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Best lens for overcast days

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I skied Cannon yesterday for the first time in a while and it was overcast most of the day - no surprise there.

I was using the Oakley Pink Iridium lenses and I was having trouble with seeing surface changes. Unforunately, I did not bring my other goggles, but I wondered if I would have been better off with persimmon, high intensity blue (an Oakley yellow lens), or something else.

Any input based on experience would be appreciated.
post #2 of 18
The various "high intensity" or "Hi lite" lenses are best for low light, next best are the clear lenses. I would think your Oakleys would have been a better choice.
post #3 of 18
Smith sensor mirror- best night, overcast, and afternoon shade lenses EVER, and unlike the Oakley hi-intensity lenses, they wont burn out your retinas in the sun.
post #4 of 18
Yellow.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
Smith sensor mirror- best night, overcast, and afternoon shade lenses EVER, and unlike the Oakley hi-intensity lenses, they wont burn out your retinas in the sun.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Based on the replies, I bought a pair of Smith sensor mirrors. When it got cloudy at Sunapee yesterday, I switched to them. (I had been wearing Spy Orbits with the Persimmon Silver lens.) Very happy with the Smiths in the cloudy conditions.
Thank you!
post #7 of 18
Too late, obviously, but another vote for the Smith Sensor Mirror lens (and for the Turbo Cam frames).
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
Smith sensor mirror- best night, overcast, and afternoon shade lenses EVER, and unlike the Oakley hi-intensity lenses, they wont burn out your retinas in the sun.
+1, you can't go wrong with them. They aren't bad in bright sun either.
post #9 of 18
Adidas yellow.
Oakley suck compared to Adidas except for their superior propaganda.
post #10 of 18
sensor mirror lens is fantastic. At Alta in near whiteout conditions earlier this year I could still see somewhat while everyone else with me was practically blind. And they even are good on partly cloudy days (typical EC weather) and are great in grey/overcast days.
post #11 of 18
I'm really getting curious about this sensor mirror lens.

I own four oakley lenses as I can swap them between my two frames. The hi yellow is fricking bright. Even on a white-out day, I'm squinting and wishing I had my basic persimmons. I don't like them anymore. Also, they only exagerate the light, they don't exagerate the shadows which would in-turn exagerate the contrast as most tinted lenses do. I do a lot of night skiing too and even then just prefer my clears. The hi-yellow has become my least favorite lens compared to the persimmon, clear, and Bronze Iridium. (although fogging is never an issue, just to clear that point up.)

Next year I'll buy a fire iridium as well as an H.I. persimmon. Maybe I'll justify buying a smith, but I love having compatible lenses and frames. Nonetheless, I'm a visibility freak and pay attention to these reviews and I have read heaps about this sensor mirror.
post #12 of 18
On overcast days I use yellow tinted Carrera Kimeriks; on bright days same brand pink or grey tinted to reduce the glare and reveal terrain. If it's warm I will also use Gargoyle sunglasses.
post #13 of 18
Smith Sensor (sensor doesn't imply light changing tint, it's just a name)

About 70% transmission, usable at night, in low light, and all but the brightest days.
post #14 of 18
Giro Gold Boost
Smith Sensor Mirror
Oakley Hi-Intensity

All Great Lens For Low/Flat east coast light
post #15 of 18

I have found the Habervision lens to be like turning on the lights on a flat light day, plus EpicSkiers get 50% off with this link and they arrive in a couple of days: http://www.habervision.com/default.aspx?code=weems 

I have the Prima goggle with the flash lens.  

post #16 of 18
I have found that responding to 3 year old threads is mind numbingly retarded.
post #17 of 18
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I have found that responding to 3 year old threads is mind numbingly retarded.

Why go out of your way to call names?  None of those responses injured you in any way.
post #18 of 18
It also ought to pointed out WHY yellow, amber or rose colored lenses are better on snow in flat light.

Just as with glacier ice, the shadows in snow are slightly blue.  Any lens that blocks blue light more than the warmer colors will darken those shadows more than the surrounding snow, thus increasing contrast.

Yellow, amber and rose colored lenses all do that, albeit with slightly different spectra.
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