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Old 09-21-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Question Night Driving Glasses

Does anyone here own any night driving glasses? (yellow lens)

I was thinking about looking into some because headlight glare kinda gets to me every now and then.
With winter approaching and the days being shorter,
I'll be doing a considerable amount of night driving.

I'm just wondering how much glare those glasses really take out,
and if it makes things any more crisp.
Or....if they're a complete waste of money in the first place.

Does anyone know if one brand is better than another?
Most seem to run anywhere from $10-$70.
For just a yellow anti glare lens, I'm not sure what the difference is.

My initial thought was to just buy some new lenses to swap into my Oakleys.
Unfortunately they don't make those lenses for my frames.
So then I thought about maybe buying a sh*tty used pair of used Oakleys on ebay for cheap,
then just buying the new yellow lenses for them.
Still...then lenses are $50+.
I don't know if doing this would be the best way to go or not.
But after owning a pair of Oakleys,
at least I know I'd get quality lenses.

Worth it?
Or would cheapies work just as well for what they are?

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cheap shooting glasses work pretty well...I've used them before.

I"m not terribly fond of the optics in Oakleys (I sold them for 6 years) you can get prescription grade yellow lenses that are polarized. (now those are sweet, even with no Rx in them, the polarized is just cool)

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I like polarized lenses as well.
Didn't know you could get them in the yellow though.
Where would you get them other than Oakley?
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Well now, I may have to hunt up my Ray-Ban shooters.... If the man hasn't sold them yet.... Never thought about using them for driving...
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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Yeah...I guess that yellow lens is good for shooting, night driving, and even for the computer.
Not sure I'd wear something like that for computer use,
but I guess if one is starring at screen all day and gets headaches from it,
they might be beneficial.
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is right on, I use Smith & Wesson yellow polarized shooting glasses (~ $25 from dept store) for riding my mountain bike and have also used them for driving in a pinch when I forgot my Oakleys...they work great in high glare and there have even been a couple of times when I forgot they were on from dusk into night. In low light and/or glare they really make things stand out crisp. in total darkness I wouldn't recommend, but if I'm in-town or on a highway with steetlights/headlights coming at ya then it works well for me.

as always, only you know whats best for you; but night driving w/ sunglasses is NOT recommended and may be against local law.

that being said, there are no better polarized optics out there than Oakley. there's a reason cops and military use them; and it ain't for fashion. Also, around 90% of any "new" Os you find on ebay are going to be counterfeit. If you decide you gotta have the best, go to Oakley.com or an Oakley outlet store if you got one close. Or ask any cops you may know if they have an Oakley rep on their dept who might hook you up.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:45 AM   #7
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Thanks BigEZ.

Yeah...this pair is definitely not for fashion. lol.
Yellow lenses are ugly as sh*t.
I don't even really care about the way the frame looks either,
as long as they're comfortable.
Just something to help for night driving, that's all.
I can't seem to find any Smith and Wesson Polarized Shooting glasses on the net though.
It's only pulling up the regular yellows and regular clears.
Are you sure they are Polarized?
From what I've seen Polarized lenses cost quite a bit more than $25.
Just curious.

I'm not finding any Polarized Yellows from Oakley's website either.
Just the regular.

As far as the ebay thing is concerned:
Yeah..there are tons of replica knock offs out there,
but I know what to look for.
Thanks for the tip though.
Someone not knowing what to look for could get easily ripped off.

Let me know where you're finding these Polarized Yellows,
because I'm sure not finding them.
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I like polarized lenses as well.
Didn't know you could get them in the yellow though.
Where would you get them other than Oakley?
In yellow polarized high quality I only know of one place. That's a place that sells rx glasses. When I worked for sunglasses hut.( owned by luxottica who also owns Oakley, rayban, revo, etc) I also worked at lenscrafters( also part of luxottica). We had some yellow lenses that were polarized.

Oakleys are very Impact resistant. That's why cops use them. That and Oakley gives them a discount.

Best optics avail is Maui Jim. But they don't make yellow lenses.

For night driving the polarized won't make that much o a difference. So don't let that steer u away from any.
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they're not shooters, but

Cabela's Outrigger Polarized Sunglasses

$39.95
polarized. yellow. and not terrible looking.

and debating maui jim's vs. oakleys is probably akin to debating a bugatti veyron vs. an audi A8...
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and debating maui jim's vs. oakleys is probably akin to debating a bugatti veyron vs. an audi A8...
I agree.

A8, family sedan

Veyron...well lets let ths pics speak for themselves. (click the Bugatti x and it'll work)
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In yellow polarized high quality I only know of one place. That's a place that sells rx glasses. When I worked for sunglasses hut.( owned by luxottica who also owns Oakley, rayban, revo, etc) I also worked at lenscrafters( also part of luxottica). We had some yellow lenses that were polarized.

