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Sunglass brands, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, Reptile

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by new obsession, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. new obsession

    new obsession Senior member

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    I wear sunglasses (polarized) whenever I am outside or driving, otherwise I end up squinting and getting a headache. I usually have several pairs, however recently I have gone on a losing spree, and now I need replacements. I bought a pair of polarized Ray Bans with poly-whatever lenses, and over thw past two weeks I have come to realize that they don't hold a candle to the brands I used to have -- Maui Jim and Reptile.

    I was wondering if any of you have experience with these brands. As I recall, when I wore either one of them, I actually saw better than without them on. Anyone prefer one over the other? Anyone have any other suggestions?

    (If this fits better in another location, feel free to move it, thanks.)
     
  2. NYLaw

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    Hey man... I also love wearing shades... I currently have two pairs in my rotation that I love:

    Oliver Peoples metal frame with lenses that get a bit darker in the sun- these I wear with suits and/or while driving usually...

    For more casual wear I picked up a pair of the HUGE Tom Ford Buckleys in black... They're kind of movie-star-ish large, but if you can pull them off, they're a great pair of sunglasses.

    I haven't personally owned a pair of Maui Jims but family & friends love 'em... Any of the above brands will/should last years, in the quality dept.
     
  3. new obsession

    new obsession Senior member

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    Hey man... I also love wearing shades... I currently have two pairs in my rotation that I love:

    Oliver Peoples metal frame with lenses that get a bit darker in the sun- these I wear with suits and/or while driving usually...

    For more casual wear I picked up a pair of the HUGE Tom Ford Buckleys in black... They're kind of movie-star-ish large, but if you can pull them off, they're a great pair of sunglasses.

    I haven't personally owned a pair of Maui Jims but family & friends love 'em... Any of the above brands will/should last years, in the quality dept.


    Oliver Peoples?? Never heard of them. How are the optics? Meaning, if you really want to see something when wearing the glasses, do you take them off?

    I am looking for the kind of polarized glasses where you have to take them off to look at an ATM screen, because they filter out that much reflected light.
     
  4. NYLaw

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    Oliver Peoples Los Angeles is the brand worn most by celebs (Nickelson, Cruise, Pitt, Clooney, Tim Robbins, Spacey, Speilberg, Bono, Foxx, Downy Jr., Cameron Diaz, Angelina, even Ozzy...) Go to www.oliverpeoples.com ... Mine are actually not the polarized lenses, so I couldn't speak from experience. I can tell you that the quality of their optics is supposedly top notch... If you live near an OP store, you can pick whatever color and coatings you want. Otherwise you have to go to an authorized OP seller (Saks, Neimans) or order on their website, but I wouldn't recommend buying sunglasses online without being sure you're happy with how they look!
     
  5. Dan-

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    I wear Revos, which have glass polarized lenses. The downside is that they're expensive, at about the same price point as Maui Jim, but the optical quality is much, much better. They tend to be more sporty, so ymmv.

    There's some online sunglasses store based in Houston that has lower prices than everyone but is still reputable. I highly recommend them, if only I could remember the name.
     
  6. rssmsvc

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    I wear sunglasses (polarized) whenever I am outside or driving, otherwise I end up squinting and getting a headache. I usually have several (If this fits better in another location, feel free to move it, thanks.)
    - I have some Serengeti ones from STP that have been fantastic , very nice lens but the frames could be better made. - I purchased some Maui Jim's from Costco and they have great lens and great frames. They do not give me any headaches after prolonged wear. I do wish though they would have a wrap around version because with sweat they slip off easily. The lens you are referring to that change in the light are Photochromatic, and OP calls them OXP. - I purchased some oliver peoples from Sartoriale on ebay and they are completely crap. The frames have their metallic outside chaffing. They were good for the first few months and then just fell apart.
     
  7. new obsession

    new obsession Senior member

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    I wear Revos, which have glass polarized lenses. The downside is that they're expensive, at about the same price point as Maui Jim, but the optical quality is much, much better. They tend to be more sporty, so ymmv.

    There's some online sunglasses store based in Houston that has lower prices than everyone but is still reputable. I highly recommend them, if only I could remember the name.



