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Anyone have prescription cycling glasses? Do such thing exist? I'd like to see some examples if anyone knows of some online pictures.
 

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Rudy Project Ekynox SX, with photo gray. I wanted something to cut wind and eyes tearing on fast descents. These do the trick, but get your wallet out. I wear bifocals and only got mine set up for distance and they work fine on the bike. The bifocals are always carried as an emergency backup.
 

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My eyes aren't that bad so they were able to do my prescription into a pair of Oakley 5's. Like Dekindy said, it depends on your prescription, but generally if your eyes aren't that bad you can get them put into a lot of different brands/types of sunglasses.
 

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I currently wear Bolle Paroles with the optical insert. However, based on my research, the best rx option is the Rudy Project stuff. They seem to have the best options and are one of the few (if only) brand that will allow you to swap rx lenses for different light conditions. I plan to upgrade to a pair in the near future. The double lens of an insert and outside lens is a real pain.
 

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I have a pair of Oakley Original Straight Jacket that are several years old. They have been the best prescription sun glasses I have had. I have had several insert types over the years including Bolle which were the worse investment in cycling glasses ever. The multiple surfaces reflect light, the shield part seems to be an inch in front of my nose, the light and wind comes in the slot between the glasses and my nose. The surfaces between the shield and insert can fog up and you can't wipe it without taking the assembly apart. Cleaning is another treat. Can you tell I didn't like them?
 

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I just ordered Oakley "Monster Dog" frames with Persimmon lenses (not so great in bright sunlight but apparently OK even at night) through Lenscrafters. They just started selling Oakleys.

7-10 day wait, they can't do them in the store. No inserts, they have about 15-16 lens tints you can pick from, etc.. I want to say they can do +/-6.0 and they can handle astigmatism too.

They had a lot of frames that looked like the "5" that Ridgetop mentioned and like the Straight Jacket. No M-frames (require inserts) or Racing Jackets, etc..

The ones I got seem to have lots of coverage so I'm hoping no more bugs in my eyes.

$286 total.. but my insurance paid $173 so the real cost was around $450. Pretty ridiculous as the non prescription version is $100-150 depending on the lens picked.

But at least Lenscrafters is easy to find so you can try on the glasses and see all the lenses. They have a 30 day money back guarantee too.
 

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You can see the prescription lenses on the Oakley's Frank Schleck wears. No idea what model, though.
 

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I have regular Costa Del Mar sunglass frames that wrap around that I had perscription lenes put in a Perle Vision. One hour not bad and they are great frames. Just make sure to get them polorized. Less strain on the eyes and great for boating.
 

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Sunglasses with reading glasses?

Anybody have sunglasses with built in reading glasses? (Bifocals) I don't need a prescription for distance but reading is getting harder as I get older. It is getting harder to read the bike computer and maps.
 

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I have some Rudy Rydon II's with bifocals. I fly with them also. Like brurider says, get your wallet out. You can get them with the insert also. Light weight, good looking and pricey.
 

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my vote goes to rxspex.com have ordered several pairs of rudy projects from them over the years, the owners are triathelets and great to work with over the net.. plus its very reasonable, much less than lenscrafters... i vote for racing red for the prescription as they are good in all light conditions, including rain/cloudy... unless you want two pairs with differnt lenses....
 

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with Rx insert.

I don't wear the insert anymore, I now wear contacts. it is way more practical as I've got 2 pairs, I carry both, use the gray when is sunny and if the weather changes during the ride to cloudy I switch to the orange lenses while riding.

 

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Oakley M frames. Mine broke once and Oakley was super cool about giving me new lenses and putting my prescription in. I think they charged shipping. No hassles.
 

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Einstruzende said:
Anyone have prescription cycling glasses? Do such thing exist? I'd like to see some examples if anyone knows of some online pictures.
Rudy Kerosenes with the prescription insert. They cost about $400 total, but that's cause I got them through a local optician instead of bargain hunting on the internet (I'm the same way about local glasses shops as I am about local bike shops).

I've been wearing them for about four years now and I'm very happy.

I like inserts instead of prescription ground sunglass lenses because I like to be able to switch between several different colors depending on conditions (dark blue for very bright days; red for most daylight; yellow and clear for rain and nighttime commuting) and it would be too expensive to have four different sets of prescription ground lenses.

One thing I've really liked about the Rudys is that if you ever scratch or break the (nonprescription) sunglass lenses, they'll replace them for a nominal ($20) shipping and handling fee. I've taken advantage of this after some bad crashes. Unfortunately the guarantee doesn't apply to prescription lenses.
 

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Wow guys (and gals if there were any). Lots of info to digest.

It sounds like I need to get the prescription "numbers" from my eye doctor and buy online if I want the best deal. My eye doctor already costs a fortune for regular glasses, I can't imagine what she'd charge for something a lot more niche.
 

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Be careful with the numbers

Just another data point if you have a large correction factor. Some of the inserts have a high "wrap-around" shape that affects the Rx. Some also are closer to the eye than normal glasses, and you have to adjust the Rx for that as well. Make sure you investigate if your rx will in fact work in the inserts/glasses you want, and/or that your doc/glasses people can make any needed Rx adjustment when they order the lenses.
 
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