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Sunglasses...

I need a pair. A GOOD pair.

I've read that polarized is not good to have while riding? Due to it possibly hiding glare off frost/oil/water on the road?

Here are my issues:

1) They have to be comfortable, with helmet. First and foremost, I can live with a bit of fugly if they're fugntional.
2) I have a skinny face. I can even wear some pairs of kids' sunglasses and they fit perfect. This has made it even harder to find good glasses, most hang out WAY over my temples (then imagine what happens when I try and put them on inside my helmet)
3) I would prefer the ones that have pop-out lenses, for night-riding, etc.

Anybody have any ideas on where to start shopping? Preferences? History, lessons learned?

It should be noted I've always bought the cheapo $5 pair at the gas station, break them in a week. Repeat. I need GOOD sunglasses.

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I need a pair. A GOOD pair.
I thought at first this belonged in the boob thread.

I got tired of replacing $7 welding supply shades every month. I looked for good cheap shades for years - good enough to fit well and cut the UV and cheap enough not to cry over when they get lost or broken. I settled on the Tifosi Vogel (under $40). I carry 2 pair. For bright sunlight I wear their EC (Extreme Contrast) lens and in overcast and winter conditions I pull out the EC Fototec version. They are as scratch as resistant as Oakley, lightweight, comfortable and give full eyeport frameless peripheral vision. Just remember the Fototec darkening feature doesn't work as well in summer heat.

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I think you need to go hit up Sunglass Hut. Fit is very important.

I had a nice pair of Spy glasses back in '98, and I still have them. They have a rubber coating on the frame for non-slip, and have vents for anti-fog. Depending on the helmet, it'll fit some and won't fit others.

Also have a pair of Arnette Swinger, which fit great and should fit in most helmets.

I have a pair of prescription lenses in my Oakley Jawbones. These will have vents in the normal lens kit.

When you are hot and going slow, it would help to have vents.

I never had issues wearing aviators in my helmets.

My Jawbones are polarized, loved them for mountain biking and snowboarding since it can distinguish shadows on the trails, and moguls in the snow.

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Smith Optics makes sunglasses with interchangeable lens. You can go from dark/mirror, to light tint, to high-contrast yellow or orange for night. But like Shmoo says, fit is key and go to Sunglass Hut with your helmet.

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Click on each one and it'll tell you what kind of fit it is. Looks like Baseline and Whisper is what you're looking for. Whisper being the smaller of the two. I've own many pairs of Smith Optics, they're the bees knees.

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Oh and about the cheapo $5 sunglasses. They'll do A LOT more harm than good... it doesn't block out the UV rays like the real stuff but fools your iris that it's 'dark' out and lets more of the UV in. You're better off without em... unless you're doing the rockstar night shades thing, then those will do.

If you want cheap, go to a reputable outdoor shop (REI, Cabellas, etc) and look at the house brands. They'll do the job right and still save from designers.

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All of mine are Serengeti's, I like the glare reduction of their drivers lenses.
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I used to use a pair of Maui Jim's with the bike. Loved them. Never had a problem. Big money, no problems with them. I have a helmet with a built in sun visor. Not as good as the Maui jims, but the fact that its built into my helmet is AWESOMEEE

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I used to use a pair of Maui Jim's with the bike. Loved them. Never had a problem. Big money, no problems with them. I have a helmet with a built in sun visor. Not as good as the Maui jims, but the fact that its built into my helmet is AWESOMEEE
+1! i intend to get me the yellow sunvisor as well.

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most important for me with a full face helmet is the stems have to be on the thin side to slid in easy ;;;;the cool looking thicker stems seems to make the glasses not stay close to your face when blasting down highway

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Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I think Sunglass hut is in our local mall, I'll have to go check them out.

I do have the Scorpion Exo 1000 that has the internal sun-shade as well. And it works OK, but the big problem I have with it, is if I'm riding slow speeds in town, and want the visor up but the shade down, it just whips wind right into my eyes, and I have enough problem with dry eyes as it is.

So that's partly the reason to have good fitting glasses; reduce a lot, if not most of the airflow to my eyes. I hardly ever have a problem with fogging, unless I'm coming inside from freezing temps.

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All of mine are Serengeti's, I like the glare reduction of their drivers lenses.
Once you find out what fits your head check out sunglasses giant, good prices and usually free shipping
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I'd say Serengeti as well, if you've ever worn a pair in their drivers tint then it would be unquestionable, the tint simply rocks. I've also tried their polarized rose tint, and it's good as well, but the drivers tint is just heaven.

