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    Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:41am
Talking about Oakley A-Frames here.

I have a set with Persimmon lens, works fine for night riding and overcast but not so much when it gets brighter out. So, I need something for brighter conditions. I'd like something for medium-bright light and good colour rendition if possible. I don't care about how I look, only care how things look from my eyes.

-Fire iridium
-Emerald iridium
-Blue iridium
-Black iridium

The wife already has Pink Iridium so don't need another one of those. From what I understand, Fire and Emerald are probably the top options?? I'd appreciate any input.

Thanks in advance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:47am
I used to have Fire Iridium until my friend accidentally stepped on my lens, and now i switched over to Blue..definitely think Blue is the better choice in my opinion

Fire is great when its very sunny otherwise its just an ok lens, where as wearing the blue is great on very sunny and even the medium-bright as you are looking for
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 10:50am
G30, hands down the best all around condition lens Oakley makes IMO.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 11:00am
I agree. The G30's are great for any condition. Makes it easier.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 11:02am
http://www.oakley.com/products/1331/23793

Check out the Lens Tint tool at the bottom of the page.  Gives you an idea of what things might look like through a particular lens, also gives a general description of the intended use of each lens.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 12:54pm
g30 is great and I'm also a fan of the blue iridium. to be honest theres not going to be much of a difference so I always go with looks when it comes to lenses
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 4:37pm
Thanks for the tool. Looks like the Emerald iridium selection is not working at the Oakley site Anyone have experience with emerald?

G30's look pretty good, I have to admit. Colour rendition appears to be better than the blue iridium. So......sounds like G30 and Persimmon should cover most conditions?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 4:39pm
how is the blue iridium in low light?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 5:36pm
G30 would be my first choice. Blue iridium would be second and fire would be third. G30s r super sick looking an work well for high and medium light
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 6:32pm
Black Iridium is the most inexpensive and good in all lights.  If you have some cash to spend I say you go with the Blue Iridium.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2011 at 5:14am
VR28 Black Iridium for me. VR28 lens filters out the blue light and glare, but isn't too dark.

I don't know why it's not in the name, but the Blue Iridium lens is also a VR28 lens with Blue Iridium coating.

FIre Iridium LOOKS cool, but it doesn't have the VR28 lens, which makes a big difference.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2011 at 5:48am
for bright condition, grey which looks like normal shades or fire iridium is good also 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2011 at 9:26am
i have the fire iridium, they look sick and are great for bright conditions, and i like them in medium-brightness too, but once it gets to be dark out, you need to switch goggles/lenses or take them off. i experienced how dark they really are at night on my local high school trip. we go night skiing/boarding and if you dont want to run into people dont get them for night use, you get used to them but dont get them for an all around lens
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2011 at 9:40am
we got the smith to go w/ my phenoms and it's worked out pretty well so far
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2011 at 8:59am
I hope everyone realizes the iridium is the reflective part on the front of the lense not the lense itself. i.e. you can have a grey lense.....or you can have a gray lense WITH black iridium. the iridium helps reflect some of the brighter light or light colors, but the lense color is really what determines the amount of contrast you see. I used to work for oakley btw.

That being said....get a lense good for bright light (grey, bronze, etc) witha fire or black iridium. Those two are the best bright light iridiums in my opinion.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2011 at 10:35am
Originally posted by Backside10


I hope everyone realizes the iridium is the reflective part on the front of the lense not the lense itself. i.e. you can have a grey lense.....or you can have a gray lense WITH black iridium. the iridium helps reflect some of the brighter light or light colors, but the lense color is really what determines the amount of contrast you see. I used to work for oakley btw.That being said....get a lense good for bright light (grey, bronze, etc) witha fire or black iridium. Those two are the best bright light iridiums in my opinion.


The Iridium coating affects lens tint, light transmission, and as a result, contrast.

That being said, you makd a good point. That's why I recommended VR28 Black Iridium, and pointed out that the Blue Iridium lens has a VR28 lens, because the VR28 base lens kicks ass in all conditions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/01/2011 at 1:20pm
The VR28 is a great choice for an all around lense. And yes, the iridium does affect all of those things to some degree, otherwise it wouldn't really have a purpose. 
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