What are the best lenses for snow?

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You still need sunglasses why you are out in the snow, but which one should you get? Photo from @sskofoed


The weather is finally dropping and in some parts of the country, it has already started snowing. If you live in a place where it snows frequently or are traveling to a place that does, what lenses should you wear? The answer is: it depends on the time of day.

Snow During Sunsets and Nights

Women on phone drinking Starbucks coffee with clear glasses
You want clear sunglasses at dusk or night.


If the sun is setting and it’s becoming night, clear lenses might be your best bet to face off the snow. These lenses give you the added protection layer to cover your eyes from the harsh winds without compromising visibility. That’s because you want the most light possible to come into your eyes since there will be little to no sun. If you were to get dark sunglasses, the exact opposite would occur and light would be blocked. The clear lenses also have an Ion anti-reflective coating on the back, which helps to block reflections of headlights if you are driving in the snow -- assuming it’s still safe to drive and roads aren’t closed off. Even though these glasses are clear, they offer 100% UV protection.

Snow During Low Light and Fog

Yellow sunglasses in a white frame next to a cup of coffee
Yellow is good for low light and fog because they emphasize shadows on the ground.


If it is cloudy or foggy outside, then yellow lenses might be a better fit. These Yellow lenses emphasize the shadows in the snow so you can better see all the uneven and icy spots on the ground.

Even in low light and fog, UV rays can still penetrate the atmosphere, but these lenses offer 100% UV protection so you have nothing to worry about. These yellow lenses are also polarized which means that it will block the glare from the highly reflective snow (since snow is made out of water and water is reflective).

Bright Light

Person wearing a bear suit in a ski lodge with blue sunglasses
For particular bright, sunny days consider Glaciers lenses. It helps reduce the intensity of the sunlight.


When it’s a bright sunny day, but snow is still on the ground, then our Glacier lenses are the ones you should be wearing. With its grey base and blue mirror coating, these dark lenses, do a great job of reducing the brightness intensity of the sun. The polarized version of these lenses works best because the polarized lenses reduce glare from intense sunlight reflecting off the snow. These lenses are also 100% UV protection.

Varied Light

Women with photochromic Clubmasters in the middle of fall/winter
If the conditions outside are all over the place or you want sunglasses that are a little more versatile, then photochromic is your best bet.


If the conditions are going to be more varied and you don’t want to be worried about constantly switching out your lenses, then photochromic might be the better option for you.

Photochromic, also known as transition lenses, change as the light outside changes. It starts out almost clear and then increases in darkness when it is the sunniest outside. This helps you block out intense light when you need it and help light come inside the lenses when it’s dark. If you want you can get these polarized and these have 100% UV protection as well.


There is no straightforward answer to what sunglasses to wear in the sun. It all depends on your lifestyle, personal preference, and time of day you use them the most. Remember, the most important thing is to use lenses you are comfortable with.

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