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Choosing The Right Goggle Lens for Your Winter Adventure

Jan 12, 2024

Ever stood atop a snow-covered mountain, feeling the rush of adrenaline, only to realize your vision is compromised? That's a moment no winter sports enthusiast should experience. Quality ski goggles are not just an accessory; they're a necessity. They provide clarity, protection, and comfort, enhancing your skiing or snowboarding experience. In this ski goggle lens guide, we'll delve into lens colors, VLT (Visible Light Transmission), and how to choose the right goggles for varying weather conditions.

Understanding Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

When it comes to winter sports, VLT, or Visible Light Transmission, is more than just a technical term; it's a crucial factor that can significantly impact your performance and safety on the slopes. VLT refers to the amount of light in the visible portion of the spectrum that passes through a lens to your eyes, expressed as a percentage. 

Why is VLT Important?

Understanding VLT is essential because it directly affects how well you'll be able to see in different lighting conditions. For instance, a lens with a low VLT percentage (less than 25%) will block out more light, making it ideal for bright, sunny days. On the other hand, a lens with a high VLT percentage (above 50%) will let in more light, which is beneficial in overcast, cloudy, or low-light conditions.

How is VLT Measured?

VLT is usually measured using a spectrophotometer, which quantifies the amount of light that passes through the lens. The resulting percentage helps categorize lenses into different types suitable for various conditions. For example, a lens with a VLT of 15% is generally good for sunny conditions, while one with a VLT of 70% would be better for low light or foggy conditions.

Dragon Alliance's Lumalens Color Technology

So, how does Dragon Alliance's Lumalens Color Technology elevate the VLT game? Lumalens is not just about aesthetics; it's engineered for optimal visibility in all kinds of weather conditions. The technology enhances color vividness, improves depth perception, and reduces eye fatigue by filtering out certain wavelengths of light. This results in a clearer, crisper vision regardless of the VLT percentage, making Lumalens a game-changer in the world of winter sports eyewear.

By understanding VLT and how it interacts with lens technologies like Lumalens, you're not just choosing a lens color; you're optimizing your visual experience on the slopes. Whether you're a casual skier or a professional snowboarder, understanding VLT can make a world of difference in your choice of eyewear.

Goggle Lens Colors for Varying Weather Conditions

Choosing the right lens color based on VLT percentages can make or break your day on the slopes. Here's a quick VLT lens chart

  • Bright, Sunny Conditions: Opt for lens colors like platinum, black, or red with a VLT less than 25%.
  • Partly Cloudy, Partly Sunny Conditions: Blue, green, or red lenses with a VLT between 25-50% are your best bet.
  • Overcast, Cloudy or Low-Light Conditions: Go for lens colors like yellow, gold/copper, amber, or rose with a VLT greater than 50%.

Best Ski Goggles for Different Conditions

The Trend of Personalization

In the world of winter sports, personalization is more than a trend; it's a revolution. Gone are the days when you had to choose between style and functionality. Thanks to advancements in technology, you can now have the best of both worlds. A myriad of lens colors are available that not only look good but also enhance your visibility on the slopes.

Athlete-Endorsed Choices

When it comes to high-performance gear, who better to take advice from than the pros? Danny Davis, a two-time X Games Gold Medalist, swears by Dragon's swiftlock snow goggles for their unparalleled versatility. Bryan Iguchi, the godfather of backcountry snowboarding, opts for dragon lumalens goggles for their superior clarity. Other athletes like Kimmy Fasani, Jossi Wells, Blake Paul, and Chris Benchetler also have their go-to Dragon Alliance gear, reinforcing the brand's commitment to both style and performance.


For those who are not willing to compromise on any feature, Dragon's all-new NFX MAG OTG snow goggle is a game-changer. Built on a foundation of premium functionality, this goggle employs the ultra-fast and super-secure Swiftlock Magnetics lens changing system. It also incorporates Dragon's proprietary Lumalens color optimized lenses. Additional features like Dragon’s patented frameless design, armored venting, helmet compatibility, and OTG-compatibility make it a top choice among athletes, including Danny Davis, who has his own Signature model.


The RVX Mag OTG goggle takes lens changing to the next level with Dragon’s groundbreaking Swiftlock Magnetics. Coupled with magnetic contact points and a one-sided release lever, this goggle offers a secure and quick lens changing solution. It also features expansive Lumalens Color Optimized technology, Dragon’s Patented Frameless Design, and the toughest anti-fog on the market. This goggle is a testament to Dragon’s patented Advanced Projects X (APX) technology.

Blake Paul's Choice: NFX2

Blake Paul's choice, the NFX2, is Dragon's most advanced goggle with a cylindrical lens. It comes packed with features like the Patented Frameless Design, Swiftlock technology, armored venting, Super Anti-Fog coating, and bonus replacement lenses. The NFX2 also employs Dragon's Lumalens color optimized lenses, offering unparalleled clarity, adaptability, and style.

Dennis Ranalter and the PXV Goggle

Dragon's PXV goggle, endorsed by Dennis Ranalter, is a marvel in visibility technology. With its unique and industry-first base lens curvature, the Panotech Lens offers expanded sight lines in a visually stunning package. The goggle also features Lumalens optimized color tints, Super Anti-Fog treatment, and triple-layer face foam for maximum comfort. Like other Dragon goggles, the PXV also utilizes features derived from Dragon's patented Advanced Projects X (APX) technology.

Elevate Your Next Winter Adventure

We get it. The mountain calls to you, not just as a sports venue, but as a canvas for self-expression. Maybe you've stood at the peak, staring down a pristine slope, and felt that mix of adrenaline and serenity. It's not just about the descent; it's about the experience, the unity of style, performance, and vision. We hear you.

This is your playground, but it's also your stage. You want to look good, but you also want to see clearly, no matter the lighting conditions. That's not too much to ask. With the right pair of goggles, you can have it all: the style, the clarity, and the performance. Remember, the lens you choose is more than a fashion statement; it's a tool that can make or break your day on the slopes. 

We've delved into the science of VLT, lens colors, and even got some pro tips from athletes who live for the mountain just like you. Dragon Alliance's cutting-edge technology, like Lumalens Color Technology and Swiftlock snow goggles, offers you a chance to elevate your game to the next level. These aren't just goggles; they're a testament to your passion, your lifestyle, and your unyielding quest for the next great run.

So, are you ready to make your next winter adventure not just memorable but legendary? Then it's time to act. Check out Dragon Alliance's dragon lumalens goggles or swiftlock snow goggles and see the mountain in a way you've never seen before. Because you're not just any rider; you're a boundary-breaker, a risk-taker, and most importantly, an adventurer at heart.

Now, go conquer that mountain. We'll see you at the top.