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    Default Prescription cycling (sun)glasses

    I'm thinking about investing in some dedicated glasses for cycling, but as I'm not a contact lens guy, I need to get a pair with prescription lenses. Anyone have recommendations, preferably on the affordable end?

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    I like my Rudy Project sunglasses. They use a double-lens scheme - the protective lenses and the prescription lens insert. The disadvantage is obvious, but the advantage is it's easy to switch out the protective lens. I originally got the Rudy Project with polarized lenses, against the advice of the optician who sold it to me - he thought I should get the "photochromic" (aka "transition") lens option since I said I mostly ride as a commuter. Original cost was $300 with my discount. Not cheap, but then a pair of Maui Jims with prescription lenses runs about $700 at my optometrists' shop.

    When fall arrived with ever-shorter days, I realized what he was saying, and coughed up an extra $85 for a pair of photochromic lens for the Rudy Project. Being relatively clear in the dark hours of the morning and evening and darkening upon sunrise, these proved to be ideal for fall/early spring riding.

    I don't regret getting two pairs of protective lens though. Usually in the longer-day months, I want something that's guaranteed to be dark, as opposed to changing to a darker shade when the design says its time.

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    I had a pair of Rudy Project glasses with the inserts and tired of them. It seems I sweat too much and fogging occurred between the two lenses. I replaced them with a pair of glasses that I really like. The actual brand won't be available till I get home on Thursday night. I didn't bring them with me because there would be no cycling in Louisiana for me. As I recall, they weren't particularly cheap.

    I might be able to part with the Rudy Project glasses as you would be able to get new inserts. If you might be interested, PM me.

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    Am I remembering right that a flexible health care spending account can be used to pay for prescription glasses. Rudy usually offers a free Helmet, Jersey, Bib, or Bag with a $175 purchase. Whether or not any of those are worth the $29.95 S&H is for you to decide, but if you have some FSA dollars that you need to spend, it might not be such a bad idea.
    http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/gwp/Ru...ee-GWP-USA.pdf

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    As dbb mentions above, inserts aren't great in adverse weather conditions. When I used them in rain, it was a toss-up whether I should keep them on or remove them entirely (and I am very nearsighted/astigmatic). I strongly recommend a single-lens solution. You can at least do a windshield-wiper sort of clearing with thumb and index finger on both sides in the rain to maintain vision.

    Also, if you have a high-powered prescription (like me), it may not be compatible with certain sports-oriented frames, especially the aero-looking cycling sunglasses. So last time, I bought some thick plastic nerd-glasses frames (although I think they were actually marketed as "sports sunglass" frames) with transition lenses so they work in sun and darkness.

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    I've ridden in the rain with my Rudy Projects - including two of the heaviest storms we've had this year. Those of who went to a certain 3rd Thursday happy hour this summer probably rode home in the same downpour that I rode in (eg. worktheweb, SteveO). A cycling cap with visor really helps.

    I've had them fog up on occasion, usually coming out of an air-conditioned environment into a hot and humid one. That happens to my regular glasses too.

    I got them in the first place because they actually stay attached to my head no matter how much I sweat - the Maui Jims always slipped off, as well as regular glasses. I do sweat enough in hot weather to completely saturate my Halo headgear by the 6th mile or so of a ride. The breeze generated by moving on my bike usually prevents fog from forming.

    I was steered to this brand by my neighborhood opticians because the other brands didn't make frames that were compatible with prescription lenses that I needed - they tend to be pretty thick unless going high-index.
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    Oakley makes prescription glasses. Theyand a few other brands have various pro deals for veterans and government employees. They're definitely worth it if you fall into one of those categories.

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    I, too, recommend Rudy Project. The wrap around lens gives greater viewing than with my regular glasses. The transition lens has worked great. The optician worked with me to get a good fit and prescription with a very small area for biofocals (to read cue sheets). They have worked great in shade, sun, rain, and humidity.

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    I've heard good things about Wiley X but haven't had direct experience. They're more tactical gear and shooting and general sports than cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mello yello View Post
    I've heard good things about Wiley X but haven't had direct experience. They're more tactical gear and shooting and general sports than cycling.
    Over my career I've been issued a couple different models of Wiley-X glasses and I have yet to try a pair that didn't pinch, rub, fog or come brand new out of the box not warped to varying degrees. They may have since improved, but I'll never willingly try another pair.

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