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    need shade adive

    I need to get a new pair of sunglasses (not oakleys). What brand could you recommend that have very dark lenses that are durable and donít scratch easily (unlike oakleys) and also have some street style because I don't want to look like a triathlete.

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    Fashionista.

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    That's an awesome brand, thanks!

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    Spy Optics. I wore them before they sponsored our team. They used to have an awesome deal of the week, but have not run it recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
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    Naw. They'll make him look like a triathlete.

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    they have some models that let you switch out the lenses but still look non-douchy

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    I wear Sunclouds. They make me look way cool.

    Jokelys are for poseurs anyway. Had one pair that broke after 9 months, and they refused to mend them even though they were supposed to be under warranty. I will never ever buy another pair.

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    I've had a pair of the Smith's w/the interlock stuff for 2 1/2 years now and they have been solid, there are several styles that don't make you look like a 90's XC geek.

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    Cant go wrong with these

    Best of both worlds.
    Dark when down.
    Light when up.
    No triathlete would be caught dead in these.
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    I really like my Native shades.

    http://www.nativeyewear.com/

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    smith has awesome customer service BTW, lifetime warranty and will send you new pair even if they just get scratched.

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    I've never been able to feel comfortable on the bicycle in glasses with frames that go all the way around the lens (e.g. Smith Interlocks). Actually some of their new models look interesting (e.g. V, Pivlock, Redline, etc.).

    I love my Briko Sprinters... too bad they are no longer available. I bought a pair of Tiifosi glasses, but they're not long-ride comfortable and tend to fog up when climbing on the mountain bike.

    I was sort of over Oakley after I lost my original Eyeshades:



    Fortunately I don't have to live with the eternal shame of having put a giant Oakley decal on my automobile at any point during my life.

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    I have Smiths (like 'em, good lenses), used Oakleys, Revos, Sunclouds, etc. and nothing comes close to Kaenon, IMO. I have these with c-28 lenses:

    http://kaenon.com/store/sunglasses/hard-kore-large.html

    There is a regular and large lens size, I have the large, which are very full coverage and meant for larger sized heads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX_Shifter
    I really like my Native shades.

    http://www.nativeyewear.com/
    +2 on the Natives. Just got a free pair through work and am very much liking them. They have a lifetime warranty and interchangeable lenses, but they don't look like they would have interchangeable lenses - which is cool and doesn't make you look like a Rudy Project.

    They are $100 polarized, which is less than half what it would cost for polarized Oakleys. Oh, and they are a local company based in Lodo. Most of the models have Colorado namesakes. I got the Gonzos, named after Hunter Thompson.
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I'm kind of sold on the natives, lifetime waranty and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbbullpup
    I need to get a new pair of sunglasses (not oakleys). What brand could you recommend that have very dark lenses that are durable and donít scratch easily (unlike oakleys) and also have some street style because I don't want to look like a triathlete.

    Thanks
    Try as I might, I just can't figure out what "adive" is. Please enlighten.
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    Rudy Project - Rhydons.
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    I sweat so much on my shades that they are useless; all I can do is squint.
    It works suprisingly well
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    I love my smith projekts

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    You mean:"What is the best eyeware for the Front Range"?

    Here 'ya go...
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    good ol glacier glasses
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    That about sums it up.
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    One word, one letter...

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    Darn near bombproof, lots of styles, and not every poser wears them.

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    Zeal Optics

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me!
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    Those have a tendency to break right at the nose bridge.

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    I have a pair of Giro Havik. They are nice and have replacebale lenses. Dont see alot of people using them.

    I also have Tifosi Pave that are photocromatic but they are somewhat heavy and not great for all day mountain biking.

    the other pair that is nice are the Specialized Helix and they are also photocromatic. they are down to 80 bucks and have a lifetime warranty. They also have a clear lens option.
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    Am I the only one who finds polarized lenses to be annoying ... they make it very difficult to see the readout on digital screens like cycle computers, car stereos...etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake7
    Am I the only one who finds polarized lenses to be annoying ... they make it very difficult to see the readout on digital screens like cycle computers, car stereos...etc
    I wear my shades to ride bikes mostly, though it did annoy me while I had to turn my calculator at a 45 degree angle when I used to do calc. homework outside this spring. I'll never again own a pair of sunglasses that aren't polarized, the benefits outweigh the inability to read my cell phone while I'm out of coverage.

    To the original topic
    I've owned sunglasses from smith, oakley, and spy. My smith's are about 10 years old now, being able to replace just the lenses which helped to keep them around for about 7 of those years, my face got fat and kept me from wearing them which has preserved them for the last 3.

    All of the Oakley's that I've had broke or scratched badly quickly. The spy glasses got mixed up with a pocket full of obsidian, I wouldn't expect any sunglasses to survive in that tumbler, but it was time for a change.

    I've been scouring my nest for the last several days looking for my optic nerves, far and away the best glasses I've ever worn. The optics have been top notch since day one, which is a must for me since I don't ride with any vision correction, and for what they've been through they're not that scratched...I abuse my gear. I'll buy a walmart set of polarized aviators (my second favorite glasses ever, ya, they beat out the smiths oakley's and spies...) to tide me over until I find my Optic Nerve glasses.

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    I have had Oakleys for years-- no problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbbullpup
    Thanks for the advice guys. I'm kind of sold on the natives, lifetime waranty and all.
    fwiw, NATIVE is also supporting the Golden Bike Park and producing a documentary about urban parks (in which Golden will be featured).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    fwiw, NATIVE is also supporting the Golden Bike Park and producing a documentary about urban parks (in which Golden will be featured).

    Well that makes me happy becasue I too support the Golden Bike Park - it's gonna freaken scha-weet! BTW I'm going to that forum right now to complain about the Sunday construction being called off.

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    Go Local...

    Optic Nerve -- There are right here in Wheat Ridge/Golden and are a great company! Polarized shades run about $60.00, some have interchangeable lenses, some have the light sensitive lenses, and they have cool "fashion -- non tri athelete" type shades! All reasonable and I believe they are made in the same factory as Smith!
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    Rudy Project - Exception & Ketym. Both with the Polar(ized) FX (brown) lenses with prescription inserts. Get to use Flex Spending $$ to pay for them.

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    I'm a big shades guy myself!

    My eyes are hyper-sensitive to light so I just gotta have my shades! I'll agree on the spyoptics! These glasses are made for sports and the lenses are crack proof. I like the DIABLO's a lot. I accidentally ran over my last pair with my car. Believe it or not the whole frame just bent and the lenses fell out without getting cracked! They are light on my head and breath well. Excellent choice IMO.

    I also bought my first pair of Polarized Smiths not long ago. I treat them very well and usually just like them for driving my car. I find it kind of hard to clean the polarized lenses.

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