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4th Jun 2006, 15:10
Im looking at upgrading my lense, at the moment I have a pair of Serengeti. But I am looking for something different this time. Im looking for premuim quality, all rounder Sunglasses not just for flying ... not a designer pair and non polarized. any ideas ??

4th Jun 2006, 18:48
what Serengetiīs model do you wear? and ...is it good for filtering the sun rays and dont dark too much the PDF & ND screens?

4th Jun 2006, 19:25
One word Oakley. Maney styles and some of the best optics in the bizz. I use the AWire style myself. Some would call them designer I guess but, they just make great sunglassses. They have some models with changealbe lenses for different light etc. Life time warrenty I think is still included also. The one complaint I have heard from a few people is that the dressy / casual, ( none pure sports styles ) allow to much light to enter around the sides I don't find that myslef and do have sensative eyes.


5th Jun 2006, 18:57
I use the Oakley Juliets FIRE lense wrap arounds !

Protects your eyes when up there in the unknown and plus it looks cool with the women south of the crew door !!!!


5th Jun 2006, 20:30
Im looking for premuim quality, all rounder Sunglasses not just for flying ... not a designer pair and non polarized. any ideas ??
I tried for a long time find a 'universal' pair of sunglasses and experimented with about every name in the business. I came to the conclusion that they probably don't exist and bought myself two pairs: one for flying and one for ground/casual use.

When aviating, I use Oakley M-frames as they are light, comfortable, let very little light in around the sides and are available with virtually any type of lens you can think of. They are a bit extreme looking for general wear, especially if you've not got cricket whites/surf gear/ski pants on...

I have a pair of polarised plastic Ray-Bans for driving, etc. as they are great for glare reduction. I wouldn't fly commercially with them as you get interference fringes from the laminated cockpit windows and some types of LCD become un-viewable from certain angles.

6th Jun 2006, 17:49
Serengetis for flying, Polarized Oakley for days off!

6th Jun 2006, 17:59
I have fallen in love with these
, the A wire http://oakley.com/o/o1245d

Ģ80 at that rate, not as bad as I thought they might be but certainly not something you want to sit on either :D

6th Jun 2006, 18:41
Yep I'd agree, I think Oakley sunglasses are the best. I've tried all types over the years and have always found Oakley lenses to be the best all round. Currently using Oakley 'Valve' plutonite. :cool:

Charles Darwin
6th Jun 2006, 19:17
Aren´t all Oakleys with plastic lenses? I had a pair and in about a year they were all scratched up.:\

6th Jun 2006, 19:58
Arenīt all Oakleys with plastic lenses? I had a pair and in about a year they were all scratched up.
I generally lose them before they get scratched up but my current pair is five years old and optically still very good. Are you putting them in your pocket with a load of car keys and gravel or something? They seem to be pretty scratch resistant in normal use...

6th Jun 2006, 20:16
I wear Serengetti when flying and Oakleys on the ground.

I prefer the colour tint in the Serengettis and find it easier to pick out traffic with them (probably just my imagination though!)

The Oakleys are A-Wire and have grey lenses which I like when out and about. I might buy an amber tinted pair like the Serengettis in the future though as I find them a little heavy on the nose after a while whereas I can wear the Oakleys all day.

7th Jun 2006, 05:17
Arenīt all Oakleys with plastic lenses? I had a pair and in about a year they were all scratched up.:\

I have had my A Wires for 5+ years and still no scratches. Never take them off unless you plane to put them in the little bag thing most pairs come with then into a hard case. Also never clean them with anything but a proper cleaning rage ie: for Oakleys the bag is the rage. Most importantly never clean them dry, always use a glasses cleaning spray and make sure from a competent store etc that the spray is good for the finish of the lenses. I was told that the Iridium (sorry for the spelling) would were off if not cleaned properly. This could be just a ploy to get me to buy the spray but hey I haven't had a problem yet.

As for them being plastic, I think it's more than just plastic but it is that way to save weight. Weather or not all their models are I don't know.


7th Jun 2006, 09:48
very correct. btw it's a resin. Nowadays even professional optical instruments use non-glass lenses. "plastic" lenses have the advantage that they are much lighter in weight and do not crack (well, less...).

