Reader Poll: What Sunglasses do you Wear?

3M™Fuel eyewear & Oakley Flaks

Did you ever hear of the term ‘form blindness’ used for people who have trouble filling out forms? Well I’ll admit to having ‘sunglasses blindness’ – no pun intended.

For some reason I have never been able to spend more than a few bucks on a pair of sunglasses. Which is borderline ridiculous considering I wouldn’t hesitate to spend a few hundred dollars on just about any other piece of good quality outdoor gear (Rule #3), but sunglasses overwhelm me. Or more accurately, choosing them does.

Sensitive Eyes
I have blue eyes and it’s reasonably well known that people with blue or lighter-colored eyes are more likely to have sensitivity to light and glare (it’s been clinically proven that blue irises scatter and transmit more unwanted light into the retina than brown or green irises). When I mentioned my sensitivity to sunlight during my annual eye exam, my optometrist recommended the frequent use of ‘tinted’ glasses to relieve my symptoms. Sunglasses!

Oakley Flak Sunglasses

Right now my sunglasses of choice are a pair of 3M™Fuel protective eyewear. They’re ANSI safe and block 99.9% of harmful UV rays, but they are not ‘real’ sunglasses and they’re kinda cheap. I like the tactical style wrap around black sunglasses and was recently given a pair of Oakley Flak sunglasses in brown, shown above. I have never owned a pair of sunglasses as expensive as the Flaks, but the difference in quality and of the lenses in particular is immediately noticeable – wow!

For some reason I’m just not good at choosing sunglasses – this is where you come in. I’d like to know what sunglasses you wear or what brand is your preference and why? Is the fit, the style, the weight, or the quality of lenses that you love about your sunglasses? Help me understand what’s good and what’s not so that I can make a more informed buying decision because I really struggle with this on.

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  • sygyzy

    I am a sunglasses whore but I wouldn’t wear my aviators or wayfarers on a backpacking trip. I want good quality sports glasses (fashion doesn’t really matter in the woods) and ones that I wouldn’t really care if I lost. For me that’s a pair of Rudy Project sports glasses. Plastic instead of metal for lighter weight and full wrap around style.

  • sygyzy

    I am a sunglasses whore but I wouldn’t wear my aviators or wayfarers on a backpacking trip. I want good quality sports glasses (fashion doesn’t really matter in the woods) and ones that I wouldn’t really care if I lost. For me that’s a pair of Rudy Project sports glasses. Plastic instead of metal for lighter weight and full wrap around style.

  • rcMike

    I either wear a pair of Rudy Project or Revo sunglasses in a brown polarized lens and not the blue or gray lenses.  The brown provides more contrast on bright but cloudy days.  The Revos are heavier because of the glass lenses but the clarity is unsurpassed.

  • rcMike

    I either wear a pair of Rudy Project or Revo sunglasses in a brown polarized lens and not the blue or gray lenses.  The brown provides more contrast on bright but cloudy days.  The Revos are heavier because of the glass lenses but the clarity is unsurpassed.

  • Taylor

    If you are someone that is good at taking care of a good pair of sun glasses and won’t lose them then it is definitely worth getting a nice pair.  I have had a pair of Electric sunglasses for about 5 years and the lenes are great but the frames have stretched out a bit.  Granted they are more of a fashion pair than a sport pair so that is not a big deal.  I have been drooling over a pair of Costa Del Mar’s for awhile now.  They offer a glass lens for better image quality and durability and are made for fishing so they are great at UV and glare protection.  My brother in law had a pair and they were awesome!

  • Taylor

    If you are someone that is good at taking care of a good pair of sun glasses and won’t lose them then it is definitely worth getting a nice pair.  I have had a pair of Electric sunglasses for about 5 years and the lenes are great but the frames have stretched out a bit.  Granted they are more of a fashion pair than a sport pair so that is not a big deal.  I have been drooling over a pair of Costa Del Mar’s for awhile now.  They offer a glass lens for better image quality and durability and are made for fishing so they are great at UV and glare protection.  My brother in law had a pair and they were awesome!

  • Jeepingetowah

    I personally wear Rudy Project Horus sunglasses.  Because I have to have my prescription and this is one of the only ones that can carry my specific prescription.   
    http://www.bicyclerx.com/product.php?code=RUDY-6

  • Jeepingetowah

    I personally wear Rudy Project Horus sunglasses.  Because I have to have my prescription and this is one of the only ones that can carry my specific prescription.   
    http://www.bicyclerx.com/product.php?code=RUDY-6

  • Mike

    If I pay more than $20 on sunglasses I feel cheated, 

  • Ken Davis

    Sziols.  I went thru my quest to find the “correct for me” sunglasses two years ago.  My criteria:  forgettable – I put them on & forget they’re there; durable – I’m rough on glasses; & shatter resistant.  I found all of this with Sziols.

  • Mike

    If I pay more than $20 on sunglasses I feel cheated, 

  • Ken Davis

    Sziols.  I went thru my quest to find the “correct for me” sunglasses two years ago.  My criteria:  forgettable – I put them on & forget they’re there; durable – I’m rough on glasses; & shatter resistant.  I found all of this with Sziols.

