The brands I've come across are:
Costa Del Mar
£10 Jobbies from Boots
What do you prefer - Glass, CR39 or Polycarbonate; normal, polarized or photochromic?
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I have some Gucci, and they are the best I have came across. I do like the Ray Bans too, but they don't like me!
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A few years back I would've said Oakley, but their quality seems to have dropped since then. I had some pairs that lasted 10 years or more until they literally fell to bits, but the replacements don't seem to be anyway near as good and have lenses that scratch really easily.
For me, it's either Ray Ban or Polaroid. Polaroid offers the best value for money, as their glasses are polarised which significantly cuts glare. Polarised Ray Bans are pricey.
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I tend to avoid polarised lenses as they can be a bit iffy looking at LCD screens (cameras etc) but they are great if you need driving glasses or want to cheat in a fishing competition!
I bought some Oakley Gascans with prescription lenses as I wanted something large (for protection) whilst cycling but I didn't wan't something that looked like cycling glasses. Oakley make great sport glasses, but they are not exactly classy or subtle.
I would only look at glass if you needed a very high index prescription. Polycarb is great for sporting use but unnecessary for casual use. Photochromics are faster than they used to be, but I think they are more hassle than they are worth.
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I've got some ray-bans,were about £130,use them for driving,brilliant lenses.There website allows you to upload a mug shot of yourself,then super impose different glasses on:)
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I'm a repeat Ray Ban man (sheep?) myself. As bb says, polarised Ray Bans are ridiculously expensive. I have a pair of folding Wayfarer IIs I've had since the mid-nineties - not very stylish but they live in the car these days and are the best sunglasses for driving I've ever found.
Oakleys quality is not what it used to be.
Having said that, I have a pair of lightweight Police glasses I've had for years which just keep going - unlike my bans, which I keep sitting on.
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For me its Oakleys.
I had a pair of T-wires 2.0 (square wire 2. but these are now discontinued. They were amazingly strong and the lens were amazing. From on the beach in full sun to mountainbiking in lesser light. They were that good i trawlled the internet and found a pair some years later and bought them again.
I own a 2nd pair of Oakley polarised aviators. Cant decide if i like the polarised but they look a feel good.
I think sun glasses are much of a muchness...a lot comes to style and face shape and what looks and feels good.
I like metal frame as i can shape them to my non symetrical face/head.
So, Oakleys or Raybans!
I've tried a wide variety over the years, primarily basing my choices on lens quality (and generally going for category 4, the darker end of the scale).
I'm convinced that the French manufacturer "Vuarnet" provides the best, and in particular their cat 4 mineral lenses. They're not easy to find in UK, but if you do a search for "eye shop chamonix" you'll find a web site that I've used and trust. The Vuarnet web site itself is a bit useless too, but I assure you that if you're interested in image quality, it's worth the effort of finding a pair of Vuarnet.
Who makes the best sunglasses?
I think this is going to vary from person to person, there isn't going to be a 'best'.
I use various glasses and don't have one preferred brand. I have some Julbo glasses that are really good for extreme sunlight, I mostly use a pair of cheapies which I bought from Debenhams for driving in and a pair of DHB with changeable lenses for cycling.
Some of the most stylish are Bolle IMO. This is biased because a friend's wife used to work for them and I had a couple of freebies.
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I totally agree, but was interested in what other people thought / used.
Costas work well for boating / fishing.....very well made with some of the best quality polarized lenses.
Serengeti for driving...their glass photochromic lenses are as good as any
Oakley for Skiing / Golf...especially the Half Jacket XLJ which has interchangeable lenses.....though I think they are a little pricey, over hyped and scratch easily.
Revo, along with Maui Jim, are versatile, great looking glasses with quality lenses
Ray Ban.....lovely glasses, with great B&L lenses (I love the soothing green)
Smith and Bolle make great sports glasses.
I won't spend large sums of money, so look to places like Overstock and Sierra Trading Post, which have huge discounts on all the good brands. I also got my Revos in The States, which were not only on offer, but I'd got an exchange rate of £1 -> $2.
You've got good taste my friend (If a little posey)
I agree with your view of Oakley....but I find them light and comfortable
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You can't go wrong with Ray Ban. Never tried Polaroid.
I found the same thing with Polarized, which is why I like to have both (Polarized works in the glare you get in the Alps)
Police have always looked like a great brand.
The Square Wires always struck me as well made. I find that cheap inaccurate lenses give me a headache. Glass gives the clearest view, but is not always practical for impact sports.
As a skier that has spent a lot of time in France, I'm well aware of Vuarnet.....they are as good as anything out there....so totally agree with you. They are expensive though.
A gift is always good....I once received a corporate gift of the Oakley "Golf Array".....for giving them a contact which led to them getting a £1m turnkey project.
Polarizing is great, except with some windscreens / LCD Screens.
A gift is always good....I once received a corporate gift of the Oakley "Golf Array".....for giving them a contact which led to them getting a £1m turn
I 've never worn sunglasses thru my adult life, due to appalling eyesight and I have 'reactalite glasses. But if I had the money and the interest in sunglasses I'd plump for Bolle.
For Italian style, it has to be Persol
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