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Short of taking a lighting crew with me to adjust contrast and brightness, if I want to see what/who I'm skiing into on the mountain then I'm going to need lenses of a certain colour.

Apparently some colours are better for some lighting conditions - but which lenses for which light??????!!!! Puzzled Puzzled Is there an "all rounder" colour that people tend to stump for? I don't have much money to spend, or much patience for constantly changing goggles if the light changes.

Please advise - or suggest suitable link if the topic's been around before. (Had a look but didn't see any.)
Many thanks.
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I go for a low light goggle (i.e. yellow lens) and switch to sunglasses when it gets really bright. Seems a pretty good compromise and its easy enough to carry both.
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I've several pairs of goggles with different colour lenses, I can't say I know the names of the colours though. In terms of wearing a pair all day I don't find it makes any difference to me whatsoever. I see that if you only ever put goggles on in fog then you might want something particular.

In all seriousness in poor light the tint of your goggles is overrated in the extreme in my opinion; if you have a good technique and stance you're just comfortable and relaxed and gaining a few cm of vision hardly makes any difference.
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I use goggles all the time - cause I find them comfortable with my helmet.
I mainly use the Oakley Fire Iridium lens, but have the Black Iridium one for very bright days (but I haven't switched to them in the last couple of years.
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I only use goggles if it snows, and then only if it's heavy enough to go in my eyes, or if the light is really flat. For this I use goggles with an orangey tint as I think they do give better contrast, so you can see the ground better.

All other times I use sunglasses or nowt (but only around sundown).
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It gets even more confusing if you start comparing manufacturers.Some yellow,orange,reddish and all shades in between Confused
There are only really two things of interest to you.They are 100% UV and the light transmission figure(look on the box)For the grey,cloudy,dull days u want high light transmission(say 70%)and the bright days u want low(say 15%)If you use sunglasses for the bright light,that just leave's the dull.As regards the shade,everyone has an opinion.I'm with ise on this.Never found that much difference,and I've tried loads.I carry a cheap 'spare' pair.Picked them up at a car boot(Serious-thats the make BTW)for £5.They might not be as 'cred' as Oakley's,but I wont cry if I loose them.They are just as good as any other I've tried,and the lens is light green!!Work that one out Toofy Grin

I know the above is completely useless to you.Think I'll go and lurk in another part of the forum wink
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I wear goggles all the time. I have got 2 pairs one dark tint and one Oakley pair with a "Persimon" (orangey) tint. I used to switch according to the light but now I just wear the Oakleys all the time. They still cut enough glare in bright sunshine for comfort.
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I usually use shades (2000) but in flat light I switch to goggles with amber lenses as I find they give the best definition.
That said, I have just picked up a pair of Adidas Yodais as they should be fine in place of the shades but okay too in flat light (I'll find out next week if they cover both bases sufficiently). They also fit well with the helmet.
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I use Scott goggles with an Orange tint which work well in flat light. I have a pair of Julbo High Mounatin Glasses with toughened glass...They all over 20 years old and they are excellent. They are for very bright light on glaciers and are quite good on flat light but they are very dark...which seems to be a bit of a contradiction but they have serve me well.

I would not buy any of these without knowing what I am going to use them for..
As I invaribly carry a day pack I carry 2 pairs of specs and the googles....plus a spare hat, water, frst aid kit etc..
it depends of the weather.
If I am blasting around on a sunny day in the resort I just take two pairs of specs, one light and one dark type lense.

If money is the issue get a red/orange type lense as these will cover flat light and not be too bad elsewhere.
Try not to cut corners here, get the best you can afford as you will be wearing them all the time and they will protect your eyes.
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Obviously sunglass lenses are best for high light conditions - they're specifically designed for it!!!!

Blimmin eck - considering the amount of on-slope whinging about not being able to ski well when you can't see well in crappy conditions, you lot SHOULD know a lot more about suitable lense colours for LOW light!!!!!
C'mon guys, help me out here!!!

Even I know from my photography lessons that:

a) in low light conditions you need a lens that allows as much light as possible to reach the "retina".

b) a lens colour will filter OUT it's own colour.

So what's the answer???? Someone please!!!!

I've been told variously that yellow is better, and that orange is better, and that pink is better. There's quite a light frequency difference between these colours, so what's the scientific answer?

And why so the yellowish/orangey/pink tones help human eyes see snow better in low light????
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Manda, ah, but we don't whinge in crappy conditions Very Happy We laugh and take the p*ss out of everyone that went home and get out and have a blast Very Happy Then around 4pm we start to wonder if we'll be able to find the car and drive it or not....
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Since the topic says Google not Goggle, I did and found this from abc-of-skiing.com. Scroll down a bit for general advice on colours.

Your memory of photography Item b) is wrong Manda. The lens colour filters out its complimentary colour and passes its own colour. In B&W days you used a yellow filter to darken blue skies. Yellow / Orange goggles will filter out blues and tend to improve the contrast in moderate to poor light to help you to see bumps and contours. Purples & Pinks are best for really low light levels but it's a matter of improving contrast as much as transmitting light.
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kuwait_ian, you spotted the deliberate error(s). Er hem.

I still use a yellow filter with B&W film. S'pose I'm the only one who does nowadays.
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Yellow / Orange goggles will filter out blues and tend to improve the contrast in moderate to poor light to help you to see bumps and contours. Purples & Pinks are best for really low light levels but it's a matter of improving contrast as much as transmitting light.


Ah ha. So most folk skiing down a moguled red in the middle of the day in overcast conditions will prefer a yellow/orange lens, while someone skiing at sunset in with a white-out approaching will prefer purple/pink. Or (more likely) will abandon ocular feedback entirely and use the force.....

Kinda.
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Yes, but a lot of us wear goggles all day; by choice, because they're better for off-piste face plants, boarders. helmet wearers etc. So I can't carry 10 pairs around with me, one pair has to do for all day, so I find any good pair is fine, I use a battered pair of O-frames personally.
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I prefer the Scott orange tint.

I wear glasses, but even so on days when I forget my goggles, I'm very tempted to buy googles at outrageous prices in the on-the-hill shop, because I feel like I'm missing something because my eyes won't let me go as fast as I want to without tearing up.
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Ghost, a belated welcome to SnowHeads snowHead snowHead
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any time of orangish lens should be good for an all-around goggle. it's specifically for partly-cloudy to cloudy days, but they adjust decently to both darker and brighter skies.
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Ghost, welcome to snowHeads! snowHead

Lenses that block blue light will usually give you the greatest contrast. That's why rose tends to be popular.
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