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 Poster: A snowHead
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Manda, No they're not the same. And not all Oakley lenses are available in every goggle or glasses model/style which is why the website seems to miss out some of the options. To confuse things further, even though a lens type might be available in both goggles & glasses the light performance can be different. For example, the persimmon is 56% transmission in Wisdom & A Frame goggles but 65% in my M Frame glasses!

The Hi Yellow lens at 90% transmission is not available as a goggle lens but I think it is available as a Halfjacket lens. You'll need to check with Oakley UK on 01462 475 475. Don't forget to tell them whether you want the standard round Halfjacket lens shape or the squared off XLJ shape.

The Hi Blue lens at 83% transmission is available as a goggle lens but not as a Halfjacket lens.

Neither the iridium coated Hi Yellow and the iridium coated Hi Blue lenses are the same as the non iridium coated Light Blue at 66% transmission - although I suspect that the Light Blue is the same actual lens as the Hi Blue but without the iridium coating.

Complicated isn't it? Even the Oakley UK staff have been known to get it wrong as to what lens is available in each model & it's performance etc. The Oakley website doesn't exactly help either.

The best performing Oakley lenses for low light in Halfjackets is the Hi Yellow, as assuming it's available - if not then it will be the persimmon. The best low light goggle lens is the Hi Blue.

Happy shopping.


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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
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I use this Oakley chart which is for goggles only (Source: The Eye Shop). It gives Lens Type / Transmission / Protection / Use for the different ranges:

DOUBLE LENSES (Wisdom, A Frames)
High Intensity Blue 83% S0 Flat to very low light.
Clear 82% S0 Neutral transmission. Very low light. Indoor use.
Persimmon 56% S1 Flat to very low light.
High Intensity Persimmon 52% S1 Flat to very low light.
VR50 44% S1 Flat to very low light.
Gold Iridium 28% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
VR28 25% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
G30 24% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Blue Iridium 24% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Black Iridium 16% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Fire 16% S3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.

LEXAN SINGLE SCREEN (PRO/0/L/H20/MX Frames)
Clear 94% S0 Neutral transmission. Very low light.
No Fog Clear 90% S0
Neutral transmission. Very low light.
Persimmon 65% S1 Flat to very low light.
Standard Grey 53% S1 Flat to very low light.
Fire 48% S1 Flat to very low light.
Ice Iridium 32% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
VR28 29% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Black Iridium 19% S2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Gold Iridium 17% S3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Polarized Grey 13% S3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.

LEXAN DOUBLE VENTILATED SCREEN (MX/Snowcross/Enduro)
Clear 82% S0 Neutral transmission. Very low light.
Persimmon 54% S1 Flat to very low light.
Gold Iridium 16% S3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Black Iridium 15% S3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.

LEXAN SINGLE VENTILATED SCREEN (E Frame)
Clear 82% S0 Neutral transmission. Very low light.
Persimmon 56% S1 Flat to very low light.


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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
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I use this Oakley chart which is for glasses only (Source: The Eye Shop). It gives Lens Type / Transmission / Protection / Use for the different ranges:

Clear 91% 0 Neutral transmission. Very low light. Indoor use.
High Intensity Yellow 90% 0 Flat to very low light.
High Intensity Blue 81% 0 Flat to very low light.
Titanium Clear 73% 1 Neutral transmission. Very low light. Indoor use.
Blue 68% 1 Flat to very low light.
Persimmon 65% 1 Flat to very low light.
Violet 57% 1 Flat to very low light.
VR50 50% 1 Flat to very low light.
VR50 Gold Iridium 31% 2 Low to medium light.
G30 30% 2 Increased contrast. Low to medium light (special golf).
VR28 28% 2 Low to medium light.
Slate Iridium 26% 2 Low to medium light.
G26 26% 2 Increased contrast. Shooting specific. Extremely bright to medium light.
Bronze 24% 2 Low to medium light.
Fire 24% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Blue Iridium 18% 2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Grey 18% 2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Gold Polarized 18% 2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
+Red Iridium 18% 2 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
VR28 Polarized 17% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
VR28 Black Iridium 17% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Ruby 17% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Grey Polarized 16% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Fire Polarized 15% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
00 Red Iridium 15% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Gold Iridium 14% 3 Extremely bright light
Titanium Iridium 14% 3 Extremely bright light
Emerald Polarized 13% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
00 Blue Iridium 13% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Emerald Iridium 13% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Leather Gold Iridium 13% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Ice 11% 3 Extremely bright light
Ice Polarized 11% 3 Extremely bright light
Gold Iridium Polarized 9% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Black Iridium Polarized 9% 3 Neutral transmission. Medium to bright light.
Black Iridium 9% 3 Extremely bright light
24K Iridium 9% 3 Extremely bright light


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Manda, One point worthy of note, the lenses can be a bit "challenging" to change on the halfjackets even sitting indoors in good conditions, I wouldn't recommend them for quick changes on the fly.
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Nick Dawes, Very good point. If anyone finds a left side fire halfjacket lens on 'Suisse' in C1850 it's mine!
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Nick Dawes, yes - I've not bought any yet, but have had ...er... "fun" (?) already watching sales staff struggle in the shop Cool

spyderjon, thanks for your help! Haven't bothered to look through your lists in any detail, sorry. Will get to that in due course.
In the meantime, am I right in assuming they're happy to fit all of their lenses to any of their glasses frames? If not then all my hopes & dreams for looking cool AND having decent vision on the slopes next season will be bolloxed up.
Sigh.
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spyderjon, I know that I asked for this information, but one can know too much about lens! wink
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Manda, Sorry no, not all lenses are available in all models.
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Kramer, I know, I must get out more. Roll on the winter snowHead
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