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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby OzBungy » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:54 pm

Short answer, yes I now wear sunglasses. I used to wear them sporadically in the past. I live in Australia. Kite almost every day all year round. I guess about 1/3 of people wear sunglasses.

Everybody should wear sunglasses. The effects of UV are cumulative. Not everybody will get eye problems. The UV is the cause, but genetics is the trigger for actual medical problems. There's no way to tell if you're genetically susceptible to eye problems.

The problem with sunglasses is that they don't work very well on the water. Virtually every kind of treatment and cleaning regime fails in the end. All glasses will fog. All glasses will get drops and muck on them. You can fix things to an extent by dipping your face in the water. The result is not always that good. I have tried lots of glasses but always end up giving up on them.

I am now wearing Lips Typhoon and Surge sunglasses. The Surge are expensive, the Typhoons outrageously expensive. Thing is, they work pretty well. I am continuing to wear these glasses. The Surge are good, the Typhoons better. The coatings are permanent so you don't have to keep applying stuff like RainX (which doesn't work). At their worst the water contracts to fairly small drops and dries to a few spots. That's much better than the dried sheets of salt water or murk you get on ordinary glasses.

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby jakemoore » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:01 am

Johhnn wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:15 pm
Who wants someone cutting into your eyeball to replace your natural lens with a piece of plastic?
About 3,000,000 a year in the US. And every year I get a few people who want a refractive clear lens exchange with a multifocal IOL. Important to recognize anybody who lives long enough will get a cataract. Sunglasses will delay but not totally prevent cataract. Luckily the treatment is not that bad. Pterygium on the other hand is one I’d like to avoid if at all possible!

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby PullStrings » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:29 am

Wow those kite lines don't offer much shade to my eyes !! :o
That's what i realized quickly after having windsurfed for so long and switching sport
The sail acted as a shield for years and years on certain wind directions

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby Pemba » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:32 am

I live/kite in Northern Mozambique. In my 50's, spent around 30 years or so closish to the equator. I've tried sunglasses (seaspecs) but I hate them for kiting, except for downwinders. I misjudge distances (landings) and I guess I probably try to be careful not to lose them or slam them hard, like a little rucksack or something. And they always fog up, I end up dipping my head in the water every 5 minutes. However, reading all of this, I think I'll have to get over all of that.. Interesting read.

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby iriejohn » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:26 pm

OzBungy wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:54 pm

I am now wearing Lips Typhoon and Surge sunglasses. The Surge are expensive, the Typhoons outrageously expensive. Thing is, they work pretty well. I am continuing to wear these glasses. The Surge are good, the Typhoons better. The coatings are permanent so you don't have to keep applying stuff like RainX (which doesn't work). At their worst the water contracts to fairly small drops and dries to a few spots. That's much better than the dried sheets of salt water or murk you get on ordinary glasses.
Me too, I wear Lip Surge sunglasses and have no problems with them. If you do get very small dried spots then the trick is to ignore them and look past them and your brain quickly reprograms itself (iykwim) and you don't see them any more.

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby iriejohn » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:27 pm

OzBungy wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:54 pm

I am now wearing Lips Typhoon and Surge sunglasses. The Surge are expensive, the Typhoons outrageously expensive. Thing is, they work pretty well. I am continuing to wear these glasses. The Surge are good, the Typhoons better. The coatings are permanent so you don't have to keep applying stuff like RainX (which doesn't work). At their worst the water contracts to fairly small drops and dries to a few spots. That's much better than the dried sheets of salt water or murk you get on ordinary glasses.
Me too, I wear Lip Surge sunglasses and have no problems with them. If you do get very small dried spots then the trick is to ignore them and look past them and your brain quickly reprograms itself (iykwim) and you don't see the spots any more.

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby markymarc » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:37 pm

I have been in quite some kiteplaces in the world and the only place I have worn sunglasses is in Cabarete. Not due to the sun but due to the extremely salt water and the splashing in the eye, because of the choppy conditions..

Normally no sunglasses of course due to the lack of good sight when wearing them..

Do you use them for the UV-protection or for the salt water-protection? I do the latter..

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby ap888 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:33 am

I never use them because I ride in fresh water and the sun is not strong up north in Ontario

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby juandesooka » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:39 am

I wear SeaSpecs all the time, not so much for protection, but just because of their coolness factor. When I'm rocking them in the city streets, people are sometimes so blown away by the awesome, I see them pointing me out to their friends ... so I give them a shout out "Yo, respect the strap!" as I pass them by. But for the nightclub, I figure I need to up my game ... gonna get some some of those goggle styles next. :dance: :dance: :dance:

<kidding aside: yes, I wear sunglasses most sunny days, but lately have been using those $2-3 safety glasses, UV protected, no drama when you lose them / break them (when, not if), and frankly I think they actually look better than most of the kiting sunglasses....a deal at 1% the price>

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Re: Who ride with sunglasses, and where?

Postby jakemoore » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:12 am

juandesooka wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:39 am
When I'm rocking them in the city streets, people are sometimes so blown away by the awesome, I see them pointing me out to their friends ... so I give them a shout out "Yo, respect the strap!">
Bravo!


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