How to pick the best lens color for skiing and snowboarding based on the Condidtions

How to Select The Proper sunglass or goggle Lens Color base on the Conditions.
When it comes to sunglasses or goggles for skiing or snowboarding, you have a few options. Having to pick your sunglass frame and color is just the begining of what you’ll need to know when you deciding what sunglass or goggle to get. There are lenses for every possible lighting situation, the lens color will help you with your feild of depth perseption. I’m no optometrist, but I’ve worn many a sunglass and have a pretty good Idea as to what to wear, and when.

Black/Gray Lenses
Black, gray, and/or smoke lenses are best for bright conditions – they dim the bright sunlight to ease the strain on your eyes. While the lenses do darken your vision, gray does not alter color, so everything remains the same color.

Gray also makes a great lens color for driving sunglasses.

Best for: Wide open areas, especially on sunny days.

Not for: Skiing or snowboarding in trees or trails. The dark lens may be too dark for trail use, especially if you are dealing with shady areas and shadows. Gray won’t improve contrast, clarity, or depth perception, either, and those things come in handy while going through the trees.

Brown or Bronze Lenses
Brown is a good “all around” lens color choice. It is dark enough to save your eyes in bright conditions, but brown also improves contrast, clarity, and depth perception. Plus, it really enhances shades of green (i.e. trees, bushes, and grass.) Brown does this by filtering out blue light waves.

Best for: all around the skiing and snowboarding in good weather.

Not for: night riding.

Amber Lenses
Amber is somewhere between a light brown and a dark yellow lens. It will block blue light, which greatly increases contrast, making it a good choice when Moguls and dips are jumping out at you from the shadows.

Best for: Skiing and Snowboarding under cloudy skies or on dimly lit trails.

Not for: bright, sunny days.

Red, Rose, and Vermilion Lenses
Red lenses, usually referred to as “rose” or “vermilion,” will increase contrast and brighten cloudy, dreary days. These lenses distort colors, so don’t wear them in situations where you need to see perfect shades of color. I can’t think of a time where you need such perfect color while skiing or snowboarding, but just so you know.

Best for: Skiing and snowboadig in cloudy, hazy conditions.

Not for: bright, sunny days, or situations where you must identify your friends by the color of their Jacket.

Orange Lenses
Orange comes in somewhere between red, brown, and yellow lenses, and as such, works well in darker, cloudy weather. This lens works as well as rose, either will do on cloudy days.

Best for: Skiing and snowboarding on hazy, cloudy days.

Not for: bright, sunny days.

Yellow Lenses
Yelow works best in foggy, hazy conditions. Yellow increases clarity so you can actually see where you are going, even if you’re in dense fog.

Best for: Skiing or snowboarding in the early morning fog.

Not for: bright, sunny days.

Clear Lenses
Clear lenses do not alter your vision, so they work great in dark conditions when you still need to protect your eyes from wind, debris, and harmful UV rays.

Best for: dark conditions, such as night skiing and snowboarding.

Green Lenses
Will enhance your perception of red and yellow light, and increase contrast much like brown lenses. Used by fishermen because it cuts down glare.

Best for: Skiing and snowboarding while fishing.
Not for: bright, sunny days on the hill.