  • Ryan Wheeler

    I got a pair of Oakley Oil Drum sunglasses from a friend for cheap, and are pretty much my “outdoors but rough” glasses, since they can take a beating. Things like rock climbing, mountain biking, and when I was still wobbly, slacklining. My go-to pair of outdoor glasses for anything where I’m not expecting a rough spill are Smith Pivlock V90. These are more like the style you seem to like. They fit securely, protect from light getting in the sides, and have interchangeable lenses. While I tend to stick with a more “universal” lens, I like the interchangeable lenses because it’s sort of a designed point of failure. If I drop them or something else happens, they pop off, and I can easily get them back together. I picked them up from Steep and Cheap for $40, but they retail for somewhere around $150 I believe. I’ve never been one to spend too much on sunglasses either, until I got these. Now I can definitely tell the difference between cheap and quality sunglasses.

    I’m also a light-eyed person. One green, one blue. My migraines tend to originate from the blue side (right), which I’d never really thought of before. Hmmm… guess I’ll wear my shades more often!

  • Ryan Wheeler

    I got a pair of Oakley Oil Drum sunglasses from a friend for cheap, and are pretty much my “outdoors but rough” glasses, since they can take a beating. Things like rock climbing, mountain biking, and when I was still wobbly, slacklining. My go-to pair of outdoor glasses for anything where I’m not expecting a rough spill are Smith Pivlock V90. These are more like the style you seem to like. They fit securely, protect from light getting in the sides, and have interchangeable lenses. While I tend to stick with a more “universal” lens, I like the interchangeable lenses because it’s sort of a designed point of failure. If I drop them or something else happens, they pop off, and I can easily get them back together. I picked them up from Steep and Cheap for $40, but they retail for somewhere around $150 I believe. I’ve never been one to spend too much on sunglasses either, until I got these. Now I can definitely tell the difference between cheap and quality sunglasses.

    I’m also a light-eyed person. One green, one blue. My migraines tend to originate from the blue side (right), which I’d never really thought of before. Hmmm… guess I’ll wear my shades more often!

  • http://campsmarts.com/ Christine

    I don’t have an answer for you but I can tell you it’s a very good question! I’m ok with buying good (expensive) sunglasses to wear in the city, but I have a hard time paying a lot for sunglasses to wear during outdoor activities. They can break or you can lose them easily. I bought two pairs of cheap sunglasses last year. One pair the lenses kept popping out and the other melted on my face leaving me with black streaks across my cheeks and eventually broke. I’ve heard good things about Oakley, but I’ve shied away from buying them due to the price. 

    It is true about lighter eyes being more sensitive to light. Years ago I used to wear light blue contacts (when I was young and vain) and I always noticed that sun light bothered me a lot more then.

  • http://campsmarts.com/ Christine

    I don’t have an answer for you but I can tell you it’s a very good question! I’m ok with buying good (expensive) sunglasses to wear in the city, but I have a hard time paying a lot for sunglasses to wear during outdoor activities. They can break or you can lose them easily. I bought two pairs of cheap sunglasses last year. One pair the lenses kept popping out and the other melted on my face leaving me with black streaks across my cheeks and eventually broke. I’ve heard good things about Oakley, but I’ve shied away from buying them due to the price. 

    It is true about lighter eyes being more sensitive to light. Years ago I used to wear light blue contacts (when I was young and vain) and I always noticed that sun light bothered me a lot more then.

  • Matthew Archibald

    1. Oakley Gascan’s Blacked Out <<–Primary
    2. Rayban Aviators Polarized <<–Secondary or Formal Wear

  • Matthew Archibald

    1. Oakley Gascan’s Blacked Out <<–Primary
    2. Rayban Aviators Polarized <<–Secondary or Formal Wear

  • Jeff.

    I wear Revision Vipertail Ballistic SG’s. They can pull double duty as a pair of shooting glasses, though I wear Revision Sawfly’s for that, mostly.

    http://www.revisionmilitary.com/product/vipertail-ballistic-sunglasses/

    http://www.revisionmilitary.com/product/sawfly/
     

  • Jeff.

    I wear Revision Vipertail Ballistic SG’s. They can pull double duty as a pair of shooting glasses, though I wear Revision Sawfly’s for that, mostly.

    http://www.revisionmilitary.com/product/vipertail-ballistic-sunglasses/

    http://www.revisionmilitary.com/product/sawfly/
     

  • Clint Ausmus

    Native Ignition.

    I have blue eyes and a small face, and the ignition fit me perfectly and work wonderfully.  They are polarized so I will sometimes wear them well into dusk with out realizing it.

    • Ryan Wheeler

      I’ve tried Native before, and the lenses are phenomenal. My head is just too wide (hat size is 7 5/8 for comfort, 7 1/2 is snug enough to stay on while rock climbing, which equates to just shy of 61cm I do believe) for them to be comfortable. If my head size helps at all :D

  • Clint Ausmus

    Native Ignition.

    I have blue eyes and a small face, and the ignition fit me perfectly and work wonderfully.  They are polarized so I will sometimes wear them well into dusk with out realizing it.

  • Ryan Wheeler

    I’ve tried Native before, and the lenses are phenomenal. My head is just too wide (hat size is 7 5/8 for comfort, 7 1/2 is snug enough to stay on while rock climbing, which equates to just shy of 61cm I do believe) for them to be comfortable. If my head size helps at all :D

  • Aaron Dietzen

    I have a serious problem spending money on sunglasses, too! For me it has to do with dishing out cash for something that will likely get lost or broken/scratched within a month.  Add to that the fact that a chap pair of sunglasses can be just as effective as an expensive pair, and I can find better things to spend my money on.

