NorCal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2459 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4760 times:
$1 aviators (plus S&H), they are on ebay, they are aweseome and you will pay a fraction of what you will pay for the "real thing." Actually I would buy 3-5 pairs so that you make the S&H worth it, also you will have back ups in case you lose them or break them. I haven't broken any of mine yet, they are quite durable.
GEG From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4733 times:
I have a pair of polorized Bollé and I noticed that they will make the LCD screen on the stereo in my car and truck appear black when looking through them. I don't believe they would be good for flying as they might also have the same effect when looking at instuments. -Dan
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11448 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4529 times:
"I have a pair of polorized Bollé and I noticed that they will make the LCD screen on the stereo in my car and truck appear black when looking through them. I don't believe they would be good for flying as they might also have the same effect when looking at instuments. -Dan"
Polarized sunglasses are definitely out for flying. They make it difficult to see your instruments and change your visual acuity. ASk any pilot or IP and they will tell you that is the case.
The average pilot I know wears whatever is comfortable, and I do tend to see Ray Bans (aviators) more often than not. That said my friend Bob the Scottish Georgian loves his really ugly womens sunglasses that I'm sure he stole from his wife....since they were already paid for. Cheap bastard!
NWArocks From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4118 times:
I'm not sure about "most popular" and really have never cared if I was "fashion forward" in my selection of shades. If you are asking because popularity might be indicative of good quality and purposefulness (in regards to aviation) then I'd suggest you give Ray Ban's a look. I've been using them for years and have always been satisfied. Reasons:
The lenses. I'm 40+ now, but still have 20/15 vision. Any imperfection in a lens drives me nuts. I find myself forever looking in that direction to see the distortion. I've yet to own a pair of Ray Bans that weren't optically perfect (at least to a level that was perceptible).
74-2xx mentioned personal taste--That is important. Ray Ban glasses are offered on a wide variety of shapes and styles to fit many different shaped and sized heads and provide the coverage desired.
Personally, I like the RB2009 and RB2030. Why? They are light-weight and wide enough to provide good coverage when the sun is at a side angle. I fly commercial and military aircraft. On the commercial side I have an ear insert for monitoring the comms. The sunglass frames I suppose wouldn't matter much. On the military side, I usually wear a headset. For prolonged use, I've found that wire frames get pressed into my head and leave a "hot spot" just above the ears. Not particularly pleasant. The light plastic frames of the two models I mentioned above don't do this. Consequently, they're what I fly with.
Looking to the future, at some point, I may need prescriptive lenses. At that time I'll see who offers the best customization. Until then, I for one shall remain a loyal Ray Ban customer.
MD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2790 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3785 times:
I have had many pairs of sunglasses in my time, but these I found to be the best.
Ray-Ban "Cutters" RB-4027 601-S/4H
Easy on the eyes, lightweight, and no alteration of the image of LCD screens. Also they cut through glare like a champ. A bit on the expensive side and they are made (and supposedly sold) only in Italy. Of course you can get them online in a few places....like this one.
Captain777 From Kuwait, joined Dec 2003, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
Hi thanks to all of you guys for your replies. I have to say that You've all helped alot ! And it seems to me that I have fallen in love with the Ray-Bans, I've always liked the glasses that Tom Cruise wears in the movie Top Gun and I think that the Ray Bans looks just like them.
As for the Oklaey's : ( No offence to all pilots who wear them ) But I think that they don't suit Proffesional Airline Pilots, and I don't really think that I have ever seen a 'heavy' airliner pilot wearing them. However, I like to wear them on the beach or when I'm playing some kind of sport.
Regards to all
the sky is the limit.............actually FL410 is the limit
Tg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3014 times:
I'm wearing glasses, so til now I've only used clip on's. But since we have lots of expertise on aviator sunglasses around right know, i would like to aske if somebody knows how/where (since i guess its possible) you cann get Randolphs or Ray Ban's (Top Gun look) with prescription lenses? Anybody knows prices etc.
C5onknees From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2910 times:
TG you can get precription sunglasses from your eyeglass optomerist's office they can be made for your presciption, I have a pair of ray ban wayfarers that have been relensed and the color of the lens is Green 16 which is very dark but great for flying and boating. It costs more for the lenses I think it was around 75.00us, well worth the cost.Also make sure they are not polorized as you cant look thru the nesa glass on the windshields
Legacy135 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2739 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 7): Polarized sunglasses are definitely out for flying.
Be careful with Polarized Sunglasses. Many airliners have polarized windshields, so if you try to look trough a polarized windscreen with a pair of polarized glasses, all you will see is everything in a crazy design of rainbow colors.
I personally have a pair of pretty normal sunglasses from the optometrist store giving a maximum of protection to the eyes. The only thing I really need to take care if I want those glasses for flying is to have that part going behind the ear quite slim, the way it won't hurt if I am wearing the headset for a while.
What they sell in "Pilot Stores" as the ultimate pilots glasses may be sometimes more for enhusiasts than for real use. But if someone likes to pay that little extra....