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    Sunglasses what is best

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    The family want to get me a present and have settled on a great pair of sunglasses

    Now I do have a brand new pair of Ray Ban aviators that I have never worn because they are to small for me

    I also like Serengeti Cetera with PHd lenses

    So I want a CS user review of your sunglasses


    I do suffer from squinting in the daylight hours and tend to wear sunglasses for eye comfort but mainly for driving and general use

    The reason I have a liking to the PHd lenses is that they are also photochromic

    The frames are plastic and wont get damaged or *break as easily as wire frames

    Also whats better the CPG lenses (grey) or Driver lenses (light brown)



    So what is the CS verdict

    KK

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    not a fan of brown lenses - makes everything look a bit strange IMO...
    my main criteria for sunnies is that the lenses MUST be polarised. usually adds a few $ to the price, but makes an enormous difference for driving... glare = gone = eyes more relaxed

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 406C6C736671353A50030 link=1283066548/1#1 date=1283067287
    not a fan of brown lenses - makes everything look a bit strange IMO...
    my main criteria for sunnies is that the lenses MUST be polarised. *usually adds a few $ to the price, but makes an enormous difference for driving... glare = gone = eyes more relaxed
    Yes I agree thats why I like these glasses
    The Serengeti Polar PhD lenses are both photochromic, and polarized

    Best of both worlds
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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 1F33332C392E6A650F5C0 link=1283066548/1#1 date=1283067287
    lenses MUST be polarised
    Ditto.

    Its my #1 criteria.

    They also need to be comforatable, not let light in (ie: hug the face), have plastic lenses (for motorbike riding), fit through a visor (motorbike again) and not cost the earth.

    Instantly that dicounts most name brand glasses and I find safety glasses offen tick all the boxes for me. The up side there is they under $30 and you can just shrug when you damage em.

    The only name brand ones I ever liked were Carrera but they are pretty hard to find and the quality is not like it was 20 year ago.


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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Got my last pair from Bunnings.
    So long as theyre polarised, comfy and cheap theyll do me.

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    Ha...how funny...you guys all like the polarised lenses but I really hate them as I tend to find that they make my peripheral vision go a bit funny.

    And I guess I must have a small face, as I love my Rayban aviators because they do cover my eyes and that is a must. Imagine my utter horror when I accidently dropped them recently on a concrete floor and smashed one of the lens.

    Hey KK...dont suppose youd like to do a deal on your aviators?? ;)

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 7464686873665860666B070 link=1283066548/5#5 date=1283072981
    Hey KK...dont suppose youd like to do a deal on your aviators?? *
    Yes if you want to PM me with an offer

    I dont know what my Ray Bans cost as they were a gift from a relative in Sydney
    They have the 55mm with dark charcoal glass lens & a black wire frame
    Still has the fob attached that must have the string cut off for use

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 437F6279737265707873170 link=1283066548/4#4 date=1283069799
    Got my last pair from Bunnings
    Marlin brand? Ive owned a few pairs of Bunnings polarised safety glasses.
    :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 6474787863764870767B170 link=1283066548/5#5 date=1283072981
    I tend to find that they make my peripheral vision go a bit funny.
    Interesting. They can be a pain splotches on toughened glass windows or with LCD displays that have the wrong orientaiton (some fuel pumps in service stations) but they are also great for seeing an oil patch or melted tarmac on the road from a long way back.


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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 735C564B320 link=1283066548/3#3 date=1283068878
    The only name brand ones I ever liked were Carrera but they are pretty hard to find and the quality is not like it was 20 year ago.
    I just visited some shops although I did not find the style of Serengeti Cetera to try

    I did find a nice pair of Carreras that suited me
    Model " Globetrotter 2 "



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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    OK we talking FRAMES or the actual LENSES

    I got cheep frames..

    But my lenses cost me >$$$ Damed HEAPS :o

    Driving lenses / Polarised / Progressive and interactive as to tint changing re uv content (indoors and out).

    Tend to live with them on all teh time... But night time and with poor light whet looking at fine stuff... (No good for gaming)

    Something has to give.. Oh Darling Wife, Love of my life; where did I put those other glasses ;D ;D ;D


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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 4E61686A7D426E616E686A626A617B0F0 link=1283066548/9#9 date=1283144117
    OK we talking FRAMES or the actual LENSES
    Just good sunglasses AM ;)
    Most importantly ones with good lenses
    Thats the reason I am leaning towards the Serengeti brand with Polar PHd lenses they are both Photo-chromic & polarised

    I tend to squint a lot these days in daylight hours

    KK

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    I buy mine online from the states get my contacts lenses, glasses and sunnies they cost about a 1/5 of the price they do in australia. Scan and fax my script get delivered by mail and a massive choice of frames is awesome. I cant justify spending close to 800 dollars on specs anymore. (joys of high index lenses or having coke bottles on my head.)

