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Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 08/18/2011 17:14:41 MDT Print View

I normally don't bring them, but for some reason sunglasses sound appealing on my next trip.
Anyone have any suggestions for super ultralight sunglasses for less than $40?

George Geist
(geist) - M

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 08/18/2011 17:42:23 MDT Print View

Hi Chris,

Super ultralight sunglasses - that would be the sunglasses you
get at the optometrist office after they dilate your eyes.
They weigh 4 grams. Pack flat. Give wrap-around protection.

I bet your optometrist would give you a pair for free.
That is the lightest and cost effective sunglasses
I can think of.


Steve Martell
(Steve) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Washington
Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses on 08/18/2011 18:34:57 MDT Print View

Try these (Sport EZE)

I like these so much that I use them all the time--on and off the trail. I usually get 6-9 months out of each pair.


*Don't try to roll them back up in the case--if you need to store them keep them mostly flat (zip lock bag)

*When they get dirty keep a few alcohol lens cleaner packets handy--they work great on these glasses

*I you don't like the logo you can use a black marker over the lettering

*Make them even lighter by removing the adjustment toggle and replace it with a #6-32 machine screw nut--stainless steel. This is used as a slider and is faster and easier to adjust. Total weight (w/o case) after this mod: 10 grams.

BPL Review

Edited by Steve on 08/18/2011 20:42:00 MDT.

jim draucker
(mtnjim) - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah Valley VA
Sport Eyes on 08/18/2011 18:59:37 MDT Print View


roland sison
(rolandsison) - F
There are, on 09/26/2012 02:42:21 MDT Print View

There are, but $40 is not a branded one, you are looking for this cheap item, so perhaps there are fake and less than the price you want. Most lightest sunglasses are expensive if they are authentic.

Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: NoCo
Maui Jim's. on 09/26/2012 03:00:04 MDT Print View

Find some knockoff Maui Jim Ka'anapali Sunglasses - Titanium Polarized

I got some years ago from SAMs club. 40-45.

Extremely light and real glasses not some crsp for your dilated eyes.

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 09/26/2012 03:16:40 MDT Print View

you don't usually bring sunglasses?!? that can't be good for your eyes especially at elevation..

I don't even leave the house on a cloudy day with out some shades on

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
natvie on 09/26/2012 03:18:02 MDT Print View

I have some native reactor's with reflex lens I'll sell you for $50 shipped. brand new

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Think "bike" on 09/26/2012 07:03:29 MDT Print View

I suggest you to to your local Performance bike shop, a national chain if you don't know. They have a house-brand of riding glasses that are made by the same factories (three) used by other brands, and the plastic lenses are all UV-A/B effective. Many have swappable-lenses, there are several shapes and sizes for different faces, and they're light. All include a light case and cleaner rag. There are several choices under $40, and they have regular sales.

Yes, they have a website and do mail order, too.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses on 09/26/2012 10:33:33 MDT Print View


Thanks for the Sport Eze suggestion. I just ordered a couple pair to see how they work.


Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 09/26/2012 10:47:07 MDT Print View

Ralph Lauren polarized wire frame sunglasses from a thrift store. 1oz and $1.99 :)

I got some Oakley's at a garage sale for $1. 0.8oz if I leave the 4.5oz "torpedo" case behind.

Oakley sunglasses

Edited by dwambaugh on 09/26/2012 10:54:05 MDT.

Phillip Asby

Locale: North Carolina
A few suggestions on 09/26/2012 11:43:45 MDT Print View

I bought a pair of these Flying Fisherman polarized glasses at Walmart as my beach/pool glasses (having lost sunglasses in the water) - I wanted them to be cheap, light but good lenses. They are quite good - I wear them a lot in fact over more expensive Tifosi and RayBans. .7oz

And I do like the Performance riding glasses - also look at campmor who often have tifosi rimless riding glasses on sale for less than $40.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Oakley Nano Wire on 09/26/2012 11:58:28 MDT Print View

These are on SAC all the time for around $50. They are super light, solid titanium temples and bridge, no frames/rims, and polarized. I think they weigh 6 grams. Pretty ridiculous light. I really like mine.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 09/26/2012 12:05:14 MDT Print View

Don't know about lightest, but very light. Go to Home Depot or Lowes, in their tools section they have really good sunglasses for $7-$10. Good looking too - just like the expensive brands.

Jeff LaVista
(LaVista) - F
fresh shades on 09/26/2012 12:29:57 MDT Print View

I'll keep on wearing my Maui Jim's, gotta look cool for all the lady hikers.

But if you're hiking along ledges, maybe grab some croakies - it was pretty depressing to watch my rayban aviators tumble down a rock scramble and off a ledge, out of vie and long gone, on the appalachian trail.

I figure a good pair of shades are multi purpose. If you get a set with a silvered tint, you can use the front half as a mirror for washing up. Sun protection is obvious, and if you're moving through thick foliage or bushwhacking it can be nice to have eye protection.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Re: Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses on 09/26/2012 12:33:30 MDT Print View

“Try these (Sport EZE) ”

I use these almost every day biking. Since I wear glasses, these easily slip over any glasses and keep the glasses on when sweating. However I have broken about 3 over 5 years. But that’s because my sweat corrodes the clamp on the elastic band. And I just buy another set.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses?" on 09/26/2012 12:35:06 MDT Print View

Big 5 Sporting Goods always has decent sunglasses on sale $25 to $30.

On longer trips up high I bring a spare set of paper glasses I got from an optometrist, just in case.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: "Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses?" on 09/26/2012 13:51:33 MDT Print View

+1 on Big 5 (Western US chain) having good buys on glasses.

Costco has has some in the past, using their regular eyeglass frames with polarized lenses.

On any given day you will find me wearing Ray Ban Wayfarer's with stick-on bifocal reading lenses installed. Not ultralight, but comfortable. I carry micro-readers in my first aid kit for backups. I couldn't read a map without some "cheaters."

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Lightest and cost efficient sunglasses? on 09/26/2012 14:11:41 MDT Print View

Need a group buy I guess... ;-)

(Ah I kept reading, so kudos to George.)

Edited by rayestrella on 09/26/2012 14:12:37 MDT.