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Eye protection, glassesgotj
Oct 30, 2002 12:09 PM
I'm looking for a good, all-purpose pair of glasses. I've been using regular sunglasses during my day time commute, but now that standard time is upon us, I'd like something I can use at night (multi-lens system including clear lenses needed). I've dug up a couple of possibilities. Has anyone tried either of these?

The first is The Rays, designed by The Rudy Project for Nashbar (Rudy Project Kerosenes look really nice, but are out of my price range). Given the positive reviews of Rudy Project products, it might be a good deal at $50:

The other is the Performance Radial II Multi-Lens System. It has some venting that I don't think the Rays has, and it's cheaper ($35):

Input welcome!
beware of the Performance brand of glassesTig
Oct 30, 2002 1:07 PM
I went through 2 pair due to the cheap, fragile frames that can break without warning. Go with the others you found in Nashbar Rudy Projects. They look like a better deal than my Bolle Rogue Standard Multi-Lens System $49.90 glasses.
beware of the Performance brand of glassesgotj
Oct 30, 2002 1:39 PM
Thanks for the tip, Tig. Which model did you have? Was it the Radials?
I can't remember the modelTig
Oct 30, 2002 6:35 PM
They may not be in production anymore, but looked like the Athena glasses.
I kind of like theseCaptain Morgan
Oct 30, 2002 1:12 PM
clear safety glasses at Lowes !!quadzilla1
Oct 30, 2002 1:39 PM
I bought mine from Lowes of all places !! Clear lens safety glasses which kind of look like an Oakley sweep lens (not the goofy square sided ones). They work perfectly for commuting at night & are like $9, and of course they will take an impact and protect your eyes! Not bad looking either.
Are yours the clear version of this one?gotj
Oct 30, 2002 2:25 PM

They have a clear lens version of this one for the same price, but there's no pic. for it.
Whoops, this link may be better for a pic.gotj
Oct 30, 2002 2:28 PM
That's them!!!!!quadzilla1
Oct 30, 2002 3:16 PM
Exact same frame with clear lens ! Can't be beat for only $9. Break 'em, lose 'em or someone steals 'em at work & you won't cry. Worked for me for over a year commuting at night ( I also wear contacts & wind protection was decent to boot!)
Sunglasses durabilityRubberbandman
Oct 30, 2002 2:10 PM
How long do cycling sunglasses last? The way I load up my backpack, car trunk and generally toss my bike stuff around I wonder how long it would be before the lenses were scratched or the frames broken.

Smith Sliders ruleKEN2
Oct 30, 2002 3:06 PM
You can't beat Smith Sliders for quality and versatility. I prefer the SL2 model but they all work the same. Some models are easier to slide lenses in and out of, though.

You can get the best prices ($20 off, = $80) at The only downside is that the basic 3-lens package doesn't include the clear lenses (although the yellow supplied is ok for nighttime). Another option is ebay, there's always several both new and used.
Smith Sliders rulefracisco
Oct 30, 2002 4:27 PM
I wear the Smith Mainline model. It, too, comes with grey, orange, and yellow lenses, and I need to source a clear lens for it. They are a bigger frame and lens than some of the other in the Smith Slider series.

For normal bright daylight riding, I have the Smith Axl.
How about Rudy Project Graal?Qubeley
Oct 30, 2002 3:16 PM
3 lenses including red(all purpose) and clear(dark).
Plus Rudy's great customer service.
$65 at
Industrial Safety Glasseswink
Oct 30, 2002 6:03 PM
I paid $6.00 for a pair of industrial safety glasses that I use for squash and nite/overcast riding. I am sure that you find some on the net easy. BTW I have a pair $120 Oakley's that I use for sun - so I am not a cheap skate. It just does not make sense to pay a big premium for functional protection.
re: Eye protection, glassesmwashbu
Oct 31, 2002 7:28 AM
I've found safety glasses made by Bouton to be of very high quality. I can't distinguish them from M-frames on the basis of comfort or optics. They're available in clear, dark/reflective, smoke and "true-view" (slightly tinted). One vendor is
re: Eye protection, glassesgotj
Oct 31, 2002 10:30 AM
Thanks for all the help, folks! Very useful. I think I'll give the safety glasses a try. Even it they don't work, they're so cheap it won't be a big deal.

mwashbu , which lenses of the Bouton's have you tried? I wonder if I should get the clear or TrueView for night riding (I wonder if the TrueView would work at night and also during the day)...Perhaps I'll get a pair of each and a darker pair (smoke or blue mirror?) to boot. At $4 each it's worth the risk!
re: Eye protection, glassesmwashbu
Oct 31, 2002 11:27 AM
I've tried all of them, including yellow ones not available from the vendor I listed. For night, I'd say to go for the clear ones (or yellow if you can find them). The "true-view" have a slight tint and a slight mirror finish but aren't really dark enough for daytime use.

I use these in a lab setting as well and between the lack of distortion of the lens and the comfort, sometimes I forget I have them on.
re: Eye protection, glassesgotj
Nov 1, 2002 9:57 AM
Thanks, mwashbu. You may not see this, as the thread is off the front page, but for daytime riding (variable light conditions), do you prefer the smoke or blue mirror lenses?