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Outfitter: Look Sharp Part One

Outfitter
posted: 03/07/2003

The highly protective, attitude-enhancing wrap sunglasses you've been wanting just may be available in your prescription from a nearby optical shop. However, the lenses themselves may be standard-issue, off-the-shelf stuff, not a sport-eyewear company's own high-tech flash-mirrored crimson ones. That's not necessarily bad, but a few big-brand sportglass manufacturers do offer the real deal-prescription lenses ground in their own labs with the proprietary materials and specialized tints found in their regular sunglasses. This sometimes goes for highly curved "8-base" wraps, too.

Prescription sportglasses should not be hard to find, as major sports and ski brands are sold through many chains (LensCrafters and Pearl Vision, for example) as well as some local optical shops. To make sure you're getting the best lenses available, contact the manufacturers listed below for the location of a cooperative optician.

Bollé
Nearly all Bollé frames, including 8-base wrap styles, can be obtained with Rx lenses. Many styles are available with polycarbonate lenses only, but several include the option of glass lenses. Delivery time is 7-10 working days.
800-628-2740, www.bolle.com

Oakley
All of Oakley's frames-even extreme 8-base wraps-are Rx compatible for most prescriptions. Lenses are of Plutonite, Oakley's branded, high-grade polycarbonate. Allow two weeks for delivery.
800-403-7449, www.oakley.com

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