    Right now I wear a pair of Peppers that I got from REI for less than $30. They work perfectly well and only weigh almost nothing!

  • Aaron Dietzen

    I have a serious problem spending money on sunglasses, too! For me it has to do with dishing out cash for something that will likely get lost or broken/scratched within a month.  Add to that the fact that a chap pair of sunglasses can be just as effective as an expensive pair, and I can find better things to spend my money on.

    Right now I wear a pair of Peppers that I got from REI for less than $30. They work perfectly well and only weigh almost nothing!

  • Randy R

    Sporteyz….. featherweight, rolls into a film canister size case, 10 bucks.

  • Randy R

    Sporteyz….. featherweight, rolls into a film canister case, 10 bucks

  • Luke Climber

    I guess you don’t wear glasses indoors/every day/all the time, but for those of us who do, but who never found prescription sunglasses to do the trick (today’s glasses lenses are too small — making them dark (by having a second pair or by making them change shade) still lets in way too much light).

    The answer — not fashionable but really really good and practical — are Cocoons.  They fit over your regular glasses, and they are practically like julbo glacier glasses in how closely they fit and provide coverage on the top and sides.  I wear mine with a loosely-attached original model croakies, and then any time I want I just pull them off and leave them hanging around my neck.  They’re $45 online, and worth every penny.  Walmart sells a similar idea for less, but the quality of the lens and the frame build is far less.

    • DD Longlegs

       Thanks, Luke. Like you, I wear glasses all the time and my prescription is expensive. Living in the north it is necessary to have the changing tint (or you’d go blind from the intense glare) but that does not take care of the light that gets in around the edges. I had recently looked at Cocoons on the net but it is great to get a review. I picked up the only pair I could find on the shelf last year and they are truly junk. I resent paying that kind of cash ($25) for lenses that are bendable light plastic that distort and pop out of the frame regularly.

      A general question for everyone responding here. Previously I have had problems with brown tinted lenses interfering with my depth of field perception, which can be mighty hazardous in the mountains I hike in. Maybe it was cheap lenses but what are the pros and cons of the different colours?

  • Luke Climber

    I guess you don’t wear glasses indoors/every day/all the time, but for those of us who do, but who never found prescription sunglasses to do the trick (today’s glasses lenses are too small — making them dark (by having a second pair or by making them change shade) still lets in way too much light).

    The answer — not fashionable but really really good and practical — are Cocoons.  They fit over your regular glasses, and they are practically like julbo glacier glasses in how closely they fit and provide coverage on the top and sides.  I wear mine with a loosely-attached original model croakies, and then any time I want I just pull them off and leave them hanging around my neck.  They’re $45 online, and worth every penny.  Walmart sells a similar idea for less, but the quality of the lens and the frame build is far less.

  • Stephen

    I never did for awhile but found these on Steep and Cheap and jumped on them for fishing. Now I wear them for all sports and they are great.

    http://www.nativeyewear.com/Eyegear#product-7-variant-146

  • Stephen

    I never did for awhile but found these on Steep and Cheap and jumped on them for fishing. Now I wear them for all sports and they are great.

    http://www.nativeyewear.com/Eyegear#product-7-variant-146

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Hutchinson/38418666 Mike Hutchinson

    I love my Ray Bans. Like you I have blue eyes and have problems with glare and out of all of the brands I have tried Ray Ban have been the best followed closely by Costa Del Mar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Hutchinson/38418666 Mike Hutchinson

    I love my Ray Bans. Like you I have blue eyes and have problems with glare and out of all of the brands I have tried Ray Ban have been the best followed closely by Costa Del Mar.

  • Carol

    Blue eyes here.  I look for 3 things:  tinted, UV protection,  and polarized lens.  If they have those three components, the rest is just marketing.  Get the ones that fit and you like. Wraparound style provides the best protection.

  • Carol

    Blue eyes here.  I look for 3 things:  tinted, UV protection,  and polarized lens.  If they have those three components, the rest is just marketing.  Get the ones that fit and you like. Wraparound style provides the best protection.

  • Jake W.

    I’ve worn a pair of Oakley Half Jackets that were issued to my USAF brother(who wears prescription shades). I liked that they were free. The tails of the earpieces interfere with ball caps. But the lenses are easy to change, and there were different shaped lenses available. Until now, that is. Mine are scratched so went to order new ones. Was told that after 10 years with the same frame design, Oakley had re-designed it. Cooler looking, sure, but my lenses are no longer available. Maybe I’ll look at Arnette and Smith for something sporty. Great idea for a post!

  • Jake W.

    I’ve worn a pair of Oakley Half Jackets that were issued to my USAF brother(who wears prescription shades). I liked that they were free. The tails of the earpieces interfere with ball caps. But the lenses are easy to change, and there were different shaped lenses available. Until now, that is. Mine are scratched so went to order new ones. Was told that after 10 years with the same frame design, Oakley had re-designed it. Cooler looking, sure, but my lenses are no longer available. Maybe I’ll look at Arnette and Smith for something sporty. Great idea for a post!

  • Eroku

    Randolph Engineering Raptor. Tried, true, american made and lifetime warranty on them. At 130$, a bit on the top end, but when you order they include clamshell case, two replacement nose pieces, extra screws and the tool to replace all the parts. Was introduced to them by a cousin who is a pilot in the USAF. Highly recommend.

