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Old 07-13-2012, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any goggles that come with hi-visibility lenses?

Hi Guys

I'm currently using two sets of goggles. Oakley A-Frames with Fire Iridium (use these on bright bluebird days) and Dragon Rogues with Pink Ion (45-60% VLT use these for anything other than the brightest days)

Unfortunately I discovered the hard way that with my pink ion lenses in low visibility conditions I could see other people and objects well enough but the snow just looked like a slab of white. This resulted in me hitting a little jump at full speed on a run that I didn't even know was there which didn't end well.

First off would something like hi-vis yellow or clear lenses be significantly better than my Pink Ion lenses?

If so I'm not having any luck finding a goggle that comes stock with this kind of lens (and out here replacement lens cost just as much as a new set of goggles) so if anyone knows of any that do I would love to hear about them.

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Where is "out here"? Plenty of goggles come with lenses that are suitable for low visibility conditions.
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Originally Posted by linvillegorge View Post
Where is "out here"? Plenty of goggles come with lenses that are suitable for low visibility conditions.
Sorry just noticed I forgot to put my location in my profile. I'm located in Sydney - Australia. I'm more than happy to purchase online as well. So if you have any goggle recommendations I'm all ears
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I picked up my Oakley Splices with Hi-Yellow in them, came from a local boardshop. Lots of cloudy/foggy days here, so flat-light goggles are a must. If you go out into the middle of a wide run in fog you're still not going to be able to see shit. However, if you ride near some objects that give your eyes some definition (e.g trees) they work great. I use mine in the sun since I don't have another lens and it gets the job done, everything is just hella bright.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use pink lenses and generally they are great in low light conditions. They are a different brand, but any pink lens should be stronger in low light than in bright conditions.

As Hobo says there are days when you can't tell which way is up down left or right. No goggles will help that until they invent some kind of sonar goggles.
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A lot of manufacturers sell replacement lenses for their more popular goggles so you don't need to buy a new pair of goggles for $150 if you can find lenses for $30-50.

I have the Spy Platoon which came with two lenses (fire, persimmon) and a few weeks later I bought the HIY lens for about $30 and use this mainly for the many overcast days.

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My Oakley Wisdom goggles came with a H.I. Yellow lense. That's the biggest reason I bought them. Out here in the PNW, gray days are the norm, and bluebird is a rare treat.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, I went to one of the biggest snow shops in Australia and they didn't have any goggles with hi-vis lenses or any replacement lenses.

Going by this my pink ion lenses should be decent in low light conditions but it was the lack of definition in the snow which made it really tricky/dangerous.

Since my original post I've been looking into smith goggles in particular the I/O that comes with the "Sensor" lens. This lens is rated at 70% VLT I'm wondering whether it would be much different to my pink ion lens or whether I should only be looking at hi-vis yellow/clear options??
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