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#21 Bazzer

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:21 AM

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.

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Clouds are always in the way LOL
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:33 AM

I have the solution. Fly in Seattle or the UK
The sun isn''t a problem there!
Clouds are always in the way LOL
Bazzer


tru'dat!

notice where the op is located?

i lived in seattle for many years

and it could have been an urban myth,

but the local history was that MORE sunglasses were sold per capita in seattle

than any place else in the usa, except for socal.

and it was very common to see folks driving in the totally grey daze or high noon darkness, headlights on...

while wearing dark glasses and mainlining caffeine.

cheers
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:46 PM

For reasons like this, it's very useful to train with "peripheral flying", where you're not looking directly at your kite, relying on feel as you go around a curve or through a corner, feeling the tension and inertia... It's what allows us to lead our whole team through the center of the fireball and still get the job done. ;)

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:30 PM

Bazzer and I find that we do best when we chat about formula one racing while in the line and gaze into each other's eyes.

This seems to work for us. Your mileage may vary.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:50 PM

Bazzer and I find that we do best when we chat about formula one racing while in the line and gaze into each other's eyes.

This seems to work for us. Your mileage may vary.

:D

Yep I'm bombarded by Mclaren bS from both sides. JD is also a F1 nut. Actually Stevie is too.
See i'm converting them one at a time.
Maybe I should have the red kite wit a prancing horse on it......hmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Oh for you NAscar people...its the racing where they make right turns as well.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:59 PM

Yep I'm bombarded by Mclaren bS from both sides. JD is also a F1 nut. Actually Stevie is too.
See i'm converting them one at a time.
Maybe I should have the red kite wit a prancing horse on it......hmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Oh for you NAscar people...its the racing where they make right turns as well.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:01 PM

F1 is a motorised game of follow the leader and hope for a crash ....

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:43 AM

. . . . .
Oh for you NAscar people...its the racing where they make right turns as well.
Bazzer

. . . . . and have to slow down fir the corners.
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:53 PM

Wow, what a turn out. Thanks for all the replies (and personal motor racing preferences).

I was debating whether to post his or not – it seemed a bit like a silly question at the time, but has obviously been well received. That's nice.


I sort of knew I needed a darker lens but never considered all the UV protection stuff……..DOH!!.

Like the blind-fold idea……….quality. If you'd seen me fly you would think I was wearing a blind-fold……ha ha, lots to learning to be done.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:43 AM

Oakley half jacket for me titanium lens at the mo but I have black iridium and polarized all depends on my mood and light levels
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 03:37 AM

I'm sure it's been brought up in this topic somewhere, but besides the issue of being able to see into bright sunny skies, it's ever so important to protect one's eyes. My eye doctor just recently told me that wearing good quality sunglasses prevents your eyes from degenerating rapidly. Who needs any more reason than that to wear them??? For the record, I use Oakleys with black iridium lenses. They're so sweet, I often forget I'm wearing sunglasses! I hope to get polarized ones someday. Posted Image

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:42 AM

Greetings,

Just a quick piece of info for all you vision conscientious people out there who were kind enough to reply to my question here. I have just taken delivery of a bargain piece of eye-wear, in the form of 'Zeal Optics' 'Dignity's'. These were brand new from flea bay and cost me £5.96 including postage……….unbelievable! I am yet again a happy man, and also a very lucky one of course.

They're ace. Really comfy, and being polarised give a very nice clear and crisp vision, and with 12% LT no more big squints for Chrissy…….. joy.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 05:12 PM

Another item in my sun protection gear - never leave home without it...

A hat with broad-ish brim that can be positioned just above the eyes. That will help greatly when flying just below the level of the sun, and reduces about half the total glare all the time.

Floppy hunting hats, like Cabela sells, work well and have the all important chin strap which is necessary whenever the winds finally get interesting. :kid_smartass:

Or you could go Aussie or cowboy to look cool. Make sure you can microposition the brim on the front tho. Baseball caps can work, but provide less protection from the sides. I got a nice one from Kite Connection, long bill and seriously down-turned sides that are very useful.

For sun glasses, I need Rx glasses so I specify "Real dark" and "Polarized", and get the largest frames practical.

BTW, cataracts are a standard feature of eyes my age. To delay the progression as long as you can, always wear dark glasses on bright days. (Cataracts, arthritis, poor balance, cr**py memory - a few features you can look forward to if you are lucky.)

As for cloudy days, having grown up in NW US (Portland, Seattle), my sensitive tiny blue eyes need dark glasses whenever there is a patch of sky not covered by thick dark clouds. That is why sun glasses probably sell better here in the rain forest than other regions of the world. Think "mole people". :lol: :P
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:58 PM

Greetings,

Just a quick piece of info for all you vision conscientious people out there who were kind enough to reply to my question here. I have just taken delivery of a bargain piece of eye-wear, in the form of 'Zeal Optics' 'Dignity's'. These were brand new from flea bay and cost me £5.96 including postage……….unbelievable! I am yet again a happy man, and also a very lucky one of course.

They're ace. Really comfy, and being polarised give a very nice clear and crisp vision, and with 12% LT no more big squints for Chrissy…….. joy.

See ya


Glad you settled on the Zeal Optics.
As I'd mentioned earlier in this thread I have them and LOVE them! I've worn Maui Jim's Revos, etc and have found the Zeals to be as good or better than those and at less than half the price.

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:55 AM

Geeze, I just priced a set of "script-Oakleys"

with the gold iridium lens,
plus my bifocal prescription, no-scratch coating, polarized... $850.

They can keep 'em for that number!

I'm on a mission for glacier glasses instead,

outrageous, simply outrageous the prices of glasses nowadays!

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:36 AM

plus my bifocal prescription, no-scratch coating, polarized... $850.

They can keep 'em for that number!


And this is the main reason why I do not own a set of them! Just outrageously priced.
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#37 Felix Mottram

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:50 AM

And this is the main reason why I do not own a set of them! Just outrageously priced.


In Cervia I had to use the non-prescription BLOC EDS1000 that I carry for emergencies. Arriving on the beach most mornings the light off shore breeze was directly towards the sun. As the day progressed the breeze shifted to on shore but effectively remained directly towards the sun all afternoon...

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:52 PM

For me it's Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ with Black Iridium Polarized lenses.
They work a treat.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:41 PM

Sorry about beating the horse and raising the dead here, but in Chicago we have solved the problem by flying at night. If you can't see the kite, then prescription lenses aren't necessary either. Huge savings all around.

Other possibility, only fly South winds.
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