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Old 03-31-2019, 10:12 AM
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SO I had to replace my Costas due to scratches. As usual they don't make the model any longer. So I picked a pair of Harpoons. ($89 in and out thanks Costa) They came pretty close to a perfect fit. BUT........

I also bought a pair of Maui Jims. They do not fit. I was hoping to stretch them using hot water. Just can't get the right/too tight. Any suggestions??

(I fear they are so off they will never fit)

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Old 03-31-2019, 10:18 AM
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I’ve found that full metal frame glasses with adjustable nose pads and arms are the way to go. Also kind for the hinges to be spring hinges as they are on regular glasses. Last, but definitely not least, glass lenses only.
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As my wife always tells me, I have a thick neck leading to a fat head, so I have to be cautious when buying glasses, especially those with plastic frames. Some just simply don’t fit due to the construction, but I have had better luck with frames with spring hinges as noted above. I just buy what fits and ignore what doesn’t.
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looks like one pair is for a round head and the other for a square head.
I never bought a pair without trying them on 1st to make sure they fit good enough

Back when I was working in the plants and had to wear safety glasses they would stick the plastic ear pieces into a container full heated glass beads (not sure what temp) and then pull the peice out and shape and cool.

also many years ago (70s) I had a fishing jig head come loose from a snag(other guy's fishing in same boat) that hit me in one of the lenses of my sun glasses shattering the glass all over me and the boat.

My natural reflexes closed that eye lid before it hit,so all I got was small cuts on my eye lid.
I have never owned another pair of glass eye wear since.
also glass is a lot heavier to wear
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Glass definitely can shatter, but there are no plastic lenses that remotely compare for scratch resistance. Even a tiny scratch will give me a massive headache if it is in my field of view.
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I had a pair of Ono's that were too loose. I heated each leg with a fire lighter and bent them to the shape I wanted and once I had them like I wanted my wife poured ice water on them.
It worked, BUT, they wouldn't keep that shape. They always straightened back out. I finally just gave them away.
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when I was a young tyke they would swirl the ear pieces in a bed of heated little glass beads (a bit bigger than grains of sand) and then bend them to shape...have not seen that in years and years
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I have literally tried on a couple hundred pair of sunglasses looking for what....I can't exactly tell you. I'm worse than a lady shopping for shoes or pocketbooks!! Yes 580 glass or the equivalent is a must. Guess I'm hoping someone says they want to XXXX and they heated their shades until they fit. Not sure where to go....


What is funny is that the new pair from Costas was so close to fitting. I wonder if they looked at my old pair and molded these to fit! What I have done in the past is use boiling water to heat the arms and bend them into shape. And then wear em. With my fat head they eventually do stretch out to fit....
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Goto a sunglasses store the have a tool where they heat the nose piece and then gently bend it more open
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If it's the pair thats too big, I'd use a heat gun and bend in the nose piece.
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No it's the Maui Jims which are too tight.
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
I have literally tried on a couple hundred pair of sunglasses looking for what....I can't exactly tell you. I'm worse than a lady shopping for shoes or pocketbooks!! Yes 580 glass or the equivalent is a must. Guess I'm hoping someone says they want to XXXX and they heated their shades until they fit. Not sure where to go....


What is funny is that the new pair from Costas was so close to fitting. I wonder if they looked at my old pair and molded these to fit! What I have done in the past is use boiling water to heat the arms and bend them into shape. And then wear em. With my fat head they eventually do stretch out to fit....
maui black coral is my preference currently. I have a fairly big head.

https://www.sunglasshut.com/us/maui-...YaAiJ_EALw_wcB
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I don't know how to fix your frame problem but next time you buy make sure you get the correct frame size:

https://www.eyeglassdirect.com/dimensions.html
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Originally Posted by osudaddy View Post
I don't know how to fix your frame problem but next time you buy make sure you get the correct frame size:

https://www.eyeglassdirect.com/dimensions.html
I don't see those sizes listed by costa shopping info

https://www.costadelmar.com/us/en/sunglasses?srule=top-sellers&sz=21&start=0 nor at MJ

https://www.mauijim.com/US/en_US/shop/sunglasses
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Maui Jim allows returns within 30 days so I imagine a Maui Jim retailer would do the same. Also, if you find a optical store that sells Maui Jims they may will willing to fit them for you for a small fee since you didn't buy them from them. They also may adjust them for free as a goodwill gesture. Optitions have the proper tools and use heated glass beads to properly heat the earpieces to bend them without breakage or distortion. Good luck, I have two pairs of Maui's and they are awesome.
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Never buy glasses from a picture. Just like shoes you should try them on. I dont understand when you say too big. There are 4 or 5 parts to a good fit. Can you post two pictures of them on your head? One from the side showing the temples behind your ears and one pic from the front. The temples behind the ear are what holds the glasses on your face. They must hook down behind your ears. If anything thats what I would adjust. But the nose also needs to fit your nose.
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I tried on literally hundreds of sunglasses. Over 12 to 18 months. Every single pair at bass pro, tackle direct costa and MJ booths and everywhere in between. These are close it's just the arms I can't get right.
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I wandered into a prescription glasses store once and left with the best fitting pair of sunglasses I ever owned (I think they were Foster Grants?). They had a tub of hot glass beads to submerge them in and specialized pliers to tweak the bridge and level out the ears. I am sure they would tweak your pair for you no charge. I have the same problem as the OP. Been trying on new pairs for years but nothing seems to look or feel just right. Forgot all about my previous experience until this thread and plan to make a couple stops soon to try again.
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I sent a pair back to Maui for lens replacement and they shipped me a new pair. Exact same model, however the arms are too wide and "bow" shaped. Too loose for my head.

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