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I've got some Spiuk (Ventix I think) and they are really good. Cost about £50 last year. Don't slip on the bike or run, are well vented so no steaming (unless I've been going hell for leather and come to a complete stop) and they came with clear, orange and tinted lenses which are dead easy to change once you get the hang of it.


  • MrSquishyMrSquishy Posts: 277
    Might be the Yara's actually.
  • oxonoxon Posts: 1
    Cheers Mr S,

    any more for any more out there?
  • jibby26jibby26 Posts: 261
    Just got some Rudy Project Kaylos free with subscription to Triathlon Plus and find them really comfortable. Got some of the dhb ones from wiggle as well but find they sit too close to the face and mist up when I stop at traffic lights when i'm on the bike
  • Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    "Best" might also be cheapest.. because you are bound to drop them, stamp on them, run over them on a bike.. or someone else well.

    I stopped using my rather expensive raybans, and switched to some cheap and cheerful DHB ones. Plastic frames. Plastic Lenses. Yes, you have to decide which of three sets of lenses to put in depending on the weather conditions - From bright (the darkest), a bit bright (the medium ones) and dull/night (the clear ones). I don't think it would be too much of an issue to change them, really - as most events/training sessions will be done in ordinary conditions. I'll probably only use the dark ones, and clear ones for night time.

    I've used them on the bike, and they were absolutely fine. Comfortable, didn't fall off. Made effective an effective windscreen.

    I'm officially not running at the moment, but did wear them for a game of tennis the other day - it was very sunny. And I lost for the first time in years. Can I blame the sunglasses? Probably not totally - but I definitely _won't_ wear them again for tennis - where you really need good vision. They just weren't as good at cutting out the glare as decent sun glasses - so no good for things like tennis. However, it was probably a pretty good test of comfort and how well they stayed on, compared with running. And they certainly passed that with flying colours.

    So: For the cost, the replaceability, the cheap DHB ones are find for running/cycling. But I wouldn't use them for anything like tennis where good vision is important.
  • combatdwarfcombatdwarf Posts: 258
    Project Rudy Rydon IIs - slightly smaller frame thana the Rydons but fab esp in photochromatic red - about £120 last year....

    I have also found that Aquasphere Antimist spray (for foggles) works really well to demist them coat it, rinse it an let it dry before a race - no fogging!!

  • han382han382 Posts: 80
    I've got a pair of Specialised (Chicane I think). They were reduced to £20 a couple of years ago as they are yellow-I'm prepared to wear yellow to save £50! The lenses adapt tot he light conditions-so no need to change lenses, and they are made from the same material Apache screens are made from-so pretty hard wearing! Never run in them-but for biking they are awesome and I'd imagine Specialised have updated models that are even beter now.
  • had a pair of 'spiuks' last year,€75, had them about 6 months, were ok, not outstanding considering the price, jumped in the car one day, and still havent found all the pieces, went into 'lidl' an hour later picked up two pairs with four sets of lenses each high u.v. protection rate, descent case, just as comfortable, €10. i know this is triathlon but we dont have to be ripped of all the time, do we?
  • ZacniciZacnici Posts: 1,385
    I found Bolle Contours quite good

    [image]http://www.fisher.co.uk/offers/bolle/images/specs.jpg[/image][align=center] [/align]Oh dear - no - absolutely not suitable for Triathlon, cost less than £10 and they are safety glasses as well

    I also use ESS ICE ballistic glasses


    Got issued by Army but less than £30 will get you these
  • GGBGGB Posts: 482
    I had the DHB's with interchangeable lenses but they are rather large and do rub on the face a bit - other than that they are very good fo rthe price.

    Currently using the Lidl specials at about £6 - and they are great - hardly ever mist up and fit great and again have 3 interchangeable lenses. I haven't run in them but use them on every bike ride and have used them in a triathlon and duathlons with no problems. The ones i have also come with a head strap so you can definately use them on the run.

  • julesojuleso Posts: 279
    I've got some Rudy Project Rydons. Brilliant! I'd definitely recommend them.
  • willtriwilltri Posts: 436
    Hi Jibby,

    Did they come with interchangable lenses?


  • Chris JChris J Posts: 71
    I tried loads last year. Rudy project were very light but didn't fill me with the confidence they would stay put during the run. After a lot of uhmming and aahhing I plumped for a pair of Specialized adaptalite thingies. They styling is a little 'bold' but they feel secure and you can adjust/bend the arms to grip your head. Well worth it for piece of mind.

