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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I scratch the hell out of my lenses just through carelessness and that ruins many a pair of glasses for me. Is there a solution out there to help people such as myself? I googled for rugged glasses and scratch resistant lenses but didn't see anything that looked too promising.
post #2 of 23

Can you clarify what are you looking for exactly?  Glasses or sunglasses?  

Have you stopped by your optometrist? Every place has like 2 or 3 displays for scratch resistant premium lenses.

You just have to pay for it.

What did you not find promising? 

 

You can also try to identify your lenscare behaviors that are causing the rough wear and get accessories to change your lenscare behavior.  Like, get some microfiber lens cloths so you're not cleaning them on your pants .    You can get a 6pack on amazon for $10.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Pack-Amazing-MagicFiber%C2%AE-Microfiber-Cleaning/dp/B0050R67U0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430504161&sr=8-2&keywords=magic+cloth

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Sorry, I am looking for SUN glasses.  The polarized coating always seems to scratch off after a few months even when I keep them in cases.  I buy sunglasses in the $20-50 range because I know I usually end up wrecking them and I'm willing to pay more but I want to get some that I know can take a beating and that is one of their main selling points. 

post #4 of 23

They're not in the $20-$50 range, but I've had several pair of Smith Optics polarized sunglasses with Techlite glass lenses, that have been virtually unscratchable. My last pair lasted me 8-9 years, and while the lenses were still flawless, the rubber pieces on the nose bridge started getting kind of melty (dry-rot?) so I sent them back to Smith, and they replaced with a new pair.

 

IME, you will be hard-pressed to find a better sunglass, from a company with better customer service. Also, glass is much harder to scratch than plastic, but might not be appropriate for every application. I don't think I'd want to take a rock to the lens while mountain biking with glass lenses. Driving, fishing, or golfing would probably be a safer bet, unless you golf like me...:duck:

post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

I scratch the hell out of my lenses just through carelessness and that ruins many a pair of glasses for me. Is there a solution out there to help people such as myself? I googled for rugged glasses and scratch resistant lenses but didn't see anything that looked too promising.

You aren't spending enough money.  Buy some expensive ones, like Maui Jim, Orvis, Oakley.  When you pay $100 or more for a pair of glasses, you take care of them.  I have some Rx bifocal Orvis sunglasses that are over 15 years old and there isn't even one scratch on them.  I always kept them in the case when I wasn't wearing them, that alone makes a big difference.  I think they were around $150 but they were the best fishing glasses I've ever owned.

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

You aren't spending enough money.  Buy some expensive ones, like Maui Jim, Orvis, Oakley.  When you pay $100 or more for a pair of glasses, you take care of them. 

 

Seconded. I never took proper care of sunglasses until I bought some expensive ones for tennis (cheap ones mess with my depth perception). That first pair (Oakley M Frames) lasted me ages. Since then, any nice pair I've had have been taken care of and have lasted quite a while. Cheap pairs still get less protection.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

You aren't spending enough money.  Buy some expensive ones, like Maui Jim, Orvis, Oakley.  When you pay $100 or more for a pair of glasses, you take care of them.  I have some Rx bifocal Orvis sunglasses that are over 15 years old and there isn't even one scratch on them.  I always kept them in the case when I wasn't wearing them, that alone makes a big difference.  I think they were around $150 but they were the best fishing glasses I've ever owned.

This was my first thought when I read the first post.

 

My prescription Maui Jim's always stay in the hard case they came in. Back when I bought my first Maui'Jim's back in the late 1990's I always kept them protected in the bag and case they came in.

 

I do have a cheap pair of polarized sunglasses that I keep in the backpack, but they also stay in the case they came in.

 

Yes. it's all about the money...

post #8 of 23

Initially I thought the title was Scotch resistant polarized glasses. I thought, who has that much of a drinking problem that they either splash their scotch on their glasses or drop them into their drink. Ironically, I read the title..while drinking scotch. 

post #9 of 23
That's not irony, it's causality.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

That's not irony, it's causality.

