dl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 24692 times:
I'm not really sure what thread this belongs in so please move it to the right one if you know. I just started flying and I'm trying to figure out what the best option for sunglasses are. I've got a pair of Oakleys but I'm just wondering if there is a specific type of glasses that are recommended for pilots.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22392 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 24667 times:
When I'm looking for sunglasses, I look for a couple of things:
1) Are the arms thin enough that my headset won't press them into the sides of my head and give me a headache after half an hour?
2) Are the lenses dark enough?
3) Are the lenses big enough to offer protection for peripheral vision?
4) Do the lenses interfere with looking at glass panels (some polarized lenses do, which is why I avoid them)
5) Are the things going to put a huge hole in my wallet?
I'll pick up whatever fits those criteria, normally at my local pharmacy for around $20-30. I could go even cheaper if I wanted to, but the really-low-end stuff feels like crap. If you've got Oakleys already, you should be fine - I wouldn't mess with what works.
I'm kind of breaking rules 3 and 5 at the moment, though, since I'm using a set of clip-on sunglasses that are fitted for the glasses I wear, and thus cost a fair bit more. But it's worth it to not have to deal with contacts.
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cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4903 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 24625 times:
I'm also after some suggestions - my quite old pair of Serengeti glasses (GG6692 Titanium) have a slight mark on one of the lenses and also are a bit heavy/uncomfortable after a while (first pair I had were fine).
Anyone got some suggestions for glasses that fit a similar bill to those above, but are very light/frameless? I don't wear prescription glasses anymore, so I don't need to go for clip ons.
flyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 535 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 24518 times:
If you are looking into something more expensive and top-notch, I would recommend Rodenstock Sun-Contrast lenses. I fly with them all the time. Really nice lenses. They have a "blue-wavelength-filter" in them, and don't ask me how exactly that works (you still see blue perfectly), it gives you an amazing, sharp and very contrasty (is that a word? :P) vision. I even wear them during CAT III approaches, as they really enhance the picture you get.
sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 24319 times:
I was always a classic Ray Ban guy, but my wife gave me a pair of Scheydens, and the optical quality they provide is a remarkable improvement - clouds are much better-defined on hazy days, and traffic, easier to spot. Highly recommended!
cobra27 From Slovenia, joined May 2001, 1096 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 24278 times:
I would suggest rayban aviatiors with G15 lenses, paid 120 Euros for them 3 years ago. The lenses are made to meet US airforce requirements, with their filters and so on. They are also very light to wear.
I owned another pair of raybans with brownish polarised lenses, they were a lot heavier to wear, they did have a polarized lens, which is gut. but I would still preffer aviatiors with G15 lenses