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Benefits of expensive eye and sunglasses?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. kolecho

    kolecho Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2004
    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.
  2. Tomasso

    Tomasso Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    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.

  3. thisisme

    thisisme Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2006
    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...
  4. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    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...
  5. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    I wear http://oakley.com/o/o3477d 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).
  6. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2003
    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.
  7. drljva

    drljva Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Of the various sunglasses that have been mentioned in this thread, are there any where it's possible to have prescription lenses put in?
  8. acidboy

    acidboy Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    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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