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Old 09-03-2014   #1
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Safety Glasses?

I'm just wondering if anyone in here wears safety glasses while out rafting or at least a pair of shades that can take impact should something happen. Only reason I ask as someone more on the green side of running whitewater is the myriad of potential things that could hit me if I flipped or had an oar or something stick. Also are there any sprays or things on glasses or a design that beads water well for obvious reasons? Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

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Old 09-04-2014   #2
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I've worn them on evening runs on Boulder Creek where there are a lot of overhanging branches and by the time you get to the takeout it's about dark.

I wear a helmet for impacts and usually have sunglasses on, though often if I'm getting splashed will leave the glasses off. Try Rain-X, maybe that'll do the trick. You may be overthinking this.


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Old 09-04-2014   #3
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I probably am overthinking this but wanted to ask anyways...
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Old 09-04-2014   #4
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I wear $7 tinted safety glasses. They're cheaper to lose or scratch than fancy sunglasses.

I broke a pair in a flip when my face met a tube, so I'd say they do their job.
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Old 09-04-2014   #5
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Good quality polarized sunglasses on croakies are indispensable to me.

That and a bit of bubble wrap.
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I just put on my whiskey goggles. Turns all class 3s into 4s on retelling. 4s become 5s and that girl you see hiking the trail goes straight to 10.
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Old 09-04-2014   #7
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Eye protection

Probably not a bad idea. I brushed up against an overhanging branch and caught a fishing lure in my eyelid while in an IK. That was a bit of a panic until I broke the line.

Also I worked on the water a lot and did not always wear sunglasses. Last week the eye doctor told me that I was developing cataracts and that sun exposure was a contributing factor.
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Old 09-05-2014   #10
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I'll usually have a pair of old polarized Oakleys on croakies around my neck, I'll try to wear them as much as possible on the river, if they fog up I'll take them off until I get a chance to clear them. Usually a splash of cold water will do it without taking them off. If I don't wear them I'll spend the day squinting trying to see, another victim of spending lots of time on the water and not wearing them. I was warned when I was a teenager about it by an old lobsterman who was losing his eyesight, I didn't listen as well as I should have.

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