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Question For Pilots: Best Sunglasses For Flying  
User currently offlinedl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 16514 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.

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21088 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16474 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.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16432 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.

[Edited 2010-09-06 17:11:16]

User currently offlineswiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 16416 times:

I wear a pair of Serengeti Velocity sunglasses. Initially they were purchased just for flying however they are so good I ditched my Oakley's and wear them for driving and just normal use too.

User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 16401 times:

Google search of this site is useful:
Sunglasses For Flying? (by FighterPilot May 1 2007 in Aviation Polls)

Looks like Rayban is the suggestion.

Quoting swiftski (Reply 3):
I wear a pair of Serengeti Velocity sunglasses.

That's what I've got at the moment.


User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 16346 times:

Polarized lenses can cancel the sun glint off of another airplane and that is why I have never used them. You most certainly want to see that sun flash from another airplane in your vicinity.

User currently offlineflyinTLow From Germany, joined Oct 2004, 517 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 16325 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.

http://www.rodenstock.com/rod_web/uk...=documents/0000/00/00/40/16515.xml

My absolute and unrestricted recommendation!



- When dreams take flight, follow them -
User currently onlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2310 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 16305 times:

Quoting dl767captain (Thread starter):
but I'm just wondering if there is a specific type of glasses that are recommended for pilots.

These offer complete protection!

http://www.blublocker.com/prodinfo.asp?number=2355K




Slower traffic, keep right
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 16289 times:

Oakley Juliets - the best from a technical point of view I would say. I keep seeing pilots with them on!

Personally if i was an airline pilot, it would be all about the classic RayBan Aviators though - even though i own two pairs of Juliets, one set of A wires and a pair of Gascans.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16126 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!

http://www.airplanegear.com/scheyden.htm

Lenses I have are the bronze, could not be more pleased. Good thing I got them as a gift, as I would never have gotten something so nice for myself.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlinecobra27 From Slovenia, joined May 2001, 1003 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16085 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


User currently offlinejetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 16035 times:

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 7):
These offer complete protection!

http://www.blublocker.com/prodinfo.a...2355K


Not cool enough looking for flying though. How about this patriotic heavy duty eye protection? http://toolmonger.com/2007/07/03/dea...-and-stripes-welding-mask-for-220/




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