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best tint for skiing sunglasses?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
i need a new pair of sunglasses, anyone know what the best tint/color is?
post #2 of 28
Goggles.

And the tint always depends on the conditions they will be used in, day, night, overcast etc.
post #3 of 28
Ya krp but i like sunglasses too. If it's low light in the morning i'll wear the a pair of low light goggles and slip the sunglasses in my pocket in case the skies clear. Right now I'm looking at a pair of Oakley Square Jackets, black iridium NON-POLARIZED lenses. Have a pair of 12 yo Frogskins that Oakley repaired for me in 05 but they cannot fix them anymore. Charged me 25.00 and they came back looking like new, so I'm pretty loyal. From what i've been told polarized lenses are not good for snowsports, i don't remember why, maybe someone else here knows.
post #4 of 28
I'm a polarized lens fan, but I can see the argument going both ways.

You want polarized lenses because they cut down on glare from ice and snow.

You don't want polarized because since they cut down on glare from ice, ice and snow appear the same. I'm an east coaster so ice and snow are one in the same to me, so this is almost a non issue.

Plus polarized lenses are fun because you see all kinds of new stuff, like all of the circular dots in car's rear windshields.

Asking what the best tint is, is like asking how wide a skis waist should be. It depends on the conditions.

I'm with KRP that goggles are the way to go, but glasses do rule for sunny hat free spring days.
post #5 of 28
I'd be so happy if they made a goggle with the Kaenon Y35 polarized lens. They offer good performance across a huge range of conditions. I'm guessing I'd wear goggle like that most of the time. Not surprisingly, this is my favorite sunglass lens these days. Seems very scratch resistant too. Obviously there's a whole lot of personal preference in this stuff.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
never even thought of the goggles, because i only wear them when it is storming. but was wondering if anyone knew what the best tint for overall skiing.

here is a pretty good article i just found.
post #7 of 28
I rarely wear my sunglasses skiing, as I like a helmet and goggles until full on spring slush conditions. Then I bust out my Maui Jim Typhoons. Perfect tint. They make everything look great. Look into the brand. They are really good sunglasses.
post #8 of 28
Serengeti photochromic lenses. They're all the same tint and IMO nothing touches them. They let in more light when it's cloudy, less when sunny and provide phenomenal detail.

I've tried various polarized and non versions of Revo, Ray Ban and Oakley. Nothing even close to the Serengeti's and they're great for driving in fog, rain, sun etc...
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
never even thought of the goggles, because i only wear them when it is storming. but was wondering if anyone knew what the best tint for overall skiing.

here is a pretty good article i just found.


.......therory is a load of poop BWAH blows me outta da waters.
post #10 of 28
Vuarnet Skilux and Nautilux really help increase depth perception in flat light.

Oh you said "new", didn't you

Oakley iridiums in amber/bronze are nice for low or flat light. Smoke/slate are good for bright light, and both feel nice, like they aren't there until you take them off

I only use goggles if there is precipitation, active snow guns, or it is ridiculously cold.

Regardless you always need something over your eyes if you are skiing in oir near the glades
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Vuarnet Skilux and Nautilux:...l
Gosh, I had a pair of Nautilux and loved them. The lighter band in the middle kept them from being too dark in less them very bright condition. I was so bummed one I broke them and then found out that lens had been discontinued.

I actually still have a pair of Skilux from like fifteen years ago in my ski bag. They are so freakin' dark I'd die if I tried to drive with them on anything but the sunniest days.
post #12 of 28
Goggles only for me. I can't ski with sunglasses, it makes my eyes immediately tear up. Sunglasses are for the beach! Oh yeah, and ball caps are for... well... ball caps aren't for skiing either!
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
Gosh, I had a pair of Nautilux and loved them. The lighter band in the middle kept them from being too dark in less them very bright condition. I was so bummed one I broke them and then found out that lens had been discontinued.
I broke the frames on my Nautilux many years ago, and got a pair of knock off nylon frames that don't say V on the arms. The are embossed on the inside with France just lioke the others though Problem solved for $7.99.

I always wanted a pair of their Glacier Glasses but settled on a pair from LL Bean isntead-lost those many years ago. Once in a while I'll look for the Vuarnet Glacier Glasses on eBay when I have some spending money.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
Gosh, I had a pair of Nautilux and loved them. The lighter band in the middle kept them from being too dark in less them very bright condition. I was so bummed one I broke them and then found out that lens had been discontinued.

