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My favorite sunglasses (don't even remember the brand) recently fell off my head and went Plop! into the water. I wore them for years, sailing and cycling. So I am in need of a good pair. They don't have to be a primo brand - just something that fits a big head, provides clear vision with good protection, and makes an old guy look cool. :) Any suggestions?

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Suncloud.  best bang for the buck at like $50-60/frame. lifetime warranty too, I believe. replaced a few with no questions asked.

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After getting banged in the eye when gybing a spinnaker pole, I now only use safety glasses sun glasses, available at your favourite hardware store for under $20.  And at that price I don't have to fret them falling overboard.

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Bought them as a joke but Pit Viper are actually great for racing, tons of custom fit adjustment and available in polarized and non polarized safety frames 

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On 4/19/2021 at 10:10 PM, bloodshot said:

Suncloud.  best bang for the buck at like $50-60/frame. lifetime warranty too, I believe. replaced a few with no questions asked.

All I wore for years. White frames with rose tint lenses. found out the lenses were ground at the same place that made lenses for Vaurnet. At least they were for a while in the 80s. at less than half the cost of Vs it was a no brainer. but alas, they quit making the rose lenses. 

nowadays, after paving the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in sunglasses, it's whatever I can find under 10$ that isn't already scratched up too bad. 

 

Suncloud did have a fabulous replacement policy. if I ever lost a lens or broke a frame and sent them bac in, they'd send me a new pair. 

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16 minutes ago, Bump-n-Grind said:

All I wore for years. White frames with rose tint lenses. found out the lenses were ground at the same place that made lenses for Vaurnet. At least they were for a while in the 80s. at less than half the cost of Vs it was a no brainer. but alas, they quit making the rose lenses. 

nowadays, after paving the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in sunglasses, it's whatever I can find under 10$ that isn't already scratched up too bad. 

On the boat, Jimmy S turned me on to the 1 for $30 2 for $40 3 for $50 sunglass hut at the Annapolis boat show when I was complaining about having lost three pairs of nice shades in a week, including some Oakleys and Spy's ($400 word).  Said he had the same problem but when he switched to the cheapies - which are polarized and per my Optometrist cousin, "decent lenses, great for $20" - he stopped losing them, and when he loses one overboard or it gets sat or stepped on, it's not a big tragedy.  It was easier to go downscale as he gave me the advice on the way out after a half dozen Pain Killers and a couple free G&T's at the Hendrix gin tent.  I'd probably go with the Home Depot craptastic but polarized $15 dollar ones now, if I didn't already have a source.  Nothing more traumatic than watching your Oakleys do a back flip, double twist, into the Chesapeake. 

Off the boat I like Oakleys.  

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Sailing, definitely cheap Polaroid safety glasses, wrap round type.

Like watches over the years too many have gone for a swim..

And too many head butts of low booms, in the last 41 years too..

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Large skulls; the Smith XL options really offer the most variety of shapes and lens colors out of the brands I've considered without going the expense or weight of Costa's.

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I have Oakley Splitshots with the Prism lenses, really like them. Had a reefing hook (since replaced with a knot) come undone and hit me enough force to disorient me for a second. Scared the shit out of me. Took it dead center in my eye. The Oakley aren't rated for impact like my Wiley X or Revisions are but they saved my eye that day although I did have to replace the lens. 

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Definitely Wiley-X.  Amazingly bullet-proof.   I bought my current pair about 4 years ago. I bought an extra pair 1.5 years ago in case my original ones wore out or got lost.  I'm still using the originals. 

Hinges are SS, important for sailors.

As a bonus you can use them as ski goggles in the winter.  And they meet ANSI Z87.1, which, AFAICT means they are safety glasses too.

https://www.wileyx.com/airrage

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On 4/19/2021 at 5:53 PM, Israel Hands said:

My favorite sunglasses (don't even remember the brand) recently fell off my head and went Plop! into the water. I wore them for years, sailing and cycling. So I am in need of a good pair. They don't have to be a primo brand - just something that fits a big head, provides clear vision with good protection, and makes an old guy look cool. :) Any suggestions?

Cheap.

I got a pair at Costco and although i don't know what they are some young girl from Germany said "ooooooH you've got XXXX" so at least I know they have a big advertising budget

Fashion over function is good. If all you guys knew that some young girl would compliment you on how you look that's what you would buy. For some of you that's all you would ever buy.

Pick your battles.

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I feel like I'm revealing one of my dark secrets.

https://www.ctswholesalesunglasses.com/

Hit the polarized section, buy a box of 12 for ~$40. Throw spare pairs in the car, boat, raceboat and gear bag. When the foredeck fubars the douse and everyone loses their shades, hand them out like candy.

