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Oakley v. Smith(12 posts)

Oakley v. Smithjaybird
Jun 27, 2003 5:09 AM
I need a little input on some new glasses. I am looking at the M Frames and a couple of different Smith slider models. I like the feel of the M frames but the extra lenses I would like to buy are between 30 and 50 bucks each. The Smith's come with 3 lenses. I would like a lens for bright conditions and one for low light. Any recomendations on lenses? Is a yellow lens better than a clear lens for low light?
rudy's!andy02
Jun 27, 2003 6:06 AM
I like the M frames but I also really like my rudy projects. Have you looked at them? I have two pair and they have been really tough glasses compare to the smiths and oakleys that I have had. Rudy will also replace any strached lens as well
My Rudy experience...TJeanloz
Jun 27, 2003 6:24 AM
When Rudy Project made its big push into North America ~4 years ago, I was on one of the first teams they sponsored, and was given half a dozen pairs (one of each style) to ride with. I was totally on the Rudy bandwagon for a couple of years, until a series of broken/lost glasses caused me to go back to the Oakleys that had been sitting in my drawer for those years. I didn't realize, until I went back, how much better the optics of the Oakleys were. I could ride for 6 hours without my eyes hurting towards the end -- which I never could with the RP's, but I had assumed that it was just normal fatigue.

Rudy Projects are cheaper, and have a more liberal scratch policy -- but the optics on Oakleys are just flat out superior.
Total agreement on the opticsManBehindTheCurtain
Jun 27, 2003 6:44 AM
I have the yellow lens for low light, I do not have the clear so I will leave comparison of yellow to clear to someone who is qualified to make that comparison. I ride in twilight as the autumn riding season wears down but restrict myself to daylight riding in the winter. Therefore I never ride in "no light" situations. I do ride a lot in low light in October and November (and in March). I will say that I find the yellow to work just fine for the kind of low light riding that I do.

I am not an optician so I am not able to make a scientific observation on comparative optics but my layman's view is in total agreement with TJeanloz on the optics of Oakley. The Oakleys are more expensive not because of trendy styling or exotic materials, the Oakleys are more expensive because of superior optics. All other sunglasses I have ever worn eventually give me a headache. Oakleys do not. Your results may vary.
I disagree on the opticspurplepaul
Jun 27, 2003 4:10 PM
I used to have the M frames. Now I use Rudy's and find none of the problems others have stated. As a former photographer, I am extremely sensitive to optical distortions; I can't stand it when a bit of sweat dries on the lens even if it is on the extreme periphery of the lens, and I immediately notice any magnification differences between lenses. The Rudy's are excellent. Whether they have quality control issues, I cannot say. But my lenses are what I would expect of a good quality manufacturer.
Agree! nmthe bull
Jun 27, 2003 2:45 PM
my exp with Rudysjaybird
Jun 27, 2003 7:33 AM
I actually had a pair of Rudys in the late 80's. I was just getting into cycling and too many people had the Oakley Eyeshades and my man Bernard Hinault was wearing them so I had to have a pair. They were ok but I wasn't blown over by them. I will have to check out the new ones though...
I'd go Oakley or BrikoZeGopha
Jun 27, 2003 6:39 AM
I'm currently running the Oakley Racing Jacket and love it. The optics are very good, especialy considering how big the lenses are. Most manufacturers have problems with distortion, but not oakley. One note, Smith and Rudy's are very heavey as far as sunglasses go. And on a long ride your face and nose will definetly notice.
Another option would be Briko. I'm very fond of the Switcher. Multiple lenses, light weight, very technical, and not that many people were them.
re: Oakley v. Smitht-bill
Jun 27, 2003 7:40 AM
Oakley definitely has the best optics out there, but most people will be very happy with any of the higher-end manufacturers. I have had both Oakley and Smith shades and like the qick change ability of the Sliders. I haven't used the clear lenses before. I'm not sure what the point is. The yellow lenses are pretty amazing. They brighten low-light conditions very well, pulling excellent definition out of the shadows.
Nike has a nice interchange series. nm.uksrfr
Jun 27, 2003 10:33 AM
Just bought Half jackets but..the bull
Jun 27, 2003 2:42 PM
I like Rudys better for cycling!
They fit better behind ears while wearing helmet.
Trust me Rudys are the bomb!
I like the Oakleys fire lens it works great!
M frames suck they do nothing but break!
After my third frame broke I them them off to the side of road while riding!
I like my Smiths...SpoiledBikeDaddy
Jun 28, 2003 9:35 PM
IMO, a lot of what you're paying for in a pair of Oakleys is the logo...