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Yesterday 03:57 AM
dave785 i had photochromatic eye glasses back before everyone realized how dorky they were.

The glasses took about a week of use before they started changing tint quickly. IIRC all of the photochromatic glasses were like that. Just leave them out in the sun a bit to loosen them up and break them in.
02-02-2016 02:27 PM
CauseNAffect I have the Smith IO/X with Photocromic. If I place them on my helmet, then onto my eyes it takes about 10 seconds for them to come around in regards to recognizing the light. IDK what kind of riding you're doing, if you're going into caverns then coming back out into the sun consistently, but in simply riding down the hill ALL DAY without having to change your lenses, they're pretty f'n sweet. Anything that means I don't have to touch my lenses or even have them factor into my day in anyway is excellent. I'd rather focus on other things and this goggle let me do that. Never really fog up even with my face mask close. Would reccommend.
11-03-2013 02:32 AM
hardasacatshead
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Originally Posted by sp3000 View Post
Thanks tdn, I'll do as you suggest, I'd love to ride in them but I'm in Australia and it's about 30 degrees C outside so not much snow! I'll be in Canada in March.
Are you suggesting that photochromatic lenses change light transmission based on temperature?
11-03-2013 02:22 AM
ridinbend Was doing some research and found this.

Smith Goggle Lens Guide | Blister Gear Review – Skis, Snowboards, Mountain Bikes, Climbing - The most honest, and in-depth reviews of ski, board, bike, and climbing equipment on the planet.
01-27-2013 02:45 AM
sp3000 interesting point extra0, that may be the case, I could try them out on the beach here to see! But seriously that sounds like it should be fine on the snow.
01-26-2013 09:24 PM
extra0 I tried zeal's photochromic and couldn't tell any difference, even when I did all the crap in their videos to test them out.

As far as the annoying reflections, I have that on my dragon lenses and you don't even notice it on the mtn when you're looking at anything past a couple of feet away. afaik, that reflection is what gives higher definition in flatter light
01-26-2013 08:00 PM
sp3000 cool, great video! Thanks again tdn! mb889, I think you have it nailed, it's a real shame as I thought the smith would be good especially based on the VLT specs 20-50%, it's more like 48-50%! I did pay $100 for the lens alone, amazon have refunded the money so it's not all bad but had I just been going a standard goggle I probably would have bought Oakley's.

If I do decide to go down the road of Photochromic again does anyone have experience with the POC? unfortunately in Australia I don't think anyone sells Zeal so I can't even try them on.
01-26-2013 07:26 PM
tdn Well I can only speak for Zeal, as I have not used Smiths Photochromatic lens. If you aren't happy with them, definitely contact Smith. Any good company logs and appreciates feedback like this. If there's a problem, they'll eventually catch on but the sooner people speak up the quicker they can identify it and fix it.

Here's a video I found that kind of shows the change for a pair of Zeals.


Photochromatic, Polarized & Spherical Goggles by Zeal Optics - YouTube

Watch the whole thing or skip to the 50 second mark for a better comparison.
01-26-2013 10:13 AM
mb889 I have them on my IOx. To be completely honest, I don't notice much difference. I think it may give a little difference in tint compared to the red sensor lens but that's it. I was a little disappointed in the fact that it doesn't seem to change very fast, if at all. I think smith makes a great product but I don't know if these lens are quite there yet. I wouldn't be happy if I paid $100 for the lens alone.
I don't really notice any reflection though unless I really try and look for it.
01-25-2013 06:37 PM
pdxrealtor My buddy I ride with has Zeal PC lenses and he really likes them. We've ridden all kinds of conditions and I've never heard him complain.
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