Nigel wrote:The Oakely if done properly, will be better than the Optilab glasses. Better in fairly small ways, around the design and finish of the product, much of that being in the frame. Whether its worth the substantially higher price is another matter which only individuals can answer.
I have a set of Oakley prescription glasses for skiing/cycling, they are much nicer than my more recent set (Optilab equivalent from local optician, at Optilab-like prices). But, having moved house, I've not yet found an optician locally who will do me the nicer Oakleys (etc.).
Not so.In fact the opposite!
You state Optilabs equivalent
which aren't actually Optilabs.
My Optilabs are totally bombproof,they've survived many MTB crashes when friends Oakleys have not.The frames are far superior to Oakleys.
Optilabs frames are made by Loubsol,France and are excellent.Oakleys are obviously very good but not worth the extra unless you want to pay for the name.
I'll describe my experience.
Some time ago, I had some Optilab frames on evaluation. I sent them back, not good enough in detailed finish - personal judgement, but that's my judgement. So I got the expensive Oakley instead.
More recently, I decided to get a set of yellow glasses. I've looked again at Optilab, same detailed finish issues - not just the evaluation frames, but what I see in friend's glasses. The local optician's "Optilab equivalents" has a similar level of finish: its OK, but not as good as my Oakley set. But much cheaper, and available locally (I've moved house, so my old "local optician" is now 350 miles away, so using them isn't practical).
My experience is that what an optician is able to offer depends on the glazing houses they use, and a lot can't offer a wide range of prescription wrap around glasses. A few can. I've no experience of Vision Express having never used them.
Crash worthiness is a different thing, mine have survived a fair few ski tumbles/falls without any issues. I don't crash bikes.
You're happy with what you have, which is great.