Tifosi sunglasses - GT lenses

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  1. struggle

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    Anyone tried the Tifosi, more specifically the GT (golf/tennis) lenses?

    Most frames seem to have interchangeable lenses, not a bad thing either i suppose.

    Just wondering about the optical quality and the GT specific lenses.

    I'm aware that many use the Bolle glasses, but I'm more inclined to purchase the Tifosi's as the are better looking (to me) and I like the interchangeable/replaceable lens capability.

    They are also cheaper, on most occasions it seems.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. dak95_00

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    I didn't have the GT model but my wife and I each had them for cycling. The quality is good and it's easy to change lenses. It's also easy to forget where you left that darn case that has the lenses in it.
     
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  3. struggle

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    Do the frames/sets come with a hard case?
    I'd like to be able to keep them in my tennis bag without fear of the frames getting crushed, as they DO appear somewhat delicate.

    thx
     
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    Yes and a soft bag too.
     
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  5. Fifth Set

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    I'm a Tifosi fan, converted from the overpriced Bolle.

    I don't bother with interchangeables that tend to fall out. Tifosi's photochromic fixed lenses are enough for most every situation. High quality, low price. Win.
     
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    well, just ordered some with interchangeable lenses. i'm hoping they don't tend to fall out, but i suppose it's possible. figured since i'd be using them primarily for tennis it was a good option. i also wear contacts, so the potential for RX lenses is intriguing (with the model i chose, the "radius).

    if so (they tend to fall out), i'll be griping to the warranty dept.

    thanks for the input.
     
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  7. sundaypunch

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    Any word on how well the GT lenses work for tennis?
     
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    Haven't used mine yet but just peering through them I think they'll work quite nicely.
     
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    Played 4 sets yesterday in the GT lenses and I'm impressed. Good optics, easy to see the ball and fairly "normal" tint (not blue/green) in an affordable package.
     
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  10. West Coast Ace

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    ^^^^ @struggle and other, thanks for the tip. Did some research - amazed how they are priced - I paid almost as much for my Nike non-tennis sunglasses (which are getting long in the tooth) at their Outlet store (no extra lenses) - just found a pair of these with 3 lenses on the great, big auction site.
     
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  11. CHOcobo

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    I just got the Podium XC with GT lenses and the clarity and crispiness is just amazing on the GT lenses; very sharp view. Excellent optics. I wish they made a polarized GT lens.

    Mine came with the Clarion Blue lens (Tifosi Podium XC). If anyone have the Clarion Purple (Podium XC) lens and want to trade, let me know (k.choth at gmail dot com).
     
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    ah, cool. i got the radius.

    interesting, that single lens you got there.
     
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  13. gkamieneski

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    I have a pair of the tennis specific, photo chromatic Tifosis. Be careful not to go with their cycling versions as they serve a different purpose.

    I have to admit, I don't feel they darken quickly or enough for me and also the frames I have get in the way of my vision more than I like for tennis, so I stopped using them. Now I just rely on those incredibly light Nike hats.
     
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    Ive only used the GT so far and the contrast of the view is awesome. Just wish it was polarized. Give a try. The color of the tennis ball really brightens a bit.
     
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    Has anyone weared the polarized lenses from Tifosi? Are they worth the price?
     
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    Sorry to bring this thread up again.

    Those of you with the Tifosi GT lenses; can you toss the ball for serve and see the ball with the sun overhead? Or, do you just have to adjust your toss position just like you have to with a cap on or nothing at all? I had a pair of Tifosi Ventouxs with the photochromatic golf/tennis lens and found they didn't get dark enough for me. Also, because the lenses are completely encircled by the frame with this model it kept getting in my line of sight.

    That's why I am considering their Tyrant 2.0 model as they are more wrap around with no frame below them. These come with the GT lens, an EC lens and the clarion blue lens.
     
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  18. CHOcobo

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    I was out on a sunny day 5 or 6 times with my GT lens and nothing bothered me at all. Nothing but great contract! I'll pay more attention about the ball toss....next year. It's getting colder right now and class just started.
     
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