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Most All-Purpose Oakley Lens

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Never thought I would fret over a goggle lens color. But when I am paying $75+ on a goggle I want to make sure I have the right lens. I have heard VR28 or Persimmon. Persimmon if you are in more overcast and VR28 if you are in more varied. I need to wear a goggle when I ski (all day) in the north-east. So what is the verdict for most versitle (standard) Oakley lens?
post #2 of 14
if you will be doing any night skiing then ther is virtually no way to get by with one lens, i ski in east and i bought fire lense for sunny to overcast days and Hi intensity yellow/blue for overcast-night skiing conditions.

if your not going to go with night skiing then i would recommend buying one of the goggles with lense that have from 30-50% light transmission.

pink iridium is a very good allround lense but i didnt buy it because i had to buy 2 lenses for 2 different purposes.

H.I blue is amazing for overcast conditions but if the sun comes out ur screwed becus everyhting is really REaLLY bright thats why i bought the fire's
post #3 of 14
I use the persimmon lens on the WISDOM....
I find it versatile enough for most conditions....
post #4 of 14
I agree with the Persimmon. I've got two pairs of of Wisdoms - one with Persimmon and one with High Intensity Blue (having two pairs rather than just switching lenses is perhaps excessive, but its much easier and less chance of breaking a lens) and between the two I can't say there's anytime I wish I had another lens. In very sunny weather the Persimmon isn't as good as a darker one, but it still provides enough protection, while still letting you see when it gets cloudier.
post #5 of 14
The high intensity yellow is great. It high light transmittance (probably around 75%). It can be used in almost any light except for the brightest sunny days.

If you want to balance the light transmittance you can step up to the polarized high intensity yellow with a lower light transmittance and better glare reduction. But be prepared to drop some serious $$$.
post #6 of 14
Another vote for Persimmon.
It's comfortable even when it's really bright (I'm in California) but I can also see very well when it's overcast or when I'm in the shadows. Sure, the this and that mirror surface Iridium lenses look way cooler than the Persimmon lens, but I feel that being able to see better in all typical conditions is more important than looks.

I had a friend who used to have some highly reflective lens, who kept insisting that he could see fine in the shadows, but after trying mine, he switched to a Persimmon lens when he had to buy a new pair of goggles..
post #7 of 14

Oakley lens selection

The answer totally depends on the lighting that you primarily experience. I ski in the East, day and night, and I have found that High Intensity Persimmon is a very good daytime lens. It is dark enough for East coast sunlight(what little there is), and it does a great job in overcast gloom(helps contrast). If you have plans to ski at night, High Intensity Blue is a light enhancing lens. Also, Clear is a more economical choice for a secondary lens. Look at the Transmission Chart that Oakley provides if you want to gauge the differences between lenses and to learn their intended use.
post #8 of 14
I have found that in my A Frames the Blue Iridium works well for most days where there is any glare and High Blue for storm days...
post #9 of 14
the new norm that is working well out west is a lense that lets through about 50% light transmission, but has some type of mirrored finish.

here's why:

1. 50% light transmission will let enough light through for all but night skiing, in any light condition, while not being overly bright on super sunny days (back east with the lower elevations and generally higher humidity the sun is not as bright as out west - making 50% light transmission pretty sweet almost every day).

2. the mirrored finish reduces glare on really bright days while increasing the contrast between shadows and no shadows in flat light conditions FAR BETTER than a H.I. lense ever will.

be aware of H.I. (high intensity) lenses for all around use. they are VERY bright on bright days.they work great in low level light (ie flatlight). I would buy the highest light transmission lense available with a mirrored finish (i guess this means pink iridium but i'm no oakley freak).

another key consideration when buying high-end goggles: MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING A GOGGLE WITH DUAL SPHERICAL LENSES!!!! one thing that is often over-looked is the quality of the optics in the goggles' lenses. the higher the acuity (clarity, or lack of distortion) the lenses have, the better will be your ability to see nuances in terrain, esp. in low level light or at night. make sure both lenses are spherical, not just one.
post #10 of 14
forget oakley and all their hype for nothing.... get a great lense that is actually worth the money like the bolle scream in fire red....
post #11 of 14
Sorrt Maxint, but if Bolle sunglasses are an idication of the quality of their googles then i would not reccomend them. Bought Bolle glasses after wearing Oakleys and the Bolle were not sharp enough, the ground was not clear enough when bike riding etc. The only good thing i can say about them is that the frame is very resistant
post #12 of 14
Another vote for the cheapest lens...Persimmon. It works well on all but the sunniest days.
post #13 of 14
Yeah, I have to say that while you may be able to get comparable optics quality with others, Oakley optics are surpassed by no others. I find they have the best clarity, as well as peripheral vision, in both their goggles and sunglasses. They are expensive, but it's not just for the name, there is a definite quality aspect there.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Canyons
Another vote for the cheapest lens...Persimmon. It works well on all but the sunniest days.
Thanks for all your help. The persimmons look real light and transmit about 60% light and the VR28 about 28% light, I am going with the majority, and getting the perssimon lens. It great having a ski site with such knowledgeable people.
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