Best Of PGA Show - Tifosi Sunglasses?

... It was so much easier to post Best of Show reviews in the middle of winter. I have had so many products to play and review, and it has taken a long time to evaluate all of them. I am still not finished but have spent enough time with some to do the follow up reviews I promised. First up is Best of Show... Sunglasses.
... Like many golf accessories, sunglasses is a pretty subjective category. But performance is either there, or it isn’t. After spending a ton of time with various Tifosi offerings, I am even more impressed than I was at the PGA Show. It is of paramount importance that you ask your retailer for any product you are interested in. If they do not stock that product, and people begin asking about it, they will not let an opportunity to make money and keep a customer slip away.
... Like many, I was used to the full coverage provided by Oakley M frames. I never saw anything but a tinted view in any direction. But even with vented golf specific lenses, on a sunny hot and humid day, they fogged up. When tryin my first pair of Tifosi glasses, I was less than impressed with their coverage. I have a larger face and the first pair I tried were the Envy Fototec's. Had I paid closer attention to the description “fits small to medium faces” I could have avoided my initial disappointment. When I addressed the ball, there was clearly a line between covered and open air in my field of vision. Needless to say I was very distracted. I discussed this with the Marketing Director, and was told to look at frames with “fit medium to large faces” description just below the product name. I picked out a pair of Stelvio and Ventoux frames and lenses. These proved to be a much better fit. The Ventoux give me almost full coverage and the Stelvio gave me better coverage, although not what I was really looking for. Or at least that is what I thought. After spending more time with them on the course (not in the back yard where all my focus was on the glasses themselves) I was no longer aware I was even wearing them!!! I had become so accustomed to the full coverage of the Oakley’s that it just took me awhile to re-adjust to the advantages of lenses that were a little more open creating some air flow, comfort and all the coverage I would ever need. This also gives me the added advantage of looking down thru the open bottom providing better vision for reading the scorecard. Those of you in your mid 40’s and above will very much appreciate what I am saying.
... Ok. They fit great and give me the coverage I need, but how do they perform? One of the misconceptions I had about the Fototec lenses is that they would lighten and darken MY view depending on the weather conditions. I had this completely backwards. When you put on a pair of Tifosi’s with Fototec lenses, you see a very specific tinted view. Imagine putting on a normal pair of sunglasses on a moderately sunny day, not real bright, just a normal day. THAT is how the shade of Fototec lenses look, and it never changes. The outside of the lenses themselves get very dark in bright sunlight or lighten up to almost clear in cloudy conditions, buy the tint you see remains the same. I gotta say I was just blown away by this technology. It allows you optimum visual performance because your tint perspective never changes. If you are standing over a putt, and a cloud covers the sun, it would normally darken your view, sometimes creating a different shade and making you doubt your read. With Fototec lenses, the outside of the lens absorbs or reflects the light conditions and you see they exact same “shade of light” regardless of what the conditions are. It really is an amazing process, and after your initial round or two, where you are so impressed with how cool it is, they just disappear and you concentrate on your shots. I was also gonna try some of the interchangeable lenses, but Fototec technology works so well, I didn’t even try them.
... Now that I have established how Fototec works, and that the coverage is ideal, do they do what all the very cool demonstrations show on the web site? Will EC (Extreme Contrast) lenses increase your ability to read greens? Does the G/T (golf/tennis) lenses help you isolate on the ball? Do the Polarized lenses cut the glare? If you are looking for a magic pair of green reading glasses, EC will not do that for you. Reading greens is one of my strengths, and I would not say the EC increases my ability to do so under normal conditions. But they certainly do not detract from it. Quite often with my Oakley’s, I had to take them off to read a putt. This is something I never have to do with the EC lenses. And with changing light conditions, The EC lenses DO enhance my ability to concentrate on the line and read the putt. Additionally, for someone that does have trouble reading the greens, the subtle contours are highlighted by the EC lenses. So they may very will increase your ability to read greens. The EC’s are my favorite golf lenses by a very wide margin. They do their job so well, I am able to simply concentrate on my game. I have said this already, but having my sunglasses disappear, allowing me to forget I am even wearing them, is the biggest compliment I can give them.
... The G/T lenses are a different animal than the EC. While the E/C lenses have a very muted and pleasing, almost sunset type tint to them, the G/T lenses have a very pronounced tint. It is difficult to accurately describe, but it brightens and hightens everything. On a cloudy day, I LOVE this lens. Instead of that gloomy look, you get a virtual sunny perspective from inside the lens. The ball is indeed very easy to follow, and everything stands out. I imagine for some, this will be their favorite lens and it reminds me of the Oakley Iridium Gold with the added benefit of Fototec. Oh yea, they are also less than 1/2 the price.
... I was warned that the Polarized lenses were not recommended for golf, as they can actually hide subtleties, especially the shine of a bermuda green. But some courses we play are next to the ocean or on a big lake or river, and the glare can be intense and distracting. I use mine when driving my car and at Waters Edge Golf course, I forgot to take them off. While they were not as enhancing to the view of the course as EC’s or G/T’s, I did not find them to detract from my ability to read the greens. They can distort your depth perception, so that is something to be aware of if you do play on a very watery course and would like the ability to reduce the glare with polarized lenses. I would only use mine on a very bright day at a course with constant glare.
... The Tifosi Sunglasses are the lightest, strongest frames and lenses I have ever played. You can easily bend the temple or ear part of the frame for a perfect fit. I like mine perfectly straight, so they are bent to that spec. They are not tight against your head, another complaint I had with my M-frames, yet they never slide. The frame is almost unbreakable, and I have dropped mine (insert Homer Simpson Doah!!!) a couple times with not a scratch to be found. There is a lot of technical info on the web site I suggest you read. But they are the most comfortable sunglasses I have ever used.
