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Sunglasses

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rlevine, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. rlevine

    rlevine Well-Known Member

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    So the snow is still on the ground and its getting brighter and brighter.  I had to squint my eyes all day today.  I don't own any sunglasses, but now I'd like to buy some.  What are some good, stylish brands?  I'm looking to spend around $100 for a good pair.  Is there any sense paying more?  Would a more expensive brand protect my eyes better or be better-constructed?

    (I'm 20 and still in college with small eyes.)
     
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Persol are a good value (though in the $120-140 range IIRC) and classic styles, for the most part. I like them a lot. Available with polarized lenses, which are good for driving.
     
  3. Stu

    Stu Senior member

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    I swear by my Maui Jim's in the sport titanium frame. They retail for close to $300 but I bought them on Ebay for $140. Well worth it to scout Ebay.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I personally like sunglasses at night to keep track of the visions in my eyes. Check out www.giarre.co, lots of super cool sunglasses at well under retail. And make sure that you by them from a respectable retailer and that they are polarized. Otherwise, they are of no use whatsoever.
     
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    tattersall Senior member

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    You're so Canadian... [​IMG] I second the Maui Jim titanium - got mine on sale but nowhere nearly as cheaply as Stu.
     
  6. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    I own Persol and although I think they're stylish they're cheaply made and the glasses are far from spectacular.

    The best sunglasses I own are Serengeti Drivers. But Serengeti frames tend to be dull and quite the opposite of stylish...
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    Really? I admit I did scratch the glass a bit, but I don't know that that's its own fault. I have had good luck with the build quality, at least as opposed to say, Guccis at the same price level, which were abysmal. These at least have metal hinges and the flex points seem to help them keep from breaking.

    The pair I wear most of the time is from Ray-Ban, they are squarish metal frames, polarized, and I rubbed off the dark coating on the frames to leave behind bright chrome color, which is somewhat unusual. I like them a lot. Unfortunately, due to being bent around somewhat, the glass wants to pop out, and sometimes does.
     
  8. Panzeraxe

    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    To be honest, I always treat sunglasses as umbrellas as I always tend to lose them (or break them as I'm jumping into a NYC cab). In the interest of economy, I buy mine from www.pacsun.com. I do have one very nice pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses that I love. Panzer
     
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    Here's another vote for Maui Jim. I have black frames with grey lenses (either Typhoon or Cyclone, can't remember). I've had them for two years, and not single scratch on lens or frames. Outstanding all-around glasses and well worth the money.
     
  10. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    (Roy @ Feb. 25 2005,15:56) I own Persol and although I think they're stylish they're cheaply made and the glasses are far from spectacular.
    Really? I admit I did scratch the glass a bit, but I don't know that that's its own fault. I have had good luck with the build quality, at least as opposed to say, Guccis at the same price level, which were abysmal. These at least have metal hinges and the flex points seem to help them keep from breaking. The pair I wear most of the time is from Ray-Ban, they are squarish metal frames, polarized, and I rubbed off the dark coating on the frames to leave behind bright chrome color, which is somewhat unusual. I like them a lot. Unfortunately, due to being bent around somewhat, the glass wants to pop out, and sometimes does.
    All brands you just named come from just one supplier. Luxxotica in Italy. I think they make roughly 80% of the worlds (branded) sunglasses.
     
  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Ouch. Have never done that. Just some friendly advise: duck your head when going into cabs. Also, there is no need to jump into the cab unless you are leaving the scene of a crime. In which case, please do elaborate.
     
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    nightowl6261a Senior member

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    I agree, my favs are Maui, but I also like Oaks for sport, and Ray Bans for casual different look.
     
  13. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I have a penchant for vintage 60's acetate frames from France redone in sunglasses.
     
  14. stache

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    Just get something with UV coating. Get a couple of cheapies to have as spares in case you lose your 'nice' pair. They are kind of a drag to carry around but pretty necessary for your occular health these days.
     
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    I've owned both Maui Jim's and Serengeti Drivers and find the MJ's are better at cutting glare and they are a darker lens for brighter days. The Serengeti's were better on bright somewhat overcast days though.

    I often found that I was squinting with the Serengeti's.
     
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    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    (or break them as I'm jumping into a NYC cab.)
    Ouch. Â Have never done that. Â Just some friendly advise: duck your head when going into cabs. Â Also, there is no need to jump into the cab unless you are leaving the scene of a crime. Â In which case, please do elaborate.
    Ha - what I meant was that when I remove my glasses I typically put them in my back pocket - when I abruptly jump in the cab - well, you can imagine what happens. I think everyone in NYC jumps in a cab. Its a jungle out here.
     
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    The_Foxx Senior member

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    check out oliver peeples-- pretty sharp sunglasses, avail in styles to suit just about anyone.
     
  18. maxnharry

    maxnharry Senior member

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    Here's another vote for Maui Jim. I've been back and forth with brand name and no-name glasses. They really are better than anything out there and folks who actually need sunglasses for work swear by Maui Jim. That being said, definitely go the eBay route.
     
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    PHV Senior member

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    Any good websites to buy them cheap that don't just ship to US?
     
  20. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I recently purchased a pair of Maui Jim titanium sunglasses. I like them a lot. They are so light weight, I hardly know I'm wearing them. The lenses seem like good all around driving lenses.

    I also like Nikon sunglasses. I've got a pair of photochromatic lens Nikons that I like for cloudy days.
    I use the Maui Jims and Nikons for driving.

    For snow sports, my favorite sunglasses are Cebe Cecchinels with mineral crystal lenses. Julbo also makes some high quality mountaineering sunglasses with mineral crystal lenses.
     

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