What is VLT and why it isn't important.

Ski and snowboard goggles are a crucial piece of equipment that can make or break a day on the mountain. In our opinion, they are just as important as any other piece of hardware you use to safely enjoy the snow. 

What is VLT?

VLT stands for visible light transmission, in layman's terms, it describes how much light a lens allows into your vision. VLT is represented as a percentage, with 1% VLT being incredibly dark (Like sunglasses), and 100% VLT being totally clear. 

Why isn't VLT important?

When skiing or snowboarding the biggest challenge to your vision is flat light. Flat light is when the lighting conditions (affected by clouds and time of day) match the snow, dramatically reducing your depth perception. 

Whilst VLT measures how much light is let into a lens, it does not measure contrast provided by the lens. Objectively a lens with a higher VLT% allows you to see more light while you ride, although contrast can be a much more important feature. 



Our low light lenses are all built with a pink base and a light green tint. The pink base is tuned to give the most contrast possible, allowing you to see more in challenging flat light conditions. Our development team chose to add the light green tint to add further protection for your eyes when the sun sneaks out from behind the clouds. 

What is the best lens for all-round conditions? 

We don't believe that there is any one lens that excels in all conditions. A lens that is perfect for a sunny day will perform poorly in low light conditions, and vice versa. 

Our solution to challenging light conditions is easy to change magnetic lenses. All of our goggles feature a magnetic lens changing system, as well as a lens for sunny and cloudy conditions. Shop our range here.


Ski goggle lens for cloudy days