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What does light transmission mean for ski goggles?

What does it mean to have different tint visors producing different light transmission? 

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Thanks for reaching out!

The visible light transmission (VLT) allowed by a lens is a pretty important factor in choosing a pair of goggles. Basically, VLT is how much light a lens allows to reach your eyes. This can be pretty critical depending on the conditions on a given day. If it is cloudy or a low-light time of day (i.e. dusk), a lighter tinted lens will allow more light in and provide good contrast in the terrain. On a bluebird day, a darker tinted lens will allow less light in and cut down on the glare of the sun on the snow.

You can read much more about lenses in our Expert Advice article, How to Choose Goggle for Skiing and Snowboarding. Feel free to connect here in the community if you have any other questions.

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

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