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9/22/11 6:56 P

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I've sold Bole, Oakley, and Rudy Project. Bole was my favorite until one winter day when I left my sunglasses in my car and when I put them they snapped in two.
The only pair of Oakleys I owned was a prescription pair of Straight Jackets. When I tried them on with non-prescription lenses they seemed truely great but when my prescription pair came I found that my eyelashes brushed the thicker prescription lenses. They drove me crazy. They were weak enough a prescription that their being prescription wasn't obvious. Leaving them in my car at the car wash one of the attendants decided he could use them more better than I could. My eyelashes brushing the lenses did drive me crazy but they were so expensive that I forced myself to wear them so the attendant probably did me a favor though I get some pleasure in the fact that my prescription lenses might give him headaches.
Anyway, there are lots of good sunglasses out there. I'm not convinced that super high end sunglasses are worth it but if I was going to shell out the cash for high end shades I'd buy Tag Heuers instead of Oakleys. I buy medium priced wrap sunglasses at my optometrist. This year my prescription is strong enough that it I'm not sure I'm going to be able to put my lenses in wrap frames; there is a limited range of prescriptions they can do for these frames and I hate the inserts.



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9/21/11 10:29 P

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Re: your bird moment Gwen...do like I did earlier this summer when a doe leaped across the road right in front of me: stay the course! Whew, that was a close call...!

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I sold Oakley for years, but wore Smith (and still do). Oakleys are nice and the lens quality is good, but the competitors have become better at lens quality, light refraction, etc. Oakleys claim to fame was to hold a lens up with your hand in front of you and focus on the edge of the lens where you can see through the lens and to the side where the lens isn't covering. A typical low quality lens would cause distortion at the end, Oakley's would have a smooth transistion. This was a result of the lens curvature. Therefore the light refraction would be minimized for the glare and overall vision would be better. As much as this was true, the price tag made it hard to sell.

As mentioned I wore Smith's during that time frame and still do. I personally have no comlaint with their sun glasses. If lens quality is the number one focus for you there is a company that will blow all lenses out of the water here in the States. That company is Briko. I sold their product as well and I wish they were still in the States, but now you can only get them in Europe and Canada.

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9/21/11 8:53 P

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oh i did not know that! and right now the cheapo ones are doing great..especially since they protected my left eye from being hit by a small rock today....

Btw... what do you all it when a flock of birdsfly up and around you while cycling other than a HOLY CRAP moment.. but hey.. i didn't crash!

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Billm67 is correct. There are a lot of industrial suppliers that sell similar products. If you belong to a club or have friends order a load, you will get a price break.

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9/20/11 10:38 P

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If you look in your phone book and find your local Fastenal store you will find some bargains on good glasses. Fastenal is an industrial supplier and our always has a selection of tinted and clear safety classes. Many of them look like Oakleys and many of the current styles....but all are ANSi certified for safety. The best part is they range from $4.00 to around $16.00. If you scratch them....throw them away and replace them. Protect your eyes....and be safe.

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8/20/11 10:14 P

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I am drooling for Oakley's! I have a pair of cheapo walmart bicycling amber glasses.. which are better than my normal warparound tinted sunglasses i use for fishing.. but i like the wrap around feature as i don't like sunlight in the conrer of my eyes.. I like the venting on the bike sunglasses better.. Hmm you all are making my "wish list" WAY bigger...lol that's ok.. I have my anniversary, birthday, christmas, and next mother's day all coming up! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88, I don't care what anybody says, you owe us a cup of coffee for the great advice we have given you. Where else but in SP could you get such informative suggestions??

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IMSMILEY88, wear that hat thingy you have in the pic under your helmet and get a lighter color lens.

I had Oakleys once and they were ok. I went down a really steep descent and plastered a bird right in middle my sunglasses at about 45 mph. The bird didn't make it, my shorts were full, and my eyes were ok. The lens were fine but the frames cracked and the nose piece was gone. I've had a few stone hits and some big bugs.

I don't wear Oakleys now, I use safety glasses with clip on polarized lens if I need them. I don't ride in the sun much.

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8/19/11 9:10 P

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I do believe the more expensive brands perform better when it comes to shatter resistance.

Oakleys really are great. Just so darned expensive. But I think they're worth the investment. And vented is a great feature, although mine do cloud up still on very hot and humid days.

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Besides the UVA/UVB protection, what about shattering? Is there a difference there? And, I've already experienced, once, that my sunglasses were blocking too MUCH sun on a cloudy day. It'd be nice to have 2 different degrees of darkness!

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Here's a tip I discovered from another bike club member that I had no clue about:

I was complaining about riding in the rain when my glasses get all fogged up along with the rain mucking up my vision. She said that good cycling sunglasses are vented to prevent fogging. Pretty cool idea!

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While it's true the quality of the glass\plastic of the lenses in the cheapo's vs. the more expensive is world's apart, the original question pertains to the protection of one's eyes. Since we're talking about sunglasses, I can only deduce that we're only talking about the blocking of UVA\UVB radiation. If that is the case, then yes, 99% of the glasses you'll pick-up at Wal-Mart or K-Mart meet this requirement. If we're talking about aesthetics and distortion when looking through the glasses, then yes, the more expensive will far surpass the cheaper models in providing less distortion and a much greater range of styles and quality of frames\components.

If you only want to protect against solar radiation, cheapo's are fine. If you want a far better quality of product *and* protection, the more expensive models are where you need to start looking.

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Here's what you want to do. On a very sunny day, get several pair of glasses (including Oakleys and the cheapos), point them directly at the sun and talk to me. I did that and found the Oakleys to be far superior to cheapos and several high end sun glasses. It convinced me.

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To be honest with you, there is no greater degree of protection the overpriced Oakley's offer that the K-Mart el cheapo's don't. While some people would want to argue the issue, the fact of the matter is there is no difference in UVA\UVB protection one vs. the other.

However, the Oakley's are VERY durable (if cared for properly). They are also extremely light with their O-luminum frames. I actually ride two different pairs of Oakley's - the M-Frame Hybrid-S (amber lenses) and the M-Frame Heater (dark smoke). The amber frames are GREAT for riding in dimly lit\overcast weather with only something like 12% of the light blocked - the details really come out and the clarity is remarkable. The M-Frames I ride, with some dark smoke frames, block out something like 92% of the light - so extremely bright\sunny weather for these guys. The reason I got Oakleys? They had the size and style that I liked and the price was right. (I'd never pay full retail for Oakleys.)

In short, for UVA\UVB protection, your el-cheapo's are fine. But if you want a truly remarkable set of light, comfortable glasses, Oakley's are a great option. But so are several others. Check this out: cyclingglasses.net/

I hope this helps!

Ride safe...

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So, I've been wondering about purchasing some higher end sunglasses. Right now, I'm really using 'cheap' (under $20) sunglasses. Bill, you mentioned your eyes are precious and you need to protect them (or something like that). Can someone explain what protection the more expensive glasses offer that cheap-os don't? Just new & have a lot to learn, but I DO want to be safe!

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