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    Another photochromic question

    What conditions are photochromic lenses ideal for? I have asked the question photochromic or not and people have said they love their photochromic lenses, but didn't tell me what conditions they use them for. I have heard that they are not ideal for riding in and out of shade, because they don't change fast enough, so they can be too dark after getting into the shade and too light after getting into the sun.

    I am getting back to MTB riding after not riding for a few years. In the past, I have ridden in all times of the day and well into the night, rain or shine and plan on doing the same, again.

    Also, for those of you that use Oakley photochromic lenses, I'm thinking about getting Oakleys and they have three different photochromic lenses to choose from (V50, G40 and clear - black iridium), so I am wondering if there's one that you recommend?
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    Hi hi, Im using the V 50, and find them fantastic.

    I like them all the time, the green colours are still green with these on.

    I dont find them slow to adapt when in and out of the shade.

    My only problem is the sweat, and thats not the glasses :-).

    These are my first glasses that I can wear all day long, no problem.

    But, they dont work when inside the car, just so you know. I love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens2sig View Post
    Hi hi, Im using the V 50, and find them fantastic.

    I like them all the time, the green colours are still green with these on.

    I dont find them slow to adapt when in and out of the shade.

    My only problem is the sweat, and thats not the glasses :-).

    These are my first glasses that I can wear all day long, no problem.

    But, they dont work when inside the car, just so you know. I love them.
    I wish Oakley had vented VR50 lenses. Yeah, photochromics don't work in the car because they need the UV for them to change.

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    cr500taco : They are vented, the VR 50 !

    So you are all set !

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    Photochromatics work better in cold weather, I've noticed (ie, get darker faster). Other than that, they are pretty much a wear-and-forget thing. I do not find myself struggling to see where I'm going if I duck into shade (and if you do, you should consider a narrower range of photochromaticism) nor if I go from shade into bright light.

    For what it's worth, I use Transitions lenses, as I need Rx lenses.

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    Are those V50 suitable to be worn in mountains? My eyes are too sensitive to the sunlight especially in mountains and I'm looking for something that could be worn in mountains yet the same time used for evening/night rides.

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