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View Poll Results: Do you prefer standard or vented lenses?
I have both, but I use the standard lens more often.
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4.55%
I have both, but I use the vented lens more often.
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50.00%
I have both styles, and I use them about equally.
3
13.64%
I have just one style, and they're fine. (Please elaborate with comments below.)
6
27.27%
I have just one style, but wish I had the other. (Please elaborate with comments below.)
0
0%
Just meditate on Rule V and ride the damn bike, you pansy. (No need to elaborate.)
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4.55%
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Vented vs. Standard Lenses: Which do you use more often?

Old 12-07-13, 07:13 PM
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Vented vs. Standard Lenses: Which do you use more often?

I am looking at getting a pair of Oakley Radarlock Path sunglasses. I ride year round, from a wind chill in the teens, to a heat index of 100 or more, in rain, sun, and everything in between. I realize there are a lot of variables, such as the fit of the glasses, the size and shape of the person's head, the weather and humidity, etc, but I was wondering if people tended to prefer the standard or vented lenses. If you have used both styles, I would especially appreciate your feedback.
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I only wear vented -- far fewer problems with fogging and freezing
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I have both. +1 on vented.
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I've tried various vented sunglasses and have been disappointed. There are some very foggy mornings that the humidity is so high, it doesn't matter what you're wearing, the moisture won't clear and everything is dripping wet. It doesn't happen often. I've been using Tifosi Roubaix's and the airflow is just as good as the vented lenses. Also, from what I've experienced, the tabs the anchor the lens in the frame around the vent can be very fragile and eventually break. This may not happen with the Oakey's, but since I'm very happy with what I'm using, I don't care to find out.
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I have a pair of Tifosi Slips. Vented. They don't fog up 99% of the time. Close enough for me.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
I only wear vented -- far fewer problems with fogging and freezing
^^^^This!

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Since I bought vented, I haven't used my regular lenses @ all.
-18° wind chill factor the last few days,& I was fine.
My vented fog rarely, but they also clear up without having to wipe them off.
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Originally Posted by FLvector View Post
I've tried various vented sunglasses and have been disappointed. There are some very foggy mornings that the humidity is so high, it doesn't matter what you're wearing, the moisture won't clear and everything is dripping wet. It doesn't happen often. I've been using Tifosi Roubaix's and the airflow is just as good as the vented lenses. Also, from what I've experienced, the tabs the anchor the lens in the frame around the vent can be very fragile and eventually break. This may not happen with the Oakey's, but since I'm very happy with what I'm using, I don't care to find out.
Broken lenses won't happen with Oakleys. I guess you get what you pay for.
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I have the Oakley Racing Jacket with vented lens only. https://www.oakley.com/custom/racing_jacket
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Got a new pair of vented Tifosi Dolomite 2.0 this past summer, haven't fogged on me yet.
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I find my vented only fog up a bit when I stop, it quickly disperses once I start to move.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone! It looks like I will go with the vented lenses as my first choice, but others are still welcome to chime in.
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I usually ride with my pair of Oakley Radarlocks, and I have both vented and regular lenses. While the vented do help dissipate any moisture inside the lens, the problem I have with them is the increased airflow under the lens affecting my contacts. After an hour or so riding with a vented lens, my contacts will begin to dry up, but with a normal lens I can ride all day without any issues. Granted I wear weird toric contacts that suction to my eyeball, it's still an issue to take into account.

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I'm using Tifosi Podium now which are unvented and they did not fog on yesterday's ride. We rolled out at 6 deg F without the windchill. I'm looking forward to trying them on super humid Summer mornings as I hated when my now dead UA's fogged.
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I have a pair of Prescription Oakley Radars that I wear exclusively. I don't think that theyre vented, but I never have any problems with them.
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I have had a set of Oakley Pilots since the mid-1980s. I have four lenses in smoke, orange, yellow, clear. I have never felt the need to get anything else. These have worked beautifully for years. I actually saw a pair on Ebay selling for $600. Don't think I would pay that much for them, nor would I sell mine. Here is a red pair, mine are blue:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1980...item5401d90004

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