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Photochromic sunglasses: Worthwhile? Suggestions?

Old 05-11-11, 07:45 AM
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Photochromic sunglasses: Worthwhile? Suggestions?

So last night as I was leaving work to start the commute home, it started to rain. While I was messing around with my rain cape, I set my sunglasses down somewhere to get things adjusted and never grabbed them again. I was maybe a half mile away when I reallized I'd forgotten them, but when I rode back, they were gone. Fortunately, they were cheapie performance quatro (or something like that, low end multi lens glasses) so I'm only out like $20-25.

I'm in the market for a replacement pair. I like having different lenses for different situations, but I hate carrying them all around with me if I'm riding and I know the conditions are going to change (morning/evening, stuff like that). Mainly (unless it's actually dark out) I ride with an amber lens or the darkest lens. Not liking to carry (and change out - especially if I've got dirty fingers) multiple lenses got me to thinking about those photochromic (I think that's what they're called) sunglasses that change darkness based on the amount of light outside.

Do they really work well? Enough so that I could use them as my only cycling glasses through a broad range of lighting conditions? I do have a couple of sets of nice safety glasses that I used to ride with if they're good for all conditions but actual night so I could go back to using the safety glasses when it's fully dark out.

Anybody have a good source or brand/model for a relatively inexpensive pair they like? I'd prefer not to go above say $50-60. As I mentioned I just lost a pair (though it lasted me a year) so I'd prefer not to drop a ton of cash on something I'd lose again and much above that and it'd be cheaper to buy two pairs of the generic el cheapo multilens and just keep the preferred lens in each and just grab the right one based on the conditions.
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Old 05-11-11, 08:04 AM
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If you want prescription lenses, get Transitions Xtra Active(they can be made as just sunglasses..no Rx also). The other stuff I haven't a clue about. For riding in varying conditions and into dusk, they can't be beat. Carrying multiple lenses/glasses is idiotic IMHO.
The only time I carry multiple pairs is for fishing. Have to have polarized lenses for fishing. But at dusk you have to switch back to regular or photochromic lenses.
I'd imagine the 'generic' photochromic lenses work well enough today although they used to be junk.

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Yeah, I don't need prescriptions (yet at least).
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i've been riding and racing in rudys with Rx transitions lenses for years now and theyre awesome.

its great to have the convenience of my Rx in lenses that work as sunglasses or straight eyeglasses on my pre-dawn commute in one lens.
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I like polarized lenses. They knock down the glare better than other sunglasses I have used. They tend to be expensive but Costco usually has some in your price range.

My prescription glasses have transition lenses and they are not near dark enough for me. I don't feel like I am wearing sunglasses at all with them. They are about 3 years old so unless there is newer technology on the market, I wouldn't get them.
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Be sure to check the range of any photochromic lenses. They vary in how dark or light they can get. Tifosi has some nice ones in the $50 range.
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Transition Xtra Active gets a LOT darker. I hear ya about the old Transitions. I sell them and I didn't like them(when they first came out). Was hard to sell something you didn't like. Xtra Active is a whole new puppy.................AND...they now have polarized Transitions but they have a funky color to them and stay a bit dark(not bad). Regular polarized are the best SUN lens made. But at dusk you now have a problem. Yeah you can take them off but you no longer have eye protection.
I wear my regular Oakley Rx frames with progressive(bifocal) Transition Xtra Active lenses(Oh and I don't have to pay for them )

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I have two pairs of photochromic lenses, one pair dark to darker, the other pair light to mid-dark. The light to mid-dark pair is great for dusk. So yeah, get a pair.
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Originally Posted by TassR700 View Post
Be sure to check the range of any photochromic lenses. They vary in how dark or light they can get. Tifosi has some nice ones in the $50 range.
+1.

https://www.trisports.com/tifosi-slip...unglasses.html

I've been using these and they have been great in all light conditions.
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Photochromic sunglasses: Worthwhile?
Yes.

Suggestions?
Tifossi.
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Here are a couple of links on polarized and photochromic lenses.


https://www.livestrong.com/article/24...ed-sunglasses/

https://www.livestrong.com/article/25...ic-sunglasses/
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Tifosi are nice. I don't like my sunglasses very dark, so I chose a pair that block just enough glare and brightness for me. There is a range, so pick based on your personal preference.
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I especially like them for commuting because I used to start before sunrise, and the photochromic ones were light enough to ride at night, and dark enough to cut the glare during the day. Keep in mind they're never as light as clear lenses and never as dark as dedicated sunglasses, but a very good compromise.

