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post #1 of 26
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I posted this on the gear forum and it went nowhere, doesn't anybody use sunglasses anymore?

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I have been using the Bolle Vigilante w/RX adapter for several years. I'm thinking I would like to switch to Rudy Project with an RX adapter. Specifically, I'm interested in the Exception, Perception, or RB3 because of the flip up feature. Any users out there? Any thing I should know before pulling the trigger? I'm also open to other Rudy models that have an RX adapter. BTW, I ski and work in sunny NM. I've done a search and am sort of up to speed on the polarized thing, but there wasn't much info on Rudy's that I could find. I should add that I'll be using these as much or more while cycling too.
Thanks,
Birddog
post #2 of 26
Some of us oldtimers use sunglasses!

Believe it or not, in the sunshine (here in the PNW we see if every once in awhile) I ski with Ray Ban Wayfarers. Besides a nice lens, the shape works well for me in terms of blocking the wind from affecting my contacts and making my eyes water.

I have owned Rudy Project sunglasses before, and they are a good product. Out of curiosity, why the interest in a flip up lens?

Mike

PS - Buy polarized...
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
I am a PT Instructor, and I can't/don't wear contacts. I think I'll find the flip up feature useful when going inside (as opposed to switching glasses), and also in the shade. I find it esp comforting to first time sliders when they can actually see your eyes as you do the warm-up, intro as opposed to some ski jock in shades. BTW, I don't believe a word of that stuff about you using sunglasses there. I grew up skiing Mt Spokane and we wore yellow lenses every day til maybe mid March, and then it was spotty. Of course that was a loooong time ago.
Thanks,
Birddog
post #4 of 26
I wear polarized PanOptix, which are sunglasses with wind proofing around the inside rims, like goggles.

Excellent wind coverage for my contacts, they don't fog up, and most importantly, they're polarized. Mine happen to have rose lenses, because I can see the snow and contrasts better.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
I posted this on the gear forum and it went nowhere, doesn't anybody use sunglasses anymore?
I do:


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Originally Posted by mmckimson View Post
PS - Buy polarized...
Not needed.
post #6 of 26
Maui Jim's check out there web site. Some of the better ski shops carry them.

Buy them, you'll be happy you did.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Birddog View Post
I posted this on the gear forum and it went nowhere, doesn't anybody use sunglasses anymore?



Thanks,
Birddog
if you actually ski hard no



but for teaching beginner I have some sweet smiths I bought off of Steepandcheap for 25 bucks.
post #8 of 26
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Maui Jim's check out there web site. Some of the better ski shops carry them.

Buy them, you'll be happy you did.
+1 They're expensive though so try ebay
post #9 of 26

Sunglasses

I use Fuxi sunglasses (http://www.fuxiracingusa.com/product...&ProductID=298). They are designed for skiers by skiers. Not too expensive either.
post #10 of 26
I do unless it starts getting windy or they are blowing snow. I've tried Maui Jims, Ray Bans, Oakleys and a bunch of others. I keep coming back to Revo. The optics are amazing and they fit better than any of the others.

CJ
post #11 of 26
I have several pairs of Rudy Ekynox SX with the RX inserts and they can't be beat. The Ekynox was a personal choice based on style and fit. I use mine for skiing, cycling and running and have zero complaints. They have a lens for every light condition imaginable- the lenses are fairly durable as copared to Oakley's I owned in the past which scratched easily. My last, and most important point is that Rudy customer service can't be beat, they have impressed me several times with the responsiveness and support they provide for their products.

For the record I also own Rudy RX goggles which are also bomb proof!

Rudy project =
post #12 of 26
Anybody have experience with polarized, photochromic lenses? Seems like an ideal way to go for varying light conditions.
post #13 of 26
Photochromatic lenses are usually affected to some degree by temp - i.e. they get dark in cold weather even if it's night, and take longer to lighten up as well. YMMV, but that was my experience, and I did work in the optical industry for 5 years.

Polarized have a purpose, but I've never found them to be anything special while skiing. Great for fishing though, and to a lesser degree for driving. Probably unnecessary, and for the upcharge for a QUALITY polarized lens, not worth it.

