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Old 11-08-2008, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i have decided on the oakley a-frames, but im not sure whether i shud get the hi yellow, hi persimmon, or pink iridium. i dont really board at night cuz crystal mountain doesnt have that option, but crystal is really cloudy and very rarely has sun. so wud hi yellow be good? thnx for ur input
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i actually bought some of the hi yellows for nighttime shreds, i would imagine that even under cloudy conditions you would want to reduce some of that snow glare, i'd recommend go with somewhat of a darker tint
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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VR50 Emerald Iridium.

Oakley claims 30% VLT, but they also claim Blue Iridium (a VR28 base) to be 30%... so something's off.

A little pricey, but will hold up as a very good all-day lens for the PNW.

Pink Iridium might be a little too clear for your liking (it's more of an all-purpose flat-to-twilight-to-night lens).

HI lens are primarily for night riding.
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The majority that I see are smith sensor mirror and what I use and they work fairly well, don't know what the oakly equalivent.
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Oakley equivalent would be Pink Iridium or HIPersimmon.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not a whole lot of sunny days up here I'm afraid. I'd suggest going with the light yellows. (I love the Smith Sensor Mirror)
And they should all be 100% UV blocking anyway, so even on the sunny days your eyes are safe.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use some sort of iridium/ionized/mirror lenses when it's bright, but regular old persimmon when it's not. Def need to find something better for those overcast low-light days....which is ALL the time in the NW
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I posted this in another thread, hopefully it helps you guys out some with your lens choices

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A mirror coating on the lens won't affect the color through which you are looking. For example, a pink lens may have a silver or blue mirror coating, but it is still a pink lens and will filter light accordingly.

* Clear lenses are best for extremely stormy conditions or for riding at night
* Lemon (yellow) lenses are best for stormy conditions and overcast days. They increase contrast and brighten up the landscape
* Vermillon (pink) lenses increase contrast in most conditions. This lens with a silver mirror is ideal for most riding conditions
* Citrus (orange) lenses also increase contrast and are great for bright days. Choose an option with a mirror to get a darker lens for the brightest conditions
* Purple lenses are good in low-light conditions such as overcast and snowy days, because they bring out shadows and contours in flat light
* Modulator or photochromic lenses change from a light pink/orange to a dark pink/orange depending upon the light conditions. They are a very light, high-contrast color for stormy weather and dark enough for the brightest days
* Polarized goggle lenses can cut the glare that reflects from snow or ice
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