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What Tint for Night Riding

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by doyler78, 7 Nov 2007.

  1. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Cycling home tonight the pouring rain and wind (and really enjoyed it) I hit the unlit part of my journey which is at the top of hill, so downhill and twists and turns only to find that my orange tint lenses were so dark I couldn't see a thing and got blinded by every car coming the other way. I couldn't pull them off until I hit the bottom of the hill but I was riding near blind. I was bricking it.

    Anyway without the glasses on I could see perfectly well and it wasn't my ayups letting me down, which was my initial concern, just my lens choice.

    I have ridden every other night with the orange lenses and never had any probs so can only assume that the rain was affecting my ability to see through them right.

    What tint would be best for this.

    I have transparent, yellow, blue or smoke although not sure that I need any glasses in the wet as there doesn't seem to by much dust about to get in your eyes in those conditions.
     
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Don't be fooled by the lack of dust - grit gets carried in the water flicked off the road, definitely wear glasses.

    If I know I am going to be riding at night I tend to wear either blue or clear lenses. I like blue lenses in cities at night as they control headlight glare very nicely, and are still fairly good for unlit sections. Clear obviously don't restrict light imput at all.

    I'm not a fan of yellow lenses at all.
     
  3. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    I normally use my yellow lenses but my commute is pretty well lit in most places
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Funnily enough, I've been having similar problems recently, with clear lenses.

    I've left them off for the last 2 days, and can see much more clearly.
     
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Why not wear contact lenses? They're so much nicer to wear than specs when it's raining. I keep a spare pair of disposables at work.
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    orange in the day, clear at night

    clear all the time at the mo as the tinted ones have gone walkies

    fine at this time of year, my eyes aren't good at low light so tints at night don't work for me

    and no glasses in the wet, I suffer from dust and the like as I wear contacts but there's almost no bother at all when it rains
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I always keep a peaked cycling cap handy at this time of the year. If it is raining I will just use this with the peak pulled down as far as practicable, this will keep the wind, rain and dust out of your eyes while allowing unrestricted vision.
     
  8. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    + 1
     
  9. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Thanks everyone. Will bring the blue, transparent and yellow with me as they have all been recommended and dissed. Seems different people get on with different tints better than others in the dark. If all that fails I will then try the cap job. Got the glasses so might as well try them first and if that doesn't work will try the alternatives. Thanks again.
     
  10. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I think you can still get them in some places, you see the odd old geezer wearing one. However, in the most part, they have been replaced by the latest whizzy products from the likes of Gore and Assos, which are probably far more profitable!
     
  13. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
  14. I wear yellow tinted and pretend I'm riding on France :biggrin:
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4