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Sunglasses --- what's your opinion(17 posts)

Sunglasses --- what's your opinionpmf1
Nov 19, 2003 7:45 AM
Winter is when I wear sunglasses the most often. I use clear lenses for cold and night/commute riding. So I have to have a pair with clear replacement lenses. I've had a set of Rudy Project for some time that are about to go and need new ones. Anyone got opinions on these two (Zeal vs. Oakley)? I'd appreciate it. I kind of hate to spend $120 on glasses with only one set of lenses and then have to turn around and spend $30-$40 a set on additional lenses. Each of these come with 3 sets of lenses.

Here are the Zeal glasses -- seem like a good deal

Here are the Oakley glasses -- cool, but kinda expensive:,24285,27325,29765,24292,24284,29766,27804,27854,24298,27076,27293

Thanks for your opinions.
Low budget solution...spluti
Nov 19, 2003 8:11 AM
Take a look at these. I'm going to try them with the prescription insert. They come with three lenses. Let me know what you think.
I'm tired of expensive designer glasses
re: Sunglasses -like bikes you have to try them onandy02
Nov 19, 2003 8:16 AM
I don't buy glasses online unless I know how the fit.

In the winter I prefer a larger lens to keep the wind out.
re: Sunglasses -like bikes you have to try them onboyd2
Nov 19, 2003 8:22 AM
I am an engineer in a manufacturing facility, so I have lots of safety glasses laying around. Every few months I pick up a pair from a supplier or at a conference. I have found a pair that I really like for biking. The smith and wesson brand wrap-around safety glasses are perfect for me. Good coverage top and bottom, wrap around (important for contact lens wearers) and they are free for me! You could probally find a pair for $5 at home depot. Otherwise look at a supply house like McMaster-Carr or MSC. It really does not make sence to me when people spend over $10 for clear glasses.
I too work in manufacturing and use safety glassesMilliet
Nov 19, 2003 1:11 PM
At our plant, we are actually encouraged to take home and use saftey glasses. I order them out of the store room and have tried many types including the S&W you mention. Also like the Harley Davidson line. I particularly like the M frame knock offs with medium tent. I have at least a half dozen at home and at work. They work great.
I'm cheap too and use either safetyglasses or cheap sunglasses.bimini
Nov 19, 2003 1:23 PM
I too work in manufacturing and use safety glassesjaybike
Nov 19, 2003 7:50 PM
Check out I use the 'Tremors', they are shaped like the Oakley M-frames. they wrap around, have a rubber nosepiece and earpiece and sell for under $10.
Deals on Oaklays can be found on eBay...biknben
Nov 19, 2003 9:04 AM
I'm a big Oakley fan. Mostly because they fit me well. I have M-frames (both folding and non-folding) and an assortment of lenses. I like the long ear socks that wrap around the head. Offers a solid secure fit without being tight.

A quick search for "Oakley M" brought up 4 pages of auctions on eBay. It's worth a look.
Deals on Oaklays can be found on eBay...MShaw
Nov 19, 2003 9:46 AM
I'm with you on the Oakley thing.

I've modified my Oakley wearing by going down to TJ/Mexico and picking up some Faux-kleys. $8 gets me a pair of fake glasses that I can put my real lenses in.

I haven't ridden anything else since the mid-90s, so can't comment on the rest.

I used to have some fake Oakleyspmf1
Nov 19, 2003 10:41 AM
Got them from a street vendor in DC. The frames were uncomfortable. The ends of the arms pushed into the back of my head and felt really annoying after a few hours.
I have Fakelys and Oakleysbigrider
Nov 19, 2003 11:17 AM
My Wife bought me Oakleys for 120 bucks for my birthday and I almost crapped my chamois. I buy the Fakelys by the case and pay less than 5 bucks a piece. This is the kicker. I cannot tell the difference wearing them. The only noticable difference is the frames break more often on the fake ones because the plastic must not be as strong.
Nov 19, 2003 11:40 AM
That's exactly what my husband does. Fake Oakleys frames on the street in NY (throw away the lenses) + real Oakley lenses saved from all the Oakley frames he has destroyed over the years.

'course, I'm not so hard on mine. I still have the first Oakley frames I ever bought, just replace the lenses for $30 every couple of years when they get too scratched to see out of.
Sunglasses - my opinion...No_sprint
Nov 19, 2003 9:46 AM
I've got tons of them, Spys, Ray Bans, Rudy Project, Oakley. I always revert back to my favorite and easily interchangable, Oakley M Frame.
Some good sources for eyewearLive Steam
Nov 19, 2003 9:48 AM
Excellent for good deals if you can find what you are looking for.
here's my problemcapt pearl
Nov 19, 2003 11:10 AM
I need something that
(A)blocks wind when in the drops (love my optic nerves, but not quite tall enuff),
(B)mutliple lenses
(C)doesn't look like big safety classes. I'm shallow, I know, but I can't get over the looks of rudy projects or oakley m's
(D)doesn't cost an arm and a leg. sunglasses are "consumables" by definition. they don't have an infinite life (if you're busy having a life!)

I want some glasses that have clear, amber, tint and I hate (wont!) spend big bux for something I'm going to lose or destroy (avid mountainbiker). Am looking at the performance stuff, several options there. I may just go with safety glasses, if I can find some that don't scream "forklift" (not that I dislike forklifts or forklifters, mind you) and don't have dark nose pieces - I find that very distracting.

so, lemme know if you find anything great.

-capt p
re: Sunglasses --- what's your opinionGregJ
Nov 19, 2003 7:13 PM
Check at or at Performance for Bolle's on sale. I recently bought some I am very pleased with them, they came with 3 different color lenses and they are comfortable and they were around 39 bucks. I have had a few pairs of Oakleys, they always broke and they are way overpriced, they are not the company they used to be.
Nov 20, 2003 7:43 AM
I'll check them out.