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RX cycling glasses(22 posts)

RX cycling glassesshenvalleybiker
Jan 2, 2003 11:47 AM
I am in the process of looking at glasses for cycling. My eye doc didn't know much about them so I figured I would ask the experts. I have looked at a couple of Rudy Project pairs and the Radial II's by Performance. Is there really $100 of difference between the two? If there is I don't mind paying it, I just want to know I am getting good value.

What RX glasses have people found to be good?
re: RX cycling glassesMike-Wisc
Jan 2, 2003 12:20 PM
I've only purchased one pair of Rx cycling glasses, Rudy's, so have nothing to compare them to. But I will caution that the prescription insert lens sits close enough to your eyes that your eyelashes may brush up against the lens. And no I do not have extra long eyelashes, but I don't shave them either. See if you can borrow a pair for a test fitting. Otherwise I like them and sort of get used to the brushing, or else just move them a fraction farther away down my nose. YMMV
Jan 2, 2003 12:33 PM

They've got replaceable lens cycling glasses rather than the insert. I've got a set (with clear/amber/smoke lenses) that I really like. Steep though -- around $300 for the whole kit & caboodle.
re: RX cycling glassesScot_Gore
Jan 2, 2003 12:35 PM
I have a pair of RX RP Graal Fyol's. It's my first pair cycle(sun) glasses I've ever owned so I can't speak to comparisons with other options.

Having never owned sunglasses, I thought I'd seldom use the lens swap feature, after 1 year of use, I'm swapping all the time to meet conditions.

I've been very pleased with them. In my shopping I wasn't comparing between sunglass brands but more with what I paid for my "regular" glasses. My RPs were cheaper, so I felt like I got good value.

If you look back on old threads you'll see many folks unhappy with the RX insert type (and a few that like it of course).

My recommendation would be to call Jim at In-Spex
The two eye doctors at In-Spex are both cyclists and have a great deal of affinity for what will work for you.

Good luck


PS: I have a difficult prescription. It gave me allot of confidence to work with the in-Spex folks since they specializied in this type of eye wear and could use sound judgement concerning whether my lens would work in the curves Graal type frame. If a more typical corrections (ie Sphericals & Cyclindricals < 3 for example) this may not be an issue for you.
re: RX cycling glassesafrican
Jan 2, 2003 1:28 PM
I got the same Rudy Graal's from In Spex. They are the only Rx glasses I have used. At first they were to close to my face and did not feel right, the folks and In Spex took them back adjusted them and I have been happy ever since. I paid in the upper 200's for them and they have really been worth it. I run in them ride in them and drive in them (I wish I could swim in them), I do all my training and racing in them.
I did Ironman Florida in them and they worked out great until it got too dark and I had to use my cane (joking I can see enough to get by).

So I recomend the folks at In Spex as well, they were great to work with, helps that they are triathletes.
need inserts after around -4.5 or sokenyee
Jan 2, 2003 1:30 PM
Jim said I'd be stuck w/ inserts because they can't bend plastic in that high a prescription w/o you going nuts from the off-center distortions. A local well respected optometrist who lectures a lot said the same thing. Tiny sunglasses w/o wind protection, or bigger ones w/ an insert. The tiny ones look stylish, but I doubt they'd work that well with wind on your face.
Jim also suggested laser surgery...
I'm -4.75 right eye and -4.5 left. I think allot depends on the combo of all your #s (nm)Scot_Gore
Jan 2, 2003 1:37 PM
I'm -7.50 and -7.25 w/ lots of astigmatism :-(kenyee
Jan 2, 2003 8:01 PM
Yep, LASIK surgery is the ultimate solution (nm)Chen2
Jan 3, 2003 9:13 AM
re: RX cycling glassesnetso
Jan 2, 2003 12:38 PM
I have used Bolle, Oakley and am using Rudy Kerosene's. They have all been good.
re: RX cycling glassesJimP
Jan 2, 2003 1:35 PM
I have used the Bolle and didn't like the insert which causes the shield to be too far from my face. I now have a pair of Oakley Frogskins. You can order single-vision glasses directly from Oakley. I wear tri-focal glasses normally and decided to have my optometrist make bi-focal cycling glasses since Oakley didn't offer that option. He ordered the frames from Oakley and created polarized, silvered lenses.

