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Old 06-03-20, 09:24 PM
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Best type of cycling goggles?

I was out cycling today in Half Moon Bay and I realized that in a shaded area, sunglasses make it too dark.

Also, when I wear my glasses, the scenery isn’t quite as nice. But I do need to wear something for eye protection.

Are there any glasses that can give you protection from the sun without making it look too dark?
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Old 06-03-20, 09:46 PM
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No perfect solution though there a lots of glasses (like Oakley Flight Jacket rose lense) that allow most visible light yet block UV.
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Old 06-03-20, 09:59 PM
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Sure, they come in various amounts of tinting. Get some polarized lenses with a brown hue, even for cheap, and your whole experience will improve. After 20+ years use of these, I still pass the DMV eye-chart test with just bare eyes.
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Old 06-03-20, 10:26 PM
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I ordered oakley glasses with lens corrections and transition lenses meaning that they'll darken as the ambient light intensity goes up.

I have a feeling that they could be at the front or at least near the very best solution as cycling eyewear. The price matches that statement. I almost chocked when I heard the price but I had already decided that I need better protection for my eyes as I'd had a few worrying close calls with sharp twigs in the forest.

I don't know the exact model but to me it doesn't matter. All that matters is the fit which to me needs to be tight enough that in the event of a sharp stick the glasses wont yield and let the stick go past like typical sunglasses would.
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Safety goggles are a cheap alternative. Also comes tinted.
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I have had both Rudy and Uvex glasses that change tint depending on ambient brightness. I use them from skiing in the sun (i.e. very bright with the snow reflecting the sunlight) all the way to cycling in the dark, even with heavy rain/snow in this dark.

For that purpose they work really well. Though I have started to consider if I need something that closes off the eyes completely, lately I have been getting a lot of sweat into my eyes while riding and together with the fact that I wear contact lenses is not a nice feeling.
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Old 06-04-20, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
I was out cycling today in Half Moon Bay and I realized that in a shaded area, sunglasses make it too dark.

Also, when I wear my glasses, the scenery isn’t quite as nice. But I do need to wear something for eye protection.

Are there any glasses that can give you protection from the sun without making it look too dark?
Get yourself a pair of BluBlockers but make sure you get the originals.. They do exactly what you describe. UV protection, impact resistant lenses, no squinting, and they make the scenery very bright and pleasant. They are an absolute joy to wear.

I like the 2703K models but they offer other designs too. I can't post a link until I have 10 posts but do a google search for "BluBlockers 2703K" and take it from there. They aren't fancy or expensive but you will not be disappointed.
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Old 06-04-20, 03:54 AM
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I'm in Ontario Canada and I got really nice for me sunglasses at Giant Tiger. The ones I got are a two-in-a-box thing. One pair is amber. They don't darken things as much as dark green lenses do. The other pair are a yellow lens pair and they're fantastic for low light or for when I don't want to darken things much - such as when riding in heavily shaded areas. Another great thing about these is that they fit over my prescription eyeglasses. They're $15.00 CDN for the two pairs.

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I ride with some lighter gray lenses when I ride in and out of shadows a lot during the course of a ride. Lenses with yellow tint tend to brighten things up a bit.
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Since I ride a lot in the early morning hours (overcast and clouds), I switched to yellow tinted bifocal safety glasses. These help me identify glass, rocks and other road debris easier. My Oakley Black Iradium are great for bright sun and hiking but not as good as a pair of $15 safety glasses for the mornings.
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+1 for the yellow-lens shop-glasses. Those are what I switch to for riding at night.
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How well do yellow tinted safety glasses work at night compared to clear ones? I'm planning on an overnight ride in late June, and I have clear glasses already. (Learned my lesson last year on a similar ride with bugs hitting my eyes over and over)
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I wear some sport specific glasses with prescription lenses in them. They have anti-reflective coating and are transitions so they get darker with the sun and lighten up when cloudy. They work great for me.
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Are there any glasses that can give you protection from the sun without making it look too dark?
Movies can be very instructive. These goggles apparently have marvelous radiation protection...


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I wear a pair of frameless wraparound sunglasses I got at a flea market many years ago. They are very large, wide coverage. All the frameless wraparound sunglasses I see are compact, and don't wrap far enough, nor extend down far enough. I'd buy another pair like mine if I could find them. Mine are cracked and beat up from 30 years of use. They are very large and light, protect against sand and dust, and i forget I have them on they're so comfortable.

I've looked over the years and never seen the like; have even looked for post- cataract surgery glasses, as these are often large. I'd pay a pretty penny if I ever find a just right pair.
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Originally Posted by Miele Man View Post
I'm in Ontario Canada and I got really nice for me sunglasses at Giant Tiger. The ones I got are a two-in-a-box thing. One pair is amber. They don't darken things as much as dark green lenses do. The other pair are a yellow lens pair and they're fantastic for low light or for when I don't want to darken things much - such as when riding in heavily shaded areas. Another great thing about these is that they fit over my prescription eyeglasses. They're $15.00 CDN for the two pairs.

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Quite possibly belongs in this thread too !

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Why?

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I have lenses that are photochromatic. Clean in the shade and at night and dark in direct sunlight. I also have a prescription insert for them.

Clear


Dark
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I have lenses that are photochromatic. Clean in the shade and at night and dark in direct sunlight. I also have a prescription insert for them.

Clear
Hi Glen, Do you find the insert sit very close to your eyes so that you can feel your eyelashes touching them when you blink? Have been tempted to get something similar as prescription lenses in a pair of Oakleys are ridiculously expensive! Also do they slip due to the extra weight of the inserts?
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Hi Glen, Do you find the insert sit very close to your eyes so that you can feel your eyelashes touching them when you blink? Have been tempted to get something similar as prescription lenses in a pair of Oakleys are ridiculously expensive! Also do they slip due to the extra weight of the inserts?
They are very comfortable, NOT too close and they don't slip.

I like that the prescription can be changed relatively inexpensively. I think I paid $60 for new lenses and mine are progressives.
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+1 for the yellow-lens shop-glasses. Those are what I switch to for riding at night.
Same here. I wear them when I ride at dusk and what a difference they make.
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I wear mostly Oakley Jawbreakers and 100% S2 glasses while riding. Unless I'm riding in blinding sunshine, I use clear lenses in these frames. I find on hot days, sweat starts to obscure tinted lenses quickly, making riding dangerous.
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