Best sunglasses for tennis?

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  1. GeauxTigers

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    Hi folks,

    What are your recommendations for good sunglasses for tennis?
    I got some of the Bolle's but they were expensive junk which fell apart immediately.

    So then, Nike? Oakley? what say you? Thanks.
     
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  2. Cruzer

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    I like the Oakley Pro M frames because of the following.

    1. I like the hingless design. I find there is no slippage at all when wearing them.

    2. You can get a variety of lens with different shapes and colors.

    They are comparatively more expensive than other sunglasses that could be used for tennis.
     
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  3. thomas martinez

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    I second the Oakley. Though I've long ditched my M frames years ago. I've gone through countless styles, eye jackets, sub zeros, trench coats, plates, and now their newest the other model which allows interchangable lenses, forgot which name it is. I always go with the ones that allow either 5-10% whatever it is in. I cannot wear anythign else and still not get blinded by the sun. Unfortunately in my family, sensitivity to brightness runs in it. I also am a HUGE fan of how much UV they block out as well.


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  4. LN_Dad

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    I use Oakley Half Jacket.
     
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  5. Sixpointone

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    Oakley Pro M Frame.
     
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  6. cozmo5050

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    Maui Jim, titanium sport. rose-colored lens.
     
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    I second the Maui Jim's, although ideally I try not to wear anything at all.
     
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  9. Final_Match_Point

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    Well i dont reccomend wearing contacts, especially if you have sensitive eyes. Its safer in the long run to just wear glasses(transition lenses) or sunglasses
     
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  10. 3_d

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    Not sure what your looking for to be specific to tennis, but check out the
    Serengeti line of sunglasses. I don't wear sunglasses when I play tennis or golf, but I've worn these for everything else for eighteen years and I wouldn't wear anything else.
     
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  11. cozmo5050

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    i cannot stress how good these sunglasses are. do yourself a favor and atleast try them on. Titanium, HINGE-LESS, 9-coat UV lens, ultra-light. MauiJim has a patent on this titanium hingeless design.

    i own both the smoke lens and the rose lens.

    The rose lens really helps for golf/tennis.

    retail goes for about $250-300, but u can find them cheaper with some research. (i think Costco even carries them....)
    MauiJim has excellent, excellent customer service.

    http://www.mauijim.com/mjweb/public/catalog/consumer_collection_titanium_results.jsp
     
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  12. EclipseRydr97

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    I use Oakley Half jackets too. As they get older, they may start to slip off your nose.
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    I have several pairs of Nikes with the plastic frames and lenses and the ventilated rubber nose bridges that I use for tennis. They are the best and of high quality and are long lasting. The vision out of them is superb. I love them and wear them for all my daytime matches.
     
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  14. slice bh compliment

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    The best sunglasses for tennis?

    I do not think there is such a thing. For skiing, sure. Driving at sunset or sunrise, yeah. But tennis? Nah.

    I can see why a lot of you teaching pros would use 'em. Long term exposure can't be good for the eyes. But a player who is only out there 10 to 15 hours a week... please.
     
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  15. Sixpointone

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    As an FYI, the main reason I might wear Sunglasses is different than the normal user. In fact often times I might just wear Clear lenses.

    In short, in 2000, I had a Corneal Transplant. As such I wear them moreso for protection of my current eyesight, more so than for blocking the Sun's Rays.
     
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  16. MegacedU

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    Maui Jims. They're expensive as all hell, but they'll last you awhile.
     
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  17. Waimea_Boy

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    Horrible product. You've obviously never worn them for tennis. The lenses make everything white appear yellow (to reduce glare) which is awful for tennis. The lines and net tape all become nearly the same color as the ball. I tested a pair and would never recommend them for tennis.
     
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  18. Ronaldo

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    Did you try the Bolle Parole Competivision glasses with the blue lens?
     
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    Oakley Pro M Frame - - -
     
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  20. AR15

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    many golfers won't wear sunglasses with polarized lenses because they can distort distance perception and make greens harder to read.

