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Flat/Cloudy Conditions Clear Lens?

On really cloudy days, when its snowing heavily, or even towards the end of the day on runs that don't face the sun, I have issues seeing the snow on the runs. I can see moguls and stuff, but I can't see tracks in the snow or small snow drifts with goggles on. I have tried yellow lens, but they don't seem to help much and the only thing that really helps is taking off my goggles, which is kind of a pain in snowy conditions. Should I try investing in clear lens? I hate bring multiple pairs of goggles onto the slopes. Does anyone else have this issue or do I just have horrendous contrast vision? When I look, sometimes I see people with much darker lens than mine and they seem to have no issue (they could be just as blind and not care).
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On really cloudy days, when its snowing heavily, or even towards the end of the day on runs that don't face the sun, I have issues seeing the snow on the runs. I can see moguls and stuff, but I can't see tracks in the snow or small snow drifts with goggles on. I have tried yellow lens, but they don't seem to help much and the only thing that really helps is taking off my goggles, which is kind of a pain in snowy conditions. Should I try investing in clear lens? I hate bring multiple pairs of goggles onto the slopes. Does anyone else have this issue or do I just have horrendous contrast vision? When I look, sