What type of tint should we use for ski goggles or sunglasses?

Q: My family and I are avid skiers and our question is:  What type of tint should we use for ski goggles or sunglasses?

A. The type of tint for ski goggles will vary on the time of day and the weather conditions.  On dull weather days, skiers would benefit from brown or rose coloured tints as these are high contrast tints that make variations in terrain stand out more.  For later in the day and overcast conditions, an orange tint will do better.  For nighttime skiing, a yellow tint will lighten everything up.  For high sun conditions a grey tint works best as it is a relief tint that makes things dimmer.  Polarization and a back side anti-reflection coating (on sunglasses) is recommended for all these type of conditions.

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