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post #16 of 28
The construction quality on high-end glasses tends to be better, I've found.
post #17 of 28
Never skimp on glasses.

You're going to wear them for much (all?) of your waking hours and since they're on your face, other people are going to see them (and how you look in them) more than you ever will.

So spend the money to get good ones that flatter your looks.

I can't imagine there's any single thing you can wear that has greater influence to how others see you. Not shoes, shirt, ties, wrist watch. Nothing.

So spend the damn money.
post #18 of 28
These two groups now produce most brands between them, including Persol and I suspect also Ray-Ban.

Staff at a prominent chain of stores told me that the quality of Gucci and Armani shades dropped when Luxottica lost the licence to Safilo. I later discovered said store is a wholly owned subsidiary of Luxottica!

I did pick up a pair of black Giorgio Armani glasses for about $50 there, they had to sell them out by a certain date I think, once the label had changed hands. So I am happy with that!

You can get sunglasses at the $70-100 price point that are as good as those at the $300 price point, to be sure. Like most things, there is an upper limit to how much can be spent on materials/manufacture. Some of the more interesting designs are rarely copied on the cheap, however.
post #19 of 28
I tend to think that you get the best value and quality with a sunglass house/maker than a designer brand. Brands like Maui Jim, Ray Ban, Oakley, etc have reputations to live up to and tend to have good optics. Something like Gucci, Armani, etc are going to be the exact same manufacture or worse and cost twice as much due to the little logo.

I personally would only get sunglasses from a specialized sunglass maker. It just feels like designers have no business with glasses . Unfortunately I have noticed a decline in Ray Ban quality since they changed ownership. The old quality predator style glasses have actual glass lenses and a heavy duty frame. The new ones are plastic lenses and a much lighter and flimsier frame .
post #20 of 28
I have been uncharacteristically happy with the Maui Jim Ti flexons that I bought last year, although to digress, Maui Jim has horrible cases, so I picked up a Paul Smith case for them.

A friend of mine who owns a high end eyeglass shop (and who I met AFTER I shelled out 300 clams for my sunglasses unfortunately) cautioned me against buying purely fashion glasses, that for the price you tend to get inferior optics and coatings. He claims Maui Jims, Revos, and Oliver Peoples are the best (yet only sells one of those brands).

BTW, I love the clarity of glass lenses, but if you're participating in any kind of activity where something could hit your eye, go for polarized polycarbonate that is more resistant to breakage and shattering. The polycarbonate lenses today are much better than the ones from five years ago.
post #21 of 28
I fully agree that eyeglass design is a specialist area, which is why I like Lindberg. I also ]think it is the same for shoes. Designer brands that make them all from head to toe are compromised jack of all trades that has no focus - just business machines.
post #22 of 28
Originally Posted by Andre Yew
While polarized glasses do cut a lot of glare, they can also hide certain kinds of road debris like liquids. Spilled oil or especially spilled coolant can be very slippery. So be careful if you're driving with them.


Interesting. It seems that many Indy/Nascar drivers wear Polarized glasses/shields with the express purpose of seeing oil hazards.

From the NASA website:

Polarized driving glasses are designed to fit the narrow openings of racing helmets. They reduce glare which allows racecar drivers to see oil on the track. The polarization helps reduce eyestrain and allows for better concentration. These special lenses were first developed for use in space helmets.
post #23 of 28
Originally Posted by TCN
He claims Maui Jims, Revos, and Oliver Peoples are the best

how about Paul smith (I think their owned by oliver peoples), Alan Mikli and Cutler & Gross ? Iam most interested in those brands but if there's no significant difference.. I'll go to someone like gucci/prada some safilo brand and pick something up...
post #24 of 28
how about Paul smith (I think their owned by oliver peoples), Alan Mikli and Cutler & Gross ? Iam most interested in those brands but if there's no significant difference..

Actually, I was wondering the same question. I currently rotate a pair of Prada and Mikli with remotely familiar designs. The Mikli have better optics, but I wouldn't call them outstanding...
post #25 of 28
I wear and love them- lightweight, fit my face well and the polarized lens is very good. I'd never spend retail on them though, I have a friend who owns a surf shop and got them from him for cost (50% of retail).
post #26 of 28
I own a number of pairs of relatively expensive sunglasses.

I find that cheap sunglasses are usually not worth the money spent on them, while expensive sunglasses often are worth the expense, provided that you are paying for high quality workmanship and materials, not just a designer name.

I have a pair of Maui Jim titanium sunglasses that are far and away the most comfortable sunglasses I've ever worn. They weigh nothing, and I can wear them all day long in comfort.

I've got driving-specific sunglasses from Nikon that provide markedly better vision than other brands I've used.

For outdoor sports, such as mountain climbing, skiing, etc. a pair of high quality sunglasses gives better vision, are more comfortable, and are more durable than cheap versions.
post #27 of 28
Of the various sunglasses that have been mentioned in this thread, are there any where it's possible to have prescription lenses put in?
post #28 of 28
i have dipped my finger on the trading of cheap sunglasses years ago. though the company still exists, i chose to get out. anyway, we were selling very very inexpensive sunglasses that actually have good construction. i'm extremely happy with a particular model of aviators because upon close inspection they can be comparable to major brands. with that being said, our target market are those interested in buying disposable sunglasses, those that buy on impulse. to complement their look for the moment. if you're buying a pair for eye protection, dont buy those inexpensive sunglasses. the uv rating itself is bogus if at all.
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