- How clear are Oakley transition lenses?
So I’m looking at a pair of Oakley Crosslinks to wear as day to day specs and have thought about transition lenses but I don’t want to look like “that guy that walks around the office in sunglasses”.
Any user experience? Are they dark enough to use as sunglasses on a not too blazing sunny day?
CheersPosted 6 years agoryreedMember
I have a pair of transitions Oakleys and they are virtually clear when no UV is present – inside the car or in fhe the office for example. They don’t go that dark in the sun but enough to take the glare off . They will still looj reasobly dark to others though. For UK riding I think they are pretty versatile. However, as normal sunglasses less so IMO. For normal glasses, I wouldn’t bother as I don’t think I would get much benefit from them. Hope that helps.Posted 6 years agozilog6128Member
There are numerous different tints available in the transitions lenses. When I bought mine (for Jawbones, in Vision Express) the sales assistant who was allegedly the Oakley “specialist” didn’t know much about the variety of lenses – he had a swatch book containing about a dozen different ones and that was all. Fortunately I had researched what I wanted on the net so he was able to phone Oakley and confirm that all was OK based on what I wanted.
Anyway mine are Black Iridium transitions which go from almost totally clear (only a slight tint effect) to dark enough to be used on a very sunny day (not quite as good as normal super-dark shades but fine, and much more versatile obviously).Posted 6 years agozilog6128Member
I have some clear – black iridium transitions in my Jawbones and they’re light enough to night ride in.
Yeah, I forgot to mention that! Totally fine at night. Basically it makes them the perfect (riding) lens IMO as you can use them in literally all conditions. Probably I’d want a lens that went totally clear though for normal glasses use.Posted 6 years agogrenMember
My wife has just got a pair of prescription Half Jacket transitions. The clear black iridium ones are the best to go for in low light. Apparently they let up 66% of the light get through in darker conditions – more than their other lenses (GR40/V50 or something).
Trouble is this limits your choice of frames. Am looking at a pair for Xmas and most of the frames don’t come with this lens. Think I’m going to end up with Radar Paths.Posted 6 years agogrenMember
My wife has just got a pair of prescription Half Jacket transitions. The clear black iridium ones are the best to go for in low light. Apparently they let up 66% of the light get through in darker conditions – more than their other lenses (GR40/V50 or something). She rides trails and does archery in them and they go almost as dark as her normal Oakleys and are happy in the middle of the forest.
Trouble is this limits your choice of frames. Am looking at a pair for Xmas and most of the frames don’t come with this lens. Think I’m going to end up with Radar Paths.Posted 6 years agowiseprankerMember
I got a pair of Flak Jacket XLJ Oakleys with clear-black iridium lenses off a member on here last week.Posted 6 years ago
I used them at the weekend and going from bright sunshine into some pretty dark singletrack they worked a treat. I’ve not tried them for night riding ye but I think they’ll be ok for it.MountainMutantMember
Can only really agree with the above.
I have vented clear/black iridium lenses in my jawbones. They go totally clear so can commute home at night.
In the summer in the uk they were great too and plenty dark enough.
Have just been riding in Spain last week and again they were great….though for the light out there could have gone a little darker. The only time I really noticed this was sitting at a cafe surrounded by white painted buildings so it was very bright.
Best lens out there in my opinion. So versatile
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