Ivee tried contacts a couple times and could never get my eyes to stay still to put them in…
I had prescription safety glass which were the sport frame style about 6 years ago… the wrap around shape of the lense made peripheral vision a nightmare for headaches… … paid about 350 for them and they were for work. 8-10 hrs a day in them wasn’t fun due to the headaches
I have a pair of Oakley Crossrange XL frames with prescription transition lenses from SportRX (called ‘the one’ or similar, I think.)
The lenses are, frankly, awesome. Prescription is bang on, beautiful tint (these are SportRX lenses, not Oakley prescription, so I can’t speak for those). The frames are OK, not the best on me at least, but I still use the glasses a lot for casual rides, commuting, hiking etc. The lenses go so clear they can be used for night rides. If I do this again, I’ll get a prescription-capable frame and test it on alot of rides (with contacts), and then if I like it have high-quality prescription lenses added.
Even with the SportRX Crossrange glasses available, for a big ride or real road rides, I’m still gonna use my contacts and a full sport frame (Julbo transitions) with their better coverage, comfort and grip.
I used a pair of Smith Pivloks with their prescription insert in the past (insert clips onto the nose piece). Worked OK, great frames, prescription was OK and it was nice to be able to combine it with the the easy-change pivlok lenses. But I used contacts most of the time anyway, because I can. That says something. I wouldn’t invest in that route again, though it might work ok for others.
Although I used SportRX for the Oakleys, I should add that a good local optician could probably cook up or order a similar lens.
I didn’t get the transition lenses but got a pair that has 5 different lenses that the prescription part goes in behind. It took a while to get them but they work well and it was easy to get an optician here to put lenses in them. Overall I’m happy with them.
I often just ride with my oldest pair of prescription glasses. But when I feel like going thru the trouble, I pop my contacts in and I’ve got a few pair of sport lens to choose from.
I’ve looked into prescription sport lens but the cost was going to be more than my everyday glasses/lens and for the amount of time I’ll spend wearing them. Figured I’d stick with what I already had. I have zero issues with contacts, so for me it’s the cheapest route.
I can’t do contacts. I’ve tried and tried and I just cannot get them into my eyes with any degree of regularity (like, it takes 20+ minutes of cursing and even then, I’ll only have one lens in properly). I did get a few rides with them and normal Oakleys and it was great, until a contact pops out and then you can’t see anything. I wear my prescription Oakley Flak Jackets a TON, so it was worth it to me to spend the money to get the proper Oakley RX lenses, but it’s a major investment in something you have to be super careful with.
Like I mentioned in the other eyewear thread and as @Lawrence mentioned above, any optician should be able to put a decent lens in ‘normal’, non-sport Oakleys and it’ll be ok for more casual riding, but if you want wrap-around type protection and good optics on a very curved lens, Oakley’s own lens service can’t be beat.
How dark do you need it for mountain biking? I’ve used transitions for years and find they are ‘just right’ for mountain biking what with shadows etc. They only go “full dark” when there is snow or when road riding.
Personally, I would stay away from lenses behind lenses. Get a larger pair of prescription frames with your prescription in them or buy some oakleys or other sport specific frames for cheap and have them put in. Check out online for cheap frames. Depending on how bad your prescription is you might want to stay away from frames with a big curve in them.
I wish contacts were an option for me, could have saved hundreds over the years and enjoyed more variety of lenses and frames. C’est la vie.
Transitions now come in 3 different levels of darkness. Mine are the lowest which aren’t enough on bright days in the summer. . I would probably the insert lenses with transitions and then the riding frame just clear and a yellow one as that lense is pennies in comparison to replace
I asked my optician if there was anything I could do about a scuff mark on my prescription Oakley sunglasses. He said the only thing is that if they’re under 2 years old they can be replaced under warranty.
As I’m working outside while waiting for my security clearance, we’ve agreed that we’ll do it closer to August when the warranty expires.
Essentially this will double the life of the glasses so makes me feel better about the cost!