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Looking for some advice here. I've been on the prowl for some high end sunglasses for driving the last couple of weeks.
Curious to know if anybody has used / owned Maui Jim and or Serengeti glasses or other high end models. These are not $49.99 glasses I'm talking about, so I'm not looking for comparisons of the like. I'm looking to spend upwards of $400 per pair, more if it can be justified.
This AZ sun has proven a force to be reckoned with. I spend a large amount of time behind the wheel in the driving sun and quite honestly, it's nothing short of dangerous without eye protection.
So I'm looking for personal experiences that can help me make an informed purchase.
 

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I've been using Ray-Ban glasses for many years (the aviator style). I am perhaps on my 5th or 6th pair. I just recently had cataract surgery so it was time for a new pair. There are prescription glasses, also cut for bi-focal use, and with full photochromic capability. The photochromic capability has improved significantly in recent years, the time from clear to sun (and reverse) is very short. I opted for the largest lens available. Sort of Audrey Hepburn size. Not cheap, $600. For my regular glasses, I went to Costco for a set for about $230.
 

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I've been using Ray-Ban glasses for many years (the aviator style). I am perhaps on my 5th or 6th pair. I just recently had cataract surgery so it was time for a new pair. There are prescription glasses, also cut for bi-focal use, and with full photochromic capability. The photochromic capability has improved significantly in recent years, the time from clear to sun (and reverse) is very short. I opted for the largest lens available. Sort of Audrey Hepburn size. Not cheap, $600. For my regular glasses, I went to Costco for a set for about $230.

I did try a few pair of Ray-Ban's. And your right, the technology has come a long way. Most high end glasses have a minimum of 9 layers of coatings, various polarizing effects and varying spectrums of UV protection.
The Maui Jim and Serengeti's both have full photochromic capability in both the regular and prescription glasses.
Fortunately, at least for now, I don't need prescription glasses.
 

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I've been wearing Oakley Half Jackets for 8 years. I love the wraparound that keeps the sun from coming in on the sides unfiltered. I'm only on my second pair too, they hold up well.
 

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I use Maui Jim sport sunglasses - polarized, non-prescription - for many years now. I continued to be very happy with them.
 

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Well I finally purchased the Serengeti's model Brando. $260 for them.
Took almost 2 weeks to get when it said 3 days at check-out. So that was a bit disappointing.
Should've stuck with Maui Jim's.
I'm thoroughly impressed with the Serengeti lens, but the frames are something to be desired. When you put them on, take them off and lay them down on the table, they just feel cheap.
The frames are to flexible in the nose piece area. You can hear and feel the frames scraping the edges of the lenses.
While not the most expensive pair of glasses around I think for that kind of money the frames should be significantly better than what they are.
Should've stuck with the Maui Jim's. That 'gut feeling' is usually the right way to go. Live & learn.
 

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I've been using Ray-Ban glasses for many years (the aviator style). I am perhaps on my 5th or 6th pair. I just recently had cataract surgery so it was time for a new pair. There are prescription glasses, also cut for bi-focal use, and with full photochromic capability. The photochromic capability has improved significantly in recent years, the time from clear to sun (and reverse) is very short. I opted for the largest lens available. Sort of Audrey Hepburn size. Not cheap, $600. For my regular glasses, I went to Costco for a set for about $230.
I'm back again with another question. I love my Ray-bans (always have with the previous ones) but I have another question based on driving. Even thought they give me terrific performance for all light conditions (sun, cloudy, twilight) it's the oncoming lights that drive me crazy. They always have but with the new lights available, they really are worse. In many cases is is because the oncoming driver has not dipped. Of course I am not the only one, others have complained. There are so many yellow glasses that promise to solve the problem but user comments in Amazon suggest there are promises made but that they do not deliver. Has anyone a recommendation for a set of glasses that provide some degree of success?
 

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I've found that sun glasses made for downhill skiing are excellent. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a specific brand as the ones I liked are no longer made. I will say that the yellow lenses did work for me.
 

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UPDATE 3/23/20

Well it's been almost 2 years now since I purchased the Serengeti's.
I have since bought a pair of the Maui Jim's I had originally looked at.
So with that being said...
I still prefer the Maui Jim's frames to the Serengeti's.
To be truthful, both pairs of glasses get almost equal duty, with the Serengeti's getting slightly more because of the hotter months. I use the Maui Jim's during the cool months. The Maui Jim's are much heavier than the Serengeti's and they tend to slip down my nose when I sweat. Yeah I know I can use a strap to prevent that from happening, but that's uncomfortable for me. Both pairs provide superior eye protection, even during the blazing low hanging desert sun. Both pairs eliminate any glare and reflections from the sun, especially from on coming cars where the sun reflects off the windshields of other cars.
I did have to discipline myself to care for the Serengeti's much more so than the Maui Jim's. Now it's just a way of doing things. As soon as I'm ready to get out of the car the glasses immediately go into their case. Its just good practice that prevents any accidents and they stay cleaner much longer.
As far as all out performance, I prefer the Serengeti's lens only slightly more than the Maui Jim's. It's just a personal preference with the way my eyes are. The Serengeti's tend to provide a more vibrant view of the things ahead of me.
The Maui Jim's have a slightly darker tint to the field of vision. It's not enough to complain about though.
Now that I own both, if something would happen to either one of them, I would go out and buy another pair just so I could have both as a choice.
 

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I have been wearing Ray Ben for more than five years, tried to change for others, but they are not as good as these. I like
 
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