"Reasonable price" being the key phrase there. Warby Paker was going to cost me around $95 for an everyday pair. Not terrible, but with my current glasses rapidly deteriorating I knew I'd have to get multiple pairs to work for all the different conditions I wear them in. That put some budgetary constraints on what I was looking at.
I was initially interested in a pair of oakleys so I could switch between clear and tinted lenses depending on conditions without resorting to transition lenses. Interestingly enough, shopping for prescription oakleys landed me a price quote of nearly $1000--$200 for the frames, $410 for tinted lenses, and another $385 for clear lenses, both in my prescription. OUCH! And not being able to use insurance? No thanks.
So it was time to research some cheaper options. Thankfully, after much searching I came across the sports section of Zenni Optical. I guess this site used to be $19glasses or something like that, until they started offering even cheaper (!) frames. They have frames starting at $8, and even though the two I ended up liking were $28 I wasn't going to complain. Even having had some luck ordering glasses online before, I was a little dubious of another site I'd never heard of. But the majority of reviews on the site are overwhelmingly positive, which makes sense for something saving you so much cash. You're either going to love them if everything works out, or hate them if anything at all goes wrong.
Only two weeks but christ that felt like a long time. It didn't help that the order went from "processing" to "manufactured" fairly quickly, but took forever to go from that to "shipped." But again, you're not paying for expediency. What really made it stretch was the fact I didn't want to be bouncing between two different prescriptions, so until the zenni order showed I didn't want to wear the new WP pair either, even though they looked great and I felt like I had superhero-level vision clarity in them.
Turns out I'm split on how much I like each pair. The transitions pair is perfect--they feel sturdy as hell and are exactly what I was looking for to ride with. I haven't had them in the sun yet to see how much they darken but the fit is great.
|transitions pair: A+|
Current beer-scale: 5.6