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Prescription glasses – Ombraz vs ROAV


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    Stephane G
    BPL Member

    @gauvins

    I am in the process of purchasing prescription/transition sunglasses. I’ll probably buy frames and procure lenses separately, through a mail-in service.

    Ombraz (armless) looks like a very tough, compact frame and is said to be popular among thru-hikers. ROAV (folding) has a smaller pack size and is said to be a near indestructible as well.

    The Ombraz sports larger lenses and sits close to the face, the ROAV might be reminiscent of John Lennon… So, it is better protection and less glare on the one hand, vs being able to remove the glasses one-handed, on the other.

    If you have stories to share, please do.

    #3810019
    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member

    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    I tried armless frames, perched on my nose. As soon as I got sweaty they fell off.

    Cheers

    #3810022
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    I’ve been looking for new sunglass frames as well.  The Ombraz look great and I love the strap design and implementation.  I had never heard of them before your post, but just bought a pair and will fit with prescription lenses locally.

    To my eye, the ROAV look flimsy, I am very suspicious of the hinge durability.  And honestly their styling just does not work for me – which is simply a me problem.

    #3810033
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I need to buy some new glasses, thanks

    https://ombraz.com/?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw26KxBhBDEiwAu6KXtzEyCP_sDEtxVOybLkKczxX7sVeuh6AHZi6cf-8lVRUnwom5YYefChoCESoQAvD_BwE

    ombraz has an elastic strap that goes around the head instead of arms, they say it won’t fall off

    https://roaveyewear.com/

    you can fold roav in half so you can more easily put them in your pocket

    I don’t think those innovative ideas would be useful for me.  I don’t really like elastic straps around my head.  I always wear my glasses so never put them in my pocket.

    #3810103
    Richard N
    BPL Member

    @holygoat

    The Roav glasses are great for travel, less so for hiking. The lenses are fairly small, dead flat so the gaps at the side are pronounced, and while light they’re not super comfortable.

    The Ombraz are great and ideally suited for hiking unless you often take your sunglasses on and off: you can pull them down around your neck very easily, but putting them back on is hard one-handed.

    I tend to wear the Ombraz on very sunny days and around the water, and take Rokas the rest of the time. The Roavs are sunglasses to be pleased that you left in your bag when you’re on a trip, not to take on a summer backpacking trip.

    Ombraz are available with side shields, and they’re just launching nose standoffs and float straps.

    #3810104
    Richard N
    BPL Member

    @holygoat

    By the way, I got Ombraz with photochromic polarized lenses from Lens and Frame as my “apocalypse glasses”. (I usually wear contacts.)

    Good to leave on the whole time, but a bit inconvenient as glasses for tent evenings — I like to be able to grab my glasses and pop them on quickly, and that’s not how Ombraz work.

    #3810106
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    The timing of this post is a little uncanny…I was talking with my wife about glasses/sunglasses specifically for hiking yesterday and these look like a great option!

    #3810139
    Stephane G
    BPL Member

    @gauvins

    I came across this irreverent review yesterday. Interesting

    #3810163
    talagnu
    BPL Member

    @talagnu

    I tired those ombraz sunglasses and they were annoying to take on and off while wearing a hood or a full brim hat

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