Best Sunglasses?

Jetflyer22

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I am currently using a pair of Revo's with a polarized lens. As most of you know under certain light conditions, some glass instruments can not be seen. So off they come followed by the inevitable squint.
Any suggestions?
 
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Walmart $14.99 sunglasses are great. They are non polarized and work well, besides if you lose them or break them there is a Walmart near you.
 

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Walmart $14.99 sunglasses are great. They are non polarized and work well, besides if you lose them or break them there is a Walmart near you.
I like my polarized glasses in the airplane and everywhere else. The only think that I may have problems with is the FMS which requires a slight head angle change to see well. If you are having problems with your flight instruments maybe you could get some of those fancy driving/flying glasses I see in the catalogs.

Don't buy the cheap ones as they are BAD for your eyes. You want glasses with UV protection. Then cheap ones cause your pupil to dilate and allow the bad rays in.
 

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Ray Ban's, Maui Jim, Serengeti, and Oakley's all work
 

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Get some cheap non polarized (or polarized and see the rainbow) you will break them eventually.

I have been using Tinted safety glasses they work great and can get a box of them from my local carpenters/Longshoreman's union store for about $20.00 or less. If your not in a union you can find someone that is that will pick you up a box if avaiable in your area. The ones my father gets from the docks are very stylish (Look Like Highend Sunglasses) and very durable.

Oh, UV protection is mandatory by most union bylaws or what ever if being used outdoors in this litigious society they don't want to have to pay for someones eyes.
 
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Oh, UV protection is mandatory by most union bylaws or what ever if being used outdoors in this litigious society they don't want to have to pay for someones eyes.
Was there a coherent thought in there somewhere?

Sunglasses will help protect your eyes, but will also make traffic acuisition easier, and improve contrast agaisnt like backgrounds such as cloud layers or snow. A good pair of sunglasses is a good investment. The difference in quality between cheap glasses and good, brand name glasses is significant. You may not even be aware of what you're missing without them.

Your eyes are one of your most valueable assets in the cockpit, and key to your career. Protect them well.
 

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The difference in quality between cheap glasses and good, brand name glasses is significant. You may not even be aware of what you're missing without them.
Avbug Can you prove this? Please show data please!

Your eyes are one of your most valueable assets in the cockpit, and key to your career. Protect them well.
Yes, I agree! Very valuable sense I or anyone else would hate to lose! Now how do we stop age related macular degeneration?
 

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The difference between cheap glasses and expensive one is huge. Even if you don't believe that there is a difference in UV protection, just go outside on a sunny day with both and wear them one after the other. The optical quality difference is huge. I prefer glass lenses myself because of scratch resistance.

If you care, which I think you do because you're asking the question, get some quality glasses. I don't necissarily one brand is better than the next. Just go to the store and try a bunch on.

I like all that Check6 recommended except the Oaks. Don't leave Revo off you list.
 

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I thought the best sunglasses i ever saw were in Terminator 3 - when Arnold took the clothes from the guy in the gay bar, now don't get confused with the scene from T-I where he took the Ray Bans from the biker dude. I'm talking about the star shaped Elton John style ones with the Rhinestones on them. I loved those glasses so much I bought a pair just like them at the flea market in Sunrise Florida, all of you have to experience the flea market some day, but that's another story for another day. Anyway I flew with them for years, I got a lot of stares from other envious pilots but I always tried not to gloat, like I was cooler than all of them. I was really disappointed one day when I dropped them on the ramp at KFLL and some nit-wit line guy stepped on them just llike the Terminator did in T-3. I was upset but thought it was kind of cool like I and the Terminator shared some sort of kinship as our glasses met similar demises. Anyway just pick a pair of glasses that you feel comfortable wearing and don't let the pressure to fit in guide your purchase. Gosh I miss those glasses......
 
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www.hidalgos.com Get their Contraster lens and their plastic black frames. Best quality lens I have seen in glass and has IR protection for high altitudes as well as UV protection. Read an AMA article about IR at altitude raising the eye temp and causing long term damage. These will run about $50 and are comparable to the REVOS. They don't offer online ordering yet so order their catalog.
 

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Some of the cheap ones have UV protection if not most. After you fly for 20yrs plus you will realize that those cheap ones are just as good and easier on your pocket book. I still have 20/15 after all these years.
 

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Walmart $14.99 sunglasses are great. They are non polarized and work well, besides if you lose them or break them there is a Walmart near you.


I agree with Bandit. If you lose those there will be no heart attack over $150 sunglasses. :bawling:
 

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If you plan on making aviation a career then once you step into the jets you'll want a non-polarized lens. The windshield is already polarized so all you'll see is a rainbow when you try to look through it.
 

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If you plan on making aviation a career then once you step into the jets you'll want a non-polarized lens. The windshield is already polarized so all you'll see is a rainbow when you try to look through it.
I don't think this is an accurate statement. I have yet to see polarized windshields in any plane that I've flown. Some aircraft have electrically heated windshields that cause the rainbow effect. Looking through two polarized items causes various degrees of light blockage depending on the angle difference beween the two polairzed. If the polarization is parallel you won't notice anything different. If the lenses are at 90 degrees of each other all light will be blocked and you won't see anything past the second lens. This is the principal that the passenger windows on a King air works.

The real problem with wearing polarized lenses is that alot of instrument or electronic displays are polarized which causes the "double polarized" problem and not allowing you to see the display.
 

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serengeti makes a new drivers lens thats polaried on the top half and not on the bottom so you can look down through the lens and see the glass without doing the head tilt. They are going almost 200 bones though
 

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Be careful with the polarized shades as most company OPS Manuals prohibit their use due to the color issue & FMS. Spend the extra money & buy some quality glasses.
 

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I don't think this is an accurate statement. I have yet to see polarized windshields in any plane that I've flown. Some aircraft have electrically heated windshields that cause the rainbow effect. Looking through two polarized items causes various degrees of light blockage depending on the angle difference beween the two polairzed. If the polarization is parallel you won't notice anything different. If the lenses are at 90 degrees of each other all light will be blocked and you won't see anything past the second lens. This is the principal that the passenger windows on a King air works.

The real problem with wearing polarized lenses is that alot of instrument or electronic displays are polarized which causes the "double polarized" problem and not allowing you to see the display.
Let me put it another way, All of the big planes windows are polarized
 

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serengeti makes a new drivers lens thats polaried on the top half and not on the bottom so you can look down through the lens and see the glass without doing the head tilt. They are going almost 200 bones though
Dingo, please tell me what model that is. Currently using Serengeti's with the Driver lens, good for the glass cockpit.

avbug, how much longer are you going to lay low? :confused:
 

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The best sun glasses are available for $27 at the military bx. American Optical gold aviator frames. If you need prescriptions your eye doctor can make lenses that will fit.
 
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