(Ray Ban, Maui, Persol, Serengetti) vs. $10 street vendors/Exxon sunglasses

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Reevolving, May 29, 2010.

  1. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    I stopped by a mall today to try on some pairs. I liked brown/tortoise Persol or RayBan in the $120 range. For now, I just ordered a 2-pack of knockoff Wayfarers for $10/shipped. $5/pair = zero downside here, and is a nice step up in STYLE (vs. sleek/modern XTreme rockclimber sunglasses) http://www.amazon.com/Wayfarer-pack-...ref=pd_sbs_a_4 [​IMG] PS: Also, I saw a burnt reddish set of frames. NOT Sally Jesse Raphael Fireengine Red, but more subtle. Thoughts on this color for men?
     


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    I say step it up to the $25 polarized foster grants. I've been using a pair for years, and in terms of actual protection how much you pay doesn't matter. I've seen dollar store sunglasses that have 100% UV protection (world's crappiest frames of course...), so your eyes will be protected no matter what you buy.

    But I do think polarization is worth it as far as spending a little more goes. Especially since I fish, it's nice to be able to cut past the glare on the water, and they prevent glare from distracting you when driving.
     


  3. Reevolving

    Reevolving Senior member

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    Pass on Foster Grants. I'm going to get a stylish Tortoise "keeper" pair, whatever the cost, but now there's no rush. Plus, I am curious what I get for $5 anyways.
     


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    Reevolving Senior member

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    I stopped by a mall today to try on some pairs.
    I liked brown/tortoise Persol or RayBan in the $120 range.

    For now, I just ordered a 2-pack of knockoff Wayfarers for $10/shipped.
    $5/pair = zero downside here, and is a nice step up in STYLE (vs. sleek/modern XTreme rockclimber sunglasses)
    http://www.amazon.com/Wayfarer-pack-...ref=pd_sbs_a_4

    [​IMG]


    PS: Also, I saw a burnt reddish set of frames.
    NOT Sally Jesse Raphael Fireengine Red, but more subtle.
    Thoughts on this color for men?



    They arrived today. Oddly, the Tortoise Shell pair are noticeably better made. They have spring loaded hinges and heavier plastic. The blacks are significantly cheaper/lighter feeling. For $5/pair, this is a great test run. If I like the style, I'll spring for the real deal.
     


  5. Marcus Brody

    Marcus Brody Senior member

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    The best sunglasses you can get for that price is probably American Optical. They have some nice aviator designs, and good colors. New they are 50-100 dollars, but you can find them on ebay for around 30 dollars.

    I just got some American Optical Generals(aviator gold/amber lenses) for 24 bucks off ebay, and they are really nice.


    This is what I wear. I've had a few pair (well one was the nearly identical Randolph Engineering branded model) and they've been great. I'm thinking of picking up another off ebay in a slightly smaller size.
     


  6. Mr.K

    Mr.K Senior member

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    I would say spend the money and buy a couple decent pairs of glasses. YOU will learn to be more careful in time. I have glasses form 15 years ago, so I am very careful. A classic shape and style can be a lifelong companion if you take a little care.
     


  7. Perdogg

    Perdogg Well-Known Member

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    I would say spend the money and buy a couple decent pairs of glasses. YOU will learn to be more careful in time. I have glasses form 15 years ago, so I am very careful. A classic shape and style can be a lifelong companion if you take a little care.

    I would like to buy a nice pair of sunglasses. However, the people working in these stores, especially the ones selling the Tom Fords and Persols, do not know their product line. Apparently glasses are sized yet everytime I ask for a pair to fit my face, they say "Here try these they look like they will work". About three months later the frames start to crack.
     


  8. ZON_JR

    ZON_JR Senior member

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    I used to be a cheap-o sunglass person for the exact reason you mentioned. Afraid to lose an expensive pair. I bought two pair of Ray Bans a few years back (around $100 each at Nordstroms) and I've yet to lose either, because I'm careful. You'll act more carelessly if you know the glasses are easy to replace. Think of it the same way as you would how you wear expensive shoes, you're (or at least I am) generally more careful.

    Careful? Aren't you the guy who lost your wallet while taking your own picture?
     


  9. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Having said that, I think $10 means crappy lenses, which can't be that good for your eyesight.

    +1
     


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    Reevolving Senior member

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    I would like to buy a nice pair of sunglasses. However, the people working in these stores, especially the ones selling the Tom Fords and Persols, do not know their product line. Apparently glasses are sized yet everytime I ask for a pair to fit my face, they say "Here try these they look like they will work". About three months later the frames start to crack.

    +1.

    I am willing to spend the $100 for a new pair, PROVIDED I know they fit my face. Last store I went to (Sunglasses Hut), she said "They all fit everyone". But, I'm not going to spend $100 on ebay, only to get something in the wrong size.

    I have no idea what my size is, and will try another store. I think they're hip to the "browse local, buy online" game.
     


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    Reevolving Senior member

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    +1

    Myth. I have yet to see a blind guy b/c he didn't wear sunglasses.
     


  12. bananananana

    bananananana In Time Out

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    I have seen people become paralyzed from wearing square toed shoes, badly burned from wearing fused suits, and sodomized from wearing jorts.
     


  13. Perdogg

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    +1.

    I am willing to spend the $100 for a new pair, PROVIDED I know they fit my face. Last store I went to (Sunglasses Hut), she said "They all fit everyone". But, I'm not going to spend $100 on ebay, only to get something in the wrong size.

    I have no idea what my size is, and will try another store. I think they're hip to the "browse local, buy online" game.




    http://www.simplyeyeglasses.com/help/frame_size.php
     


  14. jacnyr

    jacnyr Well-Known Member

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    They are selling you snake oil. There is ZERO independent evidence that expensive designer lenses are better for you. If spending big bucks for sunglasses makes you feel better about yourself then that's fine, but stop deluding yourself that you're doing it "for your eyes". Anything above about $30 means you're paying for something other than simply eye protection.

    I guess you did not read my above post, about a rock hitting my sunglasses (RayBan). My mother didn't raise me stupid!
     


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    najpie Well-Known Member

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    Urban Outfitters is my go-to store for sunglasses. They tend to be well-made/sturdy and suit my narrow face. My current pair have elicited comments like, "Are those by Tom Ford?" Can't get much better than that for $18.
     


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