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are polarized goggles worth it?

i have polarized sunglasses for driving and they are great cuz it reduces flare from other cars. what about polarized goggles? i wonder if it's necessary. im thinking about the oakley polarize vr28. thanks.
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On bright bluebird days, HELL YES! They are awesome! I have the Smith Phenoms with a polarized lens and on bright sunny days they are the shit!

However, in flat light conditions, they'll get you killed. In flat light, you can't see the terrain at all.

If you go with polarized goggles, I recommend having a second pair of goggles or getting a goggle with interchangeable lenses so you can have a second, non-polarized lens as well.
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On bright bluebird days, HELL YES! They are awesome! I have the Smith Phenoms with a polarized lens and on bright sunny days they are the shit!

However, in flat light conditions, they'll get you killed. In flat light, you can't see the terrain at all.

If you go with polarized goggles, I recommend having a second pair of goggles or getting a goggle with interchangeable lenses so you can have a second, non-polarized lens as well.
flat light as in overcast cloudy day? i never heard of the flat expression before. yeah i have another h.i. yellow for night riding.
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On bright bluebird days, HELL YES! They are awesome! I have the Smith Phenoms with a polarized lens and on bright sunny days they are the shit!

However, in flat light conditions, they'll get you killed. In flat light, you can't see the terrain at all.

If you go with polarized goggles, I recommend having a second pair of goggles or getting a goggle with interchangeable lenses so you can have a second, non-polarized lens as well.
I agree, I have a pair of Oakley shaun white something shades (goggles mess up my peripheral vision, and throws my balance off). On a sunny day they work great. But on the overcast days, I don't wear them. I've eaten far too many bumps because the polarized lens make the terrain look like a wash. I can't tell you how many times I was launched into the air because I didn't see the bump on an overcast day.
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Yeah, heavily overcast days, snow falling, fog, etc. Can't see shit with polarized goggles in those conditions.
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i swear by polarized lenses in all conditions, on any eye wear i have. my eye are hyper sensative to light. even behind regular sunglasses im squinting when i go outside... its got to be polarized.

its not the polarized coating that makes certain conditions hazardous, its the finish. certain finishes are not optimal for certain conditions. obviously in lower light conitions the polarized finish may not be needed. im a beleiver in rose and yellow tints as well. they heighten definition in low light conditions where any other tint would be simply asking for trouble.

my googgle of choice are electrics... love their glasses as well. EF oakley, way too much for an inferior product. i used to work at a surf shop, electric, anarchy, and hoven are where its at.
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oakley polarized sunglasses are totally worth it.. cant comment on the goggles, but subscribing for other people's answers
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In general, fuck Oakley. Everyone I know with Oakley goggles has fogging issues and too many wankers wear their sunglasses.

One of my buddies came out to ride last week and had a brand new pair of Oakley goggles he had paid like $150 for. I just rolled my eyes and told him he'd soon regret that. Those bitches were worthless after about three runs.

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no. had some but didnt notice a big difference than non-polarized so i sold them.

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my zeal optics links are polarized and extreme low light sensitive. i didn't know having a polarized lens made a big difference for flat-light / night riding, so i guess i lucked out on a combination that satisfied both conditions.

i most go in the afternoon to evening time. polarized goggles are definitely not necessary in those conditions. i can't say much about super bright days, cause i've yet to board in one. i'd say though, for the price difference between polarized and non-polarized lenses, they're not necessary, unless you have really sensitive eyes.

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