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blablablacksheepblablablacksheep Posts: 1,377
edited July 2011 in MTB buying advice
Looking for some sunglasses and trying not to hopefully break the bank while in the process :wink:

Want some that are decent sun protection as i intend to use them for work while im outside in the glare of the sun so want something semi-decent, without misting up when i work hard.

good protection also quite important as will be used mainly for MTB and dont wish them to break as soon as a little stone hits them like my ye olde ones did....

Budget between 50-80 pounds though if theres a massive differance in quality and or one stands out £100.

cheers
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  • MonkeypumpMonkeypump Posts: 1,528
    I would always recommend Oakley's - I think the expense is worth it. However, there will be many who disagree.

    Like anything, it's best to try some on and see what suits you - some will fit better than others, so find something that's a good fit on your noggin.

    I've got Half-Jacket XLJs, Tens and Inmates for various uses on/off bike. You'll be struggling to get much for £100, but there are online deals to be had (search the forum - there are several threads).
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    Got some JSP safety specs from B&Q the other day smoke or clear lens £9. Frames are ultra-flexible they don't move about. They also have some DeWalt specs very Rudy Project stylee £5
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Bolle safety glasses on Ebay all different styles and lenses under £10.
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  • freeagentfreeagent Posts: 98
    Bolle or UVEX safety specs - less than £10 from RS/Screwfix/toolstation...

    at least its not a disaster if they get trashed..
  • hoochylalahoochylala Posts: 987
    Monkeypump wrote:
    I would always recommend Oakley's - I think the expense is worth it. However, there will be many who disagree.

    +1, I cant recommend my Oakley Flak Jackets XLJ highly enough. May I suggest you take a look on www.eyewearoutlet.co.uk - its where I got my Oakley glasses above.

    You can have a pair of Flak Jackets for £99 on there....

    http://www.eyewearoutlet.co.uk/oakley-c ... -074-p6812

    For example :)
  • sharky1029sharky1029 Posts: 188
    edited June 2011
    I use endura stingrays which at £30 are fantastic value.
    They have flexible arms so they fit any shape head without falling off.
    They come with 4 pairs of lenses (smoke, polarized, orange and clear).
    They can sit very close to the face on some people though and fog up a bit when stationary however demist once moving fairly quickly.

    They also have a warranty for pretty much any damage for some years ( 2 or 3 I think).

    You could probably get quite a bit better though if you spent £80 - £100 on some though.
  • KitsuneAndyKitsuneAndy Posts: 164
    Can't fault Oakleys.

    Have a pair of Jawbones that came with black iridium lenses and a spare set of yellow lenses, the lenses are vented so they don't steam up as much and they came with a hard case.

    Cheapest I've seen them is £140 though.

    Half Jackets are good too.
  • peter413peter413 Posts: 5,120
    Really like my Bolle Spider Flash lens sunglasses. I recently lost mine but I didn't think twice about getting another set. I like them so much that I bought a clear set as well even though I hardly wear glasses on the bike (usually goggles).
  • Keith1983Keith1983 Posts: 575
    These are great quality, good lenses and very durable. http://www.arco.co.uk/products/3C4300/1 ... +Eyeshield
  • I bought a pair of 'Global Vision USA' Shatterproof cycling glasses from Amazon and they've served me well. Haven't misted up when I've been cycling (although they do a bit at the top if you're sweaty and stop but clear up when you move off) they're a decent fit and they have five different coloured lenses. I dare say they're not as good as some more expensive brands but I have a nasty habit of sitting on my sun glasses...
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  • I have used B&Q ones before as well as my old squash ones but they arent really suited to cycling tbh sadly so i not going down that road.

    So far i been looking at these, but are there any others that have had rave reviews recently or must consider?

    Oakley Eyewear - Half Jacket XLJ
    Oakley Flak Jacket Glasses
    Rudy Project Rydon Glasses (the other type ImpactX +£40 though..)
    Endura Stingray Glasses Set
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  • skaffenskaffen Posts: 72
    So far i been looking at these, but are there any others that have had rave reviews recently or must consider?

    I've got a pair of Oakley Radars and they're great, very comfortable and haven't managed to scratch the lenses so they're pretty tough. There are different versions of the lenses both in size/shape and in terms of vented and coating. I've got the Range lenses in mine at the moment, which really protect your eyes (they're pretty big) but I've got some Pitch lenses as well that are a little smaller and a bit more discrete (look a little more sensible if you want to wear them off the bike at some point!).
  • bike-a-swanbike-a-swan Posts: 1,235
    sharky1029 wrote:
    I use endura stingrays which at £30 are fantastic value.
    They have flexible arms so they fit any shape head without falling off.
    They come with 4 pairs of lenses (smoke, polarized, orange and clear).
    They can sit very close to the face on some people though and fog up a bit when stationary however demist once moving fairly quickly.

    They also have a warranty for pretty much any damage for some years ( 2 or 3 I think).

