've been using those rudys with smoke lenses... i use raybans when not cycling. i have a lot of eye fatigue but mostly from staying hours on the internet!(being old doesn't help my vision too)
seriously, the smoke lenses distort color and are not as sharp and clear as raybans but don't stress my eyes.
thanks guysgtx
Jan 3, 2002 3:22 PM
just got back from another ride with the Rudys and I think there is something weird with them. Did a much longer ride yesterday with my cheap glasses, later switching to the Raybans when the sun came out with no problems. I think the Rudys are going back.
Jan 3, 2002 5:03 PM
I have 2 pairs of Rudy's, with several lens choices. I have terrible eyesight but do not wear a Rx insert(yet). i have never had eyestrain with my Rudy's. In fact, they seem to sharpen my vision. BUT if they don't work for you send them back.