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Rx Sunglasses(18 posts)

Rx Sunglassesbikesforpeace
Jul 12, 2002 11:06 AM
Does anyone have any opinions about Rx eyewear? I want a new pair of shades. What I really want is something from Rudy Project. I can't decide weather to get a Rx lens or just get the Rx insert. Does anyone use an Rx insert? Are you happy with it?
RP KerosenePdxMark
Jul 12, 2002 11:13 AM
I use the RP Kerosene, with an insert. I like them alot. I chose them over another brand... Bolle?... because the insert of the other brand was too close to my face. Kerosenes are great, ride well, good visibility. Lens swapping takes a little practice at first.
re: Rx SunglassesU of A racer
Jul 12, 2002 11:15 AM
I went with the Oakley RX lenses. They are ridiculously expensive, but they were my best option.
I tried a pair of Rudy Project glasses, but the design put the insert too close to my eyes. My eyelashes actually would scrape against the lense. The design of the nose piece wasn't too great either. They slipped. The upside is that if the tinted lense gets scratched, you only have to replace it, and not the insert.
With Oakleys, there is only a single lense, so it is positioned far enough away from the eyes so there's no problem. Plus, if they get stolen, you have a little satisfaction in knowing they're useless to the thief. But, if it get's scratched or broken, you're out $300+ bucks.
After a couple years with these, I went ahead and got contacts. I have to use torics, and they sometimes bother my eyes, but it's nice to be able to walk inside, take the glasses off, and still be able to see clearly.
oakley if can swing the $!(nm)merckx56
Jul 12, 2002 11:23 AM
Bolle Vigilantes w/ optical insert. Love 'em. nmBrooks
Jul 12, 2002 11:53 AM
Bolle Vigilates- seem good but...p8
Jul 12, 2002 3:48 PM
... I ve had mine for less than a year and have all ready cracked a lens while removing it, for Bolle to decide if it was a warranty situation I would have had to send it the whole thing not just the lens...

also it looks like the frames are begining to show some wear from switching lenses.

So i'd try another first
Jul 12, 2002 12:01 PM
I have a pair of Zeal Zektors. I traded e-mails directly with the owner of the company and got my shades in approximately 2 weeks. Zeal seems to have found a good niche market doing prescription sunglasses and their product is quality.

- More affordable then Oakleys (I got mine for $160)
- Company is very responsive to cyclists
- Actual Rx sunglasses, not inserts
Zeal zeal zeal zeal zeal zeal zeal!shawndoggy
Jul 12, 2002 12:21 PM
they can do honest to god interchangeable lenses without the dorky (don't flame me!) insert behind the lenses.
Rudy Project Skeey..........roadmeister
Jul 12, 2002 12:22 PM
Have had these with RX insert for 2 years with no problems
at all (durable,no slippage). Lenses are a little tough
to change, as they sit pretty tight in the frame, but
overall I would highly recommend them.
I have Rudy RX'sScot_Gore
Jul 12, 2002 12:36 PM
I got the Graal Fyol. It's not an insert type where the RX portion gets stuck behind a normal sunglass. The sunglass lense is RX. This is a swap out lense system so I have three colors of lenses (all RX).

I got them from In-Spex.

Ask for Jim.

I used them on Elefantino's recommendation and had a great customer service experience. Including a great conversation after they arrivied. Something like this:

Me: I'm trying to pop the lense out and it feels like I'm gonna snap the thing in two.

Jim: You can't break it, push on it.

Me: I am pushing, it's gonna break.

Jim: It won't break.

Me: It's gonna snap!!!

Jim: It won't snap!! It's supposed to be really locked in there that's what prevents unintentionally disengagement.

Me: I tell ya,....I'm gonna break it!!!!

Jim: If you break I'll send you a new pair. Now....Don't be a WUSS push it out.

----picture me pushing so hard I'm sure the frames gonna fold-----

Me: Hey!!! whatta you know it poped right out.

Jim: Great, enjoy the glasses.

Gotta love an outfit who has enough confidence in their products to call their customer a WUSS.

I've been very pleased with them. When I got them I didn't think I would do alot of lense swapping, but I was wrong. It's a handy feature that I'm glad I invested in and I'm no longer afraid that I'm gonna snap em.

So I'd recommend the Rudy's

my two cents.

A cheap way :)girchygirchy
Jul 12, 2002 12:57 PM
I'm just going to turn my old spare pair of glasses into some...tinted lenses are like $20, plus $10 or so more for polarization.
Try the Performance offeringMXL02
Jul 12, 2002 2:13 PM
I was all set to buy Bolle, Rudy Project, or Oakley, when I saw that Performance was offering knock offs for about $50.00, including the Rx inserts! I figured, wtf, and ordered them knowing I could return them if I didn't like them...they are get three lenses, smoke, amber and clear, the Rx insert, nice case, and a cleaning cloth, for at least 1/2 the cost of other brands. Yeah, you don't get the "dig me" factor, but hey, I'm more interested in spending money on the bike, not on style. I think these glasses are a great bargain, and I apologize for forgetting the specific name, but they are listed in the catalog. Good luck.
Jul 12, 2002 2:19 PM
You can get frame and Rx lenses directly from Rudy Project:

I have a pair of the Ekynox glasses, and two pairs of Graals. The Ekynox use an insert behind the lens that holds the Rx lens. The benefit is that the colored lenses are interchangeable. The downside (for me) is that the glasses sit so close to the face that my eyelashes continually brush the Rx lenses. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying. That's the only problem - if my face was shaped a little differently I'd love them.

I swapped to the Graals. With that glass the lens is replaced entirely by the Rx lens. You lose the interchangeability (you can still swap, but you need multiple Rx lenses) but you gain more eyelash clearance. Rather than swapping between dark lenses and clear lenses for night, I just bought two separate frames. Another benefit is that there is only a single lens between your eye and the road.

For years I rode with Bolles, that also have an Rx insert behind the lens. The sudden lack of reflections when I switched to the Graals was really cool. Plus, the Graals are lighter because there are fewer lenses involved.

You can order frames, Rx lens, and even spare Rx or plano lenses directly from They're quick and do very good work. I recommend them highly, particularly the Graal or other models without the separate optical inserts.
reading magnifierseflayer2
Jul 12, 2002 2:32 PM
I'm old and had a hard time seeing the digits on my cycling computer. All I needed was magnification. You can buy samll flexible plastic inserts that magically stick onto the inside bottom half of any pair of sunglasses. They work suprisingly well for me and only cost $20. Available at my local Walgreens. Depending on how bad your vision is, these might do the trick.
Jul 12, 2002 2:33 PM
I haven't ordered any, but they look decent.
In Spexafrican
Jul 12, 2002 3:02 PM

I got my rudy projects from In Spex and I am really happy with them, (Graal foil) I do believe. I use them for riding, running, driving and looking at hotties. They were great to deal with and are cool people to deal with.
Rudy Project Kerosene "Premiums" get my vote! (nm)yfoiler
Jul 12, 2002 3:16 PM
re: Rx Sunglasses I HIGHLY RECCOMEND IN-SPEX.COMroadcyclist
Jul 13, 2002 7:16 AM
I wear bifocals w/a pretty strong prescription. I emailed Jim at and then we spoke by phone (toll-free #).
He was SUPER! I ended up ordering Adidas frames with inserts. Having never seen an Adidas frame, I was concerned with fit, function, and fashion (so shoot me). In-Spex offers a 30-day REFUND!! Yes, even if the reason is you just don't like them. I can't reccomend them highly enough!