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Lens color: Which best for what?(8 posts)

Lens color: Which best for what?Gator
Jun 24, 2002 10:07 AM
Okay, clear is easy enough. Now, you got your smoke, your yellow, your amber. Far as I know, yellow is good for cloudy days, smoke for direct sun and amber for, uh... I don't know. Any other uses, colors I missed? Are any good all-around?
I use Oakley Jackets- gold iridium for everything.STEELYeyed
Jun 24, 2002 10:15 AM
Jun 24, 2002 2:23 PM
I have a pair of rx oakley twentys with polarized gold iridium lenses and they're perfect for everything but the lowest light conditions.
I use Oakleys...Lens choices can be overwhelming...biknben
Jun 24, 2002 11:21 AM
Choice of brands and lense colors, like shoes or saddles, are very personal.

I use Oakley M frames. I'm embarrassed to say how many lenses I have but I primarily use Grey, Bright yellow, and Clear. For me, grey is for sunny days, yellow for overcast and clear for night rides or when I'm too lazy to clean the other two.

Each lense blocks all UV rays and a certain percentage of visible light. In your case, the lenses fall in the following order by darkness: Smoke, Amber, Yellow, and Clear. Where Smoke would be used for brightest conditions and clear for darkest.
re: Lens color: Which best for what?Fender
Jun 24, 2002 12:22 PM
I have four sets of lenses. Drak grey for sunny days, pretty much always stay on. Red (vermilion) for cloudy rainy days. And clear for track racing at night. Theres a brown lens which I'm not too sure for what it is... but makes for a good back up in case I break or don't fell like cleaning the drak grey ones.
re: Lens color: Which best for what?brider
Jun 24, 2002 12:46 PM
I've used the amber for those "cloudy-bright" days, as they help with contrast. I've also used the "persimmon" (a lighter reddish color) on rainy days. In any case, I like the heightened contrast that these colors provide.
Quick Physics Lessonjose_Tex_mex
Jun 24, 2002 7:08 PM
Amber and Yellow accomplish similar things. Amber tends to block wavelenghs in the blue frequency whereas yellow takes care of the violet. Blue frequencies cause things to look dull. By using sunglasses like those old "blue-blockers" the blue wavelength is blocked by the orange lens (they are complimentary colors) and everything looks sharp. The yellow lenses accomplish a similar task since blue and violet are not that far apart.
As for smoke, this is often a color used to polarize lenses. That just means that you are going to block certain orientations of light. For example, around sun down the rays that blind you are those that are coming from the sun when it is low on the horizon. The polarizing lenses will often get rid of these "glare" rays and let the rest pass. Works great while fishing too!
End product: during the day use dark lenses, during overcast conditions use amber or yellow, when the sun is low (winter time or sun down) use the polarizing lenses.
Smith Slider SeriesNJRoad
Jun 25, 2002 5:32 AM
I like my Smith's. For $95-$100 I have a great fitting frame that doesn't fog on me and 3 lens that cover all of my needs. You can even find these glasses for much less if you don't care what color frame you get.

Also what's the story on polarized? I'd been told not to wear these while riding because you can't always see slick/wet spots without the glare.