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Old 02-02-2011, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a pair of Oakley crowbars with fire iridium lenses. They're great until it get's dark out. I was riding last week and it was snowing the entire day. I didn't plan on staying til dark, but conditions were so good I decided to ride all night. Problem was the Fire Iridium were way too dark, but coming down the mountain without goggles in the snow was even worse. I was considering getting a pair of clear lenses for such an occasion, but I heard switching lenses is sorta difficult. How bad is it really? So bad it's worth buying a whole new pair of goggles or is it not even a big deal?
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not entirely sure about the crowbars, but i have the Oakley A frames and switching lenses is pretty easy..although i'm not a fan of carrying extra lenses, i would rather have one that is suitable for day and night
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I have a pair of Oakley crowbars with fire iridium lenses. They're great until it get's dark out. I was riding last week and it was snowing the entire day. I didn't plan on staying til dark, but conditions were so good I decided to ride all night. Problem was the Fire Iridium were way too dark, but coming down the mountain without goggles in the snow was even worse. I was considering getting a pair of clear lenses for such an occasion, but I heard switching lenses is sorta difficult. How bad is it really? So bad it's worth buying a whole new pair of goggles or is it not even a big deal?
It's not bad in good light with warm fingers. Takes about 2 minutes. It's kind of finicky, but not difficult. In the snow, in the dark, with gloves on? Forgetaboutit.
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Swapping lenses should be super easy on the crowbars, i'v e never owned those but i've owned A frames and wisdoms and they were both super easy. You have to be careful handling the lens though because believe it or not my dry hands scratched the inside of my a frame lens real nice.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Swapping goggles is always easier and faster, but spare lenses PLUS spare goggles can come in handy if you're riding with a friend.

Instead of trying to do it with gloves, swap lenses while wearing glove liners.
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I have a pair of Oakley crowbars with fire iridium lenses. They're great until it get's dark out. I was riding last week and it was snowing the entire day. I didn't plan on staying til dark, but conditions were so good I decided to ride all night. Problem was the Fire Iridium were way too dark, but coming down the mountain without goggles in the snow was even worse. I was considering getting a pair of clear lenses for such an occasion, but I heard switching lenses is sorta difficult. How bad is it really? So bad it's worth buying a whole new pair of goggles or is it not even a big deal?
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the crowbars and I took out my lens to custom color change my own frames... its not hard at all.. but its not something I think I'd want to do regularly at the mountain.. deff something I'd rather do at home so everything is ready for when I get there. Just practice taking out your lens now and pop it back in and you'll have an answer to your question


Here's the instructions for the A frame.. its basically the same exact thing with the crowbars.

Oakley Wisdom and A Frame Goggle Lens Changing Instructions
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help guys. I guess I'll go ahead and get a pair of lenses.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Me personally, I'd much rather just get another pair. I had some A Frames that got fucked up from switching the lenses too much. I wasn't even doing it that much really, probably six times. The little foam pieces on the A frames that the lenses clip into are cheap. After a while those things wear and it won't clip in correctly. This results in air seeping in and will make them a bit useless. I no longer switch lenses, I picked up some blue iridiums and can use them in pretty much all conditions. I wish they would make those little notches stronger. Obviously it is balancing act since they have to give a little to snap in.
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Too hard. Get two sets of Googles.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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its easy, not enought to swap on the slopes.. just watch the foam on top.. i had a finger into it w/out knowing.. and i have a hole now.
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