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Lens Treatments

Two horrible ways sport eyewear can fail you:

  • blocked vision by fogging when you sweat

  • reduced clarity from scratched lenses

We solved both.

TOPICS

AntiFog |   Scratch Resistance  |   Mirror Layer  |   Standard Coatings

Lens ARMORR

fog ARMORR (FA)

Everyone wants to say their anti fog coating is the best. This one actually is, and we'll tell you how and why.

the scenario

When you're working the pedals hard, heat and moisture from your face turns into fog on your lenses. The last thing you want on a technical trail is something blurring or blocking your vision. Fogging is annoying and dangerous. If you had a free hand, you could take your glasses off. But then your eyes would be unprotected. Not smarrt.

the solution

Eyewear that is engineered to prevent fogging. Fog ARMORR (FA) is a unique hydrophilic treatment that is baked onto the lens. At the molecular level there's actually a de-fogging process that absorbs and sheets away moisture. The real truth: Let's be frank about this. There is no such thing as a lens that will never fog. (Exception: If you're dead and your body is not producing any moisture, your glasses will never fog.) However, our tests have shown that eyewear using our lens ARMORR anti fog treatment will resist fogging better than anything else we've seen on the civilian market.

pick a test

There are lab tests with stopwatches, and then there's Dave mowing his lawn.

DAVE's LAWN - As Dave was pushing his mower south of the Mason-Dixon, the weather gauges were pushing back at 98 degrees and 87% humidity. Sweat was pouring off him, rolling down/over/around his eye protection. He stayed out there way longer than he should have, putting his own health at risk for the sake of testing. Did fog ARMORR keep his lenses from fogging up? YES. Did the lawn get mowed? YES.

THE LAB - If you wear glasses, you know that when you come in out of the cold your lenses will fog up. Lab geeks want to know how quickly that fog will disappear. They carry stopwatches. For this test, eyewear with MORR's FA lenses was frozen down to 20 degrees F then transferred to a 95 degree environment. The lenses immediately fogged. Within seconds all of the fogging had completely dissipated. Gone! The test was repeated using eyewear with a conventional hydrophobic anti-fog coating...it took over a minute for the fog to dissipate. Why is this important? When you're on the move, you don't have that kind of time.

ON A BIKE - If you can sit the lab geeks down for a minute, they'll tell you the two factors that cause lenses to fog when you're riding. The first is temperature differential. When the outside temperature of the lens is cooler than the inside surface that's being warmed by the heat and moisture coming off your face, you'll get fogging. The second is relative humidity (moisture in the air). High relative humidity increases the chances that your lens will fog. 

FREEZING COLD - This question came to us from Kevin. "Will Fog ARMORR keep your lenses from fogging even when it’s really cold outside?"  Let’s break it down into scenarios.

  1. You are outside in the freezing cold and your MARRCONI’s are with you. They are also freezing cold. Suddenly, the sun comes out to make its brief 4 hour appearance for the day. It’s bright. You put on your MARRCONI’s and go about your outdoor business. THEY DO NOT FOG.
  2. You are inside where it is a toasty 75 degrees F. Suddenly you hear sleigh bells in the daytime. Seems unlikely so you grab your MARRCONI’s to run outside to see what was the matter. Both you and the lenses are assaulted by a dramatic change in temperature. What happens? The lenses might fog, or they might not. But IF they do, the lenses will defog themselves within 10 SECONDS.

POP QUIZ - Now scroll back up to THE SOLUTION and quiz yourself. HYDRO PHILIC lenses baked with FA = excellent. HYDRO PHOBIC coated lenses = pretty good.

who uses it

We freely admit that we are not the only ones using this anti-fog coating. You can also get it if you are in the US or European military, or if you work aboard the International Space Station. Not kidding here. This stuff is crazy expensive and not easy to get.  

LENS MARKINGS:  FA or FF (fog free)

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Scratch ARMORR

scratch ARMORR (SA)

the scenario

Your glasses get tossed around. You don't keep them in a case. Mud cakes on the lens and you wipe it off with your gloves. You drop your glasses in the parking lot. You get hit in the face with branches. Your polycarbonate lenses get scratches on them. The scratches reduce vision clarity and obstacles become harder to see. Not smarrt.

the solution

Eyewear that is engineered to be scratch resistant. Lens ARMORR for scratch resistance is a coating that has been measured to be 3 times harder that standard treatments. We all know there is no such thing as a polycarbonate lens that is impossible to scratch. But with our Scratch ARMORR, we've made it really difficult. Oh, and it also helps eliminate "rainbow" lines on the lenses.

lab testing

SA lenses passed a geeky test called “Resistance to Surface Damage by Fine Particles.” They also passed this test: Steel wool abrasion up to 600 gram weight before scratches appeared on lens. Lenses with standard hard coat started to show scratches at 200 gram weight.

durability

So tough you can clean the lenses with your shirt. We don’t necessarily condone that sort of thing, but if you do it with MORR SA lenses you’d really have to work at it to cause those annoying little scratches that ruin the clarity of your expensive mall-store glasses.

LENS MARKINGS:  SA

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Mirrored Lenses

MORR mirrored lens treatment

Put your science hat on. MORR's mirrored lenses undergo rigorous procedures to ensure retention of their polished appearance.

Plating is applied to the lens using an industrial vacuum deposited powder coating process. Each lens receives 2 to 6 layers of super heated metal oxides that fuse to the polycarbonate lens material at the molecular level. This creates a permanent bond.

The result is an optically uniform layer that is distortion free. MORR's mirrored finish offers a rich two-dimensional color effect.

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Mirrored Lenses

 

MORR standard lens coatings

MORR eyewear that is not equipped with lens ARMORR will still have above average protection from fogging and scratching.

FOG COATING (FC)

Standard Anti Fog coating is hydrophobic, which means moisture beads up then rolls off the lens. MORR’s Fog Coating is applied using a treatment process that dips the lenses into a proprietary solution then bakes them in a drying oven.
LENS MARKINGS: FC

SCRATCH COATING (SC)

Standard Scratch Resistant Hard Coat lenses are dipped and then cured in an oven to bake the protective hard coat onto the lens. It’s a lot better than what you get on cheaper brands.
LENS MARKINGS: SC