Supposedly, the lenses are made in the US, shipped to china, put into Chinese frames and then shipped back to CTS in OR. Surprisingly decent lenses for $4/pr.

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Currently Serengeti glass non polorized photo chromatic for me with drilled temple ends and diy leash/friction clamp. Polorization fucks with my head and plastic sucks. If ray ban still made the balorama with non polarized lenses I would be wearing those. Life is too short for cheap sunglasses and shoes among other things. But I will say on overcast mornings on the bicycle that amber smith and Wesson shooting glasses are the bomb in the woods when light is low.

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Seems we're spoiled for choice when it comes to regular sunglasses, but I'm curious to know what folks do that wear progressive lenses.  I got mine with the photochromic coating and they work OK as sunglasses but not great.  I also find that progressives are pretty poor when one is constantly scanning sails, horizon, etc.  I'm thinking of getting a pair of hardline bifocal sunglasses for boat use.  Anyone have any experience or advice to offer?

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1 hour ago, Son of Hans said:

Seems we're spoiled for choice when it comes to regular sunglasses, but I'm curious to know what folks do that wear progressive lenses.  I got mine with the photochromic coating and they work OK as sunglasses but not great.  I also find that progressives are pretty poor when one is constantly scanning sails, horizon, etc.  I'm thinking of getting a pair of hardline bifocal sunglasses for boat use.  Anyone have any experience or advice to offer?

Don't bother with progressive or bifocal sunglasses for sailing if you are nearsighted.  I'm nearsighted and my only problem is seeing really close at this point - I just lift my sunglasses temporarily.   I could not get used to progressives, found them annoying and ditched them.  I think progressives work better for farsighted.

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I stack the magnifiers on the outside of the sunglasses when needed though it can be tricky at first. Both sets on leashes with the magnifiers on a shorter leash so they hang inside the sunglasses when not using either. Figured if Paul Newman did it it had to be cool. Turns out it works.

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I have been wearing Oakley Holbrook bifocal sunglasses  for the last three years ( not cheap) and have found them to be fantastic. Not once have they slipped or looked like falling off even when pushed up onto my cap and the lenses are top grade. except for one thing. The frames are starting to breakup and I now know why they are available in metal. 

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20 hours ago, Son of Hans said:

Seems we're spoiled for choice when it comes to regular sunglasses, but I'm curious to know what folks do that wear progressive lenses.  I got mine with the photochromic coating and they work OK as sunglasses but not great.  I also find that progressives are pretty poor when one is constantly scanning sails, horizon, etc.  I'm thinking of getting a pair of hardline bifocal sunglasses for boat use.  Anyone have any experience or advice to offer?

 

I'm on the back of the boat, so other than dodging mainsheet and mizzen staysail, not much hazard of loss.

Every day lens: Progressive, photochromic, UV blocking, 1/4 wave anti reflective on a "sport hinge" frame. Good enough for driving, walking outside for short durations

For bright sky, all day outside: semi wrap around Maui Jim Readers: Double Gradient, polarized ordered through optometrist.  Strong Astigmatism (3.5 diopters) and need the bifocals to read text. You get used to a slight tilt to read the MFD's, and wear a hat to reduce the glare from skin reflections, unless you like eyeblack.

 

Keep previous prescription pair for a spare in chart locker

 

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On 4/23/2021 at 6:20 PM, Dogfish4255 said:

Large skulls; the Smith XL options really offer the most variety of shapes and lens colors out of the brands I've considered without going the expense or weight of Costa's.

Costas suck, since they went all corporate their cust service has sucked and the product aint so hot.  They are the Bubba/Florida man fishing glasses of choice for all the rednecks as well.  (just watch any fishing program.). switched to maui jims a couple years ago.  Heaven...  

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Oakley has been my go-to since using their motocross goggles in the ‘80’s. I’m hard on eyewear. They’re tough and I find I have to really make an effort to scratch the lenses. Also use their sunglasses frames for my daily prescription eyewear.

My hipster nephew still wears the Frogskins I bought the year they first came out, so that’s what…30 years now…? 

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Julbo Explorer 2.0 Glacier Sunglasses.  5% light transmission.  Get the mirrored lenses, not the brown lenses.

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Most recently, I tried SeaSpecs.  The strap-on aquatic sport styles are good at staying on your face in the water.  The problem I have with them is that I am in and out of glasses like 100 times a day, and they are a bit of a pain for that.  If I was outside all day, and didn't need to look at a computer, or a chart, I think I'd like them better.  I also got a pair of their "cycler" system that comes with a case full of interchangeable lenses for different conditions.  (Only one polarized, IIRC) Including an insert for prescription lenses.  Neat idea, but the frames are less than eggshell thin at the snap-on joint and quickly break.  They don't sell spare frames.  I've been wearing them hot-glued together for about two years.  Have to re-glue every few weeks.  

