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Sunglasses MEGATHREAD - all sunglass questions here please

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by josepidal, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. upnorth

    upnorth Well-Known Member

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    Gunnar Optiks, if you do a lot of computer work.

    Otherwise almost any lens can be made with a 10% gradient or complete tint so you don't look that douchey.
     
  2. CityConnection

    CityConnection Well-Known Member

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    anyone know of any sunglass companies that make them with very lightly tinted lenses. I'm looking for some that I can wear inside and not look like a doucher. My eyes are very sensitive to the light and I squint looking at the computer or tv even if the brightness is turned down (i have perfect vision so I'm not squinting to be able to read or see something clearly).

    Simple solution. Get transition lenses with anti reflection coating.
     
  3. JustinW

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    I wear prescription sunglasses. I have some tortoise Wayfarers, but I swear the green-gray G15 lenses have faded to a sort of pale rose colour! [​IMG]

    I want to get something new, that is similar. I like the vintage Wayfarer look and the general size and style seems to suit my face shape. However, I don't want to get something identical.

    any recommendations for another brand of Wayfarer-like prescription sunglasses? The Tom Ford TF45s look nice, but I'd need to see them in person before getting too excited by them I think. what else?

    Many thanks in advance, guys!
     
  4. CityConnection

    CityConnection Well-Known Member

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    I wear prescription sunglasses. I have some tortoise Wayfarers, but I swear the green-gray G15 lenses have faded to a sort of pale rose colour! [​IMG]

    I want to get something new, that is similar. I like the vintage Wayfarer look and the general size and style seems to suit my face shape. However, I don't want to get something identical.

    any recommendations for another brand of Wayfarer-like prescription sunglasses? The Tom Ford TF45s look nice, but I'd need to see them in person before getting too excited by them I think. what else?

    Many thanks in advance, guys!


    1. Different brands would include Super, Urban Outfitters (but I wouldnt suggest it), and Prada.

    2. It is not your imagination, they faded. I would guess that you had high index lenses put in them. Prescription lenses faded to pale rose = not a true G15 lens color. It should have faded to more of a purple color. Fading to pale rose means that when they made the lens instead of putting it in green then gray, they put it in brown then green.
     
  5. JustinW

    JustinW Well-Known Member

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    1. Different brands would include Super, Urban Outfitters (but I wouldnt suggest it), and Prada.

    2. It is not your imagination, they faded. I would guess that you had high index lenses put in them. Prescription lenses faded to pale rose = not a true G15 lens color. It should have faded to more of a purple color. Fading to pale rose means that when they made the lens instead of putting it in green then gray, they put it in brown then green.


    Thanks for the reply! And especially thanks for reassuring me that I didn't imagine the fading! You are right - even new they didn't seem green enough. Would a polaroid lens fade less or is this just something I should expect from high index prescription lenses?
     
  6. KBW

    KBW Well-Known Member

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    Simple solution. Get transition lenses with anti reflection coating.

    Can I get those without a prescription? I get rx glasses free twice a year with my insurance and I guess i could get them prescribed to me for having sensitive eyes if I get them checked for that (I've already been checked and my eyes were perfect as far as vision)
     
  7. KitAkira

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    Any number of companies carry those lenses although generally I've seen the sunglasses companies use the term photochromic rather than transitions (which may be trademarked?). If you look online you'll find a ton of different brands which make them
     
  8. CityConnection

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    Thanks for the reply! And especially thanks for reassuring me that I didn't imagine the fading! You are right - even new they didn't seem green enough. Would a polaroid lens fade less or is this just something I should expect from high index prescription lenses?

    Polarized lenses are completely different. It is 2 lenses fused together with a filter in the middle. Polarized lenses will not and cannot fade. BUT, all high index lenses that you get will fade after a year or so.
     
  9. CityConnection

    CityConnection Well-Known Member

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    Can I get those without a prescription? I get rx glasses free twice a year with my insurance and I guess i could get them prescribed to me for having sensitive eyes if I get them checked for that (I've already been checked and my eyes were perfect as far as vision)

    -twice a year OR once every two years? If it is twice a year, thats a great plan.
    -The lenses are available without RX. It is called "plano" which just means that there is no prescription but you still have the lenses.
     
  10. CityConnection

    CityConnection Well-Known Member

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    Any number of companies carry those lenses although generally I've seen the sunglasses companies use the term photochromic rather than transitions (which may be trademarked?). If you look online you'll find a ton of different brands which make them

    Transitions is the name of the company. It is like "Kleenex" which is actually facial tissue. Many companies carry them and every optical should be able to provide them.
     
  11. JustinW

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    Polarized lenses are completely different. It is 2 lenses fused together with a filter in the middle. Polarized lenses will not and cannot fade. BUT, all high index lenses that you get will fade after a year or so.

    Thanks again! Next question, if you don't mind (you certainly seem to know this topic well!) if I found frames that I like (say, on eBay or B&S here), how hard would it be to have custom prescription lenses made for them? What I mean is, while shopping for prescription sunglasses - should I only be looking under that category or could I get lenses made for any frames at around the same price?
     
  12. CityConnection

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    Thanks again! Next question, if you don't mind (you certainly seem to know this topic well!) if I found frames that I like (say, on eBay or B&S here), how hard would it be to have custom prescription lenses made for them? What I mean is, while shopping for prescription sunglasses - should I only be looking under that category or could I get lenses made for any frames at around the same price?

    Yes and no. It depends on the frame and the prescription. Anything is possible, it's just that some places will do a better job than others. If your frame is curved too much, lenses can go in but there will be a lot of distortion. It is certainly possible. Just make sure that when you buy it, it is "worth" putting lenses into it. There are tons of cheap frames that do not have screw holes or they are soldered shut and so on. Also, simply put, curved frames will require curved lenses which are more expensive.
     
  13. pokpok

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    Having handled both, RE and AO are 2 different animals. I felt the RE was alot sturdier. I asked a few mates in the military and they all think RE is better as well.

    i cant believe i actually live 5mins from randolph engineering..[​IMG]
     
  14. Jokerman

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    Can anyone recommend a pair of sunglasses that resemble The Chronicles of Never Thalamus or Common Projects x moscot?
     
  15. billionaireboy

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    Can someone provide me with measurements and sizing of Retro Super Futures?
    I've tried their website and various sunglasses websites to no avail
     
  16. wagthesam

    wagthesam Well-Known Member

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    My second try: aviators [​IMG]
     
  17. joel_954

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    ^^ Better, but I'd still keep looking. Where are you shopping and how much are planning on spending?
     
  18. wagthesam

    wagthesam Well-Known Member

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    300 max. I've been going to mall stores. I'm in Toronto and have basically tried the entire ray ban and maui jim selection at sunglass hut.
     
  19. joel_954

    joel_954 Well-Known Member

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    Okay, good so far. Try Persol and Tom Ford. Being that you're in Canada though means you might have to do some searching.
     
  20. somatoform

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    300 max. I've been going to mall stores. I'm in Toronto and have basically tried the entire ray ban and maui jim selection at sunglass hut.

    As I've said before, you cannot get better than the Randolph Engineering Concorde aviator (for those styles of aviator), and it is a nice fit between the bulky (but weak) rayban 58mm and small (and weak) rayban 55 mm. It's a serious pair of sunglasses (real glass lenses make it somewhat heavy), and the color combos are classic.

    You can get the concordes at the aviator supply store in Toronto (some pilot's supply store on Airport road - they're listed as a dealer on RE's website), or you can order them direct from RE and pay $20 shipping and will pay about $50 customs (I did).
     

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