Jan 2, 2003 1:36 PM
Don't waste your money with behind the lens inserts. Too heavy and there is a lot of glare in between the two lenses. Shawndoggy has the right idea, zeal optics. RX cut right into the lens and if you only get one lens color it only runs about $170. These are really light as well.
bolle... vigilantesmixinbeatz
Jan 2, 2003 2:04 PM
I have been racing with these for the last year or so and they work well. With plastic lenses they are light and I have never had any glare problems like described above. The only problem is that they are the ugliest glasses in the world, I feel like I should grow a mullet to go with them. But in this case, function over fashion!
Have you thought about contact lenses?ms
Jan 2, 2003 1:40 PM
I had tried contact lenses several times in the '70s (hard) and 80's (soft) with little long-term success. When I started riding in 2000, I initially rode with my presecription sunglasses (not cycling-specific). The weight of my corrective lenses was so great that I had a hard time keeping the glasses on my nose while riding. My eye doc suggested that I try contacts again because other patients generally were not satisfied with various sunglasses and inserts that they had used for various sports (no cyclists, however). I have been very pleasantly surprised with the current generation of soft lenses -- I initially was wearing them just for riding, now I wear them all of the time. With contacts, your options for riding glasses increase. I generally use Rudy Kerosenes -- I have dark, yellow and clear lenses and can switch them during a ride as is necessary without too much trouble.
re: RX cycling glassesshenvalleybiker
Jan 2, 2003 2:19 PM
Thank you for all of your help!!! I have checked out both Zeal and InSpex and now just have to make a decision. I plan to stay away from the inserts and am leaning towards the Rudy Kubo. My other choice is the Zeal Lazor. Has anyone used either of these?

The thought of putting contacts in my eyes still sort of freaks me out.
All good suggestions.....eyebob
Jan 2, 2003 2:36 PM
Your best bet is usually contacts. Just about everyone can get over the "creeped out" issue with enough work. All of the brands that have inserts are fairly bulky but do offer a lot of utility in that a) you Rx can be completely customized and b) you can change out the colored lenses depending on your riding conditions (which you'll like once you try it). The other option of just custom tinting one pair of Rx sunglasses is okay but you're stuck with that color of lens and screwed if they break/fall off on a crash. Many frame makers make stylish enough sports sunglasses that will hold most Rx's. The issue with the amount of curve to the frame (called face-form) limits all Rx's because of the induced spherical abberations that are created by the lenses being ground/warped to fit the frame. My first pair of sport-dedicated sunglasses were a pair of Ray Bans custom tinted with polarized lenses that looked no different than the non-Rx'd ones which I used a lot when my contacts dried out too much.

Let me know which way you go or if you have any other questions. I don't have a vested interest in any of the companies (though I wear Bolle's both with and without the inserts) but I do work in the field.

I've got the Lazorsshawndoggy
Jan 3, 2003 9:14 AM
Like my first post said, I've been mighty happy. Give them a call and talk to the folks out in Moab. They are very helpful and can set you up right.

The Lazor also has the removeable sweat pad, which I thought was kind of gimmicky when I got them, but I find it's actually pretty nice for keeping the wind out of your eyes. I don't ride without it anymore.

I also thought about contacts and was actually pretty torn. The new ones are so much better than the old gas permiable torture devices I endured in the 80s, but then I figured even with the contacts I'd still need a nice set of glasses, and then my cost went right back up.

Anyhow, good luck!
re: RX cycling glassesshenvalleybiker
Jan 2, 2003 2:21 PM
Thank you for all of your help!!! I have checked out both Zeal and InSpex and now just have to make a decision. I plan to stay away from the inserts and am leaning towards the Rudy Kubo. My other choice is the Zeal Lazor. Has anyone used either of these?
re: RX cycling glassesbrurider
Jan 2, 2003 3:51 PM
try going to wal*mart and get a pair of polarized clip ons (the spring loaded ones - not the flip ups) for $12 or so
Jan 2, 2003 5:01 PM
This is rudy project's in-house producer of Rx lenses. I have a pair of the Ekynox, and like others found the inserts brush my eyelashes and are annoying. I switched to the Graal, with an Rx lens inserted into the frame, and have been delighted. was fast, did great work, and I think their prices are very reasonable. You should check them out before you make a final decision.
FWIW: Optilabscoonass
Jan 2, 2003 4:27 PM
SVED Optics8cht
Jan 2, 2003 6:04 PM
SVED Optics makes small inserts that our mounted to the nose piece section on the inside of the frame. For example, I have mine mounted on the inside of my Smith Slider 01's. I can change the lenses and the insert stays tucked inside the frame of the glasses on rubber mounts. I've had mine for about 5 years and have had no problem whatsoever. The inserts have no edges so one doesn't really notice them while wearing the glasses. Since they are tucked inside the frame, I have little problem with stray light getting between the inserts and the Slider lenses. The only problem is I do not know if they are still in business. I need to upgrade my prescription and have e-mailed them to see if they are still around. The website is Just another option.