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Old 01-08-10, 07:08 PM   #1
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Clear or yellow sunglasses for winter commuting,

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I am getting a Rx sunglasses for Winter commuting in mostly cloudy and rainy condition. I leave the house in the dark and coming home in daylight. I can only afford one set of lenses now. Which one should I buy clear %92 light transmission or yellow %87? is %5 different in light transmission noticeable? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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I don't have Rx glasses but, I winter commute with clear safety glasses that have a very, very light smoked lense. They work well in all light conditions.
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i've heard that yellow can improve contrast a perceived acuity but clear lenses are always a safe bet.
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i've heard that yellow can improve contrast a perceived acuity but clear lenses are always a safe bet.
Works out like that for me.
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Works out like that for me.
xtrajack, so you went with yellow.
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Hi,

I am getting a Rx sunglasses for Winter commuting in mostly cloudy and rainy condition. I leave the house in the dark and coming home in daylight. I can only afford one set of lenses now. Which one should I buy clear %92 light transmission or yellow %87? is %5 different in light transmission noticeable? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Photochromic that block 100% UVA & UVB.
Example that I use: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Produc...2_172609_-1___

(And I see they are now half what I paid...grrrr.)
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Photochromic that block 100% UVA & UVB.
Example that I use: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes//Produc...2_172609_-1___

(And I see they are now half what I paid...grrrr.)
I need prescription with mine so cannot that particular pair but clear lenses then.
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I need prescription with mine so cannot that particular pair but clear lenses then.
I overlooked the Rx part.
Here is a link I saved that someone posted some time back which might be of interest to you:

http://www.libertysport.com/products...?codectgr=1014
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I use yellow for commuting in the dark. Seems to increase contrast without making it darker.
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I have a hard time believing than yellow would work in low light conditions. I use the my clear lense for anything I need see detail with. I do carry regular sunglasses for the sunny days. Clear lenses will be much more versatile if you are on a budget imho.


Edit: I will try some yellow tints.

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I tried both and feel clear lenses work better when it's dark. I wear these and they don't fog up on me.

and they're on sale for $8.46! http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com/swgost9.html

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I'm using yellow because that's all Home Depot had in the style I wanted. They seem to be fine in the dusk I've ridden in, but next time I'll probably go with the clear.
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Yellow all the way. I have yellow tinted goggles and I found it actually improved darker rides and it protects against sun-glare, where clear ones will not protect your eyes.
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I realize this isn't a suggested color, but i routinely ride with my red/rose tinted glasses and i love it. It seems to "brighten" up the day in a pleasing way even though its actually darkening everything. I can't explain it.

I have yellow lens' for my Oakley half jacket's and i find it darkens the world too much as oppose to the red/rose color. Give it a try next time you go to the sunglass store. Normally they let you walk outside with them to try it out.

edit: another reason i am opposed to yellow is that i don't like the perpetual "sunset" look it gives the world. Kinda depressing when the sun is going down all day long. Know what i mean?
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I went with what they call a shooter yellow tint on my prescription glasses, that I wear on a daily basis. I found for me, they seemed to cut the glare of other car lights at night, improve contrast and they seem to brighten dark overcast days. I hadn't noticed any discernible down side to them.
I have been wearing shooter yellow glasses now for about 15 years.
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I have a cheap set of glasses off ebay, they have 4 lenses. Clear, yellow, tinted, and heavy tint. I find that the yellow helps increase contrast in low light conditions - it takes some getting used to, but they are pretty good.
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My cycling glasses came with both. Does not cost much more.. I prefer the yellow.. Agreed with the sentiments about contrast.. But, yellow helps when the idiot drivers ahead blind you with their bright lights.. I do prefer clear, should there be a hint of fog....
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Yellow all the way. I have yellow tinted goggles and I found it actually improved darker rides and it protects against sun-glare, where clear ones will not protect your eyes.

x2 I snowboard with yellow goggles, and it does everything this guy says. I am buying some yellow lens for my Flak Jackets as we speak. Never thought of it for cycling, but I am positive it would help.
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Prescription, I just went with Transitions lenses.
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Prescription, I just went with Transitions lenses.
I've been wearing yellow shooting glasses year-round, night and day, for at least 20 years, maybe longer. I just got some yellow transition motorcycle glasses with anti-fog lenses and have been loving them so far this year. Note how they don't look yellow in these pics - I've even had comments from co-workers wondering why I am wearing sunglasses at 6am before the sun comes up.

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I've even had comments from co-workers wondering why I am wearing sunglasses at 6am before the sun comes up.
My answer would be: "When you're cool, the sun is always shining."
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I prefer yellow. It works great on snowy overcast days and knocks down glare at night from headlights. If I could afford both, I would still just buy yellow, better all around winter lens color for me.
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I've been wearing yellow shooting glasses year-round, night and day, for at least 20 years, maybe longer. I just got some yellow transition motorcycle glasses with anti-fog lenses and have been loving them so far this year. Note how they don't look yellow in these pics - I've even had comments from co-workers wondering why I am wearing sunglasses at 6am before the sun comes up.

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Yellow it is. I placed the order. Will get it in 3 weeks or so. I figure it cannot be any worse than riding with my regular prescription glasses which was never meant for all weather outdoor activities.
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I prefer yellow day or night. They heighten contrast and brighten up a dull day.
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