  • Eroku

    Randolph Engineering Raptor. Tried, true, american made and lifetime warranty on them. At 130$, a bit on the top end, but when you order they include clamshell case, two replacement nose pieces, extra screws and the tool to replace all the parts. Was introduced to them by a cousin who is a pilot in the USAF. Highly recommend.

  • Debs

    I have to wear prescription sunglasses when mtn. biking, backpacking, etc.  I don’t see well at distance so if I want to see what’s coming up and don’t want to biff hitting something I need to see.  I’ve used both Bolle & Rudy Project glasses which did not come cheap but I have to say they have stood by their product.  They have lasted much longer than any cheap versions I’ve purchased.  When nose bridges decompose due to salt they have replaced them for free.  I do have a pair of Oakley, nonprescription, glasses that I purchased prior to needing prescriptions for distance and I have to say they have lasted almost 15 years (so far).  Keep in mind this has been through trips in many backpacks all over the world including treks in Chile, Argentina, China, Nepal (to include Everest).  Sooo…I have to say that where sunglasses are concerned I think you get what you pay for.  Hope this helps.  DEBS

  • Debs

    I have to wear prescription sunglasses when mtn. biking, backpacking, etc.  I don’t see well at distance so if I want to see what’s coming up and don’t want to biff hitting something I need to see.  I’ve used both Bolle & Rudy Project glasses which did not come cheap but I have to say they have stood by their product.  They have lasted much longer than any cheap versions I’ve purchased.  When nose bridges decompose due to salt they have replaced them for free.  I do have a pair of Oakley, nonprescription, glasses that I purchased prior to needing prescriptions for distance and I have to say they have lasted almost 15 years (so far).  Keep in mind this has been through trips in many backpacks all over the world including treks in Chile, Argentina, China, Nepal (to include Everest).  Sooo…I have to say that where sunglasses are concerned I think you get what you pay for.  Hope this helps.  DEBS

  • Sharpshadestpss

    If I pay $10 on sunglasses. I feel better

  • Sharpshadestpss

    If I pay $10 on sunglasses. I feel better
    Sunglasses online
     

  • http://www.HikeLighter.Com/ John Abela

    Oh boy, all the folks in here that do not like spending money on sun glasses are going to rail on me for this… but, it is my choice, eh.

    “Numa Optics Prescription Glasses” – https://numaoptics.com/

    I have blue eyes with a very high sensitivity to light and a prescription. When I step onto the trail I simply cannot do so without dark glasses. I do not consider these glasses to be backup or secondary sun glasses, they are my primary glasses while on the trail. No need to worry about loosing them, they never come off except to sleep.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      No they’re not John. I myself have trouble spending money on sunglasses, but that’s why I wanted to get a better perspective on this. Thanks for sharing your info, I’m gonna look at the Numa site now :)

  • http://www.hikelighter.com/ John Abela

    Oh boy, all the folks in here that do not like spending money on sun glasses are going to rail on me for this… but, it is my choice, eh.

    “Numa Optics Prescription Glasses” – https://numaoptics.com/

    I have blue eyes with a very high sensitivity to light and a prescription. When I step onto the trail I simply cannot do so without dark glasses. I do not consider these glasses to be backup or secondary sun glasses, they are my primary glasses while on the trail. No need to worry about loosing them, they never come off except to sleep.

  • Liz Williams

    I have blue eyes and am sensitive to glare as well, and on my optometrist’s recommendation, I use prescription Transition lenses in a regular frame. Transition lenses change from clear to tinted depending on the light level, which is the perfect solution for me – it means I only need one pair of glasses for inside and out, which saves a huge amount of money and faff.

  • Liz Williams

    I have blue eyes and am sensitive to glare as well, and on my optometrist’s recommendation, I use prescription Transition lenses in a regular frame. Transition lenses change from clear to tinted depending on the light level, which is the perfect solution for me – it means I only need one pair of glasses for inside and out, which saves a huge amount of money and faff.

  • http://walkwithtookie.com tookiebunten

    I’ll be looking back in here with interest as I’m in the market for a new set of sunglasses. Hopefully the recommendations will be available in Scotland….

  • http://walkwithtookie.com/ tookiebunten

    I’ll be looking back in here with interest as I’m in the market for a new set of sunglasses. Hopefully the recommendations will be available in Scotland….

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    No they’re not John. I myself have trouble spending money on sunglasses, but that’s why I wanted to get a better perspective on this. Thanks for sharing your info, I’m gonna look at the Numa site now :)

  • http://www.coast2coast2012.co.uk/ Rob

    I wear some £5 wrap around glasses I bought from Tesco. I rate them more than my aviators for comfort weight and comfort. I don’t rate things on cost just performance although usually the old saying “you get what you pay for” is relevant.

  • David

    I’ve always avoided expensive sunglasses since when I was 15 and spent two months of grasscutting money on a pair of Ray Bans that I  lost two days later. 

    However, in a charity silent auction I got a pair of Costa Del Mar Pescadors for $27 and I’m not sure if I can go back to cheap sunglasses, so I’d better take better care of these!

  • David

    I’ve always avoided expensive sunglasses since when I was 15 and spent two months of grasscutting money on a pair of Ray Bans that I  lost two days later. 

    However, in a charity silent auction I got a pair of Costa Del Mar Pescadors for $27 and I’m not sure if I can go back to cheap sunglasses, so I’d better take better care of these!

