With so many tints to choose from, how do you know which sunglasses tints are best for your lifestyle? From biking to baseball and fishing, our guide to sunglass tints breaks down the benefits of each lens for your favorite outdoor and indoor activities.
Dark colors (brown/gray/green) are ideal for everyday use and outdoor activities. Darker tints cut through the glare and reduce eyestrain in moderate-to-bright conditions. Gray and green lenses won’t distort colors, while brown lenses cause minor distortion.
Light colors (yellow/gold/amber/rose/vermillion): These colors excel in moderate- to low-level light conditions. They are great for skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. They provide excellent depth perception, enhance contrasts in tricky, flat-light conditions, improve the visibility of objects and make your surroundings appear brighter.
Polarized lenses: Polarized lenses substantially reduce glare. Polarization is a great feature if you enjoy water sports or are especially sensitive to glare.
In some instances, polarized lenses react with the tints in windshields, creating blind spots and diminishing the visibility of LCD readouts. If this occurs, consider mirrored lenses as a glare-reducing alternative.
- It is a true sunglass lens.
- Darkest possible tint for bright conditions.
- Minimum color distortion.
- Reduces brightness, and protects against glare.
- Good for driving and outdoor sports such as golf, running or cycling.
- Yellow Tint increase contrast in hazy, foggy or low-light conditions.
- Makes objects appear sharper both indoors and outdoors
- But can also cause color distortion.
- Best for snow activities and indoor ball sports.
- Blue is a contrast lens and reduces glare from visible white light (light reflected from mist, fog, snow, water).
- Endorsed by the USPTA for tennis professionals
- Help block blue light, thereby improving contrast.
- Reputation of being soothing to the eyes and more comfortable than others for longer wear-times.
- Favorite among computer users as they reduce glare and eyestrain.
- Orange + Yellow = Amber
- good at blocking the blue light such as one might experience on a cloudy day.
- Improve contrast and depth perception
- Great for tennis or golf or skiing or other sports requiring acute visual perception and contrast differentiation.
- A warmer, slightly brighter lens than the gray.
- Good at blocking blue light such as on a cloudy day.
- Improves contrast and depth perception
- Great for tennis or golf or skiing or other sports
- Best for lower light situations
- Great for golf
Aviator Tint G15
- A combination of both grey and green
- Great option for sunglasses
- reduce glare considerably, and reduce eyestrain in bright sunlight.
- G-15 is the inspired RayBan tint