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Old 07-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I know there are a few threads out there similar to this one but none that relate specifically to my circumstance (that I've noticed) so thought i'd pose some questions.

Situation:
I've been given Oakley Crowbar goggles as a gift with a blue iridium lens (a lens for relatively bright conditions). I'm concerned that i'll struggle in low/flat light conditions and am thinking of getting one of the lenses below:
  • High Intensity Yellow
  • Ruby Clear Iridium or
  • Hi-Intensity Permission

Questions:
  1. Is it worth getting another lens or will my blue iridium be ok in all conditions?
  2. Is the yellow too bright if the sun decides to come out?
  3. Which low light lens would you recommend?

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Hi everyone,

I know there are a few threads out there similar to this one but none that relate specifically to my circumstance (that I've noticed) so thought i'd pose some questions.

Situation:
I've been given Oakley Crowbar goggles as a gift with a blue iridium lens (a lens for relatively bright conditions). I'm concerned that i'll struggle in low/flat light conditions and am thinking of getting one of the lenses below:
  • High Intensity Yellow
  • Ruby Clear Iridium or
  • Hi-Intensity Permission

Questions:
  1. Is it worth getting another lens or will my blue iridium be ok in all conditions?
  2. Is the yellow too bright if the sun decides to come out?
  3. Which low light lens would you recommend?

Cheers
1. Yes its worth it if you have the cash. Also if you ever plan to go night riding you'll be glad you have a backup lens
2. I have both the hi yellow and emerald iridium a-frames. If the conditions are questionable I normally take both. The yellows are not a problem for sun poking through clouds every now and then, but I prefer the emerald as it gets brighter.
3. Hi yellow, best for low flat light, and nights.
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Thanks for that. I've also read others say they carry spare lenses in their pockets and naturally i just wonder what the chance of them breaking is?!

The crowbars are quite curved so you'd think a bit of pressure in the wrong spot would snap them. I'd love that luxury though
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1. Yes its worth it if you have the cash. Also if you ever plan to go night riding you'll be glad you have a backup lens
2. I have both the hi yellow and emerald iridium a-frames. If the conditions are questionable I normally take both. The yellows are not a problem for sun poking through clouds every now and then, but I prefer the emerald as it gets brighter.
3. Hi yellow, best for low flat light, and nights.
+1 on all of the above.
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It's all about the PINK...!!!

IN low light pink is awesome...
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On super bright bluebird days the yellow isn't perfect but you can get by with it, and otherwise I find its the best lense. If I'm expecting very sunny conditions I go with a brown lense otherwise I go yellow.

I'd say I use the yellow lense 75 per cent of the time that I wear goggles.

I also have a pair of oakley switchlock wraparound sunglasses with a yellow lense and a brown lense.

I put the opposite color lense in the sunglasses and carry those.

On the rare Bluebird day at Whistler for example I will wear the airbrake goggles with dark lense till the end of the day and then as the light goes flat in the seting sun my last part of the day I wear the sunglasses with the yellow lense. More commonly I have the yellow lense in the goggles and if there is really bright sun I pull out the sunglasses with the dark lense.

Personally I think that lense choice for bright light doesn't matter, any darkish tint will do. In the marginal light (which is most days for me) that yellow lense is key.

One other thing, persimmon is too dark, I have it and it is a good choice for a one lense setup but yellow or the pink are true low light lenses.

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