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    Posted: Feb/25/2013 at 8:48pm
Yay or nay on polarized lens and why or why do t you like them? Bout to pony up the cash for a polarized goggle.
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  Quote BoxStomper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2013 at 4:04am
Yeah, its just like sunglasses. you throw on a polarized Oakley lens on a bluebird day and trust me, you wont ever go back. Unless you get lots of bluebirds id be hesitant to spend the money. My Black Iridium Crowbars work great on bright days
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  Quote VermontRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2013 at 4:23am
I love polarized sunglasses, but I don't really think polarized goggle lenses are worth it.
Polarized lenses cut down on glare, and that usually isn't a problem when I ride, and actually being able to see the glare from ice patches can help you out. I also rarely use a dark lens in my goggles, just because it is usually cloudy when I ride. So to sum it up, I ride icey, overcast conditions on the east coast, and don't see the need for them. 99% of the time I ride, I use a yellow lens.
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  Quote BoxStomper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2013 at 5:09am
That is great point. My mountain faces north when I go down. So even during the day there are some shadows. 80% of the time when I ride I use my HI. Yellow Oakley Crowbars. Black Iridium is for when there is literally no clouds. I rarely use it here, but it depends on the lighting at your hill I guess. For me, the HI Yellow is the best lens Oakley has made. But for me its not worth the cash to spend on a Polarized when nits rarely used here
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  Quote BudAshes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2013 at 7:07am
I love polarized sunglasses but I don't really see the point for goggles.  I use some crome eg2's for bright days and light rose smiths for darker days.  No need for polarization unless you get migraines from glare or your mountain is usually super sunny all day.  As someone said above polarization can also hide things like ice so you have to be careful.
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/26/2013 at 2:57pm
Thanks for your input guys :)
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  Quote Lux Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2013 at 2:59pm
Polarised snowboard lenses are a west coast and European trend. High elevations with strong, unclouded sunshine mean that maximum glare filtration is desired. You first need to understand what it does... The purpose of polarisation is to control glare by flattening the contrast band via filtering light through a monoplane filter. By cutting out the bloomish glare, everything will appear clearer being that contrast definition is no longer masked by extreme brightness. But polarised lenses have uses in clouded east coast resorts too... the very flat light conditions make the snow difficult to see-- you don't need extreme sunlight to muffle your perception of the snow in front of you. Remember: polarised lenses are glare reduction; regular lenses are brightness reduction.

Regarding the ice glare argument: it will be easier to see icy patches with a polarised lense. It's the sheen of ice that makes it easy to identify, not how much glare it emits. Snow emits glare because it is a flat surface, ice would cause very little if no glare at all because it lacks the flat surfaces needed to produce it.
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  Quote gsoccer04 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2013 at 6:31pm
Agree with the others... i purchased a pair of used polarized c-bar lenses to try out for bright conditions, and even though they are great for the really sunny days, they aren't worth full price. If i hadn't paid well under half for them it wouldn't have been worth it.

To go along with LUX's ice comment. Its true but if the ice is in a shaded zone you're less likely to see it because the contrast between the shady snow and shady ice is almost irrelevant.
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Polarized lenses are great on bright, sunny days because they reduce glare really well and the lens look cool as well. The only cons are that polarized lenses are costly and they don't work well on dark, cloudy days or at night, because it's hard to see with them on.
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  Quote sdwc96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/27/2013 at 7:29pm
also if you have runs in the shadow of the mountain the lenses dont bode well when theres bright light and shadows. also if clouds roll in, you better hope you have an extra lens or your day might be done. its just easier to have a bronze or orange lens for changing conditions.
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  Quote nifeblade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2013 at 2:15am
Not really worth the money unless you find a really great deal....

they help a little on depth perception since they only allow light to come in through one direction and also cut down a little bit on glare as well but other than that....
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2013 at 11:37am
Got a great deal on a pair of Oakley polarized goggles for $100! score! And thanks for the awesome input Lux! My friend says they're easy on the eyes, which is great for me because my eyes are very light sensitive.
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