... This review already paints a very glowing picture of Tifosi’s Sunglasses and I haven’t even got to the best part. The price is $59 for Fototec lenses!!! Most replacement lenses cost more than that. I just can’t recommend Tifosi’s strongly enough. I am sure there will be quite a few posts with forum members relating their experience with their Tifosi’s Sunglasses. They have a HUGE selection of frames, colors, styles and lenses, and Tifosi’s are one of the few products I can recommend you should buy without a demo.
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I agree that Tifosi Optics are great. I owned a piar of Kilo's made by Tifosi and they were the best sunglasses I had ever owned. I did get careless though a popped a nose piece out and then I lost, but I wanted a new pair anyways.
I am ordering the Ventoux model as my new shades.
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While I think they're a good set of sunglasses for the money, I own two pairs and haven't really found them to be that outstanding in terms of durability. The rubber on the arms of one pair wore out within a year exposing the thin metal underneath which is none too comfortable against my head and I found the lenses in both pairs started getting scratched pretty quickly even though I always used the case and cleaned them only using the bag that came with them. They're still a good enough deal, but IMO they don't really compete with the more expensive sunglasses. That said, if you like to own several pairs of sunglasses or are prone to losing them they're a great alternative.
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Good review. I've been wearing a pair of prescription Tifosi Forza's with G/T lenses for the past year or so when I play.
They are the lightest, most comfortable and tough sunglasses I've ever owned for sports. They go on before I tee off and don't come off until I'm done with my round. Most days I don't even realize I have them on, they are that comfortable.
Tifosi is definitely worth looking at if you are in the market for sports sunglasses.
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I have a pair of Ventoux's recently and I was completely disappointed in a few things:
  • the lenses themselves are not marked out of the box, so it's confusing which one is which. If you can help which one is EC, which one is G/T, which one is AC? That'd help.
  • the other thing, the black logo piece comes off so be careful. I have yet to have this fixed, it keeps popping off.
  • Do not buy from FastSunglasses.com they ripped me off, when they said they'd replace their products because of the defect. They did not. I'm still awaiting a call back.
  • Also Tifosi corporate HQs, when I called them I have yet to get a replacement pair. Boooo. Poor company to work with. Stay away from buying from them. Shame on you Tifosi!

You get what you pay for. I guess.
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The draw/fade line seems just like my Maui Jim Sport Titaniums, but at a quarter of the price.
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Also really liked them but,they would not fit my Charlie Brown head.
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I have a pair of Ventoux's recently and I was completely disappointed in a few things:
  • the lenses themselves are not marked out of the box, so it's confusing which one is which. If you can help which one is EC, which one is G/T, which one is AC? That'd help.
  • the other thing, the black logo piece comes off so be careful. I have yet to have this fixed, it keeps popping off.
  • Do not buy from FastSunglasses.com they ripped me off, when they said they'd replace their products because of the defect. They did not. I'm still awaiting a call back.
  • Also Tifosi corporate HQs, when I called them I have yet to get a replacement pair. Boooo. Poor company to work with. Stay away from buying from them. Shame on you Tifosi!
You get what you pay for. I guess.
... All of my dealings with Tifosi have been outstanding. At the show they were very friendly and helpful. On the phone after the show, they were just as nice. The Marketing Director is one of the best in the biz and has an excellent reputation. All of this entered into my recommendation. I'm just a golfer like the rest here, and only review what I think is the best offered and most of the time products I have spent my hard earned money on. I didn't see FastSunglasses.com on Tifosi's site, nor could I find a website thru Google. If they are not an authorized dealer, perhaps Tifosi does not do business with them. I don't have the answer. Maybe I was duped because I do reviews, but I know Tifosi monitors these forums so I imagine you will hear from them if they are the company I think they are, and your complaints are legit.
... To answer your question, the EC lens is the light purplish shade. The G/T is the yellowish tint. Hope that helps.
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Thanks for the review chisag. I have been shopping for a pair of Tifosi eyewear, but it is difficult since there aren't many dealers that carry the golf lenses in my area. Since you have used the GT lenses as well as the EC lenses, is the view through the GT phototec lens also relatively the same as it darkens? I did have an opportunity to try on a pair with the GT phototec lenses and it tinted everything yellow when I looked out of the store window. I am looking for a pair of the Vogel style with the GT lens (non-phototec) or Dolomite style with the golf interchangble lenses and I am trying to determine if everything will be as "illuminated" and yellow through the GT lens as the phototec lens that I tried on or if there will be some variation. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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thx chisag for clearing up the lens question.
Update - on the fixing of the Tifosi glasses for me, well returned it back to Tifosi HQs - they finally called me (emailed that is), and they glued it back on for me - no charge.
It's only an okay fix - frankly it's poor quality work cuz the glue is evident on the outside of the logo, as it is not done cleanly, you can see the overgluing around the logo. Is it too much to have them send me a new pair? These aren't expensive units per piece. Well, I guess it is.
Again to sum up, low marks for this brand and this company's customer service. I'd recommend not buying from them. I sure won't ever again.
Just a regular guy's POV.
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These are pretty nice...
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these look nice but if glasses have a bottom rim you can see the ball clearly if you have a correct stance with your head tucked down nice and tight, I would recommend the adidas golf or oakley or even callaways have the proper frame on the bottom, none. But to each his own . I've been with and now without and wow! What a difference.