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Speaking of quality, be careful of Ebay purchases, as suggested in one of the earlier posts. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is, as you'll be purchasing cheap Chinese knock-offs that look just like the real thing but may not have appropriate UV protection.

One option that may work for some, depending on Rx, is to go with disposable contacts. I use the one-day type that you wear for a day then throw away. That way, no worries if you loose one while swiming, and no need to worry about keeping cleaning solution, etc. They would be expensive for regular use (so probably not for long-term cruising), but I only use them for active sports, like sailing, skiing and diving. Allows me to use any sunglasses I want for much less than the cost of adding Rx lenses (and many of the wrap lenses are not even available in Rx).
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Kaenon. Kaenon. Kaenon. I have tried a lot of different prescription sungalasses (including most brands listed here) and I think they are making the best polarized lenses out there right now. One option I really like is that you don't have to buy their frames - you can send most any pair of sunglasses to them and their lab will make the lenses for your frames. I ended up taking a favorite pair of Persols, had my optic shop (they need to be an authorized Kaenon partner) send them in and a few days later I had my glasses with polarized lenses (there are several lense options to choose from ). I could not be more happy with the product - and I have no affiliation whatsoever to Kaenon.
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This is good to know... just curious, how much were the lenses???

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Kaenon. Kaenon. Kaenon. I have tried a lot of different prescription sungalasses (including most brands listed here) and I think they are making the best polarized lenses out there right now. One option I really like is that you don't have to buy their frames - you can send most any pair of sunglasses to them and their lab will make the lenses for your frames. I ended up taking a favorite pair of Persols, had my optic shop (they need to be an authorized Kaenon partner) send them in and a few days later I had my glasses with polarized lenses (there are several lense options to choose from ). I could not be more happy with the product - and I have no affiliation whatsoever to Kaenon.
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I'm still a little disappointed at the price of the Rudy Project glasses. But, whatever. I'm hoping to find another brand that does the partial polarization trick. Costa and Maui Jim don't do that.

If I don't find that I'll probably get a set of wrap around Costa's like the Fathom, or whatever fits.

This has sure been educational! Thanks for all the suggestions.
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This is good to know... just curious, how much were the lenses???
SD - approximately $120/lens. Not cheap but I've been extremely pleased with the quality and clarity 1+year into having them.
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Cant't help with Rx glasses but for cheap polorized glasses I have had good luck with Sea Strikers. A good selection and most in the $20-$25. Not super heavy duty but at the price well worth it. I have bought two at the beginnng of the season the last few years and now have them in each car and where ever I need them.

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Speaking of quality, be careful of Ebay purchases, as suggested in one of the earlier posts. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is, as you'll be purchasing cheap Chinese knock-offs that look just like the real thing but may not have appropriate UV protection.
I agree that you have to be careful with eBay. You really have to KNOW what you are buying. However, you can also get ripped off at the local mall.

As I stated earlier, I am on my 3rd pair of Maui Jim Kahunas. The first pair, from sunglasses hut were $260 in 1998. Plus another $20 for a case and cleaning cloth. My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) bought them because she didn't like the look of my beat up Serengetti Drivers. The next two pair (I bought these) came from eBay. Both included the case and cleaning cloth, and cost me about $170 (but no sales tax!), and are genuine. That's $110 in markup on a single pair! (not factoring inflation)

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I buy a lot of stuff on Ebay and in general have had very, very few problems. In this case, though, the Rx glasses won't be available. But there are other internet sources that are less expensive then the local mall.
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I've got to make a pitch for Oakley. I bought a pair 10 years ago, and have basically tortured them. Every time I've scratched the lens, or broken the frame, I ship them off to the factory (SunglassHut has pre-addressed boxes). For $40 they replace the lens, and for $20 they replace the frame. A lot better than having to shell out for a new pair!

The only better deal I've ever gotten is Helly Hansen's lifetime guarantee.
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I have prescription Costa del Mar and like them a lot. One note, though - they cannot do all prescriptions in glass so you may loose the ability to have the blue mirror or green mirror lenses.
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