I have to admit that I own one pair of $250 Maui Jim sunglasses.  They currently are only brought out when I am traveling on an Official Vacation.  So, like, never.

Decades ago, I had another pair of MJs - the plastic lenses we have in PNW just didn't cut it when I went south - was getting headaches.  Bought them on impulse. Had the frames replaced a couple of times.  IDK what finally happened to them.  When I was house-hunting, I attended a couple of open houses and couldn't get an agent to give me the time of day. Until one guy noticed my expensive sunglasses.  So they're good if you need to break into a snobbish clique, anyway.  

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Bought two pairs off mokenvision.com recently. Sun glasses sponsor of Francois Gabart and Yoann Richomme. Allegedly organic/ sustainable production. Polarized and a good fit.

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Bifocal safety glasses for $12-$15. Many shades. Google and you can find cool ones and buy several pairs.

I am NOT going to sweat over loosing glasses. Nope.

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No mention of Kaenon?  I’ve had a pair of Kaenon Kore’s for years!  The finish is going bad, might look at Kaenon again.

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When I was a teen, I had a $80 pair of Bolle. Then not many years later I was building boats. I had to order ppe supplies from Sheridan Safety ( respirstor cartridges and glovesmostly). I also needed safety glasses as they get dropped stepped on etc.

The ANSI polycarbonate optically correct uv/ir filtered glasses were under $8. So at that moment, everything changed.

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On 6/8/2021 at 9:30 AM, shaggy said:

Costas suck, since they went all corporate their cust service has sucked and the product aint so hot.  They are the Bubba/Florida man fishing glasses of choice for all the rednecks as well.  (just watch any fishing program.). switched to maui jims a couple years ago.  Heaven...  

na, that honor has now gone to Pit Viper

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I use these floating Gill Marker sunglasses which have a cutout vent in the corner of the lens that prevents them fogging up on the downwind leg while keeping the spray out of your eyes on my very wet, Weta Trimaran. 
Polarized lens, hydrophobic outer coating that sheds water and reduces salt residue, Oleophobic coating repel fingerprints, sun lotion and skin oils 

https://www.gillmarine.com/marker-sunglasses/
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My favorites for on the water were some Smith ones that were both polarized and photochromic. They weren't mine but borrowed for a day.

I've had most of the top brands.

These days I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money - even the cheap ones are pretty good.

 

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On 4/19/2021 at 10:33 PM, ExOmo said:

These guys have popped up a few times on the site.   Recently got a pair no complaints/no affiliation etc.

The price point for them are excellent. I buy 2 pairs each season. And I wear them everyday 

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Maui Jims for me.

I have a glass pair for sailing and a polycarbonate set for driving.

The polycarbonate lens are great, but I could not pick up the next mark soon enough with them.  A clarity thing, or salt air sticks to them easier.

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On 8/1/2021 at 7:20 PM, Israel Hands said:

I ended up getting the Suncloud aviator readers. Love them so far.

These glasses have greatly improved my helm experience this summer!  Optics are good enough to spot very far marks, and I can also glance down through the readers and clearly see the Navpod.  No more juggling sunglasses and readers.

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I had a set of Ziari vintage that went overboard during a buggy day (read fucking-to-much-flies-around-my-head day).

Current one is Oakley Radar with bronze polarized lens (2nd set of lens). Changed the lens recently for Black Iridium Pol. 

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On 8/12/2021 at 4:40 AM, random. said:

Maui Jims for me.

I have a glass pair for sailing and a polycarbonate set for driving.

The polycarbonate lens are great, but I could not pick up the next mark soon enough with them.  A clarity thing, or salt air sticks to them easier.

Have em as well.  Script, so $$$ but I hold onto glasses...  Croakies are your friend...  

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For years i wore Cheaper polarised  sunnies($4-$50aus)for Biking,sailing,drinking.. They would last 3-4months before polarised coating would rub off and lenses(plastic) would go cloudy and blurry.
My Brother convinced me to buy ‘SPOTTERS’ brand($290aus approx) fishermen love em here. On my 2nd pair in 4years!!!

Light,plastic framed, Ruby or sapphire(?) glass, polarized. First pair i gave to a friend after 1.5years use. He still wears them.

Amazing sunglasses. Im not sponsored by them and im not Wealthy or careful with them.

ps: just make sure any LCD screens are polarised friendly no matter their orientaion. I recently had a screen replaced on an ifone and with sunnies on its only viewable when vertical now, original ifone screen didnt have that issue.

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