Serengetti's are sweet glasses. Some may not like the glass lenses for sports, but they are a lot more scratch resistant.
I have Smith's that are good for riding. They came with interchangable lenses which is nice. The orangish ones are great for overcast days. Or you can use the clear ones when you just want debris protection. But sometimes the weather changes mid-ride and you realize you should have used a different lense. I think I will try photochromatic ones next time.
For those with the photochromatic...........Do they change quick enough when in and out of trees? If so, they would be great for mountain biking.
KJEANNE, I was just flipping through a Nashbar catalog, and they carry the Tifosi. I'd still search the stores (I found mine at the LBS that deals with a lot of triathletes) so you can find the pair you lik eon your face. But Nashbar had soem good sales.
I don't have specific riding sunglasses. I use my day-to-day Serengeti sunglasses. I got them at GI Joes marked down from over $100 to $35. They aren't polarized but have the same effect of making colors brighter and the sun darker.
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This Is a good subject because I am still searching for a frame I like. My head is kinda large so I have to go with a larger frame but the larger frames are made for men. And they are too masculine for me. But if I go for the smaller frames I have problems with tearing on downhills and my eyelashes brushing against the lenses.
I'll have to see who carries Tifosi. Sounds like a good choice.
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I'll put a second vote in for Tifosi. I love mine, and have had then about 6 years. I can't wear Oakleys--too big and masculine for my face. The Tifosi fits me well, and I like that they wrap around a little, so I can keep peripheral vision. Mine also come with 3 different lenses, so I can adjust for bright light, moderate sun, and a clear lens. I found them to be less expensive (considerably) than the Oakleys, too.
I am a contact lens wearer, but can't get Rx for the curved lenses--my vision's too bad. But these defintely protect my eyes.
My DH gave me a pair of photochromatic Cat-1's for my birthday. They have two pairs of lenses, both of which respond to light by darkening appropriately. They rock! Perfect for afternoon evening rides, the orange lenses respond to the setting sun on my way home. The clear lenses darken more than my standard arnettes, which is great in the Colorado sun at 7500'. Think they were around $40/50 at performance.
I love my Rudy Project Ekynox SX glasses. I hate wearing contacts when I bike because of dust. These glasses come with rx inserts for glasses. Plus I love the look. Mine are the titanium colored glasses. I'll put a link so you can see what they look like:
I'm perfectly happy with my $5.00 ones from Wal-Mart that were reduced from $22.00. There was a study on tv similar to that of myth busters and they found that your hot name brands and more expensive glasses were not always better. The show came out and basically revealed that most people buy because of the name brand and not the fit for function.
My glasses have foam around the edge of the frame which helps pushes the sweat away from my eyes. They are vented which is allowing enough wind to come through and push the tears away as well.
However, I road bike so what I'm wanting and like are different than what mtn bikers may be needing. My are snug but I do not realize their on most of the time
I've had really good luck with a pair of Tufosi sunglasses that I got a couple of years ago. I wear contact lenses - and these glasses provide protection so that the contacts don't get dried out while riding... Tufosi makes a large variety of frames and lenses to suit just about anyone - and they are price competitively with the Oakleys...
I've had the same pair for 6 years. Couldn't tell you the brand--got them from REI.
I can tell you what I like about them.
They fit perfect and they give a lot coverage. I don't like frames that obstruct vision and the arms need to be tight enough to stay on and lose enough to not be felt. I forget I'm wearing these and thats important.
They're heavy duty. I trash my reading glasses. My biking glasses have gone the distance. If they don't look like they might survive someone sitting on them at least once, they probably aren't great for sports no matter how appropriate the lenses are.
Recently I started thinking that my $5 Target sunglasses might not be the best, especially when riding trails and going in and out of the shadows. I was shopping last weekend and went into an Oakley store. I tried on their Flakjackets and really liked them (polarized lenses, of course) but I don't know many brands and didn't want to get Oakleys just for the sake of them being Oakley. Plus they're kinda manly looking and...well....I'm a girl:)
Anyone else out there want to sing the praises of their sunglasses when mountain biking? I'm in research mode....
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