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Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2017 05:42PM
I finally settled on a pair of Smith Elite glasses. Then I went to order them, and they no longer take orders through their site. My discount is only good through their site, so I start searching again. I can get discounts on 33 eyewear brands, but only a couple are setup to get me discounts on prescription glasses. Several have switched to fulfillment via sportrx.com.

Rudy Project is one of the ones I can get, but they're $300+ after the discount. I was looking at $110 with the Smiths.

Hours and hours of searching every eyewear site I can find, and I finally settled on a few different pairs from a site called EZ Contacts. While SportRX and a few others have the frames at similar prices, they want $75 for their cheapest lenses. Other places want around $15. EZ Contacts has some reasonable prices and I can add individual features at reasonable costs.

So I thought I had landed on a new seller, but then I decide to look up reviews for them. 78% of their reviews are negative (and somehow that yields them a B+ on the BBB site) [www.bbb.org] Reseller Ratings has similar reviews - people not getting what they paid for [www.resellerratings.com]

I don't care so much about looks, just want something to keep the wind out of my eyes when I'm cycling. I'm going for clear lenses. Something like [www.zennioptical.com] or [www.sportrx.com]

I know I asked a while back. Does anyone have any new suggestions? Thanks




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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: Winston
Date: November 21, 2017 07:01PM
This may not be what you are looking for, but I've become a big fan of Clic Goggles. I've got a pair of their readers (which are not goggles - that's the company name).

They don't sell Rx lenses, but say that it's easy to add them to their frames.
[www.clicgoggles.com]

I have (twice, or maybe thrice) forgotten I had the Clic readers around my neck, and gone out sailing on Lake Michigan on a small boat.

And as for cycling, they make goggles . . .
[www.clicgoggles.com]


Good luck.

- Winston



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2017 07:07PM
Interesting. Still, getting them RX'd is the wildcard that I would like to avoid. Last year I got new lenses in my existing frames. While I did go for nice lenses, it cost me more than what I'm looking to spend on frames plus lenses this time - and that was during a one day, half off sale.

SportRX will put RX lenses in just about anything, but they charge $75-150 for basic lenses.




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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 21, 2017 07:19PM
Not sure I asked in the old thread, but have you looked at places like lenscrafters? they sell oakleys? or maybe even costco? or walmart?

Not sure what your budget or discount is.



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: Bo
Date: November 21, 2017 07:23PM
Is there a reason you don't just go for those Zenni's?

I have those exact glasses that you linked to and they have served me well. I use them as my primary riding glasses but they also do double time out in the shop when I'm doing any woodworking.

I'm on my second pair...I think I lost the first pair. The nose bridge is a removable, metal piece that is flexible and allows it fit quite well. The pads do get a bit gunked up over time and Zenni doesn't sell pads separately unfortunately. I have resorted to buying standard pads and holding them in place with a dab of hot glue as the ones that came on the glasses seem to be unique to the glasses.
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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2017 07:50PM
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jdc
Not sure I asked in the old thread, but have you looked at places like lenscrafters? they sell oakleys? or maybe even costco? or walmart?

Not sure what your budget or discount is.

Lens Crafters, Pearl Vision, Sunglass Hut, Target and Sears Optical are all part of the Luxottica cartel. Ray Ban, Persol, Arnette, ESS, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Chanel and lots of other brands are all run by them. Oakley tried to fight them, but lost and then Luxottica bought them. They continue to drive prices way up.

So while years ago I bought glasses there, I stopped because their prices were ridiculous. Lens Crafters, at least, also refuses to sell lenses separately from frames. That means if you scratch a lens, rather than buying a new lens or two, you have to buy new frames as well. I just won't support that. At last check, most of their stuff is north of $300.

I can get many brands for about 40-50% off. The Smiths were going to be about $110 with lenses. I could spend a little more, but ideally it would be less.

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Bo
Is there a reason you don't just go for those Zenni's?

I have those exact glasses that you linked to and they have served me well. I use them as my primary riding glasses but they also do double time out in the shop when I'm doing any woodworking.

