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Does Goggle Tint Matter? (Totally Unrelated to the Oakley Google Question)

post #1 of 15
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Guys and Gals,

I'm looking at some Bolle Scream (www.bolle.com) googles from last year at their outlet store here in town and I've only got a couple of choices in lens color, Verillion Gun - rose shade with silver coating and Citrus - orange. The VGun transmits 22% light and the Citrus transmits 33% light. They also have Lemon Gun that transmits 50% light and a Lemon that transmits 76% light, though neither are on the sweet 50%+ off rack.

Problem is, I don't know how much tint I need to see things clearly in the glades but not have my eyes burned out by the Colorado sun on the steeps. Typically, I ski in sunglasses and occasionally a cheap pair of Oakleys with an orange lens. If possible, I stick to glades, bowls or steeps for terrain.

Will I notice much difference between these choices of lens? I know the Lemon will be brighter than the VGun, but will it really be a factor after I've bought the googles and forgotten what the light transmission of the lens is?

Last, is it just me, or do all goggles put firm pressure on your cheekbones when worn with a helmet? Do your face get used to this after a couple hours (I don't wear goggles more than a few hours a day)?

Thanks again,
OKD
post #2 of 15
First, I would have to tell you to get the lemon lense color. You are going to be able to use this color lense in a broad range of conditions (ie: bright sunlight, low light, storm conditions, and night skiing). Basically you get the most bang for your buck!
Second, you goggles may not fit you well if you are getting a lot of pressure on your cheekbone. The important things that you want in goggles are comfort and good ventellation. If the pressure is coming from your goggle strap being too tight when worn with a helmet get a goggle helmet helper from backcountry store.
http://search.backcountry.com/exec/?...=helmet+helper
I used one of these in the past and it really worked well.
post #3 of 15
Oh, I forgot to add this but take your helmet with you when you are trying on new goggles......and vice versa
post #4 of 15
The light sensitivity is highly individual so that it´s very difficult to recommend someone the right tint.
I prefer orange to yellow because it works for me even on sunny days. I find yellow too bright in the sun.
My goggles are Scott DH (the race model with single Amplifier/yellow/blue interchangeable lenses.
But again, it´s individual.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by checkracer
The light sensitivity is highly individual so that it´s very difficult to recommend someone the right tint.
I prefer orange to yellow because it works for me even on sunny days. I find yellow too bright in the sun.
My goggles are Scott DH (the race model with single Amplifier/yellow/blue interchangeable lenses.
But again, it´s individual.

same with me. except i have anon goggles.
post #6 of 15
Goggles?, try google. lots of good goggle talk on google.I checked google for goggles and found oodles and oodles of goggles on google.Just kiddin, I often wondered myself.
post #7 of 15
yes it matters to me. might not matter to you.
it will depend upon if you use them in low light only or want something for bright sun.
post #8 of 15
My goggles have a rose tint that definitely allows more light in. This is great for where I ski because we are a little short on light in December through Early February.
post #9 of 15
I also have "rose-colored goggles", possibly because I am an optimist, but more likely because I find they are good for fog, not too bad for night, and mostly okay for days without fog. That being said, I have to say that for the last few years I've used single lens goggles that fit over glasses. I had to get these years ago when I was told to stop using my contacts for six weeks. I found they fogged up less and if the day was too bright (rare here) I could fit my RayBans under the goggles to cut down on the brightness some more. I always ski with goggles because 1) my eyes water when I don't and 2) it protects me from those people who think tucking involves poles that point up in the air behind them.
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post #11 of 15
I bought a pair of Bolle glasses with "amber" lenses. It was a web thing, and it turned out to be a mistake. "Amber" was in fact pyss yellow. I tried them for a couple of hours in the summer sunshine, and then returned them. I couldn't stand it, the lenses made everything look yellow. The frames however fit great, so I got a new pair with the TNS gun lenses. Way better.
Like Atown said, bring your helmet with you, or use one from a shop display if necessary. Also, if you have any discomfort at all, don't buy the product. You won't wear the goggs if they aren't comfy, same goes for helmets, underwear, etc.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by ski=free
Goggles?, try google. lots of good goggle talk on google.I checked google for goggles and found oodles and oodles of goggles on google.Just kiddin, I often wondered myself.
Thank you, Dr. Suess.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by overkill dan
Problem is, I don't know how much tint I need to see things clearly in the glades but not have my eyes burned out by the Colorado sun on the steeps. Typically, I ski in sunglasses and occasionally a cheap pair of Oakleys with an orange lens. If possible, I stick to glades, bowls or steeps for terrain.

Will I notice much difference between these choices of lens? I know the Lemon will be brighter than the VGun, but will it really be a factor after I've bought the googles and forgotten what the light transmission of the lens is?

Last, is it just me, or do all goggles put firm pressure on your cheekbones when worn with a helmet? Do your face get used to this after a couple hours (I don't wear goggles more than a few hours a day)?

Thanks again,
OKD
Tint: my experiance has been yellow is only good for cloudy and low light. Sunshine will burn your eyeballs out and leave you seeing spots at the night club. Orange is my prefered but I recently bought Blue tinted clip on lenses for my glasses and I would go blue instead of orange given the choice. better contrast on snow. I've heard Rose is good but you will look like a flake.

Helmet & goggles. without a doubt look for goggles that have a helmet specific strap. Huge differance in feeling. Unless of course you get lucky with helmet and goggle combination. Demo with your helmet is kinda the only sure fire way for success.
post #14 of 15
I prefer reddish lenses because I ski in flat light and shade alot in New England.

I think my wife uses an orange one and likes hers.

It's preference.
post #15 of 15
Get a goggle with a couple different shades of replacement lenses. Swap them out as need. Smith Regulator for instance. Or buy several pairs of cheap goggles, each with a different color lense. Wear a kick-ass fanny pack like KevinF and carry them with you to swap as needed!
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