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jamica joe
07-25-2011, 10:45 AM
OK, I need some help. I can't see when I hydrofoil!! I wear glasses and have gotten to the point that I do not enjoy riding with out my glasses. Help!! I want to see but don't want to look like too much of a geek. I have prescription sun glasses, but they are way too expensive to wear while foiling.

What brand / style goggles / glasses have you guys had the most luck with.



07-25-2011, 10:50 AM
I use a set of prescription sunglassed from SportRx. I have the bobster wrap around. I am on my second pair. The work great and I can see. I do have alighter tint so I can hydrofoil right up till dark.

07-25-2011, 10:50 AM
I use disposable contacts.

07-25-2011, 10:52 AM
I use the floating head bands on my prescription sunglasses. I am not comfortable without my sunglasses and I sometimes risk losing a ball cap. Several manufactures out there make sunglasses/goggles for motorcycle riders. By the time I get mirrored, polarized, and extra dark lens----they cost what my name brand sunglasses cost with prescription. If I was younger I would have got corrective surgery and used cheap sunglasses.

07-25-2011, 03:34 PM
Another vote for contacts. I use daylies. I think I've lost two in 15 years.

07-25-2011, 03:51 PM
A hydrofoil and its attendant faceplants can be hard on eyewear. I'd be reluctant to use contacts and I think sunglasses of any kind would be in jeopardy. I'd be more inclined to go with some kind of prescription goggle. Get your prescription from your optometrist and look here (http://www.swimoutlet.com/Prescription_Swim_Goggles_s/326.htm) for the goggles with the closest spherical correction. Won't help much if you have a lot of astigmatism (cylinder correction), but otherwise these cheap goggles might meet your needs.

As mentioned, however, consider refractive surgery. It will change your life.

07-25-2011, 09:00 PM
Try looking at these. They have a strap that goes around the back of your head. The float in salt water but not in fresh. http://www.seaspecs.com/

Patrick Hardy
07-26-2011, 02:41 PM
We do not hydrofoil, but a old ski partner swears by the Rec-Specs Maxx 30 brand. They are highly impact resistance prescription protective sports eyewear. He bought them here.
Link: http://www.sporteyes.biz/Eyewear-by-Brand/Rec-Specs/Rec-Specs-Maxx-30-p266.html#productInfo

07-26-2011, 04:09 PM
I had vision correction surgery about three years ago and it's been incredible. It was expensive but money well spent for me. I don't have to worry about taking glasses off when I play with my young kids on the floor or the ground and it's great to be on the water and see clearly.

jamica joe
07-29-2011, 09:22 AM
I would really like to have the eye surgery, but it's not in the cards now ($$$). Anyone else with suggestions on a good solution? These are kind of expensive (but look good):


I am probably going with a fairly strong set of sun glasses that I can have RX lenses put in and then go with a floating leash. I'm just not too comfortable with the impact that I take while foiling.


jamica joe
08-03-2011, 03:15 PM
bump, bump