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Sunglasses with Transition/Photochromatic Lenses: Anyone Try?(6 posts)

Sunglasses with Transition/Photochromatic Lenses: Anyone Try?Coot72
Jan 23, 2004 4:21 PM
Has anyone tried sunglasses for cycling with photochromatic lenses? It seems like a good idea, at least in theory. Rather than changing lenses for different light conditions, photochromatic lenses might be more versatile for most everyday riding conditions.

Kinda sort ofGuidosan
Jan 23, 2004 5:36 PM
I don't use true sunglasses, but rather being a nerd, I use safety glasses. I have the Genesis model from Uvex that I can swap out the lenses. I use the dark lens as regular sunglasses for normal day rides, but I will also swap in lens called, SCT-reflect 50 when I commute. They only block 50% of the light, but go from clear in low light conditions to a mirrored finish in sunlight. This is great when I commute since my ride in is toward the sunrise and my ride home is in the dark. This way I don't worry about bringing the clear lens for the trip home. In all honesty, I don't think they work as well as regular sunglasses, but I like the idea of the lens changing with the light conditions.
I think they're greatMerckxMad
Jan 23, 2004 7:45 PM
I bought a pair of prescription AirQuests from Optilabs in the UK, and I think they're great. They turn nice and dark on bright days, but remain light grey in the shade and on cloudy days. They go completely clear indoors and inside the car.
Yes, with excellent results.giro_man
Jan 24, 2004 10:02 AM
I use prescription bi-focal Transition lenses with Oakley X-metal frames. These are my regular eyewear, on and off the bike. Transition lenses have been improving over time to the point that in very bright sunlight they darken deeply blocking a high percentage of the light. They also lighten quickly when the light situation changes. There are various types of Transition lenses; and, there is one type that is specific to outdoors. It may even be called Transition Outdoors. There are some possibilies for you to investigate.

My Transition lenses are polycarbonate rather than regular plastic - you do have a choice. Polycarbonate is stronger - it is the "glass" used in airplane windows. I also mountain bike and my choice for polycarbonate was determined by my concern for the flying rocks kicked up by passing dirt bikers.
Used toKerry Irons
Jan 24, 2004 5:54 PM
For a couple of decades I used Bausch & Lomb photo chromatics (bown) in an aviator style. They were glass with metal frames and quite expensive, but they worked really well for cycling and for skiing. I switched to plastic for lighter weight and corrosion resistance - it's a rare day when dark glasses aren't right for outdoor use. I do switch to clear lenses for commuting in the dark, which I didn't need to do with the B&Ls. If the price was right, I'd happily go back to photo sensitive lenses, but I suspect that the price is not that good. The principle is fine, however.
re: Sunglasses with Transition/Photochromatic Lenses: Anyone Trynalsdixit
Jan 24, 2004 6:54 PM
been using prescription glasses with plastic photochrome lens for years. bought a pair of killerloop sunglasses and switched the lenses. to me it is the best option available. no inserts in sunglasses etc, no hassle if day gets very overcast or you need to ride in the evening, night.
wonder why more people do not use them, esp if you need prescription glasses