Photochrmatic/polarized ideal? No.
post #14 of 26
I love my Polarized Maui Jims. However im a wimp, i prefer my goggles.
post #15 of 26
On nice days, I use Uvex safety sun glasses. Only $12 down at the SafetyMaster store, so if I break/lose/scratch them, no big deal. They wrap around and keep the wind out, and can take an impact if I'm outta control in the trees. I'm not convinced the polarized lenses are that much more helpful in skiing (now fishing, on the other hand...axebiker touched on this subject). Go get yourself some cheap sunglasses.
post #16 of 26
After owning several pairs of Oakleys and Smiths, I have come to realize that $15 Foster Grants from Walmart are as good as it gets. Not only don't you worry about breaking or losing them, they are polarized and comfortable.

On nice days, I ski with them instead of Goggles
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by rmmaster View Post
I use Fuxi sunglasses (http://www.fuxiracingusa.com/product...&ProductID=298). They are designed for skiers by skiers. Not too expensive either.
I met Fuxi, Franz Fuchsberger, at Mt. Hood a couple of summers back. What a character! I like his branded stuff...what I've seen is good quality and fair price. Some of his branded stuff is from European outfits too small to get U.S. distribution, but very good items. I like supporting small, family operations that do a good job...Artech is another.
post #18 of 26
On good days I wear my prescription ray bans. I have inserts that fit into my goggles for cold/windy/cloudy days--but those hardly ever happen, right?

I used to have an old set of prescription sunglasses that were great, because the lenses were so big they also blocked the wind. Unfortunately styles and prescription changed, and the frame eventually disintegrated without the possibility of replacement.

I'd say the number of people wearing sunglasses is surprisingly small--perhaps 2-3% until spring skiing comes along, but even then it isn't great. Of course maybe people just want to keep that goggle tan going.
post #19 of 26
I only use goggles in precipitation or cold night skiing. Otherwise I'm wearing glasses for bright light or flat light. I don't really like the way goggles feel with a helmet. I burned the funds from a HCRA for two pair of very slight prescription Oakleys (smoke lenses, bronze lenses) and four pair of Raybans. We had just signed up for the HCRA then got laid off so we spent almost $2,000 but only had one check deducted for about fifty. Hekuva Deal!
post #20 of 26
My favorite for skiing is the Spy Optics 'Hielo'. The grey lens is perfect for bright conditions, and the large temples help keep the wind off the eyes (I wear contacts).

post #21 of 26
Wow, no one mentioned Panoptx, Now called 7eye.

They have great Photchromatic lenses available and you can also get prescription lenses with if desired progressive Bi-focals. but the really coll accessory is their removable eyecups.

The eyecups are 1 separate piece that if desired conaitn a second lense to act like double goggle lenses that can also be anti-fog coated on the inside.

I own 3 pair of Sciroccos and 1 pair of one pair of churadas.

One pair is prescription w/ phot chromatic dawn/dusk lense, One is non-Prescription dawn/dusk lens, One is non-prescription color-tec Copper lens then the churadas are photochromatic Day/night prescription with progressive bi-focal.

if you have any questions about any of this feel free to ask!


i have skied in them and also used them Motorcycle riding.

they are absolutley incredible. you get the fit and feel & look of a sunglass with the windprotection of a goggle!

www.7eye.com

Buy the way they have a sale going on for non-prescription Sciroccos!
post #22 of 26
Great prices on those Panotix. I tried them on at a store once, and they did not fit my face so well.
post #23 of 26
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Great prices on those Panotix. I tried them on at a store once, and they did not fit my face so well.
Many different models and they all fit differently. And a bunch of nw model;s since they changed their name to 7eye!
post #24 of 26
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Wow, no one mentioned Panoptx, Now called 7eye.
Post #4.

I like my pair a lot, but you're absolutely right about the fit; I forgot mine one day, and so bought another pair in the ski shop -- I should've tried them on, duh; they rode-up off of my nose every time I smiled (& who doesn't grin at least a little bit while sliding recklessly out of control into innocent beginners stopped in the middle of the slope...)
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
After owning several pairs of Oakleys and Smiths, I have come to realize that $15 Foster Grants from Walmart are as good as it gets. Not only don't you worry about breaking or losing them, they are polarized and comfortable.

On nice days, I ski with them instead of Goggles
Enjoy your cataracts... You get what you pay for.
post #26 of 26
You sissies and your fancy foo-fah glasses and goggles.

Real men wear eye-black.
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