What Goggle Lens Colour is the Best for Skiing or Snowboarding?

We run down which lens colour will suit what skiing conditions.


Posted by on October, 23, 2018 | Skiing

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What Goggle Lens Colour is the Best for Skiing or Snowboarding?

What Goggle Lens Colour is the Best for Skiing or Snowboarding?

As the Skiing and Snowboarding season approaches so does the need for Goggles. The newbies looking for that first pair or the old hands looking for a replacement, everyone needs a pair. A good pair of goggles are essential. Not only do they protect from extremely strong UV radiation but from branches and other objects entering the eye. The only problem is picking the right Goggle Lens colour for the right conditions. We have split up what lens colours work best in which condition. You can find out by colour or by weather condition. Handy, right? However these are recommendations and oftentimes personal preferences overrides what is recommended.

Weather Conditions

Overview

Sun

Partially Cloudy

Cloudy

Snow

Whiteout

Night

Lens Colour

Overview

Different coloured lenses let through different amounts of light. This is Visible Light Transmition or VLT. A rule of thumbs is: the lighter the lens colour the more light and the darker the less light passes through the lens. So if the VLT is higher, more light is passing through the lens. Which usually means that lens colour is a light one. So, if you plan your skiing or snowboarding perfectly to land on a Blue Bird Day (bright blue skies) you'll more than likely want a low VLT. However, different colours offer more than just different levels of Visible Light Transmition. Some enhance different natural colours and/or enhance contrast.

Amber/Orange

An Amber/Orange Goggle Lens colour is best for Overcast, Partially Cloudy and Sunny Days. Like a yellow lens, these are great for enhancing colour. This allows you to pick up details you could have missed. Amber and Orange lenses also excel in Foggy conditions. We would say these are perfect for overall conditions. If the weather is flitting between overcast and sun, an Amber/Orange lens is the way to go.

Why not try an Oakley Ambush Goggle with an Amber/Orange Lens? RRP: £100 Our Price: £41.00

Black

A Black Goggle Lens Colour best suits bright/blue bird conditions. Due to Black lenses cutting out the most light, these are to be used in bright conditions. Therefore, they should be avoided in low light level conditions. It is common for a black lens to be polarized. Due to them being commonly used in the bright light, polarized lenses cut out the glare. The glare is powerful and extremely bright on the slopes in bright conditions. However, a black polarized lens will cut through the brightness and glare to provide a comfortable and visually accurate experience.

Why not try an Oakley Airbrake with a Black Lens? RRP: £185.00 Our Price £130.00

Blue

A Blue Goggle Lens Colour is normally paired with another colour. When paired with a Yellow lens they best suit a low light day. Alternatively, when paired with a bronze colour they're best worn on brighter days. In addition, if choosing just a normal blue lens, we would recommend using them in cloudy or snowy conditions. Typically a Blue lens lets through 54% of light.

Why not try a Smith Knowledge Goggle with a Blue Lens? RRP: £77.00 Our Price: £49.00

Brown/Bronze

The Brown/Bronze Goggle Lens Colour is perfect for bright conditions. Much like Black lenses, Bronze lens colours are usually polarized. However, the Brown/Bronze colour enhances contrasts more than Black lenses do. A Brown/Bronze lens should be avoided in Overcast conditions. This is due to the low levels of light allowed to pass through the lens. If worn in low lighting vision will be seriously impaired.

Clear

Clear Goggle Lenses are perfect for night time Skiing or Snowboarding. Even though they are clear, sometimes they provide protection from UV radiation. This is ideal in very low light conditions as there will still be UV light radiation. In addition, clear lenses are perfect to provide protection from objects in low light. We recommend not wearing clear lenses in bright conditions. This is because the glare off the snow will be powerful. Not combatting glare with a coloured/polarized lens can cause eye strain and headaches. This isn't just uncomfortable but can ruin your concentration and that is dangerous.

Green

A Green Goggle Lens colour strives in Partially Cloudy, Overcast or Brighter conditions. Green lenses boast the ability to increase contrast and depth perception. Therefore having a better sense of what is ahead. If you struggle with judging distance on the slopes we would recommend a Green lens. Not only do they work well in a range of conditions but the added depth perception can be a saviour.

Why not try a pair of Spy Marshall Goggles with a Green Lens? RRP: £99.00 Our Price £69.00

Red

Red is referred to as Vermilion as well as Red. The Red Goggle lens colour is best for Medium to Bright lighting conditions. A real key benefit of a red lens is the added contrast. Furthermore a red lens sharpens perception too.

Why not try a pair of Bollé Emperor Goggles with a Red Lens? RRP: £77.00 Our Price £54.00

Rose/Pink

A Rose/Pink Goggle Lens colour is best used in Low to Mid level lighting conditions. A partly cloudy day or overcast conditions are suitable. So are dusk/dawn conditions. However, we would say to steer away from wearing these in bright light conditions.

Why not try a pair of Bolle Virtuose with a Rose/Pink Lens? RRP: £135.00 Our Price £71.00

Violet/Purple

Violet/Purple Goggle Lens colours best suit Low/Moderate lighting conditions. Furthermore, the Violet/Purple colour does increase the contrast. In addition, some detail is enhanced also.

Why not try a pair of Oakley O2 XM Goggles with a Purple/Violet Lens? RRP: £75.00 Our Price £58.00

Yellow/Gold

Yellow/Gold Goggle Lens Colours are the most versatile. This colour is your best bet for the most variety. The tint filters out brightness and sharpens vision. In addition, the lens enhances colour and detail is easier to see. If you are looking for goggles to use in flat light. This is the lens colour for you.

Try a pair of Oakley A Frame 2.0 Goggles with a Yellow/Gold Lens. RRP: £119.00 Our Price £95.00

Weather Conditions

Overview

On the slopes the weather can change. Clouds can come and go or stay for what seems an eternity. But, you're there to tear down the slopes or to keep falling over, so the weather doesn't matter. Well, if you have the right lens that is. If you know what the weather is going to be like, or a rough idea you can plan perfectly. Certain Goggle Lens colours perform better in some conditions than others. Therefore it is a great idea to match up your lens with the weather conditions. Or to grab a couple of lenses. One that will be perfect in brighter conditions and one for those darker days. Then you can simply switch them across when the time calls and continue hurtling down those slopes.

Sun

For a bright sunny day or Blue Bird days you need lenses with a high Visible Light Transmition. These are Jet Black, Bronze/Red Chrome and Grey Polarized Lenses. Roughly 5% to 25% VLT.

Partially Cloudy

On Partially Cloudy Days look towards Bronze/ Red Chrome or Rose/Blue Chrome Lenses.

Cloudy

Those Cloudy days call for Rose/Blue Chrome, Blue, Yellow or Yellow Chrome lenses. Roughly 26% to 72% VLT.

Snow

When the snow is constantly falling try a Blue, Yellow, Yellow/Blue Chrome or Clear lens. Roughly 54% to 83% VLT.

Whiteout

In them horrid whiteout conditions we would say going for a Pink, Yellow, Amber/Orange or Green lens. Anything that adds contrast will help. However in a whiteout lens colour usually is down to personal preference. Some like Green, some like Yellow, some like to stay in the bar.

Night

At night opt for a Clear or Yellow Lens. Something that will allow the most light in or enhances the little light is key.

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