For night driving the polarized won't make that much o a difference. So don't let that steer u away from any.
Yeah...I talked with LensCrafters yesterday.
They wanted $250 for the lenses + the frames.
I said, "$250 for non script lenses?...thanks anyways"

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Cabela's Outrigger Polarized Sunglasses

$39.95
polarized. yellow. and not terrible looking.
Yeah...those don't look too bad at all.
Thanks for the link.
My next question is "any" yellow lens suitable for night driving?
(because they don't state that one way or another)
I was told by Oakley that I need to get a lens that allows no less than 85% light transmission.
These say they are 9-32%.
It makes me wonder if they would be too dark for night.
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Personally I'd go with a set of shooting glasses over oakleys...but that's just me.
they are cheaper, the optics will be decent on both, and if you scratch, lose, drop, scratch, scratch, lose, or scratch them you won't cry near as long. Unless you just like how 1/2 jackets look...(1/2 jackets would be the easiest frame to utilize - and if you talk nice, the people at sunglass hut could get you into a set for the marked price if you didn't want the black lenses they come with...they have to enter it in as a exchange...but most associates are too stupid to understand how the system works)

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Yeah...I talked with LensCrafters yesterday.
They wanted $250 for the lenses + the frames.
I said, "$250 for non script lenses?...thanks anyways"
that's why I didn't recommend them...all lenses start out as a blank and must be cut down, etc. there's a lot of work involved (and Luxottica has huge markup)
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Personally I'd go with a set of shooting glasses over oakleys...but that's just me.
they are cheaper, the optics will be decent on both, and if you scratch, lose, drop, scratch, scratch, lose, or scratch them you won't cry near as long. Unless you just like how 1/2 jackets look...(1/2 jackets would be the easiest frame to utilize - and if you talk nice, the people at sunglass hut could get you into a set for the marked price if you didn't want the black lenses they come with...they have to enter it in as a exchange...but most associates are too stupid to understand how the system works)
What's your take on the ones that BigEZ posted the link to?
The only description it states is "sunglasses".
Doesn't say shooting or night driving.
The thing that concerns me about them is they might be too dark.
9-32% transmission level.
I was told for night driving it's best to have 85% or above.

Yeah..if I was going to go with Oakley,
I was looking at some Half Jackets or Flak Jackets to do the lens swap.
Fat chance of getting those frames cheap though.
I was watching a few pair of used ones on ebay,
but the price is really shooting up on them in the last few hours.
I don't want to pay a bunch for something that really isn't going to get a whole lot of use.
Especially when I don't even know if they'll make much difference at night.
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only way to know for sure is to look at them, so if you have a cabelas nearby your in luck. the closest one to me is about 6 hrs away.

I think they would work.....but I'm not 100% on that...I used to know all the light transmission levels of every high end sunglass on the market...but its been a few years since I was doing that (I worked there throughout college/nursing school). this is a hard one to go about. if you could find out who makes those cabela glasses you might be able to find out, but I wouldn't bet on it...

another way is to get clear ones and dye them with yellow tint, but they must be plastic and not polycarbonate (IIRC poly won't hold an after manufacturing dye). you could then tint them to the level you wanted, but in order to do this you'd have to know someone who still worked at a lenscrafters or equivalent lab. (which I do not)

sorry I'm not more help. might try a motorcycle accessory shop. they will have yellow lensed glasses. if nothing else you could compare the tinting to the cabela's glasses (assuming you live near a cabelas)
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I have had 2 pairs of amber Oakley 5.0s that I loved; and I would frequently forget that I had them on as dusk turned to twilight. they look a little darker than the Cabelas I posted to, but hard to tell w/o actually checking them out myself. if there's no cabela's near you I can try to swing by one on Monday. I'm out of town all weekend so that's the best I can do. (anytime I can drop by Cabelas 1 month before deer season is no hassle; trust me.)
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I'm jealous you can drop by a cabelas.

freaking awesome store.
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if there's no cabela's near you I can try to swing by one on Monday. I'm out of town all weekend so that's the best I can do. (anytime I can drop by Cabelas 1 month before deer season is no hassle; trust me.)
Nope, the closest Cabela's is a couple hours away.

But hey....
if you enjoy going over there anyways,
Hell ya! Please check a pair of those out for me.
If you happen to swing by there at night,
maybe they'll let ya take a pair out to the parking lot so you can see if they'll
really be of any use for enhancing night driving.
That'd be great man.
I'd really appreciate that.
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living here does have some bennies....
Cabela's 1 hr east
Cabela's 1 hr north
Bass Pro 15 mins away
Gander Mountain 15 mins away
REI 15 mins away

Good thing no good 4x4 shops anywhere near or I'd be flat-assed broke!
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Just flash your brights at the oncoming vehicle and they'll cut their brights off. Problem solved
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Yeah...
and this seems to work too.





But that's not what I'm really looking to achieve.
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sorry dude...didn't make it to cabby's yet but plan to on friday. have to go over there for work anyway
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