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Initial post: Jun 20, 2011 12:23:31 PM PDT
I see at INDY teams are experimenting with shields that change color. Do you use polarized or color changing lenses when you drive your car fast?

Maui Jim PILOT 210-17 Silver/Neutral Grey

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 5:23:52 PM PDT
I use polarized lenses during the day and yellow tinted glasses at night. The polarized in the day works good, but can't tell much for the yellow at night. Yellow at night works OK for normal driving conditions, but when it's raining, it just makes it harder to see.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 8:17:34 PM PDT
SoPaynefull says:
I use polarized Serengetti's during the day. They are photochromatic, and change darkness depending on the light. I guess it's not so much a "driving" thing as I almost always wear sunglasses while outside. I haven't tried them yet, but am really curious to experiment w/ the yellow tinted glasses at night like Corey said he uses.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 9:41:08 PM PDT
LioNiNoiL says:
Maui Jim "Kahuna" MJ162-23 have been my sunglasses of choice for fifteen years, but the Ray-Ban "Outdoorsman" seem to have better optics and better colour rendition for driving.
Mens Maui Jim Kahuna Polarized Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Classic Metals Outdoorsman II Sunglasses / Arista with RB3 lenses

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 4:54:16 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
I used to wear old-style Photo-gray (now called Transition) lenses, when I road a motorcycle. This may be the best/highest use of these lenses, as in a car these lenses don't do much (you need the ultra violet to make them darken). But they are DARKER when COLDER, which is bass-ackwards.) And here (in Central Texas) its rarely cold enough to let them get as dark as you need them to be. And going into a shaded area (trees or a tunnel) They are rather dark for a quarter mile, before they respond. And a half mile going in the other direction. So these things are not dark enough at 100 degrees, do not react quickly when the light changes, either lighter or darker. I consider them unsafe.

I preferred the Rayban darker lenses in Aviator style. So the next new prescription, I had some made up. Much better...

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 10:07:07 AM PDT
Mac says:
No. I much prefer using The Force.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 3:00:09 PM PDT
Otto Cilindri says:> I used to wear old-style Photo-gray (now called Transition) lenses, when I road a motorcycle. <

Yeah those Lenses darkened, when exposed to ultraviolet rays in sunlight. When the UV light diminishes, the lenses fade back. That way they were light inside and dark outside.

Otto Cilindri says:> This may be the best/highest use of these lenses, as in a car these lenses don't do much (you need the ultra violet to make them darken).<

They might work pretty well in the back seat of a convertible.

Otto Cilindri says:> But they are DARKER when COLDER, which is bass-ackwards.)

That might have been for skiers. They get super bright outside light, have plenty of money and need them lighter when they go inside the Ski Lodge.

Otto Cilindri says:> And here (in Central Texas) its rarely cold enough to let them get as dark as you need them to be. <

Cold does not help much here in Hawaii either.

Otto Cilindri says:> So these things are not dark enough at 100 degrees, do not react quickly when the light changes, either lighter or darker. <

These new ones for driving respond to both visible and UV light which allows them to change between three colors behind the windshield of a car based on driving conditions.

http://youtu.be/bt2cLqTELf0

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 1:21:46 PM PDT
C. Hallowell says:
Drinking glasses !?? Why in tarnation would a feller wear drinking glasses !?? I mean, they'd be as uncomfortable as all get-out, and the folks down at the Piggly-Wiggly would be laffin' themselves silly !!
I s'pose they'd be handy at the Beer Palace or a Barbie-Q where all they have is them cheap plastic cups, but it seems to me that it would be a mite difficult to drink and see where you're goin' at the same time.
I don't pay no mind to that Ultra-violent stuff -- too much violence in the world already is what I say.
Mebbe we should quit bein' so ornery -- and fill our glasses to the rim.
Probly work a lot better than fillin' 'em clear up to the earpieces.

What's that you say !?? DRIVING Glasses !??? Oh. Never mind.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 6:38:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 6:39:14 AM PDT
This is a very cool site I stumbled upon a few weeks ago while looking for a deal on some Porsche Design Aviator glasses from the 80's. (I had a pair then but lost them)

http://www.vintage-designer-sunglasses.com/polarized_vs_nonpolarized_sunglasses.html

That page has a nice description of the features of different optics.

I still have a 30 year old pair of these:

http://www.vintage-designer-sunglasses.com/item_vs074.html

(scroll down for photos) Which are the RayBan "shooter" glasses which differ from Aviators by having a "bullet hole" in the middle and wrap around wire ear pieces. I like them but only have them all this time as I covet them enough to rarely use them.

This is a a gallery of all their vintage Ray Bans for sale, it's an impressive collection if you have money coming out of your a** h*** to throw at used sunglasses. Wonder where they get them.... They have other brands too.

http://www.vintage-designer-sunglasses.com/speed_ray-ban.html

When I win the lottery I'll go there and I think there's about 30 pairs I can't live without between the RayBan page, the Porsche page.... maybe some Oakley X frames.....

