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Old 02-01-2011, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm heading to Mammoth Mountain next weekend and would like to upgrade the lenses in my Oakley Wisdoms. 2 options are fairly cheap but not sure which one to go with, the blue iridiums and black iridiums. Most of my boarding is done in so-cal so it's usually sunny. Blue Iridiums go for $78 and the Blacks go for $61. I'm thinking the black but would like some help. Right now I'm rocking the stock persimmon.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What do you want us to tell you? Even if it is sunny, the position of the sun and the type of terrain you will be in most of the time will determine what lens will work best.

During the afternooon when the sun is low on the horizon, you *might* want a really dark lens if you are going to be riding down the slope into the sun. A super dark lens is less important if it is noon when the sun is directly overhead or if you are riding heavily wooded areas with lots of tree cover.
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Agree with Tarzan. One can not predict how the light will exactly be especially a week out.
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Agree with Tarzan. One can not predict how the light will exactly be especially a week out.
So neither of you can recommend which would be a better replacement lens for sunny conditions? I'm looking for something that is more versatile that will give me better contrast than the persimmon, if there is one.
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You choose you lens based on the realtime conditions, not the mountain. SoCal "snowboarders" crack me up.
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You choose you lens based on the realtime conditions, not the mountain. SoCal "snowboarders" crack me up.
Buying 4 different lenses and changing them out during a run is not practical. Sorry if I'm not a real "snowboarder."
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Buying 4 different lenses and changing them out during a run is not practical. Sorry if I'm not a real "snowboarder."
It doesn't make sense to swap out lenses on-site unless you are doing a competition. Take multiple lenses on your trip, and the day of, when you walk outside, you decide your lens. It's not a big deal if it changes slightly.
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Mammoth isnt going to be any brighter than riding Mt. High or Bear so you will probably be fine with what you have right now. But if you really want to spend the dough, get the Black Ir cause the Blue Ir is pretty similar to what you have already, just with more glare protection. Black Ir will have a narrower range of use, but if you see alot of bluebird days, then they'll be worth it.

But don't take my word for it, I'm not a real snowboarder either because of where I live... but I am a real snowboarder because I don't care what Triple8Sol thinks about me. I think I'm pretty much a wash.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ya it sucks in SoCal, snowboard during the winter, surf during the summer, and play with SoCal girls in between. I hate it here.

Have fun at Mammoth.
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snowboard in the winter and surf in the summer??? I thought it was snowboard on saturday and surf on sunday?
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