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Tonight I purchased a pair of Serengeti Cetera with the CPG lenses (grey) online from an AU seller

    Will report back with review when they arrive
    Might even have the daughter take an artistic *photo



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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D4940404343796D49554B49260 link=1283066548/12#12 date=1283170339
    Tonight I purchased a pair of Serengeti Cetera with the CPG lenses (grey) online from an AU seller

    Will report back with review when they arrive
    Might even have the daughter take an artistic *photo



    KK
    Good choice KK :)
    Ive currently got a pair of Maui Jim, model unknown as I dont keep track of this sort of stuff ::), purchased three years ago.
    They have the black polarised glass lens. They are comfortable and a nice pair of glasses BUT they replaced a pair of Serengeti glasses, model unknown ::), which were much better sunglasses.

    The serengetis had the black polarised and photo-chromatic lens. They were more comfortable, had better hinges and did not send you night blind everytime you drove into a tunnel.
    When the Serengetis were stolen, I opted to buy the Maui Jims because they were $100 less than a new pair of Serengetis. Its a decision Ive regretted ever since.

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    I still have my Rayban Aviator wrap-arounds from when I bought them new in 1988. Including the original case and cleaning cloth.

    Only thing wrong with them is that the plastic coating on the wrap-around part has cracked in several places. Only really a hassle if Im wearing them for hours on end.

    Other than that, theyre still pristine.... love em. My wife is constantly amazed as her idea of vintage sunglasses is 6 months ;D

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 1B2B3C2E343837590 link=1283066548/13#13 date=1283304414
    The Serengetis had the black polarised and photo-chromatic lens. They were more comfortable, had better hinges and did not send you night blind every-time you drove into a tunnel.
    When the Serengetis were stolen, I opted to buy the Maui Jims because they were $100 less than a new pair of Serengetis. Its a decision Ive regretted ever since.
    I have always preferred the lighter plastic frames
    This Serengeti style just purchased is my favourite.
    I also like the 3/4 aviator as well (similar in shape to Carreras above)

    I was surprised that this particular Serengeti Sport model with the new PHd lenses is priced so keenly
    I was expecting to pay almost double

    KK


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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    This might be a little late to help, but I came across a dispensing optician (only makes up & fits the specs) whose advice was - if you want to buy polycarbonate lenses (like most of those looked at here) the same thing is available cheaply as industrial safety glasses at Bunnings. The expensive name brands are hype-led, cost the same to manufacture and polycarbonate, even with scratch resistant coatings still scratch easily (as in my Bolles). He suggested I research Trivex, which he says doesnt scratch.

    Heres what Wikipedia says:
    "Trivex is a relative newcomer that possesses the UV blocking properties and shatter resistance of polycarbonate *while at the same time offering far superior optical quality..... One other advantage that Trivex has over polycarbonate is that it can be easily tinted."

    More research needed, but seems the way to go, especially if need the inbuilt prescription lenses. For use with contacts, I like the Bolle design (fit under the helmet & visor & have changeable lenses), but those lenses scratch way too easily for the money they cost. My latest tool shop pair cost $5, fit & weigh much as the Bolle.

    Mal G

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    Re: Sunglasses what is best

    Quote Originally Posted by 474B464D2A0 link=1283066548/16#16 date=1286496987
    This might be a little late to help, but I came across a dispensing optician (only makes up & fits the specs) whose advice was - if you want to buy polycarbonate lenses (like most of those looked at here) the same thing is available cheaply as industrial safety glasses at Bunnings. The expensive name brands are hype-led, cost the same to manufacture and polycarbonate, even with scratch resistant coatings still scratch easily (as in my Bolles). He suggested I research Trivex, which he says doesnt scratch.

    Heres what Wikipedia says:
    "Trivex is a relative newcomer that possesses the UV blocking properties and shatter resistance of polycarbonate *while at the same time offering far superior optical quality..... One other advantage that Trivex has over polycarbonate is that it can be easily tinted."

    More research needed, but seems the way to go, especially if need the inbuilt prescription lenses. For use with contacts, I like the Bolle design (fit under the helmet & visor & have changeable lenses), but those lenses scratch way too easily for the money they cost. My latest tool shop pair cost $5, fit & weigh much as the Bolle.

    Mal G
    Thanks Mal G

    Maybe this is food for thought for the next pair

    However as for brand or no brand
    I did get 2 pairs of glasses from a chemist and they were not same quality
    The frames were uncomfortable and the lenses changed the colours of objects & fatigued my eyes

    Agreed that the price of Designer brand glasses are a little inflated in price but overall they are made better

    However I am more than happy with my choice of the Serengeti glasses
    One feeling I get is that my eye balls feel cool when wearing them
    They are so comfortable to wear that you forget you have them on and the objects viewed are normal colour and sharp

    KK








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