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Believe it or not, sunglass color is more than stylistic. Some may choose a blue tint for that perfect Instagram photo, or black lenses for their Matrix cosplay — but these tints are designed with specific benefits. For those who use sunglasses for sports and other athletic events, lenses can be a tool to optimize your performance.


Choosing a STNGR Lens Color

Based On Activity and Weather Conditions




Intro To The Different Lens Colors

There are six general tint categories, each with optimal atmospheres and influenced by environmental factors and weather conditions.

Visible light falls on a spectrum between blue light and red light. More blue light filters through the atmosphere during peak daylight hours, while red and yellow light come through during dawn and dusk. Blue light is harsher to the human eye, and is often referred to as ‘cold light,’ while red light is ‘warm.’

Today we're going to discuss the four lens colors that STNGR offers: red, blue, green, and gray (Smoke) lens colors (see here for full article discussing all lens colors) and how they affect your perception of the tints of visible light!



Red

Red

Red tints are best known for increasing the user’s contrast perception and visual depth. They don’t balance color as much, and can in fact cause color imbalance, but they are low-strain, which is ideal for road visibility. Optimized for contrast, they help in situations where the landscape has little variation, such as a snow-covered hill. This also makes them valuable in overcast conditions when the landscape is draped in a consistent white light.

Weather Conditions:

-Cloudy

-Partly Cloudy

-Sunny

-Snowy

Ideal Sports and Activities:

-Road Cycling

-Driving

-Road Racing

-Skiing/Snowboarding

-Snowmobiling

-Fishing (shallow waters)



Blue/Purple

Blue/Purple

Sometimes there is simply too much light across the spectrum for blue-blocking tints to handle. Blue and purple tints go the opposite direction, blocking all the light on the lower half of the spectrum. This results in significant glare reduction, and white light reduction. Though it can lead to blue-washing, it does actually enhance the user’s color perception and contour visibility.

Weather Conditions:

-Bright, direct sunlight

-Fog and haze

-Snowy, especially white-out conditions

Ideal Sports and Activities:

-Fishing

-Water Sports

-Golf

-Hiking (exposed landscape)

-Skiing/Snowboarding

-Outdoor Leisure



Green

Green

The happy medium of lens tints. A green tint filters equal amounts of cool and warm light, meaning that unlike other tints that increase contrast, it actually balances light, reducing glare while lightening shadows and maintaining visual sharpness. It’s a good all-purpose lens. Snow is the only real downfall of this lens, because there isn’t enough inherent contrast for this tint to work with. It is also the best lens when you would prefer not to alter the color contrast of a given scene, making it ideal for visual and precision sports.

Weather Conditions:

-Sunny

-Cloudy

-Fog and Haze

-Low light

Ideal Sports and Activities:

-Tennis

-Golf

-Field Sports

-Mountain Biking

-Hiking

-Cycling

-Shooting/Hunting/Archery

-Fishing

-Water Sports



Gray/Black

Gray/Black

Neutral-tone lens tints are a versatile option that reduce overall brightness without affecting color perception. Working well in low light and bright light, they are commonly used in water sports for their excellent glare reduction. Similar to green tints, gray and black can be used in any weather, though aren’t the best for snow due to their low contrast. Many prefer neutral tints because they provide protection with zero color distortion.

Unlike other tints, there is greater variation in the amount of light filtration, so some darker black tints may not be a great choice for low light, but there are light grey options in this category that could be. They can tend to mute color contrasts, diminishing their effectiveness for precision sports.

Weather Conditions:

-Sunny

-Cloudy

-Fog and Haze

-Bright, direct sunlight

Ideal Sports and Activities:

-Cycling/Driving/Racing

-Fishing/Water Sports

-Golf/Tennis/Field Sports

-Outdoor Leisure



 

Whatever the sport, vision is a key factor in your success. Instead of picking a tint solely for aesthetics, take the time to consider the benefits of each option, and see your performance surge.