Did you know at higher elevations the air is thinner and it filters less ultra violet light? For your eyes in particular, that is a big deal. We often get asked by clients “does it matter what color of lens you have on your goggles?” The answer is yes.
The combination of sunshine (or lack of), and snow hugely affects your vision. On a bluebird day, you will rarely catch a Steamboat local going about without their sunglasses. Snow-blindness is an actual thing.
Lighter lenses such as yellow, gold, amber, green and rose-color are excellent choices for cloudy days. They allow a higher amount of visible light transmission, which improves vision in flatter lights.
Darker lenses such as copper, browns, and grays have lower visible light transmission and will ward off the glare on a sunny day. Mirrored lenses reflect light, and a polarized lens will reduce the glare from the sun on snow.
If you’ve been prone to fogging, goggles with all around venting will help. However you’ll need to outweigh the risk of the air chill factor. For those who can’t stand to throw out a pair of old favorites, consider applying an anti-fog coating.
Fit is everything. A snug connection with the helmet will eliminate the dreaded ‘gaper’ gap and avoid the ice cream headache on an extra cold day. A good fitting strap and comfortable padding will keep precious eye gear in place. Finally, avoid scratching the lens when you put your helmet down and purchase a lens cover. It’s worth every cent of the $10-$15 you’ll spend.