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Low/Flat light lenses?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well.. if you guys haven't figured it out yet, I ski Killington or New England most of the time. Well.. right around 3pm, the sun starts going down, it gets a little overcast.. and even though it's still 'light', I can no longer distinguish those moguls I still love when compared to the flat stuff... sort of sucks.

So, for these flat light situations, what kind of goggles should I be using? (I have some goggles that work well for the rest of the day, although they are getting a little old and scratchy).

post #2 of 12
I have Oakley O Frame and they are pretty good. It was 1/2 overcast the last time I was out on the slope that these lenses were great. They're seem to be too bright with full light but toward day's end, they contrast really well.
However, they can be scratched easily
post #3 of 12
I have the Bolle X500 with Phototropic Lenses. They're designed for flat light (I also ski in the east by the way) and I find they work very well. They are quite affordable too.
post #4 of 12
I've had a set of Carrera Cups with polarized lenses for a couple of years. They've worked great in all conditions except night skiing. The lens reduces glare and increases contrast which is especially useful in the east. A bit pricy though, but worth every penny if you aren't prone to breaking goggles.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
OK - On the Smith site, for example, they show the following for low/flat light.. which one is really better (and not just marketing).

Rose - Brightens details while boosting depth perception in various levels of flat light conditions

Yellow - Brilliant lens tint increases visual acuity in extremely flat and low level light conditions

Gold lite - Outstanding multipurpose lens tint filter reflected blue lithe to provide superior contrast, shadow definition, and depth perception in bright, overcast, and flat light conditions

Gold - Filters out blue lithe for enhanced shadow contrast in moderately flat light conditions

I am thinking Yellow.. like Phil has.. now I just have to find one for the right price!
post #6 of 12
Get the Oakley I think it's the O frame ( the one that is convext ) and get the persimmon colored lens .. made for flat light ... works wonderfully
post #7 of 12
I ski the Pacific Northwest and as you might guess, we invented the "gray-flat-light-day".
After 30 years of skiing I might suggest the Bolle Chrono with a Vermillion lens. It's light rose colored and will take every little shadow and small contrast and ramp it. They've improved the double lens to include a valve between the two lens to allow pressure exchange when traveling through altitude swings. Just a suggestion.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
I've been looking online for deals. What is the difference between a polarized lens vs. one which is not? On the Bolle's they have the 'Vermillion' and for more $ they have the 'Polarized Vermillion'.

post #9 of 12
Yellow for night and fog. Also call 1-800-prolens. Good replacement lenses for many vendors. The lenses cmoe double lensed already.

Life's a pain... then you nap. Cat philosphy
post #10 of 12
I gotta go with Rockndoc on this one. Various rose tints are my preference. Good depth perception and my eye will adapt to the color, unlike yellows and golds.
post #11 of 12

Big No-NO!!! Do NOT EVER wear polarized sunglasses while skiing. Especially in the east. You can't see ice. Revo won't even put their polarized lenses on their pro forms for skiers for this reason (I wanted to buy myself a pair for sailing, and they weren't on the form, so I called to ask why. So the answer came directly from them). I've tried it once with a pair that my father has for sailing, and they work. You can't see the ice.

Mack - Polarizing is sort of like having horizontal blinds in the glasses. It keeps the glare from bouncing up off the ground and hitting your eyes. To see the effect in a store, just hold the glasses in front of you, then turn them vertical, and you'll see the change. If you can get a light fixture to glare off a glass display counter, you'll be able to see how they reduce the glare.

For flat light, I prefer clear lenses, but aviator yellow also works well.
post #12 of 12
I always wear polarized shades, when its warm and sunny, ie-no ice.
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