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sunglasses?(23 posts)

Feb 12, 2003 9:19 AM
Haven't seen many posts here about another bit of gear we probably all wear on the bike - sunglasses. Just curious what you all wear and what you like.

I have worn Smith sliders and Brikos (the older big orange ones) for a few years and liked them. But I want to get some prescription glasses and some Bolles are looking nice. I am thinking of ordering some of the Pinnaxes, with orange lenses (most versatile for most light conditions).
re: sunglasses?No_sprint
Feb 12, 2003 9:38 AM
I've got Rudy Project Platinum Kerosene, Oakley Racing Jacket, Oakley M-Frame with several sweep lenses and a pair of Spy Scoops. I ususally race with the M-Frames and I likely prefer the M-Frames to all the others for rec riding. The ease and changeability of the lenses is super. They are superlight and fit well.
I've got Rudy Projects and, for what it's worth...joekm
Feb 12, 2003 9:42 AM
I understand they are also a supporter of Team In Training - an organization that raises money for Leukemia research.
I have prescription inserts ...PdxMark
Feb 12, 2003 9:46 AM
for Rudy Project Kerosenes - the interchangeable lenses are very nice. I chose the RP over Bolle's because the inserts in the Bolle's were so close to my face that they pressed against my eyebrows. I'd go with whatever fits well, WITH the inserts in place.
I can barely see the screen right now ...Humma Hah
Feb 12, 2003 9:59 AM
... because my Rx photo-grey glasses are so dark from being outside in the cold. They seem to be most effective when cold and with snow reflecting UV.

They're not the best riding glasses, compared to good wrap-arounds, but I can't be happy in contacts any more (can't read with them) so plain sunglasses don't work for me.

Photogreys have the advantage that you don't need to worry about where to store them when the sun goes down.
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Feb 12, 2003 10:13 AM
A friend of mine owns Sports Optical. He fits prescriptions lens in just about anything. I'm not talking about inserts either. Another guy I ride with got some transition lens put into Oakley full metal jackets, I think that's what they are and he likes them alot.
Oakley Half JacketsLactateIntolerant
Feb 12, 2003 10:51 AM
I just got some Oakley Half Jackets (after my lower end Rudy's broke from repeated lens switching)and so far I like them a lot. Interchangeable lenses were important to me and I tried some of the high end Rudy's, but didn't think the finish was in line with the price. I'm not crazy about the way the Oakleys need to flex for lens replacement (that killed two pairs of cheap Rudy's), but they fit great and the optics seem top notch.
Oakley Half Jacketslaffeaux
Feb 12, 2003 2:06 PM
I've found switching lenses to be more difficult that I expected. However, I agree with you that it's a "must have." After years of riding with standard sun glasses, I bought a set of Half Jackets this year - they were easily the best upgrade I'd made to my biking in recent years.

I wear contacts, so riding without eye protection is not a good idea, and being able to see when going from sun to shade was something that I've not done for years. The optical quality of the Oakley's combined with being able to run different lenses on different days is a huge improvement (especially for off-road use).
LOL!JS Haiku Shop
Feb 12, 2003 10:55 AM
look at all the responses, then this one:

i'm wearing a pair of 180*s given to me as a product sample.

they replaced fake m-frames bought for $4 on a sidewalk in puerto rico.

given the circumstance, i'd buy the 180*s. yes, they are the same maker from which those funky ear warmers hailed.
re: sunglasses?desmo
Feb 12, 2003 10:57 AM
I can build a nice fixed gear conversion for what most "cycling" sunglasses cost. I got a piar of $12 Foster Grant wrap-arounds frrom the Rite-Aid that work fine. They even have a "rubberized" coating on the frames that keeps them from slipping.
re: sunglasses?rogue_CT1
Feb 12, 2003 11:11 AM
I've got the Bolle Vigilante glasses. They are okay but I really prefer my Rudy Project Rydons. You can get them for a good price on ebay. Got mine for $64.
re: sunglasses?Suddha
Feb 12, 2003 11:22 AM
My company's vision plan pays for one pair of Rx sunglasses per year for me, so a nice pair of Bollés is about as cheap as I can get.
re: sunglasses?Rich_Racer
Feb 12, 2003 11:27 AM
Oakley e-wires. I'm sure there are better glasses for cycling than these but they look cool! I actually do ned to get some with changeable lenses for cycling in dim light or in the dark.

