Best solution to read the GPS if you need Reading Glasses

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by goodspark, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    I carry reading glasses with me while riding. I have them in a backpacking glasses case which is just thrown into a saddle bag. I could clip the case onto my belt or just about anywhere.
    The case is inexpensive and protects the glasses. I bought the case at REI
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  2. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    They work pretty well, I have one on top edge of my shooting glasses so I can see the front sight; Some scuba divers stick them in their mask so they can see the gauges. Basically "lick and stick", they say put, but are easy to peel off and re-apply if need be.
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  3. mnTwin

    mnTwin Been here awhile

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    http://andersonoptics.com/

    Just a satisfied customer.

    I have a clear pair for low-light, and tinted for day-time. They bring instruments, maps, gps, whatever into focus nicely by just shifting my eyes down. Note: When wearing these, the low mounted mirrors on my R1100RT are blurry--so I bought a set of handle-bar mounted mirrors. Bar-end mirrors would also be out of focus using these. However, the same would be true if I were using regular cheaters.

    I consider them must-haves.
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  4. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Oakley half-jackets with progressive prescription lenses. Good eye protection with the XD shield up.
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  5. goodspark

    goodspark Baja Rider

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    Interesting options for sure, but I wear dust goggles all the time and an MX style helmet. My ADV riding is mostly off-road riding while carrying more stuff!
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  6. cpf3

    cpf3 Adventurer

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    The stick-ons should work on your goggles.
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  7. Dark

    Dark Been here awhile

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    I was at the eye Dr today & asked about bifocal contacts. The Dr suggested I try contacts for mono vision, 1 eye for reading the other for distance. She gave me a trial pair. I put em in but took em out about an hour later because everything seemed a bit out of whack.
    What brand bifocal contacts do you wear? Any problems?
    I think I am going back tomorrow and ask for a trial pair to see if I can get used to them.

    Anyone using the mono vision solution? Do I just need to give it more time?
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  8. MJS

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    I use a pair of Pro-view goggles with bi-focal reading lens. Some complain about the height of the reading lens but they work fine for me. Distance prescription is fine and a quick glance down lets me see/read the GPS, map or instruments. These are large goggles so may be a tight fit if the helmet opening is small.

    Bi-focal or progressive lens in the street helmet or XD.
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  9. edtheslowrider

    edtheslowrider Been here awhile

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    I'm doing the contact / monovision thing. Works Surprisingly well.
    For crisp distance correction contacts I definitely has issues reading a GPS on the moto,
    and the cheaters weren't a real joy.
    My bifocals would be quite suitable, but, I prefer to go without glasses under a helmet.
    The monovision is OK as long as I'm not spending a lot of time reading.
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  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I've tried both. The bifocal contacts worked great but are really thick and irritate my eyes after only being in a short time. The mono vision is very comfortable but it screws up my depth perception. Okay for most everyday activities, but a little iffy for riding. I went back to using bifocal safety glasses.
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  11. 20valves

    20valves Yamaholic

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    Lots of helmets are popping up with the retractable sunshields, retractable magnifiers next? :lol3
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  12. Ardyjay

    Ardyjay Been here awhile

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    My buddy glued a lens from a cheap pair of reading glasses onto the lower part of his face shield .
    It's below his line of vision but right where it need to be for the instruments.
    A typical KLR solution that works well for him.:clap
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  13. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Retractable hearing aids.. too, cool.
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  14. Stalky Tracker

    Stalky Tracker Been here awhile

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  15. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    I went with the Garmin Nuvi 50lm with the 5" screen because I can read it without cheaters and it comes with free lifetime map updates. Quite satisfied with the unit so far. I switch it between the bike and my Jeep.

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  16. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    High Tech for me! Just use a very slight correction for the distance stuff. I have lost/broken too many reading only types....this way I always know where my glasses are...I think:freaky.

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    The latest variants have Transition lenses which work well along with a sun visor.
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