Oakley G28 vs. G30?

I'm about to pick up some golf specific lenses for my Flak Jackets and have read the different reviews and preference for one or the other. Is there any consensus? Strong arguments for one over the other?
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I think you mean Vr28 (there is not G28). They are both great, the G30 is more rose color and the VR28 is more amber. Both are great, but G30 is probably a touch better at reading greens.
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I think you mean Vr28 (there is not G28). They are both great, the G30 is more rose color and the VR28 is more amber. Both are great, but G30 is probably a touch better at reading greens.
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Also the G30 has an iridium coating, the VR28 does not. It helps to reduce glare slightly, but also adds to the price.
I prefer the G30.
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Yes, VR28, sorry. Is there a difference in the performance between the G30 Black Iridium and the regular G30? There is a slight transmission difference although both are rose. Thanks for the input.
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i picked up a replacement G30 lense for my Pro M Frames, after reading about the golf specific nature of them for reading greens, etc. and performing well in the afternoon shade i wanted to try them.. they are great, even in direct sun...you can see your eyes when wearing them but they still provide great UV protection and are really great for golf....go for it..
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I'm about to pick up some golf specific lenses for my Flak Jackets and have read the different reviews and preference for one or the other. Is there any consensus? Strong arguments for one over the other?
I would suggest looking at the Oakley Golf Array set; they're discontinued but I got mine on ebay. Half jacket frame with 3 sets of interchangeable lens; Fire Iridium, Smoke Iridium and G30s in a nice case. I love the set.
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Without pictures this thread is useless.
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I saw an ad for a new golf specific G40 the other day. Anyone try those?
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Without pictures this thread is useless.
Google Oakley, pal.
No need for members to take the time to copy and upload images or provide links for every single topic that comes up.
Here, my good deed for the day.
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I believe they make a VR28 with iridum coating.
I've recently gone from G30s to G30 black iridium...I find them just a touch darker (a good thing in the sun as the G30s are pretty bright) and they do a slightly better job at hiding the eyes.
I think the G40 is a transition lens.....I didn't care for them myself.
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I'm about to pick up some golf specific lenses for my Flak Jackets and have read the different reviews and preference for one or the other. Is there any consensus? Strong arguments for one over the other?
I would suggest looking at the Oakley Golf Array set; they're discontinued but I got mine on ebay. Half jacket frame with 3 sets of interchangeable lens; Fire Iridium, Smoke Iridium and G30s in a nice case. I love the set.
I agree 100%. I have it and love it. I love the g30's for greens and overcast days; however, the g30 just doesn't cut it for me on sunny days, but I'm a little more sensitive to light because of PCS. Having the versatility is really great for me.
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I was wondering if anyone has used these lenses in very bright conditions and which would be better. I've narrowed down my possibilities to the G30 Black Iridium, VR28, and VR28 Black Iridium. Playing in Florida it seems like I come across the very bright conditions more often so the regular G30 lenses I don't think will do the trick.
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I was wondering if anyone has used these lenses in very bright conditions and which would be better. I've narrowed down my possibilities to the G30 Black Iridium, VR28, and VR28 Black Iridium. Playing in Florida it seems like I come across the very bright conditions more often so the regular G30 lenses I don't think will do the trick.
I've tried all of the lenses you mention above, and they are all outstanding. However, I have found that my favorite all around lens is the Gold Irridium. Perfect for really bright days, but not too dark on overcast days. It's a contrast lens and really makes the course pop.
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I have the Golf Array (discontinued but still available on ebay) and love them. Each of the lenses (G30 for cloudy, Slate Iridium for medium overcast, and Fire Iridium for sunny) is fantastic for highlighting the contrast under any conditions. I thought that the G30 would be a problem on sunny days and when I first started wearing them I would switch lenses when the clouds parted (it's a pretty quick task and I can do it while pushing my V1) but if it's late in the round or looks like variable cloudiness I'll play in bright sun with the G30s; they're actually not bad at all. I don't find myself squinting or reacting to the bright sun when I have the G30s in. And the half-jacket is light enough that I don't even think about taking them off during a round.
Here's a table with the light transmission values for each lens:
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i too play start to finish w/ my G30 vented lenses in my Pro M Frames. I live in sunny South FL and am an Oakley freak from way back. I also find that the G30 may not be the best for the brightest days but it does a great job, good enough to not warrant a lens change for me. the G30 Black Iridium is intriguing but not an option in the M Frame or the Radar, the only two frames I would use for golf. Add in the benefits w/ greens reading, etc. and the G30 is a great all around lens. Sure your eyes are slightly visible with them on but the Iridium coating (yes, the G30 has an Iridium coating) takes care of the glare, etc. couple that with it being readily available a la carte on www.oakley.com makes it a winner.....
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I'm hoping to try the G40. They make photochromic ones, or (I forget the word), but the tint varies from top to bottom. In otherwords, they look like stunna' shades.
P.S. I do NOT want the "pimp" shades.
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
Are you sure about this? Still available on Oakley's website.
