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User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1117 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

I am a GA pilot. I have asked about the best watches for pilots a few weeks ago and was convinced by people on airliners.net to buy a Casio G-Shock . I am very satisfied with it, so here it goes for sunglasses...

So far, I have had clips on my regular glasses when I was flying. I have had LASIK last September and I need to get a pair of sunglasses for my 20/20 eyes. What are the best glasses available for pilots? I am concerned about the visibility of regular instruments but also of a "glass cockpit" since my club just bought a Cirrus.

Thanks.



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User currently offlinePropilotjw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4012 times:

Thats a toughy...a lot of people get the old "aviators" from Ray Ban. They are kind of old fashioned but Ray Ban is a great brand and very very high quality. I have had a few pair of Ray Bans, never the aviators though. Take a look at Ray Bans. I have some Oakleys as well. I like the look of more of the Oakleys and they have a wider selection of colors and styles. The only prob is that with a thick stem to your ear, you will be in pain after a while. Take your headset when trying on sunglasses just to make sure you have the right fit as well as style. The wrong sunglasses can make one painful flight. Hope this helps!


User currently offlinePropilotjw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4010 times:

Thats a toughy...a lot of people get the old "aviators" from Ray Ban. They are kind of old fashioned but Ray Ban is a great brand and very very high quality. I have had a few pair of Ray Bans, never the aviators though. Take a look at Ray Bans. I have some Oakleys as well. I like the look of more of the Oakleys and they have a wider selection of colors and styles. The only prob is that with a thick stem to your ear, you will be in pain after a while. Take your headset when trying on sunglasses just to make sure you have the right fit as well as style. The wrong sunglasses can make one painful flight. Hope this helps!


User currently offlineSchweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3977 times:

Serengeti. No contest. They're light and comfortable. Although I admit paying almost $99 for mine, I know they're worth every cent. It does an EXCELLENT job of cutting blue light and glare is almost totally eliminated. I drive with mine every day and am shocked by how much I can overlook when not wearing them. Ray-Bans are good but Serengeti is in a class of its own. Gargoyles? Forget them. They're popular only because the US military approved them for eye protection (from small pieces of debris that is!). Oakleys? The price tag makes no sense. Why pay several hundred dollars for sunglasses? Even if you can't imagine flying without aviator style lenses, Serengeti also makes that style. They are very comfortable and are built with locking screws. I've owned several high-end aviator style sunglasses in the past and the screws kept coming out. I've had my Serengetis for three and a half years and they've always felt solid as if they had come straight out of the box. Try looking around on the Internet. They've got pretty good prices. And forget Oakley. No amount of money will justify buying them. One last thing: photochromatic lenses are the best way to go. What exactly does that mean? It means that the lenses darken as it gets brighter and they lighten as you go indoors. I've often left my Serengetis on even when I'm shopping inside a mall and it has very rarely been too dark to see even small objects (and I do wear prescription glasses too). One warning: make sure you get genuine glass. Plastic photochromatic glasses will actually fail to work after several years. Hope the info was helpful. Cheers.

User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

Schweizair, do you work for these people? That is some indorcement. Demand a commision. I will look for the Serengeti.


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User currently offlineSchweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3961 times:

Blackbird1331
No, I have never worked for any sunglasses company. I've worn Serengeti, Gargoyles, Oakleys, Ray-Bans and a few other cheap knockoffs. I've found Serengeti to be better than the competition in terms of protection, quality and value. Also, the stuff about photochromatic lenses can be found on most websites about sunglasses. If I were trying to endorse them, I wouldn't even be on this website!


User currently offlineCaptain_777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 295 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3952 times:

I use the Ray Ban New Pilot. They are excellent and I am 100% satisfied with them.

User currently offlineJadedmonkeys From United States of America, joined May 2004, 67 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

As far as cutting glare, I think don't think you need sunglasses that cut glare (polarized) in piloting an aircraft. Wouldn't it be easier to spot VFR traffic without glasses that cut glare? Besides, the glass in the cockpit instruments and the plastic used in aircrafts are built to cut glare anyway. I think the most important thing is to find ones that are comfortable and built with high quality.

User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Schweizair:

Only meant to reinforce your recommendation for a good product. As I said, "I will look for Serengeti."



Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
User currently offlineBistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

I have to throw my vote in for Silhouette. They are the lightest sunglasses I have ever worn. That to me is the deciding factor. Wearing Serengetis, with glass lenses, are you kidding? How heavy are those things? Look into Silhouette, all titanium construction with no moving parts, and light as a feather. Also remember it is against FARs to use polarized lenses.

http://www.the-eye-shop.com/



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3085 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3839 times:

Oakley Over The Tops.

http://oakley.com/catalog/colors/eyewear/omatter/overthetop/fmj+_fire_iridium



Think of the respect you will command stepping out of the cockpit or airplane wearing these beauties.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Greasespot


[Edited 2004-06-25 17:56:33]


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User currently offlineMd80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 3779 times:

Gawd.....those are the most awful sunglass frames I have ever seen. Those may look good on a Borg or something. Better check the coffee maker over at the Oakley design shoppe because something is foul over there.

User currently offlineTano From Argentina, joined Nov 1999, 59 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Sarengeti, no doubt.

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