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 11:49:37 AM PDT
Pixiegirl19 says:
I used to buy glasses, that had transitions lenses, plus clip-ons for driving. That was over 5 years ago. I now have one pair of Rayban drivers glasses (dark grey to black depending on sun brightness)
This year I bought a pair of PHatPharm driver glasses (Brown to dark brown)
Both pairs are polarized, which cuts down glare significantly. Lens Crafters, also offers another coating, which make the drivers glasses look so vivid, the colors pop(when not super dark anyway)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 4:42:02 PM PDT
John A. Lucier says: the RayBan "shooter" glasses which differ from Aviators by having a "bullet hole" in the middle and wrap around wire ear pieces.

I use to get those from Hidalgo http://www.hidalgos.com/categories/Porsche-Sunglasses/

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 2:13:21 AM PDT
Do you have some examples of these Indy drivers face shields that change colors and what colors they change from and to?

I wear sunglasses when driving at any speed on days that require them. I find them more important when riding motorcycles though. I wear full face helmets but still often go with those and a clear face shield rather than a tinted one or one that is tinted and slides down partially or completely over the clear one.

I know that there are certain colors of light that cause more fatigue on ones eyes than others. For example blue light. This has been an issue with certain color temps of HID lighting as an example.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 3:54:20 AM PDT
http://youtu.be/bt2cLqTELf0

http://www.drivewearlens.com/home.php?flashchange=8

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 9:19:06 AM PDT
OK. However I was not referring to your finding a commercial. It was the statement in your original post.

-oo0(GoldTrader)0oo- says:
"I see at INDY teams are experimenting with shields that change color."

What INDY teams? What are the shields and colors? I am just expecting you must have got this somewhere and it would be interesting to see what those teams are doing and their findings if that is what is happening.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 2:34:42 PM PDT
JackV says:
I thought commercials are the best way to get good information.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 3:11:16 PM PDT
I guess my doing independent research has been a waste of time. Infomercials are so much easier. Seriously if there is some Indy race team information as stated lets check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 4:51:58 PM PDT
JackV says:
This is somewhat funny - first he's spreading this as if he's paid to do this

http://www.amazon.com/DRIVEWEAR-POLARIZED-TRANSITION-DRIVING-POLYCARBONATE/product-reviews/B000KZ4L3M

Then, guess who is sponsoring Penske? You got it - Drivewear

http://penskeracing.com/news/index.cfm?cid=43490

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 5:51:46 PM PDT
Tinted face shields on motorcycles are the worst thing ever. Unless you're the one guy who faithfully always has the clear one with him and will pull over the second the sun disappears below the horizon and swap out.
Nobody does that so you get what happens with a buddy I used to ride with, who always had to fight to see where he was going if he was caught out with the tinted visor on after dark.
One evening he's rounding a corner and the shield snaps down, he can't take his hand off the bars as he's braking and downshifting....he hits a curb at about 75mph, his Katana (early years, the cool ones) goes down and dozens of yards of pavement meet the seat of Levi 501's.... his butt cheeks were pretty much fused together in one big road rash scab for a few weeks as a testimonial to all of us in our riding circle as to why you don't use tinted shields, even if you think you know what you're doing. No matter what, you'll find yourself in the dark having to look through it sooner or later.

This does remind me how I lost my Porsche aviators in the 80's. Before helmet laws, smart guys still wore helmets but if you were going to a bar or a party or anywhere it was advisable to not look dorky, you pulled your helmet off a half mile or so before you got there to mitigate the "helmet head" hairdo. I kept sunglasses in my jacket pocket so I could still see without teary eyes, so off comes the helmet, lean over the tank with it and on with the glasses. I look over my shoulder to make my lane change to get off the freeway and whoosh... $200+ of German engineering is hundreds of feet behind me in the #3 lane. Fairly busy time of the day, going back legally meant getting back on the freeway, going up another exit, getting off and then on again....
To this day I still wonder if I should have gone back, would those Carreras have been okay or a pile of broken glass? What if I got killed trying to retrieve them, worth it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 6:02:38 PM PDT
OMG, between the sizing and lens colors, is that confusing or what? So they still make 'em...

Stylewise these are my favorite Raybans, the olympian.

Ray-Ban Men's 3119 Olympian Sunglasses

though these are something I'd really like to have:

Oakley Men's Juliet Iridium Polarized Sunglasses

hmm, $400 for a pair of glasses.... virtually indestructible frames they say.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 6:59:10 PM PDT
Very interesting. That sounds a bit different than "Indy race teams testing different color face shields. The "why" could be open to speculation I think though.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 7:10:58 PM PDT
I agree with you. I have have several hemets ranging from replacement tinted shields to partials that act much like the tint on the top of car windshields to adjustable flip downs. I prefer sunglasses under clear myself. I do also wear full Kevlar rather than just jeans. I have slid down the road wearing both and far prefer the Kevlar for comfort during that maneuver. Tshirts and shorts are comfortable on a hot day I am sure...until you take an unexpected road trip. Nicer glasses than I have might be a good idea this season. My last expensive pair were no match for my 120 lb. Rottweiler...an expensive chew toy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012 9:11:19 PM PDT
"I do also wear full Kevlar rather than just jeans. I have slid down the road wearing both and far prefer the Kevlar for comfort during that maneuver."

