a380900
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Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:04 am

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.

 
propilotjw
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:09 am

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!
 
propilotjw
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:13 am

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!
 
schweizair
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:22 am

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.
 
Blackbird1331
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:36 am

Schweizair, do you work for these people? That is some indorcement. Demand a commision. I will look for the Serengeti.
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schweizair
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:41 am

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!
 
Captain_777
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:47 am

I use the Ray Ban New Pilot. They are excellent and I am 100% satisfied with them.
 
jadedmonkeys
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:53 am

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.
 
Blackbird1331
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:32 am

Schweizair:

Only meant to reinforce your recommendation for a good product. As I said, "I will look for Serengeti."
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bistro1200
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:48 pm

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.

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greasespot
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Sat Jun 26, 2004 12:55 am

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.

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md80fanatic
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:55 am

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.
 
tano
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RE: Best Sunglasses For GA Pilots

Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:38 am

Sarengeti, no doubt.

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