Choosing the Right Lens Color for Your Snow Goggles
There’s no overstating the importance of clear vision when you’re out on the mountains. It’s important to have snow goggles with features like Polarization, anti-fog and scratch-resistant lenses—and I-SEA’s snow goggles offer all of those—but another big factor that contributes to clear vision is the color of the lens itself.
The colorful lenses that work with I-SEA’s easy-swap magnetic lens technology are designed to look great, but it’s not just about style. Beyond mere aesthetics, lens color can make a huge difference in enhancing contrast, reducing glare and optimizing visibility in various light and weather conditions. We’ll spare you the technical science behind it, but you know the real-world struggles: Like when the sun is blinding you on cloudless days or your depth perception is off in the flurrying snow.
To help you make the choice that best aligns with your winter adventures, we’re breaking down which lens colors are ideal for different applications and conditions. Whether you’re a seasoned skier-snowboarder or you’re a newbie on the mountain, understanding the nuances of lens colors ensures you’ll have crystal-clear vision for your next adventure.
But first, it’s important to think about the kind of conditions you tend to encounter most—whether that’s sunny, clear-blue skies, cloudy conditions or somewhere in between, and whether those conditions tend to stay consistent or change more frequently.
LENS COLORS FOR BRIGHT CONDITIONS
If you usually find yourself on the slopes in sunny, clear-sky conditions, go for a darker lens, which will help prevent glare and allow less light to penetrate. A lens with a dark tint as well as mirrored material can actually deflect that glare away from your eyes while also adding contrast so you can keep a clearer eye out for things like bumps, troughs and shadows in the snow ahead.
Snow Bird in Black/Purple Mirror
Big Sky in Black/Blue Mirror
Big Sky in Black/Smoke
Snow Bird in Black/Smoke
LENS COLORS FOR LOW-LIGHT CONDITIONS
To optimize visibility in low light or flat light, choose goggle lenses with a yellow, amber or light rose base. These lighter tints maximize light intake, enhancing contrast during darker days. Softer colors like rose, yellow and gold increase contrast in overcast or low-light situations by allowing more light to pass through than darker colors allow.
Snow Bird in White/Rose Pink Mirror
LENS COLORS FOR FLEXIBLE CONDITIONS
Universal lenses are usually characterized by a medium copper, rose or brown tint, with little or low mirroring. These tints, including green and blue, offer contrast for overcast conditions and enough protection for sunnier days, making them versatile for various weather conditions.
I-SEA makes it easy to adapt your performance eyewear no matter the conditions, thanks to easy swap magnetic lens technology–even if you’re riding the lift or you’re midway through a run. Plus, I-SEA’s helmet-compatible goggles come with a case that makes it easy to bring your interchangeable lenses along.