When we shop for goggles, we often base our purchase on how cool the designs are, how easily we can change the lens, and how much it costs. Most of us, however, never ask why the lenses are different tints and whether it’s important to spend a little extra on goggles that come with two interchangeable lenses instead of one.
To answer the second question, yes, it’s probably going to be better in the long run if you purchase goggles with two interchangeable lenses. This way you can have one pair of goggles for multiple ski conditions. Here is an explanation as to why this is better and what the different colors of lens tints do for you.
We’ll just talk about the four main colors of lenses for now. The first is an Amber or Brown lens. Amber/Brown lenses are best for medium light skiing because they help to filter out blue light. This makes shadows in the snow appear brighter, provides better contrast, and allows you to see upcoming moguls. Amber/Brown lenses are best for overcast or grey days.
Next in line is the Rose or Pink tint lens. Rose/Pink lenses work well in flat light conditions because they help enhance depth perception and sharpen features. Rose/Pink tint lenses also work well for night skiing because the artificial lighting on the slopes tends to be very flat. A Rose/Pink tint isn’t a good choice for an all-purpose lens because it offers little to no protection in bright light conditions.
The third tint color we’ll cover is the Black or Grey tinted lens. Black/Grey 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 fighting against the glare that reflects off the snow. The only downside to a Black/Grey tinted lens is that it can be difficult to determine depth and terrain variances on overcast days.
The last lens we’ll discuss is the Clear lens. Obviously, Clear lenses are best suited for extremely low lit conditions. They’re designed to allow maximum light penetration, which gives contrast to dark areas on the snow and increases visibility. A Clear lens is best for frequent night skiers.
For more information on lens tints, visit http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Ski-Goggles/buying-guide-3-4-2013,default,pg.html#GoggleLenses