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I have the hjc one, and i think it blocks alot of wind to the eyes. My eyes tear up if i leave the visor up without the sun shade. Ohh and pvster, let me check my motorcycle closet, i think i have a yellow visor. You have the hjc is 16? I never use the yellow. It came for free with the helmet. I think my parts guy at the local shop messed up

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I know just the ones!

I have these and LOVE them:
https://www.redstarworldwear.com/product/408
Looking through the brown polarized lenses makes everything so clear.

PM me and I will loan you my gift card code so you get them for like 13 bucks, shipped.

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I'll comment on the polarization - I've ridden with polarized glasses for years and years and never had issues spotting glare off ice, oil, slick asphalt, road markings or anything like that. It isn't as blatant with polarized lenses, but it's still noticeable.

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I love polarized shades when riding... for me they cut the glare and reflections. I have always had good luck with Oakley... I have a pair of Straight Jackets now that fit well under the helmet. Check out the Oakley Fives if you are looking for a set that fit a smaller head.

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I have these in black. I love them. You spend big money on them, but they last a long time. And with Maui Jim, the customer service is great, and if anything goes wrong with the frame, FREE repair or replacement. And if the lens is scratched or broken or w.e, i think its about $50 to replace them


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I love polarized shades when riding... for me they cut the glare and reflections. I have always had good luck with Oakley... I have a pair of Straight Jackets now that fit well under the helmet. Check out the Oakley Fives if you are looking for a set that fit a smaller head.
I never realized what a difference polarization makes until i actually owned a pair.
For example, I got into my car to leave a parking spot once. I put on my glasses and as soon as I did the sun glaring off of the windshield of the car in front of me disappeared and I could see someone inside the car I couldnt before. I know they though I was an idiot as I was staring at them and taking my glasses on an off, astounded at the difference.

I also use polarized lenses on my paintball masks now. They make a huge difference in the woods, its easier to distinguish camouflage clothing from actual nature.

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I wear glasses everyday, and each pair fits differently under different helmets. Your best bet is to take your helmet to the mall and just try on whatever tickles your fancy. Wear them around the store as you browse. just like shoes, every pair of glasses is going to fit differently, and you may not notice pressure points until you've had them on for a while.

It might also behoove you to take note of the store's return policy just in case you go with something that makes you nuts the first time you take them on the road.

My prescription sunglasses are polarized, and I can't stand wearing them under my helmet. The glare from the visor is atrocious, with my Shoei and my Scorpion. It's instantly noticeable, even indoors. Aside from the horrendous glare, I absolutely LOVE my polarized lenses. I just can't rock them with a helmet.

Just take your lid to a legit sunglasses store and try shit on. You'll find something that works.


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I wonder if prescription polarized sun glasses do that. I never noticed a glare with my non-prescription polarized sunglasses.

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I wear prescription sunglasses as well, and I don't get glare with my HJC helmets. I do get some color shifts due to the visor (see: diffraction) and sometimes stuff looks a little CGI due to how the lenses alter reflected light.

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To be fair, my non-prescription polarized sunglasses also bug me from behind a visor. It's likely that it's just my trusty astigmatism that is the root of the problem.

The up side is that if you're going to be affected by the glare, it'll happen instantly. I'm quite jealous of you cats that can wear polarized lenses under your helmets. So very, very jealous.


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Yeah, that's just plain odd - I've not heard of someone wearing polarized lenses seeing more glare after donning them and then placing a visor over them. Not saying you don't by any means, just that it's really odd.

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I'd bet his wife has them.


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These are what I wear, ballistic rated so if something hits the lense it wont smash into your eye .. pretty nice fit


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That was before I had lasik .

Actually, I was only .25 astigmatic, with a hint of nearsightedness (.25 and .75). But the Lasik still helped a ton!

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That was before I had lasik .

Actually, I was only .25 astigmatic, with a hint of nearsightedness (.25 and .75). But the Lasik still helped a ton!
Yeah, if anybody is on the fence about vision correction - just do it. I got my first Rx lenses when I was 10. I hated contacts. By the time I was 30 I was -600 with astigmatism to boot. I had it done the old fashioned way (RK) in 1988 and have not needed Rx lenses since. I wonder how much $$ I have saved.
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I have Oakley Whiskers. You can get them poloarized or not. I'm not sure if they still make/carry the A-Wire 2.0s but they were made with a skinny face in mind.

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I'd bet his wife has them.

more than likely,doesn't matter tho he's never getting them back

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