FCS Explorer
7th Jun 2006, 12:10
sitting in a NG i wear standard off-the-shelf arnettes, have to be wrap-around design to keep the nasty CRZ brightness out. does the job for me.

ECAM Status
15th Jun 2006, 23:02
Tried almost everything (Ray Bans,Oakley etc). I now have two pairs, one for flying and one casual. Serengetti Aviator (Drivers gradient) for flying (the best in all aspects) and a polarised Serengetti with Drivers Lense for casual. I strongly reccomend both.

6th Jul 2006, 13:23
I've decided to buy a pair of oakleys... currently torn between A wires, big square, and crosshair. However, my main problem is which lenses to go for? I've heard gold lenses are good but I think I'd look a bit of a pratt with gold lenses! I like the look of "black iridium", but are these too dark? what about "dark grey" or VR28s which I've been reading about on here? I think I'd only really wear them on sunny days so maybe dark ones would be ok? Currently doing my PPL, but if I'm going to "invest" in an expensive pair, I'd like them to last through further training. Anyone got any advice?

6th Jul 2006, 14:02
I have the crosshair ones with grey lenses and i can recommend them :ok:. They block the glare and brightness of the sun but still allow enough light so you can see very well.

6th Jul 2006, 14:10
I have the crosshair ones with grey lenses and i can recommend them :ok:. They block the glare and brightness of the sun but still allow enough light so you can see very well.

Thanks for the quick reply :) are they grey iridium or grey normal? I'm not sure what the difference is :confused:

6th Jul 2006, 15:07
My advise is to go to an Oakley Shop (can be found on the Oakley site) and compare all lenses.
Black Iridium is definetly the best protection but some people feel it too dark (remember that you loose vision if your iris goes wider).
VR28 and all these yellowish lenses are made for best contrast in hazy and foggy condition. They only filter a part of the sunrays and increase 3-D-view.
all the gold, silber, blue and whatever Iridiums are also to look good. The more yellow they are the more contrast you have again, although some like it more towards the red. This is a personal matter. I use the gold iridium which gives nearly as good contrast like the VR28 but filter more light. For cloudless skies I use black irdium.

I recommend a look at the new frameless wires. They are very light! I used to have E-wires but they are not sold anymore.

6th Jul 2006, 18:26
Oakley square wire with blue lenses for me. They have just the right tint, not too dark but sufficient for flying/driving/skiing etc. The blue lenses don't distort colour at all either, so no problems with the instruments (although that's for steam dials, I'm about to find out if they work ok with EFIS!).
The pair I have are years old, and despite the using my shirt to clean them (the oakley bag long since lost), by keeping them in a hard case they have not scratched at all. Highly recommended!

6th Jul 2006, 18:36
Thanks for the replies. After spending most of the day looking at various shops online, I've odered some silver Whiskers with dark grey lenses. These seems to be a good compromise so I'll see what they're like. My only concern is that they might be a bit wide for under a headset (me being female and maybe having narrower head than a guy). I wanted the small crosshair ones but the small size only come with either yellow lenses or a black to purple gradient! I wish they would let you pick a frame and then choose any lenses you like :ugh:

7th Jul 2006, 10:13
Changing lenses is always possible! You have to go to a real Oakley shop (not a sunglass shop that sells Oakleys!).
Remember that you can also buy any frame with any RX lenses (prescribed lenses).

The problem is that replacement lenses cost nearly as much as a new pair of sunglasses. But then you have a pair of replacement lenses.

I think that your eyes are the most precious you have so it's worth to invest something. I don't compromise at all on my eyes. My wife is an ophtalmologist, so I know those guys with 60 who don't see anything anymore...


7th Jul 2006, 13:36
Could try Serengetis with Sedona lens (pink!). Fantastic for glare from below (so work well on the ski slopes as well), and very good in EFIS flightdeck. Try sunglassgiant.com for mail order from USA.

10th Jul 2006, 09:37
well my whiskers came this morning, and guess what? they're too wide :mad: so I'm going to have to try and find a dealer that stocks more than 2 pairs and try a few on... not easy up here in edinburgh :(