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66 wrote an answer about on June 14, 2009

Don't pay attention to the two previous responses. Blue Iridium has a 30% light transmission rate, which puts it on par with other sunny day lenses, but at 30% it's not quite a one-trick pony and you can still get away with it on medium light days. (All of the light transmission ratings are at Oakley's website.)

Black Iridium is closer usually best for sunny days, as its light transmission rate is 18%.

Despite all of this, don't automatically equate "day riding" with "dark lenses." I usually only ride days, but the Pacific Northwest is usually overcast, so my HI Yellows (81% light transmission) see the most use.

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66 wrote a review of on February 6, 2007

5 5

I was a longtime fan of Oakley's Wisdoms. They are still a great goggle, but all three pairs of mine quickly found their way to craigslist after I tried the Crowbars.
The peripheral vision is panoramic, even improving on the Wisdoms solid field of vision. The style is cleaner, the venting is as good as ever, and unlike the Wisdoms, the Crowbars are helmet-compatible right out of the box, thanks to the new strap suspension system. (Switching a sold-separately strap between three pairs of Wisdoms over a helmet was not exactly convenient.)

Although they look bigger, the Crowbars actually fit in my Sessions jacket pocket more easily than my bulky Wisdoms. I have a larger face and the Crowbars fit better, yet my wife (who is much smaller than me) loves the fit of her Crowbars as well.

It's no debate, Oakley's are pricy, but the Crowbars are worth every penny.

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66 wrote a review of on January 22, 2007

5 5

I've ridden the Crowbars in HI Yellow, HI Persimmon and Blue Iridium. All are amazing lenses for their respective conditions.
The HI Yellow's are great for overcast, snowy, foggy, rainy and night conditions. (Basically, the HI Yellow will slay any sort of low-light conditions.) The blue reflective coating makes them look better than a standard yellow lens as well.
The HI Persimmon is a great all-round lens. They're not perfect for bluebird days, but you won't squint too much. They're not perfect for night riding, but you wont' really strain your eyes for terrain clarity. They are, however, perfect for everything in between.
The Blue Iridium are a fantastic bright conditions lens. They are more versatile than Black Iridium or Fire Iridium, which are exceptional for bluebird but more or less one trick ponies for sunny days. The Blue Iridiums are a bit more versatile if the clouds roll in.
Don't get a lens just because it looks cool, and it will pay off for you with perfect clarity.
Oakley's Snow Goggle Light Transmission Ratings (DIFFERENT from what's listed on their website, which pertain only to sunglasses and not their goggles!)

Clear - 83%
HI Yellow - 81%
HI Persimmon - 63%
Persimmon - 62%
Pink Iridium - 57%
VR50 - 50%
G30 - 30%
Blue Iridium - 30%
VR28 - 28%
Gold Iridium - 20%
Black Iridium - 18%
Fire Iridium - 16%

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66 wrote a review of on January 22, 2007

5 5

Oakley nailed this one. I had Oakley Wisdoms before and I still think they are excellent, but the Crowbars blow them out of the water.
The new suspension system on the sides of the goggle frame make the Crowbars extremely helmet-compatible right out of the box. (Wisdoms usually required a special helmet strap, sold separately.)
The field of vision - particularly peripherally - are even greater than the Wisdom's range of view. Going back to the Wisdoms felt stuffy after the nearly panoramic view of the Crowbars.
The fit seems more versatile than the Wisdoms. The Wisdoms were supposedly for larger faces while the Crowbars were more middle of the road. I found the Crowbars to fit my face far better than the Wisdoms though, despite my larger-than-average melon.
The only possible downside of the Crowbars is their appearance. If you have a small head, these goggles may just eclipse your face. Otherwise, I think these goggles look great, and they even fit in my jacket pocket more easily than my Wisdoms.
The steeper price for Oakley is definitely well-warranted and worth it if you're considering the Crowbar as your next goggle.

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66 wrote a review of on January 12, 2007

4 5

Very solid pants. I honestly don't care for Burton, but apparently their higher-end outerwear is solid - as long as you don't mind the price tag. As a matter of fact, the only reason I gave these a 4 instead of a 5 is because their waterproofing/breathability is 15,000mm/10,000g yet still retail for a hefty $230. (Sessions will give you 20,000mm/20,000g for $200 or less.)

Otherwise, they are great. Very light and very durable with a slightly baggy inseam, but nothing super gangsta. I thought they would stain easily, but they've repelled mysterious lift grease and grass stains quite well.

Solid pantalones, for sure.

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