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Had an unusual experience with a new pair of polarised sunglasses, you know the ones that produce the leopard skin image when you look at a windscreen of an on-coming car. As if this wasn't enough the cover on the GT200 intrument panel had the same effect so it has some sort of safety lens/plastic.
But it doesn't end there...if you pull your visor down (I have an HJC lid, clear visor) the combination of the visor plastic and the polarised sunnies produce an effect to make on-coming car windscreens completely golden and fully reflective, unable to see the driver inside...i.e no eye conatct at intersections or seeing the driver turning the wheel, being inattentive etc.

Needless to say I have flicked the polarised shades for a new pair but I was wondering if anyone else had noticed such an occurrence?
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A friend of mine noticed that he can't see the screen of his cell phone at all with polarized lenses on. Apparently, the phone has a polarized screen, and it's oriented in such a way that the two together block 100% of the light coming from the cell phone's screen.

I dislike polarized lenses, personally, and try to avoid any sunglasses with them. To me, they make things like vegetation look weird and unsettling.
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Re: Polarised sunglasses+clear visor=dodgy vision?
Boulty wrote:
Had an unusual experience with a new pair of polarised sunglasses, you know the ones that produce the leopard skin image when you look at a windscreen of an on-coming car. As if this wasn't enough the cover on the GT200 intrument panel had the same effect so it has some sort of safety lens/plastic.
But it doesn't end there...if you pull your visor down (I have an HJC lid, clear visor) the combination of the visor plastic and the polarised sunnies produce an effect to make on-coming car windscreens completely golden and fully reflective, unable to see the driver inside...i.e no eye conatct at intersections or seeing the driver turning the wheel, being inattentive etc.

Needless to say I have flicked the polarised shades for a new pair but I was wondering if anyone else had noticed such an occurrence?
Yup, everything's all green and pink....like when I went to class after lunch in high school....
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Yeah, I got the green and purple reflections looking throught the helmet faceplate when I wore my prescription sunglasses.

Wow man, the colors!

Anyway, it was annoying so I don't wear them anymore. (The sunglasses, not the helmet.)
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Yes I get that also. I wear mine besause they are prescripts. I actually thought it was me. Glad that I am not any crazier than usual, Beale.
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yeah, I get that too. It's not so bad that it obstructs my vision though.
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Yeah, that is a crazy phenomenon, I too just look for the shades that are not polarized. My MSF instructor also told me that in the state of Oklahoma tinted face shields are illegal. I could see that at night, but I dont know about the daytime, but i dont want to risk a ticket, so I just use clear with the shades.

No eye contact with drivers can be very scarry!!
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Crazy!

I'm glad this was brought up as I am going to buy a pair of perscription sunglasses in the next few months.

Would you guys (and girls) recommend that I get non-polarized lenses?

Thanks!
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collbain2000 wrote:
Crazy!

I'm glad this was brought up as I am going to buy a pair of perscription sunglasses in the next few months.

Would you guys (and girls) recommend that I get non-polarized lenses?

Thanks!
I love my prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses. In most instances, polarized is better. You will notice a spotted, leopard-like pattern on car windows and helmet shields. It really doesn't bother me much.
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Polarized is better for your eyes, even if it makes windows/shields spotty.

Colbain, good luck finding non-polarized 'scrpit lenses. I've only seen polarized.
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I have a pair of PanOptix perscription glasses for riding. Both the Panoptix and my regular glasses are something like photo gray, the kind that get dark in the sun light and are clear when it is dark. They are not polorized and I really like them.

The Panoptix were expensive but I have had them for 3 years now and they are still in excellent condition. I will likely ware them several more years before upgrading the lenses so the cost is realative.


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My prescript glasses have Transistional (TM) lenses. Got the prescript filled at Costco. They get really dark.
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The effects must vary then. In my case, the shifting colors were so pronounced that wearing the polarized sunglasses became a distraction.

I bought a tinted visor for my old jet helmet ( I wear a full-face now ) but since my commute often ends up riding home after sunset I rarely used it.
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