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    Sunglasses for evening rides?

    I ride most evenings right up until dusk, and the bugs are really getting bad along the river. I like Oakley sunglasses but looking for any options that will work for evening light, nothing too dark.
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    If you like your frame, maybe you can swap out lenses for different lighting conditions.

    Here's some info on lens color choices: https://www.vsp.com/lens-tints.html

    If your particular Oakleys don't allow for swapping lenses, I'd recommend checking out Rudy Project. I've got two pairs of their sunglasses and really like them.

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    I like my Tifosis - I have the Stelvio and Dolomite 2.0 (they're so cheap you can own a couple pairs!) In the evening you can use either the AC Red or Clear lens for night. If you're not a sunglass head - optics are more than adequate. IMHO.

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    My serfas glasses has interchangeable lenses and I like my glasses alot. Only about 60$ or so for frames + 4 lenses.

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    I like my photochromic Tifosis. They lighten up enough for dusk riding.
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    I use clear lenses during my early morning commute, and at night. I usually use a pair of Arnet's (they changed their name to arnette in the mid 90's) I have had for about 20 years.

    My Oakley Radar lock Path's came with a clear lens I can interchange with the regular polarized lens.

    I almost always ride with sunglasses. If not my eyes get bothered by things like wind, sand and bugs.

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    I use Oakley Radarlock with Photochromic lenses. Great for almost all conditions.

    For mountain biking, the trails I ride have lots of shade.. so even the photochromic lens I have doesn't go clear enough. So I built up a pair of Oakleys with clear lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    I ride most evenings right up until dusk, and the bugs are really getting bad along the river. I like Oakley sunglasses but looking for any options that will work for evening light, nothing too dark.
    Oakley Radarlocks. Mine came with jade iridium lenses and another pair of much paler lenses. I've only ever used the pale lenses once (the day I started a ride before dawn and it never brightened up enough to need the darker ones). I finished the ride in the dark but by then I'd taken the glasses off because the rain and road spray meant I couldn't see much through them.
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    +1 on the photochromatic Tifosi Fototec lenses. I don't ever worry about what lenses to use anymore. It doesn't matter if it is raining, bright sun, dusk, or overcast, I put on the same glasses and they adjust for me. I have the Tifosi Tyrant with the smoke fototec lens.

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    I'm a believer in disposable safety glasses for dusk/dark. No worries about keeping up with or dropping them and I always have some spares laying around.

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    Lenses are interchangeable on EVERY Oakley model except the Mag Switch or early Zeros, which I'm fairly certain you don't have. Buy some clear lenses for your frame or get a cheap pair of half jackets on ebay. I'm partial to my Zeros with Gold Clear Iridium for dusk riding.

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    Any Tifosi model with the "Light Night Fototec" lens: Fototec | Tifosi Optics Sunglasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoota View Post
    I like my photochromic Tifosis. They lighten up enough for dusk riding.
    This. And for me, they lighten up enough for night riding.
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    Get some Oakley replacement lenses. Light grey or VR50 are probably the easiest options.

    I've got the the Light Gray (~40% VLT), those are good until sunset. Anything with a light transmission of >35% will be good until about sunset (depending on your low light vision). Higher values will be better until later in the evening. I use the light grey as my everyday riding lens. Its enough tinting for everything but the brightest days, and it works well in shadows, overcast and dusk conditions.

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    i agree with the person that mentioned safety glasses. i used to love riding at night, and that's all i used at night, because i was looking for eye protection and nothing more. you can get the 3M's with clear or yellow lenses at Home Depot for less than $10 or $15 tops...

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    I haven't found any cheap safety glasses that fit as well as my Oakleys with clears. I've wasted $40 or so dollars buying random safety glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSame View Post
    I haven't found any cheap safety glasses that fit as well as my Oakleys with clears. I've wasted $40 or so dollars buying random safety glasses.
    i guess i just got lucky than. and i have long eye lashes, so it's tough for me to find wraps that work well, because most of the time my eyelashes will hit the lenses on the ones that fit my face well. so i use a pair of Ironman (Foster Grant) sunglasses for anything before 8:00pm and a pair of 3M clear safety glasses for anything after 8:00pm...

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    You need a pair of these:



    Light up the night yo.

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    just get something with clear lenses, need as much light transmission as possible.
    Can't understand using photochromatic's in dark conditions
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    I use the Smith Pivlock V2 Max, it comes with 3 lenses out of the box, one being clear, and another their 'ignitor' lens, which I use in low light conditions that don't call for the clear. The best thing about them is there is no top brim to the frame, so nothing gets in the way when looking up the road while in the drops.

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    my 2 cents: I use clear racquetball glasses ... but those glasses mentioned above which tint in sunlight and then go clear when it gets dark out, look pretty darn amazing!
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    I like Native Nano2. They're light, and you can swap lenses depending on light conditions (though you only get 2 lens sets initially). Plus, if they break for any reason (including bike wrecks) they'll fix/replace for free!
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    I have a pair of Oakley Jawbones (Racing Jacket now) with some Transitions lens...they become clear enough to use at night.
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    Thanks everyone for the info looking into many of these.
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    I have a pair of Bolle shiny black that start clear and get to about 50% - that's my go-to set of dusk or dawn specs. My Oakleys came with a pair of light orange lenses (can't remember what they call them) that I'll use when I start at dawn and it's overcast. They're tolerable at night but obviously clear is better.

    Transitional lenses don't necessarily start at 100% light transmission though, so pay attention if you go that route. Some transition from pretty dark to Ray Charles dark, which is not what you're looking for.

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