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Has anyone tried Bolle's photogromic lens?

post #1 of 6
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Has anyone tried Bolle's photogromic lens?

Supposedly, it changes the shade of the lens and lets you see things better when it's dark and cuts off light when it's bright. Sounds almost too good to be true, but it's something that I've been looking for. 

post #2 of 6

I have the Bolle x-9 OTG with vermillion photochromic lens and it works pretty well.  But, I have determined, after taking a couple of spills, that it totally sucks in flat light.  As long as there is some bright light it's fine. They have two photochromic lenses but other than color there is little difference in transmittance, 65% vs 66% at the high end.  I tried to order the lemon lens which is 76% but they were out of stock, so I've ordered a Smith Prophesy with blue sensor mirror lens for flat light, but will still use the Bolle for bright light. 

 

You might find this useful, http://www.bolle.com/technology/goggle/lens-colors 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
 

I have the Bolle x-9 OTG with vermillion photochromic lens and it works pretty well.  But, I have determined, after taking a couple of spills, that it totally sucks in flat light.  As long as there is some bright light it's fine. They have two photochromic lenses but other than color there is little difference in transmittance, 65% vs 66% at the high end.  I tried to order the lemon lens which is 76% but they were out of stock, so I've ordered a Smith Prophesy with blue sensor mirror lens for flat light, but will still use the Bolle for bright light. 

 

You might find this useful, http://www.bolle.com/technology/goggle/lens-colors 

Thanks for sharing your experience. Mmm. I wonder how accurate the transmittance figures are. I wear Oakley's persimmon goggles and feel ok. Oakley puts the transmittance of their persimmon at 55%, which is even lower than 65% for the photochromic lens. 

 

I might have to just buy a photochromic lens goggle and try out.

post #4 of 6

Yeah, have the vermillion blue and like it. Other day was sunny, I went to pull my gogs down and they were on, didn't even know it so clear. And in the flat light they give just a hint of tint, so all's good. Would recommend.

post #5 of 6

If looking for a lens for flat light/low contrast conditions, I usually suggest something in the 70% VLT range.  Your eyes will thank you.  :cool

 

Brian~

post #6 of 6

Most work well!

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