  • Geospud

    Having very sensitive eyes myself, I always wear sunglasses.  I discovered years ago that I would go through 10-12 pairs a year buying cheap ones, while an expensive pair would last me a couple of years.  I took care of them better.   Now that I have joined the over 40 crowd, the choice of sunglasses has become limited, as lens materials for prescriptions are needed.  Now they are VERY expensive!

  • Geospud

    Having very sensitive eyes myself, I always wear sunglasses.  I discovered years ago that I would go through 10-12 pairs a year buying cheap ones, while an expensive pair would last me a couple of years.  I took care of them better.   Now that I have joined the over 40 crowd, the choice of sunglasses has become limited, as lens materials for prescriptions are needed.  Now they are VERY expensive!

  • http://www.prepplace.blogspot.com badvoodoodaddy

    I have a prescription so I need a good set of sunglasses.  I usually buy Optic Nerve sun glasses that can take my correction.

  • http://www.prepplace.blogspot.com/ badvoodoodaddy

    I have a prescription so I need a good set of sunglasses.  I usually buy Optic Nerve sun glasses that can take my correction.

  • JJ_Mathes

    Good post Brian- my eyes are sensitive too and they’re brown. In my case it’s due to the fact that my peripheral vision is greater/more than average. I have 3-pair of Smiths one pair has 3-sets of changeable lens, 1 pair of Maui Jim’s  and a drawer full of other various brands. Over the years I’ve found Smiths and Maui Jims work best with my eyes and bronze color lens over charcoal and other colors.

    Bottom line is everyones eye are different.

  • JJ_Mathes

    Good post Brian- my eyes are sensitive too and they’re brown. In my case it’s due to the fact that my peripheral vision is greater/more than normal. I have 3-pair of Smiths one pair has 3-sets of changeable lens, 1 pair of Maui Jim’s  and a drawer full of other various brands. Over the years I’ve found Smiths and Maui Jims work best with my eyes and bronze color lens over charcoal and other colors.

    Bottom line is everyones eye are different. 

  • Rcr4624

    My wife and I where Oakley prescription glasses that change to sunglasses when exposed to sunlight.  They can take a branch in the eye full force and not break.

    • Geospud1000

      WOW!  Oakley prescriptions?   I never even thought about it.  Oakleys are awesome!  I used to wear them all the time, even at night on the ball field to combat the lights.  Will DEFINITELY look into them next time I need glasses.

  • Rcr4624

    My wife and I where Oakley prescription glasses that change to sunglasses when exposed to sunlight.  They can take a branch in the eye full force and not break.

  • Philipcw

    I have a huge gripe with most sunglasses on the market. They almost all distort and magnify – from Tifosi, Smith, Ryders, Scatante, etc. Thought I was getting near-sighted as I get older – nope – just thick lenses (cheap) that use 2 layers of plastic to achieve there ‘features’ like polarization, shock resistance and UV. Took me a couple of months of not wearing sunglasses to clear my blurry vision.

    Oakleys seem to be one of the few that don’t have two layers and are thin and distortion free. but expensive.

    I found Columbia’s HD Polarized to be good clear and distortion free if you can find them around $30. The sport wrap version (S00954SCO00A) are pretty nice.

  • Philipcw

    I have a huge gripe with most sunglasses on the market. They almost all distort and magnify – from Tifosi, Smith, Ryders, Scatante, etc. Thought I was getting near-sighted as I get older – nope – just thick lenses (cheap) that use 2 layers of plastic to achieve there ‘features’ like polarization, shock resistance and UV. Took me a couple of months of not wearing sunglasses to clear my blurry vision.

    Oakleys seem to be one of the few that don’t have two layers and are thin and distortion free. but expensive.

    I found Columbia’s HD Polarized to be good clear and distortion free if you can find them around $30. The sport wrap version (S00954SCO00A) are pretty nice.

  • http://twitter.com/KovasP Kovas Palubinskas

    I have a variety, some Margaritaville for casual, some Ryders and others for running. My one priority is fit – with a wide face, I find most glasses pinch me at the temples.

  • http://twitter.com/KovasP Kovas Palubinskas

    I have a variety, some Margaritaville for casual, some Ryders and others for running. My one priority is fit – with a wide face, I find most glasses pinch me at the temples.

  • DD Longlegs

     Thanks, Luke. Like you, I wear glasses all the time and my prescription is expensive. Living in the north it is necessary to have the changing tint (or you’d go blind from the intense glare) but that does not take care of the light that gets in around the edges. I had recently looked at Cocoons on the net but it is great to get a review. I picked up the only pair I could find on the shelf last year and they are truly junk. I resent paying that kind of cash ($25) for lenses that are bendable light plastic that distort and pop out of the frame regularly.

    A general question for everyone responding here. Previously I have had problems with brown tinted lenses interfering with my depth of field perception, which can be mighty hazardous in the mountains I hike in. Maybe it was cheap lenses but what are the pros and cons of the different colours?

  • http://pureoutside.com/blog Ross Collicutt

    I used to struggle with the cheap sunglass dilemma too. I couldn’t pay more than $20 for them, especially since I’d end up breaking them within a month. 

    After splurging on a pair of Julbo Nomad’s with polarized photochromatic (gets darker with brighter light) lenses, I can’t go back. After spending 10 times what I normally would on a pair of glasses I am more careful with them and apparently I can keep them safe for more than a month. 

    The quality of the lenses is the biggest difference between cheap and expensive sunglasses. I can’t wear cheap ones any more, they’re hard to see through. 