Performance has some decent photochromic sunglasses for $40 (Scattante Team PCL). I have a pair of them and they work fine, although the nose slips a little on my super sweaty face. Tifosi has an assortment of them at the $60 mark.
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Thanks. Decided to give the Tifosi Slip a try as I found it at Campmor for the same price as those Scattantes. They claim to go from moderate (37%) to low (12%) light transmission. We'll see. Sounds like if that's true, I'll lose the high contrast, high transmission of my yellow lenses, but I'm so looking forward to not having to carry around multiple lenses and if the 12% number is real that doesn't sound too much worse than what I was using.

Looks like I'll be without for a few days until they arrive, but I'll just have to deal or use my other sunglasses that are much less idea for cycling.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
So last night as I was leaving work to start the commute home, it started to rain. While I was messing around with my rain cape, I set my sunglasses down somewhere to get things adjusted and never grabbed them again. I was maybe a half mile away when I reallized I'd forgotten them, but when I rode back, they were gone. Fortunately, they were cheapie performance quatro (or something like that, low end multi lens glasses) so I'm only out like $20-25.

I'm in the market for a replacement pair. I like having different lenses for different situations, but I hate carrying them all around with me if I'm riding and I know the conditions are going to change (morning/evening, stuff like that). Mainly (unless it's actually dark out) I ride with an amber lens or the darkest lens. Not liking to carry (and change out - especially if I've got dirty fingers) multiple lenses got me to thinking about those photochromic (I think that's what they're called) sunglasses that change darkness based on the amount of light outside.

Do they really work well? Enough so that I could use them as my only cycling glasses through a broad range of lighting conditions? I do have a couple of sets of nice safety glasses that I used to ride with if they're good for all conditions but actual night so I could go back to using the safety glasses when it's fully dark out.

Anybody have a good source or brand/model for a relatively inexpensive pair they like? I'd prefer not to go above say $50-60. As I mentioned I just lost a pair (though it lasted me a year) so I'd prefer not to drop a ton of cash on something I'd lose again and much above that and it'd be cheaper to buy two pairs of the generic el cheapo multilens and just keep the preferred lens in each and just grab the right one based on the conditions.

I absolutely love photochromic lenses because they work really well and eliminate the need to carry multiple lenses. I commute to work often and at different times of the year ride in the day then at night so they're a great. Tifosi makes some in your price range so check them out.
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I decided to try the Scattante Team photochromatic sunglasses and love them. They are well vented so they rarely fog and are very durable. They came with 2 set of lens, light grey and orange. The light grey is just right, not too dark. They claim the lens darkens by 38% and I don't see that, but I do notice a subtle change. I won't lose any sleep if I lose them or damage them since they are well under $50. Not sure if this is identical to mine, but they are on sale now here.
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+1.

https://www.trisports.com/tifosi-slip...unglasses.html

I've been using these and they have been great in all light conditions.

Another recommendation for Tifosi.

This past winter I switched to contact lenses, so I was able to ditch my prescription photochromic sunglasses (which couldn't be made in a wrap-around style due to my prescription). I looked at a variety of options, and went with the Tifosi Pave with their "light night" photochromic lens. I've been out everything from really bright sun to late evening dusk, and the level of light transmission with these lenses has always been perfect, IMHO. For the price ($60-ish), I don't think they can be beat.
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Photochromatic is great. I use the Rudy Project Rydon's in racer red photochromatic. They go from about 40% light transmission to something like 10% light transmission. I ride them 100% of the time unless at night, when I use clear.

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We are sponsored by XForce from Taiwan. They give use photocromic riding glasses (Aurora Pro) and some lifestyle glasses (Armor) as well. I use the riding glasses even at night for our weekly world's.

I've been pretty happy so far.
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OK, reading everyone's response now I am interested in these photochromic sunglasses too. I discounted them because I my glasses have Transition lenses and do not get dark enough. I wear contacts and ride at night on occasion.

I hear that there is also a polarized version of the photochromic sunglasses, has anyone tried them?
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I discounted them because I my glasses have Transition lenses and do not get dark enough.
They don't get very dark at all. They do cut down the glare, however, so it makes tolerating bright conditions much easier.
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I don't like photochromic lenses. I have had several pairs of Smiths with them, and they are usually too light for bright conditions, and too dark for low light conditions. I prefer sunglasses with changeable lenses if I'm worried about changing light conditions.

I didn't know there was people who still bought unpolarized lenses these days! Smiths are polarized and photochromic, I don't know about anyone else though.
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They don't get very dark at all. They do cut down the glare, however, so it makes tolerating bright conditions much easier.
Is this dark enough for you? These are the perscription Transition Xtra Actives in a Ray-Ban frame.
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Apparently the Xtra Actives are a new version of Transitions because the originals just didn't do it.
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Is this dark enough for you? These are the perscription Transition Xtra Actives in a Ray-Ban frame.
Hell if I know. I just know the Scattante ones weren't as dark as my regular sunglasses. But like I said, it was enough. So yeah, yours are probably "enough".
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