Actually it is damn good odds. 

post #11 of 23

Here's another vote for Smith's polarized sunglasses.  I have had my Smith Parallel Max sunglasses for 3 years and the lenses are like new.  They are polycarbonate lenses.  I have the brown polarized lenses with no mirror.  I think the key is to get a lens without a mirrored coating. I've had Oakley and Maui Jim, and even though I'm careful, I found the mirrored lenses are kind of delicate (just like the Smith mirrored goggle lenses).  I'm not sure if Smith is popular in Arizona, but here in Utah they sell them all over so it's easy to find different models to try on.  

post #12 of 23

Far as I know, no such animal as "scratch resistant" plastic lenses. Which are all roughly the same material, molded in roughly the same way, prolly made in the same Chinese factory. Coatings are about reflections, UV, and cool color, not scratches. And yes, they wear off. 

 

Unless you want the new exotic material called "glass." Now that stuff is scratch resistant!

 

Yeah, Maui Jims are excellent, both in terms of design, durability, optics, and customer service. 

post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

I appreciate the suggestions.  I am going to go the route of getting a high dollar pair and trying to up my care standards so wish me luck. 

post #14 of 23

Luck mostly has nothing to do with it.  Fling your polarized glasses into the drift boat and the odds are very high they'll get scratched or worse.

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

Far as I know, no such animal as "scratch resistant" plastic lenses. Which are all roughly the same material, molded in roughly the same way, prolly made in the same Chinese factory. Coatings are about reflections, UV, and cool color, not scratches. And yes, they wear off. 

 

Unless you want the new exotic material called "glass." Now that stuff is scratch resistant!

 

Yeah, Maui Jims are excellent, both in terms of design, durability, optics, and customer service. 

Aren't they pretty much all made by Luxottica? Don't know where.

post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

Aren't they pretty much all made by Luxottica? Don't know where.

 

According to the Luxottica site, this is a list of their brands (the main two that may matter here are Oakley and Ray-ban) :


ALAIN MIKLI
ARNETTE
BROOKS BROTHERS
BURBERRY
BVLGARI
CHANEL
COACH
DKNY
DOLCE & GABBANA
EMPORIO ARMANI
GIORGIO ARMANI
MICHAEL KORS
MIU MIU
OAKLEY
OLIVER PEOPLES
PAUL SMITH SPECTACLES
PERSOL
POLO RALPH LAUREN
PRADA
RALPH LAUREN
RAY-BAN
STARCK EYES
TIFFANY & CO.
TORY BURCH
VERSACE
VOGUE EYEWEAR

DAVID CLULOW
GLASSES.COM
GMO
ILORI - OPTICAL SHOP OF ASPEN
LAUBMAN & PANK
LENSCRAFTERS
OPSM
PEARLE VISION
SEARS OPTICAL
SUNGLASS HUT
TARGET OPTICAL

 

The other big group is Safilo, which includes Smith Optics, plus :

 

Carrera

Polaroid
Safilo
Oxydo
Alexander McQueen
Bobbi Brown
Bottega Veneta
Céline
Dior
Fendi
Gucci
Boss Orange
Hugo Boss
Jimmy Choo
Juicy Couture
Marc Jacobs
Marc by Marc Jacobs
MaxMara
Max&Co.
Pierre Cardin
Tommy Hilfiger
Saint Laurent
Fossil
J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez
Kate Spade
Liz Claiborne
Saks Fifth Avenue
Banana Republic

post #17 of 23

Interesting. Both are Italian, although not clear to me if all the components are Italian. Luxottica controls so much of the U.S. market, apparently (80% +) that they've been investigated for anti-trust. And both make very little $$ from googles; sunglasses are the biggie, then frames for eyeglasses. 

 

Checked a couple of other brands. Uvex appears to be made in Germany, they make their $$ from safety glasses and goggles. Scott is based in Switzerland, although I think their googles may be made in Italy - uncertain - and they make their $$ from high end bicycles and sports apparel. Marker seems to be made in Germany, but small component of Marker/Volkl. Some other goggles are harder to track. Anon is a subdivision of Burton, which is/was based in VT, but seems to be moving to Austria, and pretty sure they do not literally make their own goggles. Spy used to be Orange Twenty One, makes sunglasses, eyeglasses, American. Again, doubt they make their own frames or lenses, since company profile says they "design, market, and distribute" eyewear.

