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Published: 26 Jul 2006 - 11:52 by drseier

Updated: 26 Sep 2008 - 08:59

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Do those contrast lens eyeguards, like the Wilson Triple X, really make a difference? If so, how or what kind of difference is there over the clear guards?

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From rippa rit - 27 Jul 2006 - 07:39

evil_flounder - yeah it is hard to compare the outdoor purpose built specs to the indoor uses.
Personally, I don't think I would like a tint for indoors but I guess borrow someone's if possible to try them out is a good idea.
If you are going to spend the dollars you hardly want to waste the money on something not suitable.

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From missing_record1 - 27 Jul 2006 - 00:58

I have tried the yellow lenses by Reebok, which are probably quite similar to the ones by Wilson. I didn't find them particularly helpful, and only wore them once. Since a squash court is mostly white and the ball pretty much black, you have all the contast you need without special lenses, with the only possible issue being glare depending on the courts you use. I'm sure you can get special anti glare lenses -- skiiers and boaters must have problems with glare all the time.

I have used the Bolle Competevision lenses for tennis and I must say that the ball does stand out dramatically. Roger Federer uses similar technolgy in contact lenses and that seems to work for him...

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From rippa rit - 26 Jul 2006 - 12:47   -   Updated: 26 Jul 2006 - 13:13

Well - here is the Wilson Eye Guard link which gives descriptions of their six styles.
I can only speak from having worn specs or contact lens for many years, including all of my squash career.  There is not a simple answer to individual preferences, and I guess it is about prioritising your needs as well, eg.
  • Spec and Eyeguards (like shoes) are a personal choice due to our shapes, width etc.
  • The material in the specs needs to be of top industrial quality, which I am sure all of Wilson's are the same stuff, and the rest is about the design preference, eg strap, wing, vents, colour etc.
  • Some styles have a strap at the back which can slip about but can also be tightened to keep the guards firm, and the strap can be replaced.
  • One style has vents which might stop the fogging which can be really annoying during a game, and then the sweat makes vision hard, and the things can slip around your face with the moisture. A big distraction when playing.
  • The adjustable style makes some sense too, as the wing can be shortened to get a good fit, but that may also affect the comfort on the bridge of the nose.
  • Scratching happens very easy on plastic, and because plastic is light that is what is used in the lens, eg CR37.  I see squash players throw their specs in their bag, throw them on the floor, wipe them with any old bit of rag.  It is imperative to respect your lens like it is a crystal glass. 
  • I see the Triple X has 3 interchangeable lenses so that is a plus. Has no strap, so what actually keeps it firm on your face/brow?  I like the idea of a wing that sort of wraps around the ear to control the forward movement of the specs as you run up the front of the court and bend and twist quickly.
Here is the link to the spectacle frames that will take prescription which might be useful.
I once played squash with a Sports Physician and he had a frame that was like rubber coated, and the wing was a wrap around type thus avoiding a strap.

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