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
Are you sure about this? Still available on Oakley's website.
Yes, I'm a dealer. I could get the regular version still last week, but the XLJ version is gone. The online store has a separate warehouse they pull inventory from, and if there is any more left it would be in very limited supply.
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
Are you sure about this? Still available on Oakley's website.
Yes, I'm a dealer. I could get the regular version still last week, but the XLJ version is gone. The online store has a separate warehouse they pull inventory from, and if there is any more left it would be in very limited supply.
I don't even understand how that makes any sense to oakley. That was one of my favorite lenses they ever made, and a lot of golfers used those as well.
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
I'm confused here....the G30 is not Black Iridium, it's a rose colored lens. Typo? Which one are you saying is not available?
I don't even understand how that makes any sense to oakley. That was one of my favorite lenses they ever made, and a lot of golfers used those as well.
Apparently it makes sense to Luxottica (RayBan, Chanel, Prada, Versace, and Oakley). What a shame.
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There are two G30 lenses, the black iridium has more of a mirror finish and has slightly less light transmission but still has the rose base.
I think I am going to pull the trigger on the VR28 Black Iridium sense they seem like more of a lens that I can use for multiple applications. I was just worried about getting something too dark since my other lenses are the black iridium.
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There are two G30 lenses, the black iridium has more of a mirror finish and has slightly less light transmission but still has the rose base.
Interesting; I didn't know that. Thanks for the clarification.
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odd the G30 Black Iridium is no longer available....when I orderd mine a month of so ago they had LOTS of stock.
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G20 Black Iridium 15% medium to bright light
G30 Black Iridium 25% flat to medium light
G30 Iridium 30% flat to medium light
G40 Iridium (Transitions®) 40%-9% medium to extremely bright light
Gold Iridium 12% extremely bright light
VR28 Black Iridium 18% medium to bright light
VR28 28% flat to medium light
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Well everyone can forget about the G30 Black Iridium lenses - They were just discontinued and Oakley is now out of them
Are you sure about this? Still available on Oakley's website.
Yes, I'm a dealer. I could get the regular version still last week, but the XLJ version is gone. The online store has a separate warehouse they pull inventory from, and if there is any more left it would be in very limited supply.
I know this is true for the G40 Transition XLJ, but don't know about the G30 being discussed here. The information about the webstore is correct - separate inventory. A manager MIGHT be able to get their hands on online inventory, but it's pretty unlikely. Here are a couple suggestions:
1) Contact the warranty department and see if they are sitting on any stock for warranty purposes. You'd likely have to send your empty frames in, but they'll put them in (at a charge) if they have them through warranty. You'll need a RMA from a phone rep.
2) Oakley has a "vault" with some hard to get lenses......if you know the right people, they will know who to call to find out if any pairs are in the vault.
3) Buy a full frame / lens online and swap them out into the frame you want. Not the most economical, but if you want them bad enough.....
I understand the frustration, went through it with the Flak G40 XLJ. Featured on every Oakley add, on their website flash page, even still available to order today on backorder. They don't have them, haven't had them for a long time, and aren't getting anymore. Too bad really....they are great (see #2 above).
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Well I ordered up some additional lens to see the differences since my favorite G30 Black Iridium's are now a part of history.
I have G20 Black Iridium (15% light trans), VR28 Black Iridium (18% light trans) and lastly Tungsten Iridium (15% light trans).
G20 Black Iridium are slightly darker than the G30 BI but have the same coloring and are the best bet of the bunch, they are noticeably darker, but the best tint of whats available.
VR28 Black Iridium and Tungsten Iridium are more brown/amber based and look noticeably darker than the G20's on the course even though they have the same light transmission, must be the brown/amber tint as compared to a more rose tint of the G20/G30's.
Other golf lenses are the regular VR28 lens, but not significantly better or darker then the G30 lens - so better to just stick with the G30 lens if you want a lens that is not very dark.
Gold Iridium are the darkest brown/amber at 12% light transmission and are really just too dark when trying to see things at a distance. The G20 Black iridium's are MUCH more clear at distance and plenty dark for any environment.
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Six,
Thanks for the differences in the lenses, I originally wanted the G20 Black Iridiums but the oakley site does not have them available for the half jackets so I picked the vr28 BI. Could you tell me how good the contours of the greens were showing with the vr28 BI's compared to the G30 lens?
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Six,
Thanks for the differences in the lenses, I originally wanted the G20 Black Iridiums but the oakley site does not have them available for the half jackets so I picked the vr28 BI. Could you tell me how good the contours of the greens were showing with the vr28 BI's compared to the G30 lens?
The standard G30 lens give you clearly the most information - however, in really bright light conditions they are not dark enough and are like wearing nothing.
Vr28 are brown/amber in color and have a more muted color because they color things more dramatically.
I would go with the regular G30 over the VR28 lens, and also I would rather wear the G20 Black Iridium over the Vr28 Black Iridium. The rose color of the G30/G20 lenses offer much more information regarding grain and details in grass.