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#1 Redrocket

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:08 PM

Hello,

What sunglasses would you recommend?

I'm struggling at the moment I have been out flying a few of times now and each time I have had to fly looking in the direction of that bright lad in the sky. It ain't too bad low down but being a newbie I prefer flying higher (less chance of hitting the ground). Unfortunately, flying higher forces me to look directly at the sun which is obviously bad. So I end up doing huge squints or shutting my eyes altogether which is also a bid dodgy. Hence the above question.

I'm not necessarily after a particular manufacturers name, just wondering if there was a type of lens I should be looking for?

Thanks again helpful people.

Chris

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:45 PM

A good set of Nutral Polarized glasses are a big help. I like Maui Jims but the Walmart fishing glasses work well.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:06 PM

im not really a sunglass person but i were anyones glasses because 2 years ago i was flying all day in florida and had gotten sunburn on my eyes man does that hurt its like someone put alot af sand in my eyes boy it hurt
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:08 PM

Oh yea make sure they are 100% UV A and B blocking.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:54 PM

I wear polarized Oakley wrap-arounds.

The wraps are critical, covers the sides too. ;)

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

Scott just made the big sunglass investment.
He did a lot of research and went with Native.
Oakley has a 1 yr warrantee and Native is lifetime.
Supposedly the polarization is better too....I dunno.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:24 PM

Oakley Flak Jacket for me with polarized Gold or Black iridium XLJ lenses.
The gold lens ,for me, gives a better clarity at long distance.(Old golfer tried them all!)

Lenses are replaceable. In the case I keep two sets of lenses. One set with a small scratches for the gritty sand ballistic wind days on the beach. One perfect for everywhere else.
Cleaning cloth and solution.
Never clean them on the beach with your shirt(unless completely necessary). You will damage them. The beach is evil on glasses.
Wash in the sink first then apply cleaning solution.
Expensive ...yes!
But I only have one set of eyes .
Also some sort of hat helps glare.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:52 PM

whatever you get buy a strap of some sort! my oaklys are still in long beach!
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 06:31 PM

... Unfortunately, flying higher forces me to look directly at the sun which is obviously bad...


hi chris

most modern lens materials are good at blocking UV (a,b,c)...

but it's important to have a snug fitting frame/lens to take full advantage of this.

looking DIRECTLY at or near the sun is still an issue.

for that application minimal light transmission is also important.

so look for lens that block 90-95% of ALL light or only allow 5-10% transmission.

for example 'glacier' style lens would be good, but ANY lens with minimal light transmission is good.
__________

oakley, unfortunately doesn't make ANY lens with less than 10% light transmission and most of their lens are 15-25%

this is FINE for active sports but not ideal for gazing DIRECTLY toward/near the yellow ball or with a LOT of reflected light.
__________

polarization is nice (and it makes the polycarbonate coated sails LOOK cool) and so are blue or gold coatings when near WATER.

there are lens that ADJUST DARKNESS based on how bright it is (bolle' modulator is one example)

and some of those block 93% of visible light at the max while dropping to 80% blocking when the light is less intense.

it's probably best to have more than one pair or multiple lens for use in a variety of conditions.

cheers
'moe

Edited by revmoe, 19 April 2010 - 06:33 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:34 PM

the Natives have interchangeable lens. They come with two sets, one for bright light and one for low light. The darkest of Native's lenses allow 10% light transmission. I really like mine.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:45 PM

i have White Von ZIppers kickstands and there amazing........
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:54 PM

ZEAL Optics............Great warranty!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:01 PM

In the States we have Maui Jim sunglasses that you can get with either glass or plastic lenses - both polarized. I think polarized glass lenses are the way to go myself and they really work well if you're around water as far as cutting glare. As a bonus, I'm a goofy flyfisherman and they are incredible for spotting fish. I'm sure there are other good polarized glass lens sunglasses, but if you ever run across Maui Jim's - pick some up and you'll like them.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:51 PM

hi chris

most modern lens materials are good at blocking UV (a,b,c)...

but it's important to have a snug fitting frame/lens to take full advantage of this.

looking DIRECTLY at or near the sun is still an issue.

for that application minimal light transmission is also important.

so look for lens that block 90-95% of ALL light or only allow 5-10% transmission.

for example 'glacier' style lens would be good, but ANY lens with minimal light transmission is good.
__________


oakley, unfortunately doesn't make ANY lens with less than 10% light transmission and most of their lens are 15-25%

this is FINE for active sports but not ideal for gazing DIRECTLY toward/near the yellow ball or with a LOT of reflected light.
__________

polarization is nice (and it makes the polycarbonate coated sails LOOK cool) and so are blue or gold coatings when near WATER.

there are lens that ADJUST DARKNESS based on how bright it is (bolle' modulator is one example)

and some of those block 93% of visible light at the max while dropping to 80% blocking when the light is less intense.

it's probably best to have more than one pair or multiple lens for use in a variety of conditions.

cheers
'moe




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Black iridium Polarized
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#15 DonaldLL

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:56 PM

+1 on the Maui Jim sunglasses. They're not cheap but like many things (including kites) you get what you pay for! These are my favorites

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 11:21 PM

I'm on Black iridium Polarized, dark enough for me. :)

The Maui Jims are nice to wear, but were never dark enough for me.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:25 AM

I wear a blindfold, it blocks out 100% of the UV and it blocks out 100% of the light also. Maybe that's why I can't fly my kites very good. DOH! :)

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:41 AM

I have used Adidas Elevation Climacool with the 95% 'Space' lens for summer and the 87% 'Grey' lens for winter for 4 years now. Very comfortable wrap around with changeable lenses (which are available seperately) and adjustable hinges. They also come with attachments to convert to ski glasses and should you ever need prescription lenses (as I do) they take standard clip in inserts. Again not cheap but they are good Posted Image

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Only thing to watch - the Space (95%) lens is not strictly legal in the UK for driving (I believe anything over 90% is deemed too dark).


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:57 AM

1 x Oakley minute with dark brown lensesPosted Image
1 x Oakley xx with mirrored lensesPosted Image
1 x Oakley Gascan with mirrored lensesPosted Image
1 x Oakley X metal with mirrored lensesPosted Image

Have worn all of them on various sunny days and have had no problems with bright sunlight.As mentioned above you need a polarized lense for the best protection.If you are going to spend a lot of money on your kites,you need to spend a few pounds/dollars or whatever your currency on good set of sunglasses so you can see that exspensive kite you have purchased when the sun is blasting you in face.I would highly recommend oakley glasses,I know they can be costly but you can replace a pair of glasses you can't replace your eyes
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#20 revmoe

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:20 AM

Oakely all following are 9 percent
Black iridium Polarized
Gold iridium Polarized
Ice iridium Polarized


ooops! my bad, 9% is good.

other things worth noting for the op...

-none of the REALLY DARK (5-10%) lens should be used for DRIVING or other vision critical tasks.

-none of the REALLY DARK (5-10%) lens allow one to look DIRECTLY at the sun.

even brief gazes directly at the yellow ball can cause permanent eye damage.

cheers
'moe




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