  • http://rcthink.com/ Ross Collicutt

    I used to struggle with the cheap sunglass dilemma too. I couldn’t pay more than $20 for them, especially since I’d end up breaking them within a month. 

    After splurging on a pair of Julbo Nomad’s with polarized photochromatic (gets darker with brighter light) lenses, I can’t go back. After spending 10 times what I normally would on a pair of glasses I am more careful with them and apparently I can keep them safe for more than a month. 

    The quality of the lenses is the biggest difference between cheap and expensive sunglasses. I can’t wear cheap ones any more, they’re hard to see through. 

  • Lindsay Brooke Williams

    I have a very hard time buying sunglasses, though I wear them almost all the time outside and occasionally indoors due to migraines. Unfortunately that’s the same reason I have such a hard time finding a good pair for me, most sunglasses will give me a headache within 10-20 minutes of putting them on> It’s usually due to the lenses though sometimes from the ‘arms’ being too tight on my temples. I can’t tell you how many pairs I’ve bought only to wear them a day later and find myself with a headache. I found a good pair of no names at Walmart for 10 bucks that worked great so I bought 4 pairs. 

    I do wish I had a really nice pair of sunglasses, I’d be willing to put down some money for them, but I just can’t justify the price to find out later they hurt when worn.

  • Lindsay Brooke Williams

    I have a very hard time buying sunglasses, though I wear them almost all the time outside and occasionally indoors due to migraines. Unfortunately that’s the same reason I have such a hard time finding a good pair for me, most sunglasses will give me a headache within 10-20 minutes of putting them on> It’s usually due to the lenses though sometimes from the ‘arms’ being too tight on my temples. I can’t tell you how many pairs I’ve bought only to wear them a day later and find myself with a headache. I found a good pair of no names at Walmart for 10 bucks that worked great so I bought 4 pairs. 

    I do wish I had a really nice pair of sunglasses, I’d be willing to put down some money for them, but I just can’t justify the price to find out later they hurt when worn.

  • http://twitter.com/janwillembol Jan Willem Bol

    I use a cheap pair of sunglasses bought in southern France from a Nigerian street sellsman. Costed me 10 euro’s, but don’t want any other.

    As I have a high and fairly wide nose bridge; with most sunglasses I look like a complete fool. I like my French – Nigerian ones though :D

  • http://twitter.com/janwillembol Jan Willem Bol

    I use a cheap pair of sunglasses bought in southern France from a Nigerian street sellsman. Costed me 10 euro’s, but don’t want any other.

    As I have a high and fairly wide nose bridge; with most sunglasses I look like a complete fool. I like my French – Nigerian ones though :D

  • http://twitter.com/liteoutdoorgear Light Outdoor Gear

    Personally, I make the biggest weight saving by simply not carrying sunglasses. I don’t ever really feel the need for sunglasses etc. unless I’m on snow or water where glare actually becomes an issue to me. Well that’s just my two bob :-)

  • http://twitter.com/liteoutdoorgear Light Outdoor Gear

    Personally, I make the biggest weight saving by simply not carrying sunglasses. I don’t ever really feel the need for sunglasses etc. unless I’m on snow or water where glare actually becomes an issue to me. Well that’s just my two bob :-)

    http://lightoutdoorgear.wordpress.com/ 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4KLE5J7WIPJGNX2XWDV6FYYDI4 Lucas

    When I wear contacts I find that my eyes become very light sensitive. I have been wearing Edge Dakura sunglasses for years (http://edge-eyewear.com/canada/#/GLASSES/DAKURA) and I couldn’t be happier.

    The last pair I bought was about $30 for polarized safety lenses with scratch and fog protection. I have used them sailing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and running. They have taken a lot of abuse and are just fine after six years of use.

    They come in a variety of tints and they fit my very wide face.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4KLE5J7WIPJGNX2XWDV6FYYDI4 Lucas

    When I wear contacts I find that my eyes become very light sensitive. I have been wearing Edge Dakura sunglasses for years (http://edge-eyewear.com/canada/#/GLASSES/DAKURA) and I couldn’t be happier.

    The last pair I bought was about $30 for polarized safety lenses with scratch and fog protection. I have used them sailing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and running. They have taken a lot of abuse and are just fine after six years of use.

    They come in a variety of tints and they fit my very wide face.

  • Geospud1000

    WOW!  Oakley prescriptions?   I never even thought about it.  Oakleys are awesome!  I used to wear them all the time, even at night on the ball field to combat the lights.  Will DEFINITELY look into them next time I need glasses.

  • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

    Thanks for everyone’s feedback and suggestions. I’m actually considering a pair of 5.11 Tactical’s ‘Burner‘ full frame polarized sunglasses – but can’t find any reviews online.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Thanks for everyone’s feedback and suggestions. I’m actually considering a pair of 5.11 Tactical’s ‘Burner‘ full frame polarized sunglasses – but can’t find any reviews online.

  • http://twitter.com/GrantSible Grant Sible

    Due to very light sensitive eyes I wear sunglasses almost anytime I’m outside and it’s not dark.  These days it is always either Smiths or Maui Jim’s.  Both have very high grade optics, and both have great customer service.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Thanks Grant. That’s a couple of votes for Maui Jim’s now – had not looked at them at all but will now.

  • http://twitter.com/GrantSible Grant Sible

    Due to very light sensitive eyes I wear sunglasses almost anytime I’m outside and it’s not dark.  These days it is always either Smiths or Maui Jim’s.  Both have very high grade optics, and both have great customer service.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Thanks Grant. That’s a couple of votes for Maui Jim’s now – had not looked at them at all but will now.

