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Choosing your Scott Goggle Lens

Choosing your Scott Goggle Lens

When it comes to hitting the slopes, having the right gear is crucial for an enjoyable and safe skiing or snowboarding experience. One of the most important components of your gear is your ski goggles, and within the realm of ski goggles, lens technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing visibility and performance.

Scott in particular offers a range of ski goggle lens types to cater to different weather conditions. Choosing the right lens is important to prevent eye fatigue for a more comfortable skiing experience. Read on to learn the ins and outs of Scot Lenses and what lens may be the best for you. 

The Basics

First off let's start with the basics. All Scott Goggle lenses are made with Amplifier technology. You can learn all about how Amplifier tech works in our recent blog post, but in short - these lenses amplify the light you need and block the light you don't, enhancing contrast and clarity so you can see more detail in the terrain around you.

When choosing your goggle, consider what type of weather you'll likely be skiing in. Are you someone who only skis on bluebird days, or are you likely to be up the mountain in any weather? Think about how bright it may be on the mountain as lenses are divided into Categories defined by how much visible light they let through. From Cat. 1 (Lightest Tint) to Cat. 3 (Darkest tint). As a point of reference, everyday sunglasses are generally a Cat. 3 Lens. 

Chrome colours can make a small difference to the tint of your lenses but not a huge difference - the main thing that will effect the tint is the Category that the lens falls in. 


Solar Lens

Cat. 3
Best suited for bright, sunny, clear days. 
Reduces high intensity visible light in bright conditions.

Scott Solar Lens Comparison

When the sun is shining bright and the snow glistens, you need a lens that provides optimal protection against intense sunlight. Scott's Solar Blocker lenses are engineered to block out bright and harmful light from the sun and reflections from the snow while allowing through enough light to maintain clarity and contrast. 

This lens is your go-to choice on sunny bluebird days, ensuring your eyes are shielded from the sun's glare but it may be too dark for overcast and cloudy days.

Enhancer Lens

Cat. 2
Best suited for partially cloudy weather.
Enhances contrast in overcast and mixed conditions.

Scott Enhancer Lens Comparison

The most common lens across the Scott range and our best seller. Designed for the most common weather on the mountain - mixed, overcast, and cloudy conditions. This lens offers a balance between sun and clouds. It maximises the use of Amplifier technology to enhances contrast and visibility, with a slight tint to relax your eyes. 

Popular for a reason, this is a great all round lens. 

Illuminator Lens

Cat. 1
Best suited for cloudy dull days. 
Intensifies definition in flat light conditions.

Scott Illuminator Lens Comparison

Overcast days bring unique challenges, with reduced light and flat lighting conditions. Scott's Illuminator lens is optimised for such scenarios, where the goal is to enhance contrast and depth perception even when the sky is gray. This lens type ensures you can distinguish features in the snow and terrain, preventing any surprises as you navigate through less than ideal weather.

Emphasising light when there is none, the Illuminator lens is perfect for low visibility days. 

Light Sensitive Lens

Cat. 1-3 / Cat. 2-3 / Cat. 2-4 (Depending on chrome finish)
Best suited for changing conditions
Adapts the shade of the lens to get the best contrast for any light condition

Mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable, and conditions can shift from sunny to cloudy and back again within a short period. The Light Sensitive lens is engineered to handle these rapid weather changes, adapting to varying light conditions on the fly by increasing/decreasing its tint. It combines the best of both worlds, offering enhanced contrast and visibility regardless of whether the clouds roll in or the sun comes out.

This photochromatic lens spans up to 3 light categories. Allowing you to ski in both dull, overcast, and bright conditions without the need to change your lens. 


So before you hit the slopes, take a moment to assess the weather forecast and choose the lens type that matches the expected conditions. With the right lens in your Scott ski goggles, you can confidently conquer the mountain with clear vision, confidence, and style. Check out our range of Scott Ski Goggles, and if you have any questions feel free to pop into our Wellington store, give us a call, email, or hit us up on our live chat and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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