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eye protection while riding(14 posts)

eye protection while ridingJay18
Jun 3, 2003 1:12 PM
Even though I wear prescription glasses, I seem to be constantly getting stuff in my eyes. It seems to be worse than usual this year, with more than the normal amount of gravel and other debris on the roads after our lousy winter. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've looked in the catalogs to see if there is such a thing as goggles for riding but haven't found anything. I don't want anything that's going to cut off my peripheral vision. Finally, is this another one of those things that's going to give Style Man and his followers fits? I've already offended them with a CamelBak and a helmet with a visor. There are years when I can't seem to do anything right.

funny thing...TNSquared
Jun 3, 2003 1:51 PM
I'm having the same problem when I ride with my eyeglasses. Funny thing is that I seem to get much less debris in my eyes when I wear just contacts with no eye protection at all than with my eye glasses. Of course, I realize that using no eye protection whatsoever is not safe, and generally I wear shield style sunglasses with my contacts. However, I don't have interchangeable lenses, and when it is overcast I prefer unguarded eyes with contacts to my eyeglasses.

If you can wear contacts, you probably don't need goggles. Any sunglasses that have a true wrap around and large enough lens should do the trick. I have no problems at all when I wear my sunglasses.

If you can't wear contacts, you could consider prescription sport sunglasses. I know rudy project makes something like this, and from what I remember they are not too much more than the standard sunglasses (although still pretty darn expensive.)

But I say if you can find goggles that are comfortable for riding and fit over your glasses, then Fashion guy be d*mned - do what works. Unfortunately, the only goggles I've ever found to fit over my glasses were ski goggles. I can't imagine they'd be too comfortable for riding.

Good Luck
re: eye protection while ridingpurplepaul
Jun 3, 2003 1:58 PM
You could always try a motorcycle catalog for goggles. I seem to recall that Briko made some full coverage glasses. Rudy Project makes goggles, but they look like they're for winter use. What about using a prescription insert with one of the full coverage Rudy's?
If you don't already have themMel Erickson
Jun 3, 2003 1:59 PM
Get some sunglasses made for active sports, the wrap around kind. The best investment I've made for cycling in many years. You can get the type with prescription lenses that mount behind the sunglass lens or regular wrap sunglasses with prescription lenses, whatever suits your style. I bought a pair of Rudy Project RB3 sunglasses with insert and an extra set of clear lenses. These worked best for me because the curvature of the insert was less than most and my particular prescription only works with minimal curvature. YMMV. Every time I ride I praise them to myself. My eyes don't water. I went through a stream of small gnats last night and they just rolled right off the lenses. Roads tend to be sandy here and the grit and sand thrown up by cars, wind and other riders is easily deflected. This was not the case with my regular prescription glasses with clip-ons. They cost me about $180 including the prescription lenses but it's been the best $180 I've spent in years. Now, if you have this type of sunglass and you still have a problem.....nevermind.
Rudy Project RB3'sTNSquared
Jun 3, 2003 2:06 PM
Did $180 cover both sets of lenses as well as the frames? May have to check into that. I'm considering some Rudy's anyway so that I can switch lenses, and it would be great not to mess with the contacts.
YepMel Erickson
Jun 3, 2003 2:30 PM
Did some careful shopping and got the sunglass frames plus smoke lens for $45. Can't remember where at the moment, got it at home and will post later. The insert ($50) and clear lenses ($35) were from Colorado Cyclist. They have good prices and I needed other stuff so I could spread the shipping over more items. The lenses were high index and cost $60 (through a deal my wife gets, she works for a medical clinic).
Another vote for Rudy ProjectSmiker
Jun 3, 2003 11:18 PM
I use Rudy's (the Ekynox) but without prescriptions. I have some friends who use their RX system on the Ekynox and the Kerosene and love them. Of course, it's a high entry price, but they truly are worth it, due to adjustable fit, lense options, and the prescription lense ability.

I got the frame and smoke lenses at FogDogMel Erickson
Jun 4, 2003 5:46 AM
I just checked their site and don't see them anymore. Must have been a closeout. The best price I can find is $90 at
Looks like $45 was a screamin deal. The best thing about Rudys is their adjustability. The nose pads and bows adjust in almost any way you want and are made of a high quality metal that looks like it will last without breaking. I also like their lenses, no distortion. Later this summer I'll be getting a set of brown polarized lenses for flyfishing.
Thanks for the info.! (nm)TNSquared
Jun 4, 2003 8:33 AM
But, if you want goggles....Mel Erickson
Jun 3, 2003 2:03 PM
Here they are.
Try Bolle Parolle or Vigilante'sFender
Jun 3, 2003 2:17 PM
I bought a pair a few years ago with the Rx insert. Works great. I got the Parolle which offer more coverage and have never had any problems with debris. The only minor problem is fogging when going slow and it's cold, but I believe most eyewear has that problem.
Check them out. I think Performance has them for cheap and with 2 or 4 sets of lenses.
Another RX Rudy users hereScot_Gore
Jun 4, 2003 4:10 AM
I have Rudy Graal FYOLs with prescription lenses. This is a swap out lense style frame. I have 3 shades (Blue, Orange, Clear) to adapt to conditions.

I notice a big difference between the wind blockage of my Rudy wrap arounds vs my everyday glasses.

I got them at, eye doctors who ride bikes. They give good, informed advice. Give em a call.

Another RX Rudy users hereTNSquared
Jun 4, 2003 8:54 AM
Do you wear the Graals for other activities, or are these the kind that look goofy without a helmet?
I use them outside of cyclingScot_Gore
Jun 4, 2003 9:36 AM
The Graal FYOL is a pretty normal looking frame as sports sunglasses goes.