Ray Ban polarized lens technologies vs. Maui Jim
Anyone here know anything about Ray Ban lens technologies? I'm looking for a brown polarized lens, and there are a few different types available. One is 'Brown GPL Polarized' and the other is 'Polycarbonate Polar Brown GSM Polarized'. The polycarbonate GSM has a mirror finish, and is darker at the top and bottom of the lens. Are there any major differences between the two? Any advantages/disadvantages to polycarbonate? And how do these lenses compare to Maui Jim? The Maui Jims are about twice as expensive, are they that much better?
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I also think the vision is better with glass. I have pairs of both poly and glass lenses. It's subtle but the vision in my Ray Bannon-polarized aviators is better than my poly polarized.
If you're going to spend the $$, I'd go with glass.
I have no comment on Maui Jims but I think they're probably not worth the extra $$ compared to Ray Bans. Maui Jim is all the rage at the moment as trendy and they're priced accordingly.
But I agree with debbiewaddell. Polycarbonate lenses are shatter resistant and they do not break in small pieces like glass. There is also a difference in weight. Polycarbonate is lighter than glass.
I own a few pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses myself with both poly and glass lenses. I prefer polycarbonate. They are lightweight and safe. Ray Ban polycarbonate lenses are of high quality, so you won't really loose in optical clarity.
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I haven't really noticed any significant differnece between the optical quality, and have owned a pair of titanium Maui Jim sunglasses that I loved (until they were stolen, unfortunatley.)
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In the end I'm keeping the Ray Bans due to the size and shape of the lens fitting better with my face. I think I just bought the wrong MJs and never bothered to try them anywhere before buying on line. The MJs are probably a tad more comfortable since they are so light and flexible. This could also be viewed as being flimsy but I haven't owed them long enough to know first hand. From a style standpoint the Ray Bans look much better on me, so I'm going to live with the reflection issue (can't look stupid). If the reflection begins to bother me, I might buy another style of MJs. If I had to do over, that's exactly what I would do. No point in compromising on a new purchase. So much for buying without trying.
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I wanted to buy the same Ray-Bans, but there was no comparison...optical quality of the Maui Jim's blew away the Ray Bans, Serengetis, Revos, all of them. Did not try the Kaenon's. Aside from vibrancy of the colors and decreased glare, I felt a noticable decrease in eye strain. The glass does weigh more, but probably explains the optical quality as well.
As for safety, when I'm doing something active, I have a separate pair of Smith plastic/plastic sunglasses that I use. Have not had any sunglass injuries in the last 20 years, aside from one in college when playing soccer with metal rimmed glasses on.
Bottom line, if you can deal with the (probably minute) risk of injury from glass lenses, and the extra $100 or so, Maui Jim lens quality can't be beat.
yeah~$100 money is for sunglass valued at $100. I also buy a rayban sunglass from 2012sunglass.com last week. And I got the sunglass today. By now, all shows good but not sure about the quality in future.larumd wrote:Sometimes you do get what you paid for. In cases where up-charges apply ask good questions. Ask them to explain the value of the product and the benefits. It always pays to be an educated consumer.
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