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Randolph Engineering Sunglasses Preferences

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sunman42000, May 9, 2010.

  1. sunman42000

    sunman42000 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I want to pick up some Randolph Engineering Sunglasses, but i'm between a few things... Gold or Bright Chrome Frame (these seem like the two obvious options) and then... Standard Skull Temples or Bayonette Temples? What would you get? Photo below of the temple options. Surprised not to see much posted on these - have been wanting them for a few years, and am wondering what the 'standard' would be for SF guys =) [​IMG] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
     
  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Well-Known Member

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    Gold - Skull - AGX
     
  3. Kurtz

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    Gold - Skull - AGX

    +1
     
  4. sunman42000

    sunman42000 Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten a handful of PM's with inquiries about Randolph.

    By most accounts, they're much better in terms of quality than Ray Ban. They are the 'official' sunglasses issued by the Department of Defense for the air force, and have been for 20+ years. I'm excited to get a pair, so curious what you all think i should get.

    Post a message after voting to keep this up top!
     
  5. lofigeek

    lofigeek Well-Known Member

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    Any pics out there of the cable style temples being worn?

    I can't keep sunglasses on my face for the life of me.

    If it didn't look too ridiculous I would definitely rock those.
     
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    le.gentleman Well-Known Member

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    Whether you go with gold or chrome does not really matter, as long as you get the polarized lenses.
    Although they cost a few dollars more, I definitely do not want to miss my polarized lenses on my Sportsman sunglasses, Not to long ago I wrote a review about these Randolph Engineering Sunglasses.
    They are of very high quality and come with a repair kit, with screws, nosepads and a little screwdriver. So in case a screw get loose, you can just take care of it yourself without having to visit your optician.
     
  7. alliswell

    alliswell Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten a handful of PM's with inquiries about Randolph.

    By most accounts, they're much better in terms of quality than Ray Ban. They are the 'official' sunglasses issued by the Department of Defense for the air force, and have been for 20+ years. I'm excited to get a pair, so curious what you all think i should get.

    Post a message after voting to keep this up top!


    They are not better quality sunglasses than Rayban. They are sturdy working glasses for a good price.
     
  8. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Well-Known Member

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    They are not better quality sunglasses than Rayban. They are sturdy working glasses for a good price.

    +1
     
  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    They are not better quality sunglasses than Rayban. They are sturdy working glasses for a good price.

    - 1.

    Randolph lenses and frames are a lot sturdier than Luxotica glasses
     
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    [​IMG]

    These are the ones I have. They're from the Untouchables line. The "Ad Man". I take them travelling and they have stood up to some serious beatings and are still going strong.
     
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    alliswell Well-Known Member

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    Randolph lenses and frames are a lot sturdier than Luxotica glasses


    mathFAIL & englishFAIL. You want working glasses, buy the Randolphs. You want good looking glasses, buy the Luxotticas. My assumption is that people want glasses that look good, not functional.
     
  12. dgr2102

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    hey there,

    style-wise, the don-draper look is really cool, and the randolphs achieve this look. i'd recommend the aviator, bayonet temples, green agx glass (though i think draper has the grey lenses). Also note the size: draper's are pretty small relative to his face. I'd guess that he has the 52mm. I have a smaller face, so i got the 50mm. You'd think it's too small, but it looks really cool: in my opinion, square-frame glasses that are too large look childish.

    hope that helps
     
  13. Cary Grant

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    mathFAIL & englishFAIL. You want working glasses, buy the Randolphs. You want good looking glasses, buy the Luxotticas. My assumption is that people want glasses that look good, not functional.

    Assumption fail. I want them to look good but I won't sacrifice quality and function purely for look/fashion.
     
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    just to add: quality wise, they are fantastic; as mentioned earlier, they come with a repair kit as well. I think that they are far sturdier and well-made than ray-bans (i have the 3025 and the RE aviator just feels better). also, style-wise they are very unique: the square frame really stands out. I'm a college kid (so am around people with no style at all), and people comment often on the RE aviators. definitely recommended.
     
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    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    They are not better quality sunglasses than Rayban. They are sturdy working glasses for a good price.
    mathFAIL & englishFAIL. You want working glasses, buy the Randolphs. You want good looking glasses, buy the Luxotticas. My assumption is that people want glasses that look good, not functional.
    trainofthoughtFAIL. We're talking about QUALITY here, not aesthetics. For the record, I think the classic Randolph aviator looks great.
     
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    I have a pair of polarized P3s, chrome, skull.
     
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    Own the Crew Chiefs in Bayonette - great sunglasses.
     
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    GradSchooler Well-Known Member

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    FWIW I have both Raybans and RE's, and the RE's are FAR sturdier, especially the lenses.

    Also, I just double-checked mine and they are AGX. They are the exact style that Draper wears.
     
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    I don't really believe there is much of a quality difference between Ray-Ban and RE. However, the cost differential. coupled with the absence of the obnoxious "Ray-Ban" logo on the lens, make me prefer the REs.
     
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    +1

    +2 that's the pair I have. The bayonet temples don't stay on your face.
     

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