  • JakeLi

    I have a pair of Ryders Eyewear Chassis sunglasses that I purchased from SteepandCheap.com  They came with a nice hard and soft case, along with clear, yellowed, and brown polarized lenses.  It is very easy to switch out the different lenses, and the frames are very light so they do not hurt my ears after wearing them for hours.  These are my first and only Ryders but I would definitely purchase from them again.

  • JakeLi

    I have a pair of Ryders Eyewear Chassis sunglasses that I purchased from SteepandCheap.com  They came with a nice hard and soft case, along with clear, yellowed, and brown polarized lenses.  It is very easy to switch out the different lenses, and the frames are very light so they do not hurt my ears after wearing them for hours.  These are my first and only Ryders but I would definitely purchase from them again.

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  • Kevridge

    After welding for 17years my eyes a lot more sensitive to light, so I finally decided to get a good pair of sunglasses. After trying a ton of them, I got down Smith and Native. I now have 2 pair of Native. Great optical quality, light weight, and good fit and style.

  • Kevridge

    After welding for 17years my eyes a lot more sensitive to light, so I finally decided to get a good pair of sunglasses. After trying a ton of them, I got down Smith and Native. I now have 2 pair of Native. Great optical quality, light weight, and good fit and style.

  • Andy

    I strongly recommend glass polarized lenses- glass because they are difficult to scratch and polarized for the antiglare which actually improves real vision. You can find such glasses on ebay for $40-100 or you could find fisherman’s glasses from Taiwan for $20.

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    I strongly recommend glass polarized lenses- glass because they are difficult to scratch and polarized for the antiglare which actually improves real vision. You can find such glasses on ebay for $40-100 or you could find fisherman’s glasses from Taiwan for $20.

  • Samdelagrange

    Hey, nice to talk about shades, too bad the sun ain’t shining where I live.
    I’ve heard great things about the Julbo Race with zebra lenses, they change from light tint to a dark tint as the light gets stronger.

    Adidas makes a great specced Terrex Pro, with lots of gadgetry like a headband, nose cover, a piece of foam to convert it to a ski/mountaineering goggle…

    I use cheap glasses, because I really mistreat them and I’m a student (read: no budget :D)

  • Samdelagrange

    Hey, nice to talk about shades, too bad the sun ain’t shining where I live.
    I’ve heard great things about the Julbo Race with zebra lenses, they change from light tint to a dark tint as the light gets stronger.

    Adidas makes a great specced Terrex Pro, with lots of gadgetry like a headband, nose cover, a piece of foam to convert it to a ski/mountaineering goggle…

    I use cheap glasses, because I really mistreat them and I’m a student (read: no budget :D)

  • Eric_SoCal

    When I was a Lifeguard in SoCal back in the 70’s, I rarely wore sunglasses (or sunscreen).  I now wonder how much damage I actually did to my eyes (and skin).  My wife makes fun of my sunglass inventory, but currently my primary shades are Native Hardtops, Maple Tortiseshell/Gray for around town and Tobacco/Blue Reflex with an integral leash for active sports.  If you spend any appreciable amount of time in the sun, you owe it to yourself to give your eyes decent protection.  For some reason, I don’t have a lot of faith in the 99.9% UV stickers on a $5 pair of sunglasses.

  • Eric_SoCal

    When I was a Lifeguard in SoCal back in the 70’s, I rarely wore sunglasses (or sunscreen).  I now wonder how much damage I actually did to my eyes (and skin).  My wife makes fun of my sunglass inventory, but currently my primary shades are Native Hardtops, Maple Tortiseshell/Gray for around town and Tobacco/Blue Reflex with an integral leash for active sports.  If you spend any appreciable amount of time in the sun, you owe it to yourself to give your eyes decent protection.  For some reason, I don’t have a lot of faith in the 99.9% UV stickers on a $5 pair of sunglasses.

  • jimbo3b

    I’ve bought cheap and I’ve bought expensive. Sooner or later they break or get lost. I’ve had the best luck with contractor safety glasses from the hardware store. They always wrap around well and have UV protection, and in the last few years the styles have gotten much better.

  • jimbo3b

    I’ve bought cheap and I’ve bought expensive. Sooner or later they break or get lost. I’ve had the best luck with contractor safety glasses from the hardware store. They always wrap around well and have UV protection, and in the last few years the styles have gotten much better.

  • Lplachowski

    Maui Jim, great lens, light weight, good looking and the company stands behind the product. I had broken 3 pairs, hinge less temples, and they were replaced, free. I no longer have the hinge less style.

  • Lplachowski

    Maui Jim, great lens, light weight, good looking and the company stands behind the product. I had broken 3 pairs, hinge less temples, and they were replaced, free. I no longer have the hinge less style.

  • Colorado Hiker

    Maui Jims with the 3 parallel bands of different shading. The different bands are great when you are in the mountains and moving through regions with snow, water, rock, dirt and/or grass reflecting sunlight up towards your eyes and also different conditions overhead – sunny or cloudy producing different sorts of overhead light.

  • Colorado Hiker

    Maui Jims with the 3 parallel bands of different shading. The different bands are great when you are in the mountains and moving through regions with snow, water, rock, dirt and/or grass reflecting sunlight up towards your eyes and also different conditions overhead – sunny or cloudy producing different sorts of overhead light.

