What Sunglasses are Best for Winter?
Posted on February 05, 2019
The winter months in the Rockies rack up quite the snow pile that can last for months, if not the majority of the year. While some might see that as a problem, for those of us that choose ski boots over flip-flops, it's a major bonus. But protecting ourselves from the snow doesn’t stop with proper layers and a good pair of gloves. Winter eye protection is extremely important when it comes to combatting harsh UV rays reflecting off the snow. This is where quality eyewear comes in.
Are Polarized Sunglasses Good for Winter Conditions?
Polarized glasses help reduce glare on ultra bright days, thus giving you a clearer vision and less eyestrain over time, in addition to helping to prevent snow blindness. But as most of us know, polarized lenses come in many different colors and each has their own benefit. For example, Copper and Green Mirror Lenses are perfect for sight fishing, but what about winter?
Choosing the Right Lens Color for Snow
Have you ever driven through a snowstorm and, even though the sun is still hiding behind clouds, found yourself reaching for a pair of sunglasses? That’s because snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays. So, while you might think Copper Lenses are the way to go during the winter months (when the sun is a little further away and the sky is a little more grey), what you really need for proper UV protection is Blue Mirror Lenses.
Blue lenses are the best color for snowy conditions as they enhance color perception, which is helpful when everything is covered in white snow. The blue lens tint can help your eyes differentiate the subtle shadows cast on snowy objects to provide better depth perception. But...why mirror, you ask?
Why Mirrored Lenses are Good for Winter
Mirrored lenses provide the most effective glare protection. So, for those with either sensitive eyes or people exposing their eyes to a lot of UV reflection (like from snow), mirrored lenses filter that glare giving your eyes better protection and more comfort for longer periods of time. Mirrored lenses have the added benefit of reflecting light rather than absorbing it, giving you maximum UV protection, an incredibly important feature when defending your eyes from potential snow blindness.
What’s the Best Lens Material for Winter Eye Protection?
We know that Blue Mirror is the best lens for winter eye protection, but what's the best material? Well for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, durability is key. That’s why we recommend NXT lens material. NXT lenses offer optimal visual clarity, much like glass lenses, but are also even more impact resistant and lightweight than polycarbonate and especially more so than glass. That’s why at Breakline Optics, all of our sunglasses feature NXT material and military-grade TR90 Grilamid frames, a combination that makes for a light and durable pair of sunglasses ready for any adventure. Not to mention, our NXT lenses feature anti-fog technology, so you won’t have to keep fishing your cleaning cloth out.
If you're looking to protect your eyes this winter check out the Cahabas with Blue Mirror Lenses. These frames provide full coverage with a wrap feel to give you the best protection against snow reflection on cloudy or sunny days. That being said, any frames featuring Blue Mirrors work great for winter! Wear them driving, skinning, hiking or even in lieu of ski goggles, and your eyes will thank you!