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Which lens colours are best for skiing and snowboarding?

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Which lens colours are best for skiing and snowboarding depends on the prevailing light conditions and to some extent, on personal preference.

Here we have given our suggestions, based on feedback from experienced skiiers on the range of lens colours available for the 7eye AirShield range of ski sunglasses.

Tinted lenses for skiing

Best lenses for poor visibility and variable light conditions

If you are skiing in the Alps in December and January you can expect conditions to be variable, ranging from bright sunshine to overcast with poor visibility. Often you will be skiing in flat, hazy or foggy conditions.

The best lens colours for these conditions are those that filter our blue light, which means that they enhance contrast and definition so you can see bumps, moguls, icy or bare patches more clearly.

Brown tinted lenses

24:7 contrast lenses

The most versatile lens in the 7eye range is called "24:7 contrast". This lens is photochromic (light-reactive), activated by changes in the amount of sunlight.

In low light conditions, 24:7 contrast lenses are a light yellowy-brown colour and they darken automatically with brighter sun to become dark brown when it is sunny. These lenses give a smooth transition between light and dark so whatever the light conditions, they give you an appropriate filter.

Wearing these lenses will help when visibility is poor, but they also provide effective glare protection on sunny days. Light-reactive lenses become darkest when the temperature is cold but the sun is very bright, making them an excellent choice for Alpine sports.

Copper lenses

Another popular choice for skiing when light conditions are expected to be variable and often hazy is the SharpView Copper lens. This is a fixed medium level tint that improves contrast and definition.

Polar copper lenses

These lenses are a little darker than the standard copper lenses but they are better for blocking reflected glare, while also improving contrast and definition.

Best lenses for skiing in bright sunshine

If you are skiing in the Alps in February or March, you can expect most days to be bright and sunny. For these conditions, you need a darker lens.

polarised grey lenses cut glare reflected from the ski slope

Again, photochromic lenses are a good choice. Go either for the 24:7 contrast or the 24:7 eclypse lens (this changes from clear in low light to dark grey in bright sun).

Alternatively, if you prefer a fixed tint lens, go either for Grey, Polar Grey, or Polar Copper.

"Polar" is 7eye's brand name for a polarised lens. Wearing polarised lenses for skiing is a matter of personal preference. The advantage is that is significantly reduces reflected glare from the sun on white snow and ice. The disadvantage is that because it cuts down reflection, it can make it harder to distinguish between snow and ice patches. Overall, many skiiers prefer a polarised lens because it is more comfortable for your eyes to cope with less glare over an extended period when you are out on the slopes.

Best lenses for night-time skiing

If you plan to go skiing at night or when the sun is very low, we recommend that you choose Clear lenses, or 24:7 eclypse lenses (these are clear in low light conditions).

UV protection

All 7eye lenses provide 100% UV protection, whatever the colour.

7eye AirShield sunglasses are particularly effective for cutting out unwanted peripheral glare because the gasket / eye cup closes off the minor gaps that you get with ordinary ski sunglasses. This also protects the sensitive skin around your eye sockets from sunburn much better than other makes of sunglasses.

AirShield cuts out peripheral glare and protects eye sockets from sunburn

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