Oh yeah, I don't ride now but have owned a half dozen street bikes, putting over I guess 150k miles on them all together... the first time I went down @50mph at age 17 on the first, had a T shirt, jeans, sneakers and a helmet, left a lot of flesh on the road and the road in my flesh. Couldn't "touch myself" for 6 weeks! At that age.... Never rode again without "ATGATT".
Funny these kids on youtube doing stunts in t-shirts, etc, maybe a helmet, think it's "cool" because it implies they never screw up and fall down. I totaled two bikes in one year's time both on unavoidable left turners who failed to yield, being well attired and doing the correct action (full panic braking but DO NOT lock it up and lay it down, or you will go under with the bike, which will go under anyway through inertia) I got up some distance down the street, brushed myself off and walked away with only a little soreness the next day both times.
I think THAT's cool, witnesses thought I was Superman. Without a well padded jacket and gloves, big boots, etc, I doubt it would be the same.
OTOH fate still cripples or takes the life of well equipped riders every day, many factors are involved.

Your glasses fell victim to a dog... mine used to fall victim to an irresponsible wife who always wanted to borrow them. Within 24 hours, lost, or stepped or sat on. She did this with a month old pair of $120 Oakley Iridium Blades when they first came out. I divorced her.
The swap meet in our town has several vendors who sell "decent" chinese glasses $6 each, 2 for $10. About the same as Target or Walmart sell for $10-12 each. Some are trash, most are usable. This is what you wear everyday walking around, if I want good optics I can count on (like the Ray Bans, Porsche Carreras or top line Oakleys) I'll keep them in the car, cased, and they stay there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 2:09:08 AM PDT
Yup. I had one "major" bike accident when I was young. Had been riding crotch rockets since I was 16 and it took until about 25 for my number to come up. Bike got it's forks and frame bent as it snapped a guard rail post and bent the rail. I slid up the street on my back, blacked out vision from the G force but could hear my helmet skipping up the road. Did not know I was injured for a while. When I went to change the shredded clothing I noticed my elbow was big like a softball (elbow inside was severed), lots of gravel in my body. I told everyone that had stopped to not call the cops or ambulance as at the time I was thinking I could not afford an ambulance ride bill. Later when I had my wife drive me to the hospital when I started getting stiff and feeling some pain they told me I was messes up and in shock. Fortunately I had the local pro sports team orthopedic surgeon nail my elbow back on so it was 100% by the time the pins and wires came out. Still I think I got away easy on that one and it got me to wear full Kevlar when I got better and started riding again. I am almost glad it happened if that is what it took to wake me up to wearing proper riding gear. During the following couple of decades of racing and street riding I have had some spills but all without serous injury due to the gear plus good skills and a little luck.

As you noted many others have not been so fortunate and it is dangerous. I am very tuned in to the road surface (my biggest hazard has always been gravel) and surroundings like cars these days and always on guard as every day there is at least one car that will not see me and cut me off. It does not really even bother me anymore, just part of riding and I honestly feel most of the time the drivers just don't see me and feel bad they almost hit me.

I think sometimes the youth you speak of either feel invincible or are too cool for gear. I have to think they have not taken any serious spills yet. I do get compliments on my Aplinestars gear by many now that the brand is popular with all the pros. Though not a reason I wear it. I have it for protection and will always ride with it even if it is sometimes hot and a bit uncomfortable. I live near Seattle so riding is seasonal for me and the mesh allows airflow with protection. I find Kevlar slides where leather scuffs. Just my preference. I hope to ride for decades to come and am sure the gear will help make that possible.

Divorced over sunglasses? Must have been some sweet glasses! I did not get rid of my dog :)

I have some Ray Bans but will try on what is out there that might be even better for vision and comfort reasons. Interesting to note some peoples favorites here. It is worth looking in to and investing in I think as long as they last a while at the big prices they go for. I have learned not to leave certain things where my dog has access.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 3:08:51 AM PDT
A guy who I used to live next to got a rott puppy (I had a shepherd/lab/ridgeback/rott mix, probably doesn't count) and I watched him bring him up the first couple of years. That is a powerful animal and training is hard as they otherwise learn they can do as they wish.
Mousetraps were a great training tool. In the trash, on bookshelves, tables, anywhere the dog had taken to picking things up he shouldn't.

Isn't injury shock great? I went down on my bicycle about 5 years ago and smashed my knee, and broke my back and several ribs. I got back on, and rode it about three miles home. Next day I was black and blue from top to bottom on my backside. But that evening I didn't feel much pain and thought I was okay except for a shoe full of blood.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 3:22:29 AM PDT
"AS IF he is paid to do this...."

Go look at his other reviews. Dozens of them for Maui Jim glasses, all spam like C/Ps of info from the mfrs website, all of them strangely enough 4 not 5 stars. Maybe figured he'd get away with it longer.
Well I guess Maui Jim glasses are so good he decided to buy dozens at about $126 a pop. Unless he sends us each a pair maybe we should yell "rat".
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