  • ConnieD

    I have some Julbo Sherpa sunglasses for mountaineering. However, I purchased them so many years ago, I don’t think that was the model. I use these for glaciers and major mountains.
    I also have Cocoons overglasses with amber lenses, I purchased especially for sailing. However, they do well in the high mountains.
    I have not tried them as glacier glasses however.

  • ConnieD

    I have some Julbo Sherpa sunglasses for mountaineering. However, I purchased them so many years ago, I don’t think that was the model. I use these for glaciers and major mountains.
    I also have Cocoons overglasses with amber lenses, I purchased especially for sailing. However, they do well in the high mountains.
    I have not tried them as glacier glasses however.

  • http://twitter.com/glenvp Glen Van Peski

    I like the Maui Jim titaniums.  Good quality, amazingly light, no hinges to break.  I did manage to leave a pair behind somewhere in the Wind River Range on a trip with Skurka, that hurt going over a glacier later with no sun protection.  Recently got a pair of Silhouette glasses, similar design, but with a little bit of correction, haven’t tried them on a trip yet.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Thanks Glen. The Maui Jim’s seem to be pretty popular among GG guys :) I’ve always been very suspect about wire frames sunglasses, they just seem too fragile (to me) but I have to go look now that you’ve recommended them too.

      One of the main reasons for me buying cheap sunglasses all the tim eis because I tend to loose them.. :)

  • http://twitter.com/glenvp Glen Van Peski

    I like the Maui Jim titaniums.  Good quality, amazingly light, no hinges to break.  I did manage to leave a pair behind somewhere in the Wind River Range on a trip with Skurka, that hurt going over a glacier later with no sun protection.  Recently got a pair of Silhouette glasses, similar design, but with a little bit of correction, haven’t tried them on a trip yet.

  • http://jinkle.org/ Christopher Jenkins

    Oakleys with grey polarized… too expensive to buy any different prescription lenses :(

  • http://jinkle.org/ Christopher Jenkins

    Oakleys with grey polarized… too expensive to buy any different prescription lenses :(

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Thanks Glen. The Maui Jim’s seem to be pretty popular among GG guys :) I’ve always been very suspect about wire frames sunglasses, they just seem too fragile (to me) but I have to go look now that you’ve recommended them too.

    One of the main reasons for me buying cheap sunglasses all the tim eis because I tend to loose them.. :)

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  • Weswitt

    Rudy Project are my sun glasses of choice.

  • Weswitt

    Rudy Project are my sun glasses of choice.

  • Lyle

    Have never carried sunglasses in the wilderness, except in winter.

    I have photo sensitive lenses, that’s plenty for me.

    Would NEVER pay more than $15 or $20 dollars for sunglasses. Like most designer items, most are a total rip-off.

  • Lyle

    Have never carried sunglasses in the wilderness, except in winter.

    I have photo sensitive lenses, that’s plenty for me.

    Would NEVER pay more than $15 or $20 dollars for sunglasses. Like most designer items, most are a total rip-off.

  • Dale451

    RayBan Wayfarers or Bolle PC’s, both on the vintage side, but they fit my large head and have neutral color lenses. The frames are fairly tough too. I got a deal on a pair of Smiths and broke them the first day!

  • Dale451

    RayBan Wayfarers or Bolle PC’s, both on the vintage side, but they fit my large head and have neutral color lenses. The frames are fairly tough too. I got a deal on a pair of Smiths and broke them the first day!

  • Hikingis4me2

    Both of my eyeglasses darken when in the sunlight.  However, for hiking the Sierras and where there’s snow, I sprung for a pair of Cocoons which go over your prescription eyeglasses. The advantage of the Cocoons is that they wrap around.  This disadvantage is you look like a dork.  Better that than snow blindness.

  • Hikingis4me2

    Both of my eyeglasses darken when in the sunlight.  However, for hiking the Sierras and where there’s snow, I sprung for a pair of Cocoons which go over your prescription eyeglasses. The advantage of the Cocoons is that they wrap around.  This disadvantage is you look like a dork.  Better that than snow blindness.

  • ConnieD

    I realise my sunglasses are not Cocoons, but Vistana overRX sunglasses. The copper lenses are excellent for sailing. I use these sunglasses for driving, if needed, and in the high mountains.
    I have not tried them on snowfields or on glaciers.
    I have my Julbo Sherpas for that.

  • ConnieD

    I realise my sunglasses are not Cocoons, but Vistana overRX sunglasses. The copper lenses are excellent for sailing. I use these sunglasses for driving, if needed, and in the high mountains.
    I have not tried them on snowfields or on glaciers.
    I have my Julbo Sherpas for that.

  • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

    These comments would have all been so much better with a photo of the sunglasses being mentioned :) Wish there was an easier way to do that.

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    These comments would have all been so much better with a photo of the sunglasses being mentioned :) Wish there was an easier way to do that.

  • http://www.palmettoadventurer.com/ Leigh

    A little late, but I wear a pair of Oakley Half-Jackets I’ve had since I was in the Army.  They’re indestructible.  I got them when someone stole my M-Frames while we were deployed, and left the Half-Jackets in their place.

  • http://www.palmettoadventurer.com/ Leigh

    A little late, but I wear a pair of Oakley Half-Jackets I’ve had since I was in the Army.  They’re indestructible.  I got them when someone stole my M-Frames while we were deployed, and left the Half-Jackets in their place.

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