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Old 03-03-2014   #1
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Rolling with glasses.

My girlfriend and I want to take rolling classes and she seems to think she will be able to wear her glasses, but I think she will have to get contacts. Any suggestions or thoughts?

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Old 03-03-2014   #2
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Contacts, glasses fog

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Old 03-03-2014   #3
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Seen plenty of people with glasses, a lot of people switch to contacts for the mentioned fogging. For a roll class she should be fine, I could not stand water droplets on my lens after rolling when paddling not practicing (sunglasses though).
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Old 03-03-2014   #4
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I've paddled more than 500 river days in the same pair of glasses.
Fogging can be an issue, depending on conditions. But contacts have their drawbacks, too. I choose glasses. (Until I can afford lasik.)
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Old 03-03-2014   #5
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Thanks. We have been renting sit on top "whitewater" boats for the past two seasons just doing class 2 and 3. She has some croakies that have worked fine, but we are about to start rolling in our own boats. We ran section 3 of the Chattahoochee this past Saturday at 1.5. It was low but fun.
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Glasses are fine for trying out. Long term get contacts/ other correction, esp. in humid GA.
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Old 03-03-2014   #7
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-03-2014   #8
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re glasses

I have been kayaking with glasses for over 12 yrs. In general if you think you might roll wear some type of retainers. Thats key. In my last combat roll I didn't do this and had to abort the roll in the setup because I felt my glasses slipping off, and swim.
The other major issue is fogging, which is very dependent upon the humidity.Have not found any applicant that works 100%. I have found that breathing only thru the nose when it starts to fog helps a lot. The other thing is that if you are doing a familiar stretch or playing at a familiar spot just take off the glasses.
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Old 03-03-2014   #9
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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I wouldn't use contacts. The odds that you're gonna get water splashed in your eye--and lose a contact--are very high. When you invert and open your eyes, all that water from your helmet is going to come pouring down and wash your (or both) contact out. If you have to have glasses for river, I would suggest some sports goggles and Rain-X.
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Old 03-03-2014   #10
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I've always used contacts and generally don't have an issue. I have had to finish out some rapid with one eye because the water hit just right but I've never lost a contract from it. I just close one eye till the next eddy then fix the problem!

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