 

I'd guess the vast majority of smaller companies offering are similar, they design off a template provided by offshore manufacturing in country X. But where is X?? :D

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

Interesting. Both are Italian, although not clear to me if all the components are Italian. Luxottica controls so much of the U.S. market, apparently (80% +) that they've been investigated for anti-trust. And both make very little $$ from googles; sunglasses are the biggie, then frames for eyeglasses. 

 

Checked a couple of other brands. Uvex appears to be made in Germany, they make their $$ from safety glasses and goggles. Scott is based in Switzerland, although I think their googles may be made in Italy - uncertain - and they make their $$ from high end bicycles and sports apparel. Marker seems to be made in Germany, but small component of Marker/Volkl. Some other goggles are harder to track. Anon is a subdivision of Burton, which is/was based in VT, but seems to be moving to Austria, and pretty sure they do not literally make their own goggles. Spy used to be Orange Twenty One, makes sunglasses, eyeglasses, American. Again, doubt they make their own frames or lenses, since company profile says they "design, market, and distribute" eyewear.

 

I'd guess the vast majority of smaller companies offering are similar, they design off a template provided by offshore manufacturing in country X. But where is X?? :D

Don't know about glasses, but my kids were recently in Vietnam and the sales pitch was that all the North Face stuff is made there so you can buy it cheap there. Of course, the stuff they sell to tourists is North Face in logo only.

post #19 of 23

Drink enough alcohol and everything looks great, so why worry about a gouge here and there on the lenses. :dunno :D

post #20 of 23

I say buy a decent pair of sunglasses, and when they get scratched up replace the lenses.  I have had some Oakleys for about 5 years, which are designed so that the bomb proof frames protect the lenses if they are placed lenses down.  I wear them almost every day.  They finally got a good scratch in them and I got excellent replacement lenses for $38.  The web site even had a 30 second video on how to pop out the old ones and insert the new ones.  It took me about 90 seconds.  If I factor the original cost of the glasses and the new lenses it comes out to not much per year for having first rate shades.  Probably cheaper than buying several pairs of $20 "replaceable" cheap sunglasses.

 

Check these guys out.  They have lenses for all the major brands.

 

https://www.revantoptics.com/replacement-lenses

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

I picked up a pair of Spy sunglasses with the "indestructible" frames and high quality replaceable lens at a good price.  They are great glasses so far but I've been pretty careful with them.

post #22 of 23

I was signing into this thread to sing the praises of my polarised Hobies, as in no scratches after 2 years of use and absolutely awesome (tacky when sweaty!) frames and really smooth hinges and...

 

my fat butt sat on them.  

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

I say buy a decent pair of sunglasses, and when they get scratched up replace the lenses.  I have had some Oakleys for about 5 years, which are designed so that the bomb proof frames protect the lenses if they are placed lenses down.  I wear them almost every day.  They finally got a good scratch in them and I got excellent replacement lenses for $38.  The web site even had a 30 second video on how to pop out the old ones and insert the new ones.  It took me about 90 seconds.  If I factor the original cost of the glasses and the new lenses it comes out to not much per year for having first rate shades.  Probably cheaper than buying several pairs of $20 "replaceable" cheap sunglasses.

Check these guys out.  They have lenses for all the major brands.

https://www.revantoptics.com/replacement-lenses

I agree. I have an old pair of Oakleys (about 20 years old) that I wear while working in the yard and doing things like weed whacking. The lenses are nasty and not replaceable but still intact and protecting my eyes.

Around 5 years ago I got a pair of Oakley Flak XLJ. Loved them and even with replacing a scratched lens, the year over year cost wasn't much. The only down side was that I got polarized replacement lenses as part of a Fathers Day gift, put them in and the very next day I dropped them without realizing it while at Lowes. I searched all over for them and asked everyone insight if they saw them. You would have thought I lost a child. The original glasses and replacement lenses were both gifts from the kids and that made them even more special to me. I'm guessing someone noticed them on the floor and because they are so nice, kept them.

My replacement Oakleys came in yesterday. I got the Flak 2.0 XL this time. They seem even more indistructable than th XLJs I had. Think I'll be getting croakies for them.

The revantoptics link is a good find. Thanks for sharing.

Ken
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