    Come on Dan, you can't do that. Teasing with bargains is just not fair. You gotta give a name, unless you are shilling for them, in which case [​IMG]
     
  8. pinchi22

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    Another vote for Revos. I have the polarized model, which is great. Having been founded by a NASA engineer, their optics have always been first rate. Their styling has probably improved after being bought by the Italians (Luxotica).
     
  9. Carey

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    Oliver Peoples?? Never heard of them. How are the optics? Meaning, if you really want to see something when wearing the glasses, do you take them off? I am looking for the kind of polarized glasses where you have to take them off to look at an ATM screen, because they filter out that much reflected light.
    They make great stylish frames. You can pick a frame and have the optician craft a pair of polarized glass or polycarbonate for you in a shape of your choosing. I live in the Charlotte, NC area and I bought my Oliver Peoples from a local optician. The advantage over Silhouettes (Maui Jim) or Ray-Ban is fewer people will be wearing your choice. Since I spent over $500 on my glasses, I spent only $150 on my non-Rx sunglasses -- Ray-Ban polarized glass in dark brown with bronze frames.
     
  10. paper clip

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    - I purchased some Maui Jim's from Costco and they have great lens and great frames. They do not give me any headaches after prolonged wear. I do wish though they would have a wrap around version because with sweat they slip off easily.

    My wife bought maui jim's from costco as well. I had never heard of them, but I put 'em on and WOW. everything was actually brighter and clearer, but there was no glare. If you are looking for eye protection and clear vision, I would recommend these.

    Personally, I have two pair of Bolle purchased from costco - a black sports pair, polarized, which I love, but scratched the plastic lenses. GRRR. I still use them for the beach and sports. Ialso have a pair of dressier plastic lense, metal frame polarized Bolles, which I use for driving and more 'formal' use. They look nice and get the job done, but the vision quality is not as good as my sports pair, or certainly the maui jim's. Not sure if it is the plastic or what. I will try glass next time.
     
  11. sho'nuff

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    Oliver Peoples?? Never heard of them. How are the optics? Meaning, if you really want to see something when wearing the glasses, do you take them off?

    I am looking for the kind of polarized glasses where you have to take them off to look at an ATM screen, because they filter out that much reflected light.



    Obsession, there is an Oliver Peoples boutique at the South Coast mall if you are in orange county, California.

    It is a high end brand name and the styles and quality looks to be very good.
    Very chic and very beautiful looking designs and big and bold.
    Price ranges around 250-500 for the ones Ive seen.
     
  12. LabelKing

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    I bought a pair of Maui Jims to replace a pair of Persols (lost). While I hate the Maui Jim logo (and their cases), I really like these sunglasses. Excellent optics, lightweight part-Ti frames that also have some metal memory so they don't get bent too badly. I like them so much in fact that I bought a pair of Maui Jims with polycarbonate lenses for hunting and shooting.

    Also swapped out the horrible Hawaii circa 1973 MJ case with a square black leather Paul Smith case.
     
  14. Tomasso

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    Persol 649.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. jml90

    jml90 Senior member

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    Persol 649.
    I thihnk that's the first thing I've ever agreed on with you.
     
  16. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I thihnk that's the first thing I've ever agreed on with you.
    I also like these:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    I own a pair of Revos and a pair of Maui Jims, and for me the Revos are optically no better (perhaps worse, in fact) than the Maui Jims.

    Maui Jim has great lenses but frames that unfortunately range from boring to fugly. I wear them for my daily use driving sunglasses and they are probably the best I have owned for that purpose.
     
  18. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Persol 649.
    I like the 2628, still looking for a pair at not-full-price. (Not the grey ones that keep coming up on Ebay.)
     
  19. B-Man

    B-Man New Member

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    I wear Ray Ban, a collection from the 70´s and 80´s. They are the classic kind, don´t stand out too much but have got quite some style.
    And also, they are original and never before worn.

    Here´s where I bought them, if you want to have look.

    http://vintage-sunglasses-shop.com
     
  20. DMcG

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    I have a pair of the Maui Jim Titanium Sports that I really like. They are a hingless design and are lightweight so they are very comfortable to wear. They are also available in a different sizes which was very nice for me as most normal sunglasses are too small to fit comfortably or like right on my face. I've never personally had to deal with their customer service but my step-father's Maui Jims were damaged and he said that the service for getting them fixed was great.
     

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