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Costa Del Mar
36.32%
Maui Jim
28.95%
Oakley
8.95%
Wily X
1.05%
Ocean Waves
2.63%
Kaenon
1.58%
Other
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:58 AM
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OK, I know this subject has been pretty much beat to death but I want to take a different slant on the subject. I have set up a poll to help me in my search for a new pair of sunglasses. I have searched this forum and read posts until my eyes crossed but unless I set up a worksheet and record all of these responses I still can't tell how many of you use which brands.

The particulars are:
Need prescription glasses.
Will be used for inshore fishing, driving and general usage.
Can afford only one pair.
Price does matter.

I have a pair of Costa Del Mars that I have had for a number of years and they need replacing. It appears they only warrant RX glasses for 2 years so I am leaning toward another brand.

I appreciate anyone who participates in this poll and would like to thank you in advance for taking time to help me with my search.

Charlie

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I lose/drop/forget my glasses and sunglasses, so the few good pairs were a waste of my money because they didn't last long.

I just bought three pairs of 1.25 driving and outdoor sunglasses for $45. Clear lenses, and cheap.
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I've heard good things about Smith, too.
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I been buying my rx sunglasses from these guys for years. http://www.sportrx.com/
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Been a Maui Jim fan for years. Their customer service is second to none and other than having a pair stolen from my vehicle, I would have every pair I have owned since 1993. I typically wear them til the lens coating just wears out, I usually get 10 years out of a pair.
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You missed a great company. Salt life optics has been the best we've worn since trying them this year. And they do prescription as well
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A big but little know company outside of mil/aviation is Randolph engineering. The lenses are amazing. Mil spec frames and stems. I am an avid costa fan and have been sponsored by oakley. RE is my choice. The standard lens doesn't pull color you see what's out there, no glare, and easily cleaned.
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Cheap Polarized Foster Grants. Wish I could find a few pairs on the old ones from the mid 80's with the big FG on the side( flying fisherman style ). Use to snap a pair of the plastic green lens over the brown or grey. I like not caring if I drop or lose em.
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70 bucks here

Glassesusa.com

Don't even go to the VA anymore
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Polarized glasses in the frame of your choice from Costco.

I just used an old pair of frames from regular glasses that I liked and had them put in the lenses.
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
You missed a great company. Salt life optics has been the best we've worn since trying them this year. And they do prescription as well
But they are way overpriced. Salt Life uses a polycarb plastic lense made by Carl Zeiss. Costa also offers a polycarb carl zeiss lense for less and Hobie also uses a polycarb carl zeiss lense for $69 less then half the price of salt life.
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
You missed a great company. Salt life optics has been the best we've worn since trying them this year. And they do prescription as well
Also since they are CLEARLY one of your sponsors as listed on your teams FB page, you should disclose that fact while posting your glowing recommendation,,


Also I like either Ocean Waves, Ono's or Smiths...Ocean Waves is my top pick.

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I have a pair of Prescription Oakley's and Maui Jim's. They are both good. My only complaints with the Oakley's is that the ear socks wear out too quickly- though they will replace them under warranty for free. Also, you need to pull the socks off once in a while to clean. I've had the Oakley's for about 2-3 years, and the MJ's for less than a year. The Maui Jim's cost a bit more, but my Opthamology shop did mention that they have the best lenses (And yes, I trust them, this was not a sales pitch I was already buying them).
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
Also since they are CLEARLY one of your sponsors as listing on your teams FB page, you should disclose that fact while posting your glowing recommendation,,


Also I like either Ocean Waves, Ono's or Smiths...Ocean Waves is my top pick.

Good detective work.. you should be a cop
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
Good detective work.. you should be a cop
That is an idea....
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But they are way overpriced. Salt Life uses a polycarb plastic lense made by Carl Zeiss. Costa also offers a polycarb carl zeiss lense for less and Hobie also uses a polycarb carl zeiss lense for $69 less then half the price of salt life.
Being Costa is owned by Essilor and is one of Carl Zeiss Vision's competitors I don't think the above is very accurate.

Costa's 580p lens for prescription use is a Trivex material rather than polycarbonate.
I do think that the Salt Life prescription program uses polycarbonate lenses from Zeiss. Both materials are good choices from a UV protection and impact resistance standpoint. Even though polycarbonate has improved through the years I prefer the clarity with Trivex.
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
But they are way overpriced. Salt Life uses a polycarb plastic lense made by Carl Zeiss. Costa also offers a polycarb carl zeiss lense for less and Hobie also uses a polycarb carl zeiss lense for $69 less then half the price of salt life.
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Being Costa is owned by Essilor and is one of Carl Zeiss Vision's competitors I don't think the above is very accurate.

Costa's 580p lens for prescription use is a Trivex material rather than polycarbonate.
I do think that the Salt Life prescription program uses polycarbonate lenses from Zeiss. Both materials are good choices from a UV protection and impact resistance standpoint. Even though polycarbonate has improved through the years I prefer the clarity with Trivex.

The above is correct. Costa has quit using zeiss lens. And yes salt life uses the same zeiss lenses in their prescription as their non. As for the sponsor remark, yes they are. Does it matter, not to me. I can plug my opinion in the same way as anyone else sponsored or not. I only pursue sponsors of what I feel are quality products and promote them as so.
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Originally Posted by wamc0206 View Post
The above is correct. Costa has quit using zeiss lens. And yes salt life uses the same zeiss lenses in their prescription as their non. As for the sponsor remark, yes they are. Does it matter, not to me. I can plug my opinion in the same way as anyone else sponsored or not. I only pursue sponsors of what I feel are quality products and promote them as so.
It is generally appreciated and accepted as standard practice that when someone gives a testimonial about a product PARTICULARLY one that helps pay their bills that they disclose said association. In this way it doesn't look as thou you are just trying to sway people to a product that pays you some money or is an advertisement...
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It is generally appreciated and accepted as standard practice that when someone gives a testimonial about a product PARTICULARLY one that helps pay their bills that they disclose said association. In this way it doesn't look as thou you are just trying to sway people to a product that pays you some money or is an advertisement...
Maybe some big names get paid, but I by no means get paid by any company. I pay all my bills. Maybe one day. So again someone asked for an opinion and I gave mine. I can give a testimonial if you'd like as like I said before I've owned several brands mentioned.

Also, I recently PURCHASED prescription salt life sunglasses for my dad. Yes, you heard it purchased. They were not too cheap but he has a 3 stage progressive lens. I would be more than glad to post the receipt if you would like me to.
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I have owned MJ's and CDM's. I have developed a liking for Suncloud (from Smith Optics)

Fairly cheap, good optics and they make a version in readers. Unfortunately, I have found that the readers come in handy on the boat.

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