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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-09-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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question about lenses

hey guys, basically i want to know if i should get polarized lenses for day time use, in probably gray or amber.

i normally ride at night, therefore i already have the hi intensity yellows for my a frames, i do have another set of goggles for day time, and they are dark gray with a reflective layer, but the thing is in the day time i still cant see the bumps... obviously the hi-yellows are not good for day since they are way too bright and makes everything even brighter, the darker goggles work to make it less bright, but i still cant see the bumps and everything on the snow, the normal eye cant see any of the bumps either

so when its bright, what kind of lens should i use? should i get polarized lens? will that enhance the bumps? (keep in mind i am not looking for all around lens, just something for bright days when the snow is SUPER reflective, i will not use these for night)
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btw ive read that some dont prefer polarized lens because it takes away the reflections causing you not to see the bumps? but i thought that would help.. so i have no idea, ive also read that yellow lenses will help to see the bumps more.. but i really cant use it for day time because it enhances the light way too much and my eyes will have to squint to look through the bright lenses, thanks for the help
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I personally like polarized lenses excpet it can make it a little difficult to distinguish patches of ice.
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mirror? i already have a mirrored day goggle and it still seems that its hard to see for the day. i wonder if i should just wing it, and as long as i dont see people its fine LOL
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mirror? i already have a mirrored day goggle and it still seems that its hard to see for the day. i wonder if i should just wing it, and as long as i dont see people its fine LOL
Lenses have varying degrees of visible light transmission, even mirrored ones. Smith's Sensor Mirror lens has a VLT of 70% whereas Platinum Mirror allows 25%. Even though they are both mirrored, they perform vastly different functions.
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Mirrored lenses are meant for blue bird days when the sun is shining bright. Cost more does not necessarily mean better with goggles. For night, there is no reason to use anything but a clear lense or nothing if its not snowing. The persimmon lens is going to be your best for all around daytime use though I prefer yellow .


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You can't see ice for shit with a polarized lens. You don't know you're on ice until your in full on survival mode. Also, in flat light conditions, everything just looks flat, nice and smooth. I have a polarized lens in my Smith Phenoms and they're for bright sunny days only. But, for bright, sunny, bluebird days with good conditions, they can't be beat. If you're looking for a goggle that does it all though, polarized lenses are NOT the way to go.
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I ride with Anon Realms and have 2 lenses. Blue bird I rock the Red Solex which is 55% VLT, and low light clouds getting rained or puked on I go with Blue Lagoons at 18% VLT.

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You definitely need a mirrored lens for daytime use. Everyone needs to keep in mind that he is using Oakley A-Frames so obviously he can't get Smith Ignitor mirrors. Using yellow for bright days is asking for eye problems. From the sounds of it, you are using the black iridium lens.

For bright days, I am a fan of the Fire Iridium lens. The VR50 Emerald Iridium is nice too. Fire Iridium gives view a deeper hue so if you aren't too big on that, go with the VR50 Emerald. These two lenses are great with contrast so that should help you with the bumps on bright days.


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