re: sunglasses?Juanmoretime
Feb 12, 2003 12:48 PM
I really like my Smith Voodoo's. I went Lasik's two years ago and have been 20/15 in both eyes since.
well, in that case ...tarwheel
Feb 13, 2003 6:45 AM
If your company's vision plan is paying for it -- get some good frames that will take a prescription WITHOUT an insert. I've got some Bolle glasses with the inserts, and they are OK, but my next pair will be without inserts. The inserts make the frame jut out from your face, and they also get sweaty and dirty much easier because the lens is so close to your eye. The big advantage to the insert style is that it's easier (and less expensive) to change lenses. I am gonna keep my Bolles for riding at night, but buy some prescription frames with dark lenses for normal daytime riding.

Supposedly, Oakleys have the best optics but I am totally confused by the endless range of lense choices. I also am not impressed by the quality and fit of Oakley frames given their extremely high cost. The markup on Oakleys is even more ridiculous than the exorbitant prices for most sunglasses. I have been looking at Raybans and Rudy's, which are still priced very high, just not as ridiculous as Oakley.
sunglasses are more overpriced than today's gas at the pumps!Tig
Feb 12, 2003 1:11 PM
I still can't get over the $120+ prices on most sports sunglasses. Most items at a shop have 60-70% markup, but sunglasses can be marked up to 80% over cost. It makes my wallet close up tighter than my sr prom date's knees!

I popped for the Bolle's that are on sale each year at Performance for around $50 and enjoy them much more than the ultra cheapies that develop frame cracks within a few months. Still for 120+ for high end optics that will scratch easily turns me into a tight-wad.
they are overpriced, but...laffeaux
Feb 12, 2003 2:00 PM
I agree that they are overpriced, but the mark up is not by the LBS. The mark up on glasses is much less than 50%, and your 60-70% markup on average is very high too.
Wrong. I've bought Oakleys as an LBS employee for 20-30% of the standard retail.Tig
Feb 12, 2003 2:15 PM
I'll let you know what the current markup is when I start a new job at my LBS next week. Most retailers have an average markup of 50-66%, depending on the item. Accessories and clothing is where a bike shops makes its bread and butter. I'm not trying to bad mouth LBS's, but the sunglass prices people are willing to pay is crazy. Who's to blame, the willing consumer or the retailer? (we all know the answer)
I work at a LBS and just bought a set of Oakleyslaffeaux
Feb 13, 2003 10:27 AM
For a pair of Half Jackets and a 2nd set of lenses I paid just over $100 - that's at cost + 10% + 8.25% sales tax. I agree this is too much money even paying roughly 40% less than retail. The LBS is not making a killing on these though, but someone is.
The LBS is not making a killing on these though, but someone is.js5280
Feb 13, 2003 12:25 PM
It's this guy. . .

Not sure the value of the Oakley contract, but I'm sure it's lots! I do appreachiate Oakley going to bat for Lance when he found himself without insurance. However, I have never owned a pair of Oakley's, way too expensive. I wouldn't pay much more than $50 for sunglasses and I'd expect them to be very good quality at that price.
Never ride with themAlexx
Feb 12, 2003 1:21 PM
Around here, there are too many places where there are trees/overpasses/barns by the road, and potholes lurking in the dark areas. I wear perscription glasses anyway, and they have UV protection. Once in a long, long while, when riding straight into the sun, I clip the sunglass attachement to them, but that's rare.
As long as your eyes are protected...joekm
Feb 13, 2003 7:01 PM
I lost my last pair when a rock hit the right lens while I was riding. My new glasses have replaceable lenses.
Brikos....Because I like to look faaabulous!PseuZQ
Feb 12, 2003 4:30 PM
And also because I don't like it when my contact lens comes out while I'm descending.