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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Most versatile goggle lens?

Hi guys,
I am somehow new to the sport, and dont snowboard as often as I wish.
On the slopes I see people talking about how many lens they have, and how they swap them.
Until they bring the yellow lens and the sun comes out and they curse. They change lens the day after, and in 2 hours it becomes a bit darker and foggy, and they wish they had the other lens...
I am always with my cheap goggles with orange lens I bought some years ago.
Thinking of buying a better quality goggle, but dont want to be caught in the swapping lens dilemma and lens carrying trouble.
What should I get? is there a goggle which is more versatile? should I get polarized lens? or what?

thanks in advance
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The orange lens is about as versatile as you can get, I heard red or pink are versatile as well, but I have never tried them. Polarized lenses are not good for night riding.
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how about the Zeal Optics sppx goggles? their lens changes shades. the brighter it is outside the darker the lens is, the darker it is outside the lighter the lens tint is.
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i have a set of oakley splices with the vr50 pink irridium lenses and i really like them for daytime and night riding
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i have spy soldiers with a bronze lens and they work fine both day and night
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how about the Zeal Optics sppx goggles? their lens changes shades. the brighter it is outside the darker the lens is, the darker it is outside the lighter the lens tint is.
Zeal SPPX all the way. I LOVE these goggles. I swear, sometimes I think they do more for my riding than my board (NS Titan), because when I can see every little bump and shadow, I ride more confidently (= faster). They change quickly, they never fog, and the lens is so perfect there is no distortion at all. Plus, they're polarized, so they cut glare when it's sunny, and increase contrast. They aren't cheap, but I really think they're worth every penny.

Btw, just saw an ad in TWS mag for Zeal's new top o' the line goggle, with built-in GPS tracking stats displayed on the inside of the lens.

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I was using persimion in my oakleys a-frames for awhile. then accidently my buddy got me the vr50 pink iridium from oakley..im sold..ill prob use them for everything from here on out.
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I have the oakley a-frames and swap the high intensity yellow and fire iridium lenses.

I just keep the un-used lens in my pants or jacket pocket then swap it out when it gets dark or bright.

my thought here is why get a "versatile" lens that is just okay in most conditions, when you can have the best lenses for the exact condition your in...

Swapping the lenses in and out is pretty easy too, only takes me a minute or less.
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I have the oakley a-frames and swap the high intensity yellow and fire iridium lenses.

I just keep the un-used lens in my pants or jacket pocket then swap it out when it gets dark or bright.

my thought here is why get a "versatile" lens that is just okay in most conditions, when you can have the best lenses for the exact condition your in...

Swapping the lenses in and out is pretty easy too, only takes me a minute or less.
Except oakley lenses are exhorbitantly expensive and buying two lenses is out of the practical price range for most people. But, I do agree if you can afford it.
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I've got some cheapo Scott goggles with the brown lenses. They're great in any light I've had them in, up until dusk, then they absolutely suck in the dark or when the ski hill has lights on. I had half a thought of buying a clear set of goggles, or maybe some yellow or amber. Is there one color that's better than another for nighttime riding, under lights?

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