I'm on my second pair...I think I lost the first pair. The nose bridge is a removable, metal piece that is flexible and allows it fit quite well. The pads do get a bit gunked up over time and Zenni doesn't sell pads separately unfortunately. I have resorted to buying standard pads and holding them in place with a dab of hot glue as the ones that came on the glasses seem to be unique to the glasses.

I probably will end up with the Zenni's. Ideally I could get something a little bigger. That said, I'm not sure which quality of lens or coatings I should get. My prescription isn't that strong. I think if I don't have a mirror finish, I don't care so much about the anti-scratch coating. I've never found anti-fog coatings to do anything. I'm not sure about the anti-glare coatings. For clear lenses, it doesn't seem like I should need that.




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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 21, 2017 07:54PM
I bought rayban RX sunglasses at lenscrafters a few years ago, think it was $175 out the door?



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 21, 2017 08:43PM
Your needs are different from mine but I ran into similar problems. I needed dawn / dusk / overcast glasses - transitions cycling glasses. I came across the Adidas Protean glasses which are unique because they offer wide coverage with casual styling. I ended up buying them from [www.otticanet.com] and I'm super happy with the result. Oh, it was also pretty much impossible to find someone who stocked them in the US. I might have been able to buy them locally from an optometrist but that seemed like a lot to go through.

Are you spending down FSA / HFA money? Could always budget it for next year. Makes the prices a little easier to justify.



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: Bo
Date: November 21, 2017 08:59PM
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Bo
Is there a reason you don't just go for those Zenni's?

I have those exact glasses that you linked to and they have served me well. I use them as my primary riding glasses but they also do double time out in the shop when I'm doing any woodworking.

I'm on my second pair...I think I lost the first pair. The nose bridge is a removable, metal piece that is flexible and allows it fit quite well. The pads do get a bit gunked up over time and Zenni doesn't sell pads separately unfortunately. I have resorted to buying standard pads and holding them in place with a dab of hot glue as the ones that came on the glasses seem to be unique to the glasses.

I probably will end up with the Zenni's. Ideally I could get something a little bigger. That said, I'm not sure which quality of lens or coatings I should get. My prescription isn't that strong. I think if I don't have a mirror finish, I don't care so much about the anti-scratch coating. I've never found anti-fog coatings to do anything. I'm not sure about the anti-glare coatings. For clear lenses, it doesn't seem like I should need that.

Just looked up my order for these. I went with 1.57 Mid Index Single Vision lens and added the standard anti glare. Total came to $32.90. I've had them for a few years and they've seen a lot of muddy riding, taken tree branches to the face, been washed in creeks and puddles, wiped down with a sweaty jersey and caked with sawdust. Gotta say they are holding up pretty well. Some minor scratches but nothing that precludes their functionality.

For the silly low price I find them to be well worth it and and even if you don't like them, you're not out much.

Edit: And 20% through the 24th: [slickdeals.net]



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2017 09:38PM
Matt, that site has reasonable prices. It's tough to navigate though, especially without just being able to sort them all by price. That said, I can't find a way to get wrap around glasses - like many sunglasses - with clear lenses.

As far as budget goes, right now this is competing with a dropper post smiling smiley

Bo, yeah, it's probably worth the try. Thanks for the specs. The price is still the same.




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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: Bo
Date: November 21, 2017 10:14PM
Dropper post absolutely trumps being able to see! wink smiley
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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 21, 2017 10:33PM
I can see with my glasses, but the wind has been getting to them. My optometrist noticed my eyes had some surface dryness a year ago and asked if I had any changes with my lifestyle. I mentioned commuting to work a lot more, and we think that might be it.




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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 22, 2017 07:52AM
They're already cheap, but here's a Zenni Optical coupon - [slickdeals.net]



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Re: Argh. My search for prescription sport glasses continues
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 22, 2017 08:34AM
I got my last pair of prescription glasses and sunglasses from Costco for under $300 total, that was without insurance coverage on the lenses or frames. The chose a pair of sunglasses with large lenses that cover a lot area keeping in mind that I would be playing softball, and biking a lot with them on and so far they have been great. They did offer different colors for the lenses, but I'm not sure if they could do clear. Might be worth a look if you have a Costco optical nearby.
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