I actually still have a pair of Skilux from like fifteen years ago in my ski bag. They are so freakin' dark I'd die if I tried to drive with them on anything but the sunniest days.



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post #15 of 28
I'm a Serengeti fan. Been using them for most anything except extreme low light or extreme cold; for 15 or so years. Helmet is no problem.
post #16 of 28
The kind that fits in goggles....this is the new millenium, we dont ski in Vaurnets anymore (though I still have mine ). Get some ski googles you'll be much happier and safer.
post #17 of 28
Some of your sunglasses must be way mo' betta at keeping the wind out of your eyes than mine. I tried skiing in sunglasses once...lasted about five minutes before I went back to googles.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Some of your sunglasses must be way mo' betta at keeping the wind out of your eyes than mine. I tried skiing in sunglasses once...lasted about five minutes before I went back to googles.
teh googles are teh best.


Seriously, I tried the same thing once. Too much air in all the wrong places, get thee some goggles.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post
I'd be so happy if they made a goggle with the Kaenon Y35 polarized lens. They offer good performance across a huge range of conditions. I'm guessing I'd wear goggle like that most of the time. Not surprisingly, this is my favorite sunglass lens these days. Seems very scratch resistant too. Obviously there's a whole lot of personal preference in this stuff.

Kaenon, best sunglasses hands down, no question.. I have 2 pair. I love letting friends try on....
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
>Kaenon

good god, like $600 for prescription.

I have used prescription sunglasses for many years with no problem, and only use goggles for storm days. goggles seem like overkill on blue sky days.
post #21 of 28
I bought a pair of panoptix shades w/photochromatic lenses for about $125. They work well for me and I don't have to have a pair of shades for when I take breaks to eat/rest.
post #22 of 28
Vuarnet yellow / brown lenses. ie Skilynx or unilynx (same lens minus the mirror coating) I'm not a fan of polarized lenses, but I know there's polarlynx too.
Nothing come close IMO, and I own high end oakleys and Maui Jim. Unmatched clarity and relief perception.
A serious drawback though : they're mineral and thus quite heavy and not bullet proof.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
Goggles.

And the tint always depends on the conditions they will be used in, day, night, overcast etc.
Sunglasses.

Generally worn when conditions are sunny.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Some of your sunglasses must be way mo' betta at keeping the wind out of your eyes than mine. I tried skiing in sunglasses once...lasted about five minutes before I went back to googles.
I often ski with no eye protection at all.
post #25 of 28
chaulk me in for another google nearly all the time.

I wear sunglasses skiing when

I am teaching beginner and its really hot
I am touring and not wearing a helmet
when its 70 degree plus skiing in bounds and I am pounding bump generally going slower.

Low light Smith sensor Mirror
anything else smith RC36

can be had in both google and sunglasses
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Sunglasses.

Generally worn when conditions are sunny.
I wasn't trying to weigh in on the shades vs. goggle debate, just pointing out that this thread is about sunglasses, presumably to be worn on clear days.

Now I'm cluttering a thread that I don't know the answer to. I think the best tint blocks a lot of the blue light, shadows in snow are blue, so that should increase contrast. Generally speaking, brown lens seem to darken blues, but I don't know if that is always the case. I do like polarized lens.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by philippeR View Post
Vuarnet yellow / brown lenses. ie Skilynx or unilynx (same lens minus the mirror coating) I'm not a fan of polarized lenses, but I know there's polarlynx too.
Nothing come close IMO, and I own high end oakleys and Maui Jim. Unmatched clarity and relief perception.
A serious drawback though : they're mineral and thus quite heavy and not bullet proof.

I have owned many high end sunglasses, Vaurnets till this day have my vote for the best lenses as well. My experience with them is the same as yours.
post #28 of 28
Smith Polarchromatic Copper Mirror - Cuts glare, increases or decreases darkness depending on light conditions, polarized (good for after-skiing fishin'), and it's an amazing tint for depth perception and increasing contrast. It's my go-to lens and I wear sunglasses a lot, especially in the bc.

http://www.smithoptics.com/technolog...egory=2&id=3#3

The Smith RC36 is pretty good too, but the one above is better in more conditions.
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