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  1. katelens

    katelens Oakley Beginner

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    What's the difference between Oakley iridium lenses and polarized lenses?
     
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  2. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Two completely different things...

    Iridium is the mirror coating they put on lenses. Both neutral and a bunch of different color options. They claim to reduce glare, and they do reduce light trans %, but their main value is they hide your eyes and look cool, if that matters to you...

    Polarization means they have a filter that blocks light polarized at a certain orientation. It can be oriented at any angle, but with sunglasses it tends to be light reflected from below you, such as off water, a wet road, or car hoods / trunks / windshields. It truly reduces glare, and reduces the total light trans % without making things darker.

    Ideally you get a pair both with iridium and polarized, unless you're sensitive to one or the other.
     
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  3. Carrera1963

    Carrera1963 Lover of Juliet Premium Member

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    You know this is an oxymoron right?!
     
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    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Well, not a proper oxymoron, but yes, contradictory... ;)

    Okay, "without making things appear darker"... :D
     
  5. saga

    saga Oakley Beginner

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    the iridium lens can reflect the sun shine ,like a mirror and it can be produced with any color .the polarized lens is grey usual,but it can't reflect sun light,and the polaroid lens can be coated with mirror film. and the price of iridium lens is higher than polarization.
     
  6. Carrera1963

    Carrera1963 Lover of Juliet Premium Member

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    Any proper oxymoron is just an inherent contradiction in terms, it doesn't have to be an adjective/noun or noun/noun pair. I'd suggest "reduces light transmission" "without making it darker" is inherently contradictory :)
     
  7. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Okay, I'll give you that... ;)
     
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    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Polarization has nothing to do with base tint; Oakley has all sorts of different neutral and contrast base tints that are polarized. Check out VR28 BIP...
     
  9. Carrera1963

    Carrera1963 Lover of Juliet Premium Member

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    Ummm... polarised lenses can use any lens base, doesn't have to be grey. In the Oakley world, polarised lenses are more expensive than iridium, although in fact the majority of their polarised lenses have iridium too - the two aren't exclusive.
     
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    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Yeah iridium is usually a $10 upcharge, while polarized is usually a $30 upcharge.
     
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