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April 11, 2012
Men's 70
439 posts
best sunglasses for softball
you come up to bat and the sun is looming large and bright in your eyes, no clouds around. early and late games in particular. the pitcher knows this and tries to have the ball come out of the sun. i had a pair of polarized sunglasses, but still had one hell of a time seeing the ball, let alone trying to hit it. end result, 2 feeble grounders to 2nd base and one strikeout,completely missed the ball. more embarassing, the fans and players watching the game were snickering . what a helpless feeling. have you guys solved this problem ? it doesnt happen very often,but it will, especially in arizona and las vegas. are you aware of any mfgr that makes sunglasses that can help solve this problem. any input is appreciated. thanks
April 11, 2012
Men's 60
873 posts
Frank, believe it or not I bought a case of wrap around welding glasses for my team mates a few years back and most of htme love em. They are actually pretty stylish and hardly able to tell them from normal sport glasses, however they are very dark and as you can imagine they cut the bright glare down to practically nothing without hampering the vision.
You can find them at Aussie Eyewear & Safety 949.642.2781
Hope I have helped
April 11, 2012
Men's 70
517 posts
211, will provide you the secret at the Plano tournament the 19th. C
April 11, 2012
Men's 70
439 posts
E4/E6- thanks, will check it out . i checked out a pair of welding glasses at harbor frght, they were large and ugly looking. appreciate your response. crusher, see ya at plano, looking forward to seeing your secret . thanks, frank
April 12, 2012
Men's 65
601 posts
I found the Rudy Kerosene glasses to be the best. They come with lenses that can be changed for the light conditions. I like the Racing Red because I found it covered all extremes and have rendered the other 6 colors I bought pretty much useless. The lenses come with a lifetime guarantee in that they can be exchanged for the old ones of $19 so if they get scratched you just order up another set.

That being said they're pretty tough. They were designed for police and service use. While they don't carry a safety rating they are designed to take the impact so you don't have to. I've taken a couple of bad hops that have hit them and I just feel them move but I remained protected. Whithout them probably a broken nose or orbital fracture.

When you watch downhill skiers and bicycle races on TV they are wearing these and they are designed with vents to keep from fogging. The Racing Red gives exeptional clarity without blotting out the world. I've found myself walking indoors with them from time to time and did just fine in a store.

A bonus for me is I have to wear prescription lenses. There is a clip in that fits behind the lenses easily to enable me to use the best glasses available.

Steve Imlay also has had them and loved them - - - until he lost them, so he might offer some further info. So if you found a pair - give them back to Steve!

I'd stay away from twisty or titanium glasses. They are made to move in order to protect the glasses from impact but will fold around your face and not help the wearer. I've seen a couple of gory incidents where all they did was help cut up and damage the player more.

Also you can order the pieces for these and keep the going if/as needed. I keep a set in each car and just use them for every day + have a set ready when getting to the field.

Hope that helps.
March 21, 2014
Men's 65
25 posts
A number of years ago I was using the Oakley M-Frame glasses for inline skating and skiing. I went thru 4 M-frames which ALL broke in the same spot and the warranty required that I pay $19 for each replacement.. I still have the latest broken frame that I never bothered returning........They were a ripoff, over priced piece of crap. I would never, ever recommend anyone purchasing their products........
March 21, 2014
Men's 60
1718 posts
I have never had a pair of Oakleys break. What are you doing to them?
March 22, 2014
527 posts
I carry "6" pair of sun glasses. They vary from dark to light. All have performed nicely-clear with no issues. They were big bucks but I have recovered from the expense. $1 a piece at the Dollar Tree.
March 22, 2014
9 posts
Polarized sunglasses and not good. They effect your depth perception and are not good for sports like softball. Fishing yes, softball no.
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