    That said I was once referred to as mekon head! Good luck.
  • JulesJules Posts: 987
    I got some with interchangeable lenses from Aldi for three quid, they are spot on!
  • jibby26jibby26 Posts: 261
    The lenses are interchangable BUT they don't come with any other options. Given they were free this isn't an issue for me, I will probably by some clear and maybe some photochromic inserts. If I had paid the £71 rrp I may be a bit dissapointed by this, but they are easily the most comfortable sunglasses I've had in a few years.
  • Chris JChris J Posts: 71
    I have just checked and the specialized ones I got are the miura model.
  • starcherstarcher Posts: 126

    have some specialized uracco that are nice and wide as sadly i got a big head, the lenses and frames are great.

    But recently they have been replaced with some cheap caterpillar safety glasses that i got from B&Q

    These I have drop my tranisition box on sat on and fell off my bike wearing and not so much as a scratch good bargain buy . soon as ive stopped racing on go the Oakleys for posing.


  • ZacniciZacnici Posts: 1,385
    Absolutely right - that's what the Bolle glasses are, although Bolle make ski eyewear, the Contours are safety glasses, just what you want to protect your eyes not only from UV but also particles thrown up from passing, car driving numbskulls.
  • JonhinioJonhinio Posts: 289
    I've been using Sunwise frames with interchangable lenses for the past two years. Bought them from Swestshop. They've been great for running and cycling
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    From the replies it seems that Oakleys are like so Yesterday,guess I must be behind the times,also use cheap ones from Tesco's,a fiver,they seem to do the job,and have taken some hammer.
  • adamjadamj Posts: 7

    try some oakley flak jacket xj's. really comfy and come with changeable lenses. you can get them on the net for about £78 if you shop around.


  • I've had various ones over the past few years, although nothing too top end, I have recently bought a set from Aldi, which do the job for under a fiver!
  • danny_sdanny_s Posts: 235
    I must be behind the times, but I love my Oakleys. I got the m-frame for running because it feels like you're not even wearing anything but - side bonus - it fits perfectly under my helmet as well. I'd wanted these because the sweat and rain literally runs right off of the lenses like some weird voo-doo magic stuff.

    The lenses are incredible engineering with great optics and strong being made out of polycarbonate. I've had some big rocks kicked up in my face from cars passing on the bike and when I think about what they could've done to my eyes if I was wearing a pair of glasses for £5, I'm happy with the choice. Changing lenses also takes about 10 seconds.
  • ZacniciZacnici Posts: 1,385
    I echo what you say, it's not just about looking cool, but about protection. That's why I have used the Bolles (they are pukka safety glasses) and the ESS ICE sytems (Army ballistic glasses, will protect your eyes from shotgun blast at 10m, shrapnel etc.)
  • MrSquishyMrSquishy Posts: 277
    MrSquishy wrote:

    I've got some Spiuk (Ventix I think) and they are really good. Cost about £50 last year. Don't slip on the bike or run, are well vented so no steaming (unless I've been going hell for leather and come to a complete stop) and they came with clear, orange and tinted lenses which are dead easy to change once you get the hang of it.

    Bumping this thread to report on a recent experience - about a week after writing this post my Yara frames broke. I emailed Spiuk to ask if they were under warranty as they were just over 12 months old. Spiuk replied saying the glasses had been discontinued (boo!) but they had a replacement frame that I could have if I covered the P&P.

    This I did and the new frames arrived yesterday so I am a happy Spiuk customer.
  • TrisurferTrisurfer Posts: 228

    Any one else have the problem on the bike, of sweat from the fore head dripping on the lense, causing blurred vision @ 20-30 mph on a bike isn't fun!

    happens to me every time for sure!

    I must be last year too cause I'm rocking the oakleys too, Juliets I got for my birthday back around 2001 (works out around £25 a year so far!), a little heavy but they don't move an inch on the bike or the run, but they do catch sweat off the fore head!

  • MacaroneMacarone Posts: 58

    I use Oakley Radarlock Pitch and rate them highly. Changing lenses is easy, the lens quality is also as good as it gets. I cycle and run in them and much prefer the bigger lens (as opposed to the Path version) as I don't find light sneaking in under the lens. I can't fault them except for the price but I got them with a 40% discount so am very happy indeed.

  • I dont understand the moans about price of Oakleys. As with most things you get what you pay for, they are brilliant AND a hell of a lot cheaper than new eyes should stones get thrown up from passing cars etc.

  • MacaroneMacarone Posts: 58

    It was hardly a moan.

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