    You could probably get quite a bit better though if you spent £80 - £100 on some though.

    I've got the piranhas, they sit a bit close to my face near the top of the nose, but other than that are good. The photochromagicy stuff has a pretty good range between dark enough for the sun and light enough in the woods imho
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  • snowden_88snowden_88 Posts: 174
    Oakleys are awesomely clear but I recently brought a pair of £4 Aldi ones with 3 lenses and they work just as well.

    Oakley use jazzed up words to explain there materials like Unobtanium, Iridium and Plutonite which are effectively just plastics. Mostly paying for the name though. If money was no object then I would go Oakleys everyday!

    I just cant justify £100+ for something that spends more time under my fat ar$e than on my head.
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  • HolyzeusHolyzeus Posts: 354
    Oakleys all the way.
    Half Jackets have been discontinued so if you look around you can get them for 70-80 quid, don't pay more
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  • tseniortsenior Posts: 664
    for riding or work aldi or bolle

    for posing http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=53088

    (but only paid £30)
  • t0pc4tt0pc4t Posts: 947
    skaffen wrote:
    So far i been looking at these, but are there any others that have had rave reviews recently or must consider?

    I've got a pair of Oakley Radars and they're great, very comfortable and haven't managed to scratch the lenses so they're pretty tough. There are different versions of the lenses both in size/shape and in terms of vented and coating. I've got the Range lenses in mine at the moment, which really protect your eyes (they're pretty big) but I've got some Pitch lenses as well that are a little smaller and a bit more discrete (look a little more sensible if you want to wear them off the bike at some point!).

    +1 here

    my radars were expensive but the quality and resilience of them makes them worth it in my book.

    I might go for flak jackets if I was buying now but they're even pricier and they don't have the ability to take different lens shapes like the radar (I use pitch lenses in mine, you can get range which are bigger and path which are smaller)
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  • Got a question on lenses...there are so many different types it going to drive me up the wall..:shock:

    A lot of the glasses come with only 1 lense so i want to make sure i buy one with the lense i going to use the most .

    When i ride normal british weather/though woods ect, what lense should i go for? Would the black iridium lens be too darkened?

    Just want to make sure i pick the correct glasses with correct lenses no point having
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  • i have just purchased these off ebay
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bolle-Tracker ... =RTM742988

    look pretty decent and cant complain about the price
  • t0pc4tt0pc4t Posts: 947
    I think mine are G40s which are dark enough for UK summer but not so dark that you lose visibility in shaded sections

    in winter I use clear lenses
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Bolle, or Red Frog. Can't see the point in paying more.
  • jeannot18jeannot18 Posts: 720
    cooldad wrote:
    Bolle safety glasses on Ebay all different styles and lenses under £10.

    +1, bought a pair of clear lenses ones and so far they have been brilliant, they don't mist at all, when all my other glasses (some are proper cycling glasses) used to mist.

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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    blablablacksheep, I've been told that the iridium coating on Oakleys shows marks up as scratches after a while, so you'd be best off going for non-iridium ones.
    I have to say, although I'd never thought of it before, it does make sense, as all my iridium ones looked a bit tatty after a while, but my normal monster dogs were looking fresh as a daisy, right up until I lost them.
  • t0pc4tt0pc4t Posts: 947
    the polarised ones are really awesome but the price is simply fiendish
    Whether you're a king or a little street sweeper, sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper.

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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    t0pc4t wrote:
    simply fiendish
    What an awesome way to describe it! I'm going to nick that as my new favourite adjective :lol:
  • t0pc4t wrote:
    the polarised ones are really awesome but the price is simply fiendish

    tbh their asking price like you said it taking the mick a bit.

    I going to try the ones i listed out hopefully once im off work and see how they fit then depending on that i got to decide which lense choice to go for.

    If not iridium coating Oakleys what other lense would be a good option for Oakleys?

    Seen these Rudy Project Rydon Glasses - Smoke Lens which look pretty decent, might try them out sinse they clear and claim to be "ideal for moderately sunny days" perfect for UK i hope......

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/rud ... s-ec017682

    the Oakley Half Jackets that are no longer being made does this mean getting parts for them is now going to be a issue?
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Again, you are paying for a name. Absurd price.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Polarised filters for photographic purposes cost a packet for good quality glass too, mind. Which brings it firmly into the realm of Oakley.
  • rowlersrowlers Posts: 1,614
    Monkeypump wrote:
    I would always recommend Oakley's - I think the expense is worth it. However, there will be many who disagree.

    Like anything, it's best to try some on and see what suits you - some will fit better than others, so find something that's a good fit on your noggin.

    I've got Half-Jacket XLJs, Tens and Inmates for various uses on/off bike. You'll be struggling to get much for £100, but there are online deals to be had (search the forum - there are several threads).
    completely agree, I was dubious until I tried them. I have flack-jacket XLJs.
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