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A Guide to Sports & Activity Tints

Sunglasses with colored lenses are fun, chic and very functional. Sure, celebrities seem to love to shade their eyes in an array of colored sunglass lenses, but tinted lenses are more than merely a fashion accessory -- they can have a huge impact on your performance as an athlete, spectator, and lover of the great outdoors. Tinted lenses can reduce glare, improve contrast, and enhanced depth perception. When performance is your top priority, the right lens tint can give you the results you want.

Use the chart below to match your favorite sports and activities with the ideal lens tint.

GREEN

Benefits
 

  • Transmits all colors evenly
  • Good for general purpose use
  • Dims glare while brightening shadows

Sport/Activity
 

  • All outdoor activities

Weather Conditions
 

  • Good in rain or shine

BROWN & AMBER

Benefits
 

  • Improves contrast
  • Contains a red element to enhance depth perception

Sport/Activity
 

  • Golf, tennis, high-altitude sports, fishing, boating/sailing, or any sport where distance needs to be judged

Weather Conditions
 

  • Partly cloudy to sunny conditions

YELLOW

Benefits
 

  • Provides greater clarity in fog, haze, and other low-light conditions
  • Filters out blue light that can make focusing difficult

Sport/Activity
 

  • Skiing, mountain biking, hunting, aviation, tennis, and target shooting
    Note: may cause color distortion

Weather Conditions
 

  • Good for first and last light. Also good in foggy or hazy conditions

BLUE, PURPLE & DOUBLE GRADIENT

Benefits
 

  • Fashionable
  • Cosmetically appealing
  • Reduces glare
  • Helps to see contours
  • Improves color perception

Sport/Activity
 

  • Spectator and golf

Weather Conditions
 

  • Good in misty, foggy and snowy conditions

GRAY

Benefits
 

  • Good for general purpose use
  • Anti-fatigue
  • True color perception
  • Dark enough to provide overall protection
  • Reduces glare, especially off water

Sport/Activity
 

  • Driving, baseball, tennis, football, soccer, water sports, and all other outdoor activities

Weather Conditions
 

  • Good variable weather tint-sunny or overcast days

PINK & RED

Benefits
 

  • Enhances visual depth
  • Reduces eye strain
  • Provides good road visibility
  • Comforting to the eyes
  • Helps adjust contrast

Sport/Activity
 

  • Cycling, racing

Weather Conditions
 

  • Good in most weather conditions, especially in snow.


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