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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Glasses for nightime riding

I avoid riding at night when I can but sometimes it has to be done. I cannot ride without glasses to keep wind out of my eyes. For those of you who ride at night which are better - clear or yellow lenses?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-26-2010, 05:32 PM
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I don't know if they are better, but I prefer clear.

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I ride with yellow safety glasses!! They make everything brighter IMO!!

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I think it's just a matter of preference. I like amber ad dusk but prefer clear once it gets dark. I can't remember the last time I used the amber ones.

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Smoked for daytime and clear for night. Look good, comfortable, and bullet proof ansi approved safety glasses. I buy them buy the dozen about every other year. Very affordable.

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Thanks for the link 51panrider!

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I have some of the amber ones that I used and I will be buying a pair of clear to replace them. Reason being for me, the amber makes it hard for me to see stuff in the road such as sand. I simply can't see it, it just all kind of blends together with the amber lenses. Never paid much attention until earlier this year when I ended up braking in a patch of sand that was on the raod from the winter. Didn't wreck, but they gotta go none the less.

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I prefer clear. I usually go to Walmart and hit up the hunting section. There's a brand that is $4.99 a pair made by NEBO. They're shatterproof and wrap around my big head very well. They make shaded, clear, and yellow.


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I tried yellow...didn't like them and switched to clear. I remember reading that yellow was no good for night time driving/riding, but couldn't remember where I read it. I did a google search and found this info:

The Dangers of Night Driving Glasses
Written by Keith Benjamin
It is an all too common misconception that yellow tinted or yellow polarized night driving glasses are beneficial for night time driving. The thought is, the yellow or amber color reduces glare and improves contrast. However, in reality, when driving at night or dusk in already limited lighting conditions, ANY tint further reduces the amount of light transmitted to the eye, and consequently, further impairs vision. The problem is compounded as the yellow tint gives the wearer the impression they are seeing better, when in fact the reverse is actually true.

"Yellow 'Night Driving' lenses have been shown to provide no benefit in seeing ability at night. They are even hazardous, because they give the driver a feeling of seeing better, which no one has yet been able to explain. Studies have shown that they actually impair visual performance and retard glare recovery. Many promoters have made unfounded claims for the ability of amber to improve night vision. They have employed mass solicitation, usually by mail. The Federal Trade Commission has correctly ruled that such practices are illegal since the lenses do not perform as claimed." - Forensic Aspects of Vision and Highway Safety", Merrill J. Allen, O.D., Ph.D., Et al.

While yellow lenses can be effective for foggy or hazy daylight conditions, they are not effective against headlight glare and should not be worn at dusk or night. If glare from headlights is a problem, the first step should be a thorough eye examination, as this could be an early indication of cataracts or other medical conditions.

"So-called night driving glasses are generally amber tinted eyewear meant to reduce the glare of oncoming headlights. While they may make the driver feel more comfortable, they also reduce the wearers visibility of the darker portions of the roadway." - Sunglass Association of America
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