    Does anyone know of such problems with polarized lenses and tennis?
     
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  21. LN_Dad

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    In the Socal summer it's nice to have shades when I play. May be you live in an area that's always cloudy and gray?
     
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  22. GeauxTigers

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    Ronaldo, yes I did.

    Those were the Bolle's I had. The lenses work great, but the frames were garbage. The completely fell apart in about 2 months, and that is with light, light use.
     
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  23. slice bh compliment

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    Dear LN Dad from sunny SoCal,
    Hi. Sorry. I did not write that very clearly.

    The reason I do not use shades is not that is it cloudy or gray here. Not usually at least. I was just speaking from a performance standpoint (I see the ball best without shades on)....while throwing in a thought about sun protection not being absolutely critical for a player like myself who is not out in the sun for 10 hours per day like a lot of coaches must be. I only play outdoors 10 to 15 hours per week.

    Man, I once saw something foreboding on the :rolleyes: FEAR and MARKETING;) segment of the local news about sun damage to skin and eyes. Hopefully I am not doing any damage to my eyes. Maybe you experts know something about this?
     
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  24. LN_Dad

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    10 to 15 hrs a week is a lot if the sun is out. My son's coach always wears long sleeve shirts, capri pants, sunglasses and a hat being a light skin swedish guy. It's always a good idea to get lenses with UV protection. Better safe than sorry....
    oh, I almost forgot about the sweatproof spf 30 sunblock. You don't want to look like a 50yr old guy when you're only 35.
     
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  25. Aeropro joe

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    i wear oakley's, they dont fog up on me when i sweat.
     
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  26. GeauxTigers

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    Thanks to all who responded. Pulled the trigger on some

    Maui Jims today. Me likey.
     
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  27. MegacedU

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    ;) You, my dear, have good taste.
     
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  28. GeauxTigers

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    Why thank you

    I had good advice from an expert.;)
     
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    as a along time teaching pro, i have seen fellow TP's actually losing their vision from the long term exposure of teaching in the sun, along with skin cancer, bad backs, hips, knees, etc. especially those with lighter coloured eyes as those seem most sensitive to light. I've been guarding a pair of Serengheti Huracani's (sp?) for a few years..they've got a great lens...double gradient coated and substantial and dont cost a fortune ..they are semi wraps..dont know if they still make them..they are also good in ambient light and somehow the images are even brighter and more saturated but sans all the glare.
     
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  30. tonysk83

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    Have you ever thought people might just want something that can simply keep the sun out of their eyes, not matter how much or long they play.
     
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  31. slice bh compliment

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    Is that a question? Rhetorical?
     
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  32. donnyz89

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    Besides, there is always the hat. I would just wear a hat when the sun is high in the sky. again... I think sunglasses make you look like a queer. For high school tennis, if I see someone wearing sunglasses, I immediately think they suck, and they usually are. No serious match players wear sun glasses. if you are out hitting, i guess its ok if you dont care how you look.
     
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  33. serveitup911

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    I wear Maui Jim's when the sun is in a bad position. It is amazing what a difference the polarized sunglasses make - they do wonders for glare and really help my vision in the bright sun.

    Donny, you're just an idiot. I wore sunglasses in high school and I'm a pretty good player. If you are good enough, you let your racket do the talking and don't care what other people think about you.
     
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  34. MegacedU

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    Maui Jim's are seriously awesome. I used to take my brother's all the time. They really do help concentration.

    Lol, I'm a decent player too, and it's not uncommon to see me in sunglasses.
     
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  35. donnyz89

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    maybe I am, but I dont want to look like one. how many pros out there do you see wearing those sun glasses? didnt Arnaud Clement wear them once? and the commentators made fun of him... dont care what other people think about you? I bet you thought differently in highschool. Everyone cares what other people thought.
     
