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    New question here. Tinted or Clear

    I was wondering whether tinted goggles (yellow/orange) or clear goggles work best. I know the yellow makes darker things brighter and vice versa but is there a big difference between the two? For dh riders
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    There is no best, you need to try them out and use what works for the conditions. There are more than a few glasses that have interchangeable lenses so that you may switch as you need to.

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    I've been out when it was pretty dark and didn't realize it because I had yellow tint. I always were yellow when riding in the woods. I've heard rose is good for the woods and dark places as well.

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    I use the colored lenses to help with contrast for trail riding. Here's my method of choosing IF I choose to wear glasses at all (I don't always wear them).

    Night riding - clear lenses
    Road bike or TT bike - tinted grey/brown lenses
    Trail riding - amber lenses or sometimes yellow if it is evening and getting dim out.

    The amber lenses help to see in the darker sections of trail when you come into them quickly. Usually, it is hard for your eyes to adjust from sunlight to dark shadows fast enough to pick out detail, the colored lenses help that transition be not so big so easier to do.

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    I also use clear lenses for night riding or really overcast days. Most of the time I use rose colored lenses...to me they seem to help with the contrast and also help with the sun if you get in some more open areas.

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    Night time = clear lenses always.
    Daytime = recently I moved away from amber polarized to a more standard lighter grey and I am really liking them.

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    Whew... I though your thread was gonna be about pee.

    I have always had an issue with tinted lenses, unless they are the amber "road" polarized lenses. They brighten everything up, dawn, day or dusk. Otherwise I just go clear.
    "We can always find excuses if we want to find them, but if we really want to do something, we have to just go."

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    I ride clear or gray in very bright conditions. Tints work by letting through the color of the tint and reducing the light getting through from the other colors, so there is always less total light getting through with tinted glasses than with clear. Tints can help improve contrast in some conditions.

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    Photochromic....
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    I have always run a "persimmion" color in my goggles for motocross. Enhances color contrast.
    In moto, we don't need to worry about grasses or other greenery, but it works well in helping to make different dirts stand out, without making anything darker.

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    For me,

    Night---clear
    Sunny---amber
    overcast---yellow

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