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Old 18-06-2008, 11:01   #16
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No, I don't require Rx (yet). I've bought cheap and the salt water/air kills the lens coating. I bought expensive (to me) and they blew off during a high speed dinghy ride (my fault, no strap). So this season I'm interested in finding what other folks do.
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Old 18-06-2008, 11:48   #17
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Polarizing materials reduce the most glare easily. You need UV filtering on top of that for the perfect sunglasses.
I agree with Paul here. Cheap sunglasses are fine and you don't feel so bad when they are gifted to the sea. But do try to stick with polarized lenses with both 100% UVA and UVB protection. Wear a hat too so you cut down on the whole skin cancer/sunburn thing.

You also want to make sure the lenses are optically pure.

While I have owned some expensive sunglasses which were overall better, I don't think they were multiples of the price better.
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Old 18-06-2008, 17:40   #18
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Great advice guys..So brand names of "Good Value" wrap around polarized lenses with both 100% UVA and UVB protection?...non prescription
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Pelagic: Good question! I'm anticipating a flood of answers and specific recommendations!
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I will start with a specific recommendation. I have owned over the years: Rayban, Maui Jim, Oakleys and various others. I got tired of replacing them. I 've learned the price of sunglasses is in inverse proprtion to their life. The more expensive, the shorter the time I have them.

Great cheap sunglasses: "Calcutta" polarized, several shades and styles and $20 a pair. Wanna spend $200 on sunglasses, buy 10 different pairs.
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I was the first kid in school to have to wear glasses. After wearing glasses for over 40 years, I opted to get my eyes zapped and do NOT regret it. For me, it was a life-changing event since now I can see things I was never able to see. Plus, it allowed me to wear cool sunglasses instead of the nerdy prescription ones. (I had 20/2000 and 20/1000 vision).
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Pelagic: Good question! I'm anticipating a flood of answers and specific recommendations!
Uh... I think I answered this in my post:

Oakleys. I have a pair of Polarized UVA UVB that cost like $90.
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Old 19-06-2008, 07:22   #23
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SS: Yes, saw your response. Thanks.

Jonesee: The Calcutta's look interesting, but I was unable to find a UVA/B protection statement on them. Only on the Calcutta Pro's.
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My personal opinion on sunglasses is that they're there to protect your eyes, not just look cool. What's your eyesight worth to you? I know there are quality inexpensive glasses out there, but be wary of cheap knock-offs that may claim UV protection where there is none. At least with the brand names, you have a moderate level of assurance. Something that hasn't been touched upon - you get a lot of reflected UV off the water, so total coverage, like that offered by a good pair of wrap-arounds pay dividends. I like how polarized glasses reduce glare off the water, but be aware that LCD screens are also polarized, which can make it a pain to view them from certain angles.
BTW, I use Ray-bans for flying and driving, but I have the geekiest-looking pair of Vuarnets for boating - they're kept on with a floatie-croakie.

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Anyone looking for some inexpensive sunglasses should check out Costco:

Costco (Kirkland) Polarized Sunglasses - Excellent!

I love mine.
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I have the geekiest-looking pair of Vuarnets for boating - they're kept on with a floatie-croakie.

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He he he... I can picture them now. Every skiier worth his salt had a pair of Vuarnets in the 80's.

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SS: Yes, saw your response. Thanks.

Jonesee: The Calcutta's look interesting, but I was unable to find a UVA/B protection statement on them. Only on the Calcutta Pro's.
WOW, I was getting ready to go buy another pair. I will check it out before I buy them.
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I wear trifocals, and had gone without sunglasses so long that I can't see very well in the dark. After shopping hard for a year, I finally found a set of well fitting wraparounds available with trifocal lenses from Wiley X, and had to go to a motorcycle shop to try them on. I ordered them from a botique eye shop to get very precise positioning of the lower lenses, and now have a pair of sunglasses that cost more than my last suit. Shows where my priorities are. I have much less eye strain at the end of the day, and they came with a pop in 'gasket' that works like goggles, keeping spray out of my eyes. They have an integral headstrap that's not too agravating. but they don't float.
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Just got some prescription Serengeti sunglasses.......a decent curve / wraparound on them.


Mine have black lenses. and mirrored :-)
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I still use an old pair of Varnes but the coating is getting pretty worn
So that is how you spell "Vuarnets".... the name has worn off on mine

BTW ...What about how the lens coating is applied Is that important?
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