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    Sunglasses - Need suggestions / shortlist

    I have been mt biking for 20 years. In all that time I have worn $30 (or $15) cheep sunglasses. I think I would like to upgrade. I have a couple of questions:

    1) What functions/features should I consider?
    - Seems like I would want something that offers crash protection. I have heard a few nasty stories about sunglasses breaking in a wreck and hurting the owner.
    - What about UVA? UVB? Poloraized? Low light?
    - Scratch coatings??
    - I am a head-sweat guy. Need something that will stay fog free.
    - Others?

    2) What brands / models should I take a look at?

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    Tifosi

    I have a pair w/ photochromic lenses that transition with varying light levels. Vented + changeable too for around $70

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    I use a pair or clear and smoked DeWalt safety glasses from Lowes. I think I picked them up for like $11 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orthoguy View Post
    I use a pair or clear and smoked DeWalt safety glasses from Lowes. I think I picked them up for like $11 or so.





    /\ This, and pic up a clear pair while your there. You don't have to spend a metric butt load of cash to get quality eye wear. Polarized glasses are an option, less than 20 bucks at wally is going to dominate the universe world. My two cents.

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    If you are going to go higher end make sure you get glasses with lenses that can interchange. As a pre-race gift for Fools Gold my wife gave me a set of Oakley Jawbones that I really wanted but couldn't muster up the courage to spend $200+ on. I love the fact that I can change out the lenses depending on what I am riding and if I scratch one up I can easily swap out the lenses as opposed to buying a new bair of glasses.

    Price of entry is steep but, in my opinion, well worth the money for the lighter weight and higher quality optics compared to Tifosi or other value brands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB ABQ View Post
    I have a pair w/ photochromic lenses that transition with varying light levels. Vented + changeable too for around $70
    what glasses are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1an View Post
    If you are going to go higher end make sure you get glasses with lenses that can interchange. As a pre-race gift for Fools Gold my wife gave me a set of Oakley Jawbones that I really wanted but couldn't muster up the courage to spend $200+ on. I love the fact that I can change out the lenses depending on what I am riding and if I scratch one up I can easily swap out the lenses as opposed to buying a new bair of glasses.

    Price of entry is steep but, in my opinion, well worth the money for the lighter weight and higher quality optics compared to Tifosi or other value brands.
    Any issue with fogging on the Jawbones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orthoguy View Post
    I use a pair or clear and smoked DeWalt safety glasses from Lowes. I think I picked them up for like $11 or so.
    Great idea. I am going to pick up a clear and smoked DeWalt. If I don't like them and want to get something else, I still have safety glasses for yard / shop work.

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    Safety glasses can work great and they are cheap. Seems like I lose a pair of glasses a season. I have a pair of Rudy Project Radons that I love and have interchangeable lenses. They are pricey, but Rudy will sell you replacement lenses for $14 if you send in your old scratched or broken ones - being able to do that makes them a much better deal. The optics on quality lenses are really better, but you do pay the price for it. I will never buy expenses glasses again without a lens exchange/trade in option - otherwise one good scratch and your investment is done..
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    I have the Dolomites with fototec green polarized. Work great for fishing and biking, now discontinued. They have these same lenses in other models: Tifosi Optics Sunglasses - Technology: Fototec

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    I picked up a pair of Tifosi's from REI on sale for >$40 and have found them to more to my liking that any of the Oakleys I've ever used. I'm a sucker for a good lens and these seem to fit that bill nicely.

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    I wear a pair of Oakley fuel cell so much I have a permanent raccoon eyes tan
    With the polarized 10% molychromatic tint lenses I use for everything

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    i use smith polarized glass lenses. i like the glass because it is much more scratch resistant than plastic. ive had them for 3 years now and they just get thrown in pockets and tossed around and there are only 2 minor scratches. best vision clarity of anything ive used yet.

    only thing to make them better would be photocromatic lenses.

    interchangable is cool i guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamL3227 View Post
    i use smith polarized glass lenses. i like the glass because it is much more scratch resistant than plastic. ive had them for 3 years now and they just get thrown in pockets and tossed around and there are only 2 minor scratches. best vision clarity of anything ive used yet.

    only thing to make them better would be photocromatic lenses.

    interchangable is cool i guess.
    SamL - are they 'safety' glasses? In an accident, are they designed so they do not hurt you? Glass would be nice because of the scratch resistance.

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    Smith, the only brand for sunglasses and goggles as far as I'm concerned.

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    Take a look at Ryders. Very reasonably priced. Great glasses made for Mountain biking and Road biking. They get great reviews and I will second those reviews
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    So they have those Tifosi's at REI? I'm looking for a new set, something similar to Oakley M Frames, those Tifosis look really nice might have to make the drive to check em out..

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    $9 shipped. They don't fog up. They don't slip. They don't allow too little or too much air flow in. UV protection. Cheap, so no worries on losing them or scratching them. You're welcome.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt View Post
    Smith, the only brand for sunglasses and goggles as far as I'm concerned.

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    Mighty Matt, any particular model you are really happy with?

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    Learning a ton... Oakley, Rudy Project, Smith, Ryders,Tifosi ... I am going to look at them all. I only 'knew' Oakley before this post.

    While learning more, I will get the Dewalt safety glasses and the really cheap goggles - try em out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikestok View Post
    Mighty Matt, any particular model you are really happy with?
    For around town and slope side apres I love the Gibson. For riding the Pivlock V90 Max is my favorite. But all of they're riding glasses are awesome. I really like the quality and the fact that the company is based in Sun Valley. They are a close to home brand, for me at least.
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    Chalk up another vote for Tifosi. I have the Tifosi Slip and love them. Interchangeable lenses (comes with three lenses: Smoke, AC Red, and Clear). They are american made and come with a hard case that holds the glasses and all of the extra lenses. They are also vented to reduce fogging up. They are supposed to be very sturdy. I picked mine up form LBS for $59. Check them out.
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    Those smiths look badass I just bought a v90 max set in blue lenses just to try them out
    Looks like they come with 3 lenses for $160 whereas my Oakley lenses are $97 each

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    Smith Optics best warranty/return policy I have found!

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    I'd suggest going with Maui Jims. Great lens, and very affordable. Also, i'd probably suggest getting a pair that's polarized.

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