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  36. d_frank

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    Are you pro? perhaps you should go buy some gucci suits and a platinum racquet: all the players will envy your style, but who cares if you lose? you are the best looking.

    seriously, id rather be a great player whos ugly than a ****ty player who's goodlooking.

    or, somewhere in between :)
     
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  37. PBODY99

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    I have had good luck with the BOLLE Parole with the interchangable lens. True you will need to replace the earpieces and nose piece but as a RX wearer, they are much cheaper than the other models mentioned. Try to find the Bike multi-lens< clear, dark gray,brown and rose>:cool: offering as the Comp vision lens is not a good choice if you only have one set of lens.

    As a 40 veteran of this game, I've worn RXSunglasses for 35 years on the court, try them your eyes will thank you as the UV expose continues to climb.
     
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  38. GeauxTigers

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    Wow, thanks for that insightful commentary.

    So, does dragging your knuckles affect your strokes?
     
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  39. slice bh compliment

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    Seemed to work well for a certain Pete Sampras!
     
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  40. cozmo5050

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    "dragging your knuckles" = long arms = monkey-like = stupid ? :p


    anyways, i think u made an excellent choice with the Maui Jims.
    Top-notch quality.
     
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  41. cozmo5050

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    thank you sir.
     
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  42. MegacedU

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    Lol, Maybe I'm self-absorbed, but I think that was for me.
     
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  43. cozmo5050

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    it was for me.
     
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  44. tonysk83

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    I just bought a pair of Nike V Carbon sunglasses on ****. They were a reasonable price, 63 dollars after shipping. They come with a dark lenses and a light one which is nice. From everything I have seen they seem like great glasses. I like the frameless style around the lense, easier to see out of for sports, also am going to use them a lot this summer in baseball.

    [​IMG]
     
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  45. MegacedU

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    Nope nope, look at the subject like of that post. Came right after I complimented him about having good taste. It was for me, but no big deal.
     
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  46. cozmo5050

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    it's alright, ill let u have it this time.



    anyways, hows tennis in NY? i have a friend there from Loo-ong Ah-len. I love your iced teas.:mrgreen:
     
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  47. jaykay

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    here goes...

    I am aware that I am repeating this post from a diff thread, but am consciously doing so in the hope that repeating the post in this forum might elicit a response.

    Here goes ---

    I am a high myopic (-5 diopters) with astigmatism too... yep, am the classic nerd. I recently decided to try toric contact lenses under the assumption that they'll help in better peripheral vision while on the tennis court. I am still in the process of adjusting to the lens.

    Q1 - Does anybody use toric lenses and has it improved clarity of vision, depth perception etc while on the tennis court?

    When I used to wear eyeglasses, they used to be of the photochromic variety, so my eyeglasses used to double up as shades on sunny days on the tennis court. I am now experimenting with sunglasses and am trying out a $10 cheapo wrap-around sporty pair of sunglasses. Somehow, it appears that my depth perception is way off and I lost 6-0, 6-1 y.day to a tennis buddy with who I am equally matched.

    Q2 - Is there some brand/model of sunglasses which are better for racquet sports such as tennis, whr hand-eye coordination is of paramount importance? They need to be sturdy, provide the right kind of protection (block UV-A, UV-B and all that stuff), wrap around the eyes and not compromise on quality of vision. What should I look for in selecting a pair of sports sunglasses (e.g. are polarized lens in the sunglasses important)? Bolle, Oakley, etc or any equivalent brand is fine.

    Pls share your thoughts and suggestions.

    Thanks,
    jaykay.

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  48. Shades

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    my glasses are totally not meant for tennis but they still work really well b/c they are dark on the upper lens and lighter at the lower part, I have a pair of Electric Visual Ec/Dc's. I was gonna buy some oakleys but im short on cash
     
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  49. Eviscerator

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    Oakley M Frames with a Polarized lens is the best that I've used.

    http://oakley.com/brochures/eyewear/m_frame/

    The frames hug your face and will not come off even if you try to shake your head from side to side. The Polarized lens is very expensive ($150 alone), but it makes a huge difference over regular lenses.
     
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  50. Saito

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    I use my Oakley Juliets while playing... they don't slide off and they do wonders when the sun is out.
     
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