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Considering getting some Oakley glasses. Ones with a prescription required though. Seem very expensive. Are they worth it?

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 2 years ago
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To be totally honest. NO. Get some Endura Triggers. I can't see past them now, best I've ever owned

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Ghostie [93 posts] 2 years ago
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I still use for both running and cycling the same Oakleys I bought ten years ago. Yep, they were worth it to have lasted this long.

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sneakerfrfeak [95 posts] 2 years ago
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Not worth what they cost, but get them anyway, you won't be disappointed. I've had Briko and Rudy Project and much prefer Oakley, and let's be honest nothing else comes anywhere close on looks.

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KiwiMike [1074 posts] 2 years ago
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I've owned loads of Oakleys over the last two decades, (Blades, Razor Blades, M-frames, etc). Back in the day, sure. They were innovative and perfect for running/cycling. Nowadays the £2.99-£5.99 ones I've got recently from Aldi and Lidl work fine (100% UV, non-slip bridges/temples etc) and look good too, according to the fashionistas. Oakleys might be fine for people with enough cash for £150+ not to be an issue, but most people aren't like that, and the differences are almost non-existent these days. Put the £150 I just saved you toward some better wheels  1

I put my £2.99 Aldi glasses vs. Oakleys in the same bucket as the £15.99 CREE XML T6 LED lights vs. £200+ brand-name ones in bike shops. Yes, you can pay a fortune for lights. Do they work better/brighter/longer? probably not. Technology and production evolves and trickles down. The materials used to make £2.99 glasses in China today are the same materials, and probably the same factory as the £150 Oakleys, but the people who spunked a fortune desperately want/need to *believe* they didn't waste their cash. Do your lenses need to be ballistic-grade and 99.999999% optically perfect? Not with my eyesight they don't, and I'm not planning on getting shot in the face either.

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yourpaceormine [46 posts] 2 years ago
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The prescription bit is ridiculously expensive. If you want interchangeable lenses for different conditions then consider Rudy Project. I have used Rydons with the prescription Rx insert for about 8 or 9 years. Insert clips into frame and sits just behind the Rydon lens. Can change Rydon lens as normal, or if you don't want to use the Rx insert (if you start using contacts say) then take the Rx insert out. (Other plus side is if you prescription changes than it is a heck of a lot cheaper).
Negatives - felt a bit strange at first, but soon got used to it. Insert not really visible to the outside world except when I use clear or yellow lenses. In very cold conditions + wet they steam up. (Anti fog treatment works well unless you go for coated prescription lenses).
Big plus is you can often pick a Rudy Project pack up cheap, frame and a few different lenses. Rx insert can be ordered in by Rudy srockists. Your optician can glaze the insert which is handy particularly as most opticians refuse to give out your PD measurement (as not part of the prescription). You will need to check Rudy website for maximum Rx index that insert can support.

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pdows47 [101 posts] 2 years ago
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BBB optiviews if you want a script in them, about £45 on amazon, and another 40 for lenses from the opticians. Fit nicely, come with the lenses for light conditions, and relatively cheaper than getting oakleys with a script

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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I use ballistic protection safety glasses. My eyes are in zero danger, and they look like sports glasses.

Unobtanium is plastic. They charge a ton for plastic. I love Luxotica because they have a local branch here, but its still plastic.

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jengy [70 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes they are a bit pricy and you don't want to lose them, but the transition ones that go from 50 to 20% or so are great for being on the bike. I've got some 12% ones as well for really sunny or skiing, all prescription.

I'd definitely buy again, I don't like taking them off to put my normal glasses on!

They do need careful measuring for the rx, to make sure the pd. is correct, online suppliers seem a bit hit and miss so your optician is probably safer.

I have tried glasses with an extra insert, but don't like the extra weight, and they tend to make the lenses sit further away, so don't work so well, particularly in bright sun

Get some!

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andycoventry [110 posts] 2 years ago
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Never buy cheap glasses, slight optical imperfections can in the short term cause headaches and do lasting damage in the long term - You get what you pay for.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'They charge a ton for plastic.'

no, they charge a ton for superb optics.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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How strong is your prescription? I can't use Oakleys because they only go up to -4.0 or -5.0 (depending on which design you choose). I need -6.5, and my Bolle Bounty prescription specs are superb. They cost £254, so that gives you an idea of how good I think they are.

Personally, I try never to take my sight for granted, and won't buy cheap specs. Not worth it.

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lolol [181 posts] 2 years ago
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I had the DHB ones for a while, they get sweat on them and half way through a hot ride you cant use them. Now I have some BBB ones, they are great, £30, never muck up and if I drop them, have done already, its not a heartbreaker.

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 2 years ago
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I would guess that most glasses over £30 - £35 will be just as good as the Oakley's. There are some great glasses made by smaller brands like Julbo, Cebe, BBB and Uvex that will be as good. With Oakley you are paying as much for a bit of branding and fashion as anything else.

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Wando [4 posts] 2 years ago
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I've had numerous oakley's over last 20 years never a bad pair, currently using jawbone custom with polarised lens, fantastic, highly recommended for on/off the bike. Reasonable value too at balance optics

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Get some Endura Triggers. I can't see past them now, best I've ever owned

Does that not defeat the purpose ? If you cant see past them  19 19 19

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stumps [3184 posts] 2 years ago
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To be honest i've got a pair of Oakleys and they look the biz, but they are not prescription and after a long ride me heed is knackered.

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fizzydroadie [8 posts] 2 years ago
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Oakleys every time.
Lens quality superb and they don't seem to scratch. Best thing, when you decide to change them, pop them on Ebay and get at least 60% of your purchase price back, Not sure any other sport glasses do that....

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TheHatter [770 posts] 2 years ago
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I've had Rudy Projects with inserts and never got on with them and I've been happy with my Oakley Half Jackets that I got last year. They didnt work out that expensive either as I got the lenses from http://www.balanceoptics.com/index.php/lens/prescription-sports/prescription-lenses.html and the frames from ebay. All in with transitions presciptions came in at a little over £200 including postage which is only a little more than the cheapest presciption sunnies.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'I would guess that most glasses over £30 - £35 will be just as good as the Oakley's'

I suspect your guess would be very wrong.

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Leviathan [1778 posts] 2 years ago
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Contact lenses and any sunglasses you fancy. Take you sunnies off: still see! Don't have to carry spare glasses. Clear vision if you glance over your shoulder and no joggling movement effect. Look like yourself not like a hipster.

I might be biased against glasses after wearing childs NHS specs in the 80's.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'I might be biased against glasses after wearing childs NHS specs in the 80's.'

Thing is, those NHS specs would have had decent optics. Unlike 'any sunglasses you fancy'.

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wjputt [30 posts] 2 years ago
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yourpaceormine wrote:

The prescription bit is ridiculously expensive. If you want interchangeable lenses for different conditions then consider Rudy Project. I have used Rydons with the prescription Rx insert for about 8 or 9 years. Insert clips into frame and sits just behind the Rydon lens. Can change Rydon lens as normal, or if you don't want to use the Rx insert (if you start using contacts say) then take the Rx insert out. (Other plus side is if you prescription changes than it is a heck of a lot cheaper).
Negatives - felt a bit strange at first, but soon got used to it. Insert not really visible to the outside world except when I use clear or yellow lenses. In very cold conditions + wet they steam up. (Anti fog treatment works well unless you go for coated prescription lenses).
Big plus is you can often pick a Rudy Project pack up cheap, frame and a few different lenses. Rx insert can be ordered in by Rudy srockists. Your optician can glaze the insert which is handy particularly as most opticians refuse to give out your PD measurement (as not part of the prescription). You will need to check Rudy website for maximum Rx index that insert can support.

This is really helpful. Please clarify what the Rx is? Would I need to go back to my optician to get the insert lenses or is there another way of doing that? That is getting the prescription and obtaining it from the Rudy Project provider?

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bashthebox [751 posts] 2 years ago
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I've got Bloc shades. They're fine, fit well which is kinda the point. Sports glasses, lets be honest, universally make you look like an utter twat. There's no getting past it. You can't argue it. You look like a bollock whether you spend 3 quid in Lidl or 250 quid on Oakleys. So it just comes down to how fussy you are about the optics, and how well designed they are to not fog up. Diminishing returns over 40 or 50 quid, I expect. But hey, you want the quality of the Oakleys, go for it. It just doesn't come cheap.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

'They charge a ton for plastic.'

no, they charge a ton for superb optics.

I know luxotica employees. The mark up is substantial.

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andyp [1436 posts] 2 years ago
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'I know luxotica employees. The mark up is substantial."
I work in this business - as with many other things, there's a fair mark-up. But to say that the cost is down to the plastic is incorrect.

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Kapelmuur [293 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

How strong is your prescription? I can't use Oakleys because they only go up to -4.0 or -5.0 (depending on which design you choose). I need -6.5, and my Bolle Bounty prescription specs are superb. They cost £254, so that gives you an idea of how good I think they are.

Personally, I try never to take my sight for granted, and won't buy cheap specs. Not worth it.

I'm -10.5, but luckily get on OK with contact lenses. Dread to think how thick plastic lenses with that prescription would be.

The problem with expensive sports glasses for me is leaving them at cafe stops, driving off with them on the roof of the car and snapping off the arms because of following rule 37.

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jamtartman [55 posts] 2 years ago
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The list price is made up, and opticians have lots of mark-up to play with. I got nearly 50% off the total price with a bit of haggling.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 2 years ago
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Crosshouses wrote:
notfastenough wrote:

How strong is your prescription? I can't use Oakleys because they only go up to -4.0 or -5.0 (depending on which design you choose). I need -6.5, and my Bolle Bounty prescription specs are superb. They cost £254, so that gives you an idea of how good I think they are.

Personally, I try never to take my sight for granted, and won't buy cheap specs. Not worth it.

I'm -10.5, but luckily get on OK with contact lenses. Dread to think how thick plastic lenses with that prescription would be.

The problem with expensive sports glasses for me is leaving them at cafe stops, driving off with them on the roof of the car and snapping off the arms because of following rule 37.

Ok, I believe Bolle max out at between -8.0 and -10.0 depending on the astigmatism bit (can't remember the term - might be the 'axis'). The lenses are MUCH thinner than you'd expect - the reason Bolle are the only ones doing this is because they took out an exclusive license on some new innovation that varies the prescription (and hence the lens thickness) across the surface of the lens, so while they might be thick in the centre (I can't tell), they aren't thick at the edge.

I can't wear contacts anymore (too much drunken partying in them years ago). If you can, I'd probably just go with contacts and some decent sports specs.

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big mick [179 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

'I might be biased against glasses after wearing childs NHS specs in the 80's.'

Thing is, those NHS specs would have had decent optics. Unlike 'any sunglasses you fancy'.

So very true.Back in the 80's one of my mates was backed by Oakley.The sunglasses rrp £140 he could buy for me at£20.Someone is getting rich through good marketing.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

'I know luxotica employees. The mark up is substantial."
I work in this business - as with many other things, there's a fair mark-up. But to say that the cost is down to the plastic is incorrect.

Oh I agree, R&D is massive. I just dislike being told "Unobtanium" is some magic formula.

They're top of the line for a reason.

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