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    Transitions Vantage

    Does anyone have any experience with the Transitions Vantage Lenses? I'm wondering how they work out in the real world and what patients responses were to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgirl View Post
    Does anyone have any experience with the Transitions Vantage Lenses? I'm wondering how they work out in the real world and what patients responses were to them.
    Cool technology but hasn't ever really caught on in the marketplace. Transitions has changed their market focus to the younger demographics - fashion backed by practicality and technology which is probably a very smart move.

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    Thank you, I took about a 5-6 year hiatus from the business until last summer so I'm trying to get caught up on all the changes and advancements.

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    I have a pair of the Vantage, they are pretty nice. They don't get as dark as normal and they have a slight tint even where they are "clear". I actually don't mind the tint because I'm super light sensitive and to me it it changes the color ever so slightly. Instead of being white, it turns in to a slightly off white. The new transitions mirrors is what they are pushing. I just talked to a rep about the new transitions 8 that is suppose to be coming out in the new couple months so just keep an eye out for that.

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    I'm not a fan.

    We've sold plenty of the vantage lenses but after a poor reception, I've stopped recommending them. I tried a set and was unimpressed.

    They don't get as clear as a 'normal' transitions lens, they don't get as dark as a 'normal' transition lens and the polarizing filter is weak...

    I chalk it up as a gimmick that is not at all worth the $$.

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    GAgirl,

    It's the only photochromic polarized lens that I'm aware of.

    As mentioned above, indoor transmittance is somewhat low, judging by appearance only, and if coated, about 75%, too dark for night driving off the beaten path if age 50+ IMO.

    Polarization efficiency depends on the degree of activation; direct sun at 70 degrees probably matches the transmittance (40% to 50%).

    Consult with Transitions™ for more accurate data.

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    The technology is very cool, but they deactivate far too slowly for me to recommend them for everyday wear. For a pair of sport glasses, they are an awesome option. If they came in 1.67 (which was promised but never materialized) I would have a pair.
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    So, is the main difference between the Vantage and Drivewear that the Drivewear has a base tint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgirl View Post
    So, is the main difference between the Vantage and Drivewear that the Drivewear has a base tint?
    yes. i tested a pair of drive wear. It's super comfortable to wear for driving in all light conditions but as an actual sunglass i found it rather lacking and not dark enough. i also don't see the colour change and dramatically as advertised for different conditions. It just goes from brown to darker brown and is polarized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    yes. i tested a pair of drive wear. It's super comfortable to wear for driving in all light conditions but as an actual sunglass i found it rather lacking and not dark enough. i also don't see the colour change and dramatically as advertised for different conditions. It just goes from brown to darker brown and is polarized.
    Love my DriveWears! I have a wrap in an IOT with mirror in one and a drill in another. Behind the windshield, it could be darker, still very comfortable for driving, esp. in overcast conditions, but once I step out of the car...it gets dark, even with the mirror, and it goes towards a dark chocolate brown. I'm talking at least 70% cacao! Apologies for the run on sentence.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by lensmanmd View Post
    Love my DriveWears! I have a wrap in an IOT with mirror in one and a drill in another. Behind the windshield, it could be darker, still very comfortable for driving, esp. in overcast conditions, but once I step out of the car...it gets dark, even with the mirror, and it goes towards a dark chocolate brown. I'm talking at least 70% cacao! Apologies for the run on sentence.....
    i have a second set of mirrored polarized grey lenses in the car for very very bright days and the thing that kills me is the second i drive into a garage i can't see a damn thing. it's not a problem at all with drivewear! i agree they work great on overcast days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    i have a second set of mirrored polarized grey lenses in the car for very very bright days and the thing that kills me is the second i drive into a garage i can't see a damn thing. it's not a problem at all with drivewear! i agree they work great on overcast days.
    I hear ya. I have a few sets of mirrored Coppertones for those cloudless, super bright days. But those DriveWears are great outdoors on bright days. I prefer the DriveWears when I'm out on my mountain bike. Sun to forest and back. Never fails me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lensmanmd View Post
    I hear ya. I have a few sets of mirrored Coppertones for those cloudless, super bright days. But those DriveWears are great outdoors on bright days. I prefer the DriveWears when I'm out on my mountain bike. Sun to forest and back. Never fails me.
    you got me interested in trying a pair with mirror on it. how are the reflections in the deactivated state?

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    DriveWear is also apparently the perfect lens for golf.
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    Drivewear is just the best lens ever. But vantage is not bad imo, for the right person.

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    I really appreciate all the feedback! Now I want to try the DriveWear lenses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgirl View Post
    I really appreciate all the feedback! Now I want to try the DriveWear lenses!
    Me too. Alas, no high index. And the PAL options are also very limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    you got me interested in trying a pair with mirror on it. how are the reflections in the deactivated state?
    With the wrap, I get no reflections. But I also have backside AR on them. In its lightened state, it still is about a 2, so the mirror has very little backside reflections, unlike mirrored transitions.
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    I have a pair of transition vantage that I use when out on my motorcycle and I truly love them. I find they get dark enough and am happy with the polorization and the amount of glare they cut. They work great for me on a bright sunny day and as the evening approches they are still good for a while..........until it gets dark and even then I can still use them but prefer my regular clear glasses at that point.
    Keep in mind though when it comes to the debate as to weather they get dark enough or are polorized enough is always going to be decided by the one wearing them. Frankly I really dont like mine real dark, I would rather put the emphises on polorization next person wants them real dark. And then of course amount of light and how hot or cold it may be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngeHamm View Post
    Me too. Alas, no high index. And the PAL options are also very limited.
    Not at all! Any IOT design can be made in drivewear. Plus any Shamir (although much more expensive)

    But I agree, a 1.67 index would be welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_S View Post
    Not at all! Any IOT design can be made in drivewear. Plus any Shamir (although much more expensive)

    But I agree, a 1.67 index would be welcome.

    We even offer some OEM Zeiss designs in DriveWear. Sadly, most people know very little about this lens. CR39, Poly and Trivex is all that is currently available. Image, ST28 and SV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lensmanmd View Post
    We even offer some OEM Zeiss designs in DriveWear. Sadly, most people know very little about this lens. CR39, Poly and Trivex is all that is currently available. Image, ST28 and SV.
    Drivewear being available in any PAL other than Image is news to me. Cool!
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    I put my father-in-law in DriveWear in his Trivex - XFit and he LOVES it when he's fishing!! I wish it came in 1.67, I would put them in my PAL for being out on our boat!

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    X design is available with drivewear? In the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    X design is available with drivewear? In the US?
    That is correct. I had them done at Jorgenson-Penninsula lab in WA state.

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