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Question for Rudy Project wearers/owners(13 posts)

Question for Rudy Project wearers/ownersLone Gunman
Aug 11, 2002 10:33 AM
I currently am using/wearing Bolle Parole (narrow face) sunglasses to ride. Like the interchangeable lenses etc. Started using a mirror attached to the frame and now they don't fit so well as the left arm is pointing at a weird angle due to mirror pressure on the arm. I am looking for new sunglasses and my Brother in Law, an eye doctor, was approached by a Rudy Project Sales rep about carrying their products in his office. Which means a hefty discount for me. Soooo... which model Rudy Project frame is for narrow face folks and seems to have a nice snug fit similar to the way Oakley fits? Are their lenses switchable?
re: Question for Rudy Project wearers/ownerscurlybike
Aug 11, 2002 12:34 PM
I was using Oakley M frames and got a deal on some Rudys. I have the Kerosene and the Skeey models and they fit as good as the Oakleys and are more scratch resistant. Both have interchangeable lenses and they are easy to change. I had several Oakleys with broken frames, and I stuck with the Rudys because they seem more durable. The repair fee for the oakleys has become too high.
Rudy Project Kerosenems
Aug 11, 2002 1:49 PM
My face is neither broad nor narrow -- so I cannot respond directly to your question about which model would be best for a narrow face. But, I have been very happy with the fit and durability of my Kerosenes. The lenses are switchable and spare lenses are much easier to carry with you than the Ockley M Frame lenses.
Rudy Project Kerosenefiltersweep
Aug 11, 2002 4:58 PM
Only complaint I have about the Kerosenes is that the rubber nose piece disappeared... probably when I was wiping the sweat off them.
give them a callgrandemamou
Aug 11, 2002 5:11 PM
They sent me two new ones,gratis, when one of mine disappeared.
re: Question for Rudy Project wearers/ownersgrandemamou
Aug 11, 2002 5:15 PM
I have a narrow face and have a pair of Kerosenes. The fit is great. The nose and ear pieces are adjustable. The lenses are replaceable also. They are quite a bit heavier than the Oakleys but much better made. Their customer service is great. They replaced the nose pieces when one fell out and they also sent a pair of rubber ear pieces when one broke.
What is the actual weight diff.? n/mcurlybike
Aug 11, 2002 6:42 PM
What is the actual weight diff.? n/mgrandemamou
Aug 12, 2002 5:13 AM
I don't know what the weight diff. is I'd drop them on a dig. scale but I tossed the Oakleys after I broke the for the umpteenth time.

The diff. is substantial. One of the reasons I liked the Oakleys was their feather weight. They just don't last. The Rudy's use alot of metal. To be honest, I do notice the weight, but IMO it really doesn't matter if the extra weight means they will last.
Oakley =25 g. Kerosene=37g. n/mcurlybike
Aug 12, 2002 3:08 PM
i used to own some Skeeys....dustin73
Aug 11, 2002 6:52 PM
till i got the Oakley Half-Jackets.
re: Graal Fyolcyclejim
Aug 11, 2002 8:09 PM
I have a narrow face, and the fit of these is excellent. They are best for those with a smaller head/face.
re: Question for Rudy Project wearers/ownersgregario
Aug 12, 2002 4:10 AM
I have a couple of suggestions for you:

1. Take your mirror off your glasses and put it on your helmet. I too wear Bolle Paroles and the mirror (Take-a-Look) was screwing up my glasses. So I bought the CycleAware Reflex mirror for the helmet and now my glasses fit fine. I would not ride without a mirror, but try it on your helmet instead.

2. If you get the Rudy's get a POLARIZED lens for them. It's kind of costly but you really will see much better especially in shadows/light, like when riding in the intermittent light of shade trees. I tried the Kerosenes and they fit well but I thought they didn't block enough wind. I wear contacts and it kind of bugged me. I only wish Bolle made polarized lenses for the Parole.
Skeey Uno worked great for mejw25
Aug 12, 2002 8:28 AM
I had a set with the smoke black lense (which worked well in most conditions - sun, clouds, rain), which unfortunately got destroyed in a crash this spring. I tried some of the Skeey lenses, but the angular shape really didn't fit my face, and made the glasses seem wider.
I've since replaced them with Kerosenes, which are a bit wider, but still look good, and offer the same good ventilation.
If your brother gets to carry them, why not just try on a few different models? The rudy website denotes some of their models as being better for smaller faces, so maybe you could get him to order samples of those models in particular.
I also used a set of Paroles for a while, and really didn't like the way they looked or fit - my face is slightly crooked, and the Bolles aren't too adjustable, so the glasses always sat wrong. The also had a little too much coverage. The Skeey Unos were much better.