Need new sunglasses

kelkat

Rookie
Anyone have suggestions. I have a pair of Maul Jim Alaka'i Rimless, but the nose "nut" came off and split the frames in two. Looking for polarized that makes the ball jump. Thinking of Bolle, but any other suggestions? Thanks!
 

RickySpanish

New User
I was never a fan of sunglasses for tennis but I just picked up a pair of Oakleys with the new prizm lenses and I have to imagine the ball will jump out more than anything. Those lenses are crazy. I feel like I'm watching the world go by in high definition. Greens and yellows pop like no other. I feel like I'm seeing colors that don't exist. If I wore sunglasses for tennis I'd definitely wear them.
 

mctennis

Legend
I was never a fan of sunglasses for tennis but I just picked up a pair of Oakleys with the new prizm lenses and I have to imagine the ball will jump out more than anything. Those lenses are crazy. I feel like I'm watching the world go by in high definition. Greens and yellows pop like no other. I feel like I'm seeing colors that don't exist. If I wore sunglasses for tennis I'd definitely wear them.
What model are they?
 

mctennis

Legend
I'm not sure the model. The frames are definitely not suitable for sports anyway but I'm sure the lenses would be very nice.
I am looking for a pair to wear outdoors when I use my ball machine. That is why I am asking. LOTS of different ones to try and pick one out.
 

socallefty

Professional
I actually prefer non-polarized lenses for tennis. See this article.


I keep a pair of Oakley non-polarized Flak Jacket sunglasses in my tennis bag - darker lens (Black Iridium - 10% transmission) for bright days when I have to serve looking into glare; lighter lens (G30 Iridium Rose coating - 26% transmission) for cloudy days or doubles where I don’t have to serve on the glare side. I’m a lefty and can choose the optimal side to serve with a righty partner.

I also have a pair of Oakley Radar EV path photochromic sunglasses (23% transmission at darkest, 0% at lightest) for sports, but I find that my sweat easily drips onto the lens and so, I use it for driving more than for tennis.
 

WNB93

Rookie
Maybe try the jawbreaker?
They're a cycling frame but the lenses are amazing at making the yellow more noticable.
Although I don't wear sunglasses when I play tennis. It's too distracting.
 

Lorenn

Rookie
Oakley Mainlink ...right between too sporty and casual. Can be had with Various Oakley lenses. I prefer Prizm black Polarized ...
 

hadoken

Rookie
I am a massive fan of Oakleys....I wear glasses when I play and love their massive tint ranges. For tennis I use either G30 Iridium Polarized because it is a lighter tint lens or 24K for bright days.
 

Lorenn

Rookie
I am a massive fan of Oakleys....I wear glasses when I play and love their massive tint ranges. For tennis I use either G30 Iridium Polarized because it is a lighter tint lens or 24K for bright days.
Every day seems to be a Bright day here! Main Goal is any Oakley Polarized. I like darker, but depends on your location.
 

Nate7-5

Semi-Pro
I'm deciding between the light rose amber golf lens and the photochromic lens which darkens in the sun and lightens in the shade. Which would you recommend?

I need to put a prescription in them for distance and I plan to wear them for day and night matches.
I've only used the rose amber after doing some reading about that tint being good for sports. They mostly block blue light (ball still pops) and they arent too dark.
 

socallefty

Professional
I'm deciding between the light rose amber golf lens and the photochromic lens which darkens in the sun and lightens in the shade. Which would you recommend?

I need to put a prescription in them for distance and I plan to wear them for day and night matches.
Go with photochromic - it goes from 0% to 23% transmission when it goes from darkest to brightest conditions. The rose G30 is constant at 26% transmission - it will be too dark at night and not as good at stopping bright glare.
 

Lorenn

Rookie
Great, thank you. :)
As a fan of Photochromic Lenses two things to consider...

1) How dark they will get depends on temperature. The warmer the temperature the less dark they tend to get.

2) Most brands will not darken while driving a car.

I have prescription polarized glasses I normally use ...switch to transitions when it gets dark. Another option is to add a small tint to your transition glasses.
 
As a fan of Photochromic Lenses two things to consider...

1) How dark they will get depends on temperature. The warmer the temperature the less dark they tend to get.

2) Most brands will not darken while driving a car.

I have prescription polarized glasses I normally use ...switch to transitions when it gets dark. Another option is to add a small tint to your transition glasses.
Decisions decisions. I could add a small tint. It would have to be fairly light as I would use them at night. @Lorenn says the rose would be too dark though.
 

Lorenn

Rookie
Decisions decisions. I could add a small tint. It would have to be fairly light as I would use them at night. @Lorenn says the rose would be too dark though.
Depends on the average temps in your area how much I would tint...The other option might be transitions XTRActive lenses. They don't need UV to darken and work well even in hot weather. Not sure if other brands have the same features.

Most transitions get to almost really dark, but not quite. I have not tried a very modern pair recently. I normally buy more generic.

Ok First round of Research...
Transitions Xtractive...Will tint indoors, inside cars, when wearing a hat...try to keep it constant. You would be able to play a night I believe. Nice for people who like a constant like level. Might try a pair myself.

Sensity(Hoya) are designed to work well in all temperature ranges.

Transitions Vantage as a slight natural tint, but has increased polarization the more glare it detects.

Transitions Drivewear really kinda always sunglasses(not surewhat lowest level is) but like above they adapt to make glares less noticable while driving.
 
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AceyMan

Rookie
lifelong optics nerd here,

Unless you are into (a) watersports or (b) skiing (the snow kind) then polarized lenses are not the better choice.

/Acey

some rudimentary websearching should easily back up my statement (aka, proof is left as an exercise for the reader)
 
Depends on the average temps in your area how much I would tint...The other option might be transitions XTRActive lenses. They don't need UV to darken and work well even in hot weather. Not sure if other brands have the same features.

Most transitions get to almost really dark, but not quite. I have not tried a very modern pair recently. I normally buy more generic.

Ok First round of Research...
Transitions Xtractive...Will tint indoors, inside cars, when wearing a hat...try to keep it constant. You would be able to play a night I believe. Nice for people who like a constant like level. Might try a pair myself.

Sensity(Hoya) are designed to work well in all temperature ranges.

Transitions Vantage as a slight natural tint, but has increased polarization the more glare it detects.

Transitions Drivewear really kinda always sunglasses(not surewhat lowest level is) but like above they adapt to make glares less noticable while driving.
So many choices :unsure:
 

Lorenn

Rookie
So many choices :unsure:
Transitions Xtractive and Sensity are great if you live in an area that gets over 80 regularly. If you like sunglasses in your car Xtractive works well. I also like Anti reflective coating.

Second option would be regular photochromic with 15-20% tint.

Polarized is an interesting issue... by reducing glare sometimes people don't notice things they would otherwise pick up normally. Example would be Skiing you might not notice Icy patches. While driving a motorcycle you might miss an oily patch. Some will still notice others won't because of the reduced glare.
 
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