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Old 10-26-2010, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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another thread on here gave me a Idea on a little lesson on lens colors, I'm a avid snowboarder also, snowboarding magazines talk about the right colors for the conditions all the time, something I don't come across in snowmobiling magazines or websites much. This is off of a ski site just replace skiing with snowmobiling


When it comes to lens color, you are most definitely going to see a vast array of different tints. Each lens tint is designed for a specific snow and lighting condition. To help you determine what you will need we will go over the most commonly used tints, and the conditions they are designed for. Hopefully this will allow you to pick the tint or tints best for you. Keep in mind you may have more than one or two. Most goggles have removable lenses so that you can change them out as conditions change. If you ride in day and night conditions this will be especially important for you.


Amber
Amber and Brown lenses are among the most popular tint selections. They are best for medium light skiing as they help to filter out blue light. This will allow shadows in the snow to appear brighter, provide better contrast, and allow you to see upcoming moguls before you fly over them unexpectedly. If you do most of your skiing in slightly overcast or grey weather, an Amber lens is best suited for you.


Gold and Persimmon
Gold and Persimmon lenses act very similar to Amber lenses. Like an Amber lens, Gold and Persimmon lenses are suited for low to medium light conditions. However, Gold and Persimmon lenses perform slightly better in low-to-medium lighting because they provide better low light contrast. If you tend to ski in heavy overcast or snowy conditions, this lens is a logical selection.


Rose
Rose or Pink tint lenses work extremely well in flat light conditions. The Pink tint helps to enhance depth perception and sharpen features. Additionally, Rose or Pink tint lenses also work well for night skiing because the artificial lighting that exists on the slopes tends to be very flat. Unfortunately, this lens is not a good choice for an all-purpose lens because the Pink tint offers little to no protection in bright light conditions.


Light Yellow
Yellow or Light Yellow lenses also work well in flat light conditions. The Yellow tint helps to enhance depth perception and sharpen features. This is especially helpful when conditions are overcast or stormy. Unlike Rose tints however, Yellow tints are not well suited for night skiing because they tend to be slightly dark.


Black or Grey
Black or Grey tint lenses are popular because they offer the best protection on bright sunny days. The darker tint will filter out most of the sunlight, which is perfect for the glare you get when the sun is reflecting off of the snow. If you live in the western U.S., you will see the majority of skiers and snowboarders wearing this tint because of the high number of sunny days. The only downside to a Black or Grey tinted lens is that it can be difficult to determine depth and terrain variances on overcast or dark days. This occurs because of the little light penetration that occurs with the dark lens.


Orange
Orange lenses are an ideal selection for an all around lens. Orange tinted lenses are perfect for medium to bright conditions, where they will perform the best. Orange lenses do not sacrifice as much visibility as Black or Grey lenses in lower light, and they tend to do a very good job of increasing contrast when it is sunny out. If you need one lens that can do it all, an Orange tint lens is never a bad choice.


Clear
Clear lenses, if you havenít guessed yet, are best suited for extremely low lighting conditions. Clear lenses are designed strictly to allow maximum light penetration, giving contrast to dark areas on the snow and increasing overall visibility. If you do a large amount of your skiing at night, a clear lens is best for you. Many skiers and snowboarders will own a set of clear lenses as a secondary lens they can put in for very snowy conditions or night riding.

Mirrored Lenses
Many goggles will have a Mirrored or Chrome lens on them. This means that the lens is slightly, or fully, reflective on the outside. Many skiers or snowboarders will purchase Mirrored or Chrome lenses simply because they look cool. The important thing to note is that this type of lens provides additional benefits, aside from looking like Robocop.
The Mirrored lens coating can be helpful at blocking additional sunlight if you ski or snowboard in very bright conditions. Additionally, the coating helps to reduce glare because it reflects more light than a traditional lens. However, in lower light conditions, Mirrored lenses allow in less light. This means that you will have less visibility on those overcast days. It is important to remember that any lens color can be Mirrored, so be sure to check what color the lens is before picking a goggle with a Mirrored lens.


Polarized Lenses
Goggles that feature Polarized lenses offer much better glare reduction and UV protection than Non-Polarized lenses. In the same fashion that water can reflect light, so can snow, in fact even more so. Polarized lenses are designed specifically to reduce reflective glare from snow, while at the same time not sacrificing visibility in lower light conditions. If you have the option, try to get a goggle with Polarized lenses. They will help to reduce the headaches you get from squinting on sunny days.


Photochromic Lenses
A Photochromic lens is one of the best types of lenses you can buy. The reason for this is that a Photochromic lens will automatically lighten or darken depending on the light conditions. They offer superior visibility in all light conditions because the lenses are continually adjusting to provide optimal clarity and depth perception. Photochromic lenses work via exposure to UV radiation, which is emitted by the sun. The higher the UV exposures (the sunnier it is), the darker the lens becomes.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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so many colors!
actually these are the most common, probably a dozen more out there
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Pink and blue were my color choices for riding in the mountains.
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mine is blue photochromic,
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mine are photochromic they are the best goggles i have ever purchased.
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