1. Want to see less ads, private areas and be able to post? Register Today to receive all these benefits and more!
Dismiss Notice

Want to see less ads, post content and the ability to buy & sell Oakleys?

Register Today or Login

  1. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    Finito had VR50 BI lenses. Some say 35% transmission, others 40%.

    I just picked up a VR50 Gold custom pair at 35% transmission.

    Can anyone confirm with certainty the difference in transmission and tint of these two iridium VR50s??
     
    Shade Station Oakley Sunglasses

    Register to Not see this ad
  2. Oakleynerd

    Oakleynerd Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Messages:
    8,992
    Trophy Points:
    1,223
  3. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    Did. It has the VR50 gold but no mention of black.

    Note I'm uninterested in the VR50, the gradient, or the transitions versions. Just want definitive info on the black and gold.
     
  4. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

    Messages:
    1,431
    Trophy Points:
    723
    O-review says both are 35%. vr50 is a 50% transmission base so no matter what iridium coating you put on it, the resulting lens would only be a category 2 lens with darkness no lower than 30%. This means your eyes would be seen and you should only use these lenses for overcast days or night use
     
    saulsaul likes this.
  5. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    Thanks. Any idea what he difference between the two would be when looking through?

    Both are contrast...
     
  6. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

    Messages:
    1,431
    Trophy Points:
    723
    I don't have them but from what I remembered the black irid coating is neutral attenuation (imagine vr28 BI but about half as dark) whilst the gold irid coating has a more bronze attenuation (Imagine gold irid lenses but more rosey and brighter).

    The vr50 base is an awesome contrast lens with high transmission suitable for rainy days or night skiing on well lit slopes where it cuts out the glare. This is now superceded by prizm lenses
     
  7. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    Thanks that's useful. I thought all VR28 lenses were contrast? Is VR28 BI neutral?

    Am wearing the VR50 Gold in Juliets for the first time today in overcast weather and loving them! Amazing lenses. Perfect for a touch of warmth and cutting out all glare.


    VR50 - image.jpeg
     
    pjd1234 likes this.
  8. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    What would the closest Prizms be to the two VR50s?
     
  9. jdd32

    jdd32 X Metal Workshop

    Messages:
    1,431
    Trophy Points:
    723
    They are all contrast lenses. BI coating is a grey filter before it hits the contrast base of vr50. Gold irid on the other hand attenuates certain colors before hitting contrast base vr50. Hence a gold irid vr50 has relatively more contrast compared to BI vr50. The latter is more like a darker version of plain non irid vr50


    Relatively speaking, gold irid vr50 is closer to prizm than black irid vr50. Bear in mind prizm is a strong rose based tint that offers unparalleled clarity
     
    saulsaul likes this.
  10. saulsaul

    saulsaul Oakley Expert Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,282
    Trophy Points:
    743
    Again really helpful- thanks.

    In comparing Prizms, I'm interested in which Prizm has the closest transmission rate to 30-35%.... But I'm being lazy now as this is probably covered elsewhere.

    I love Prizms and use Road and Maritime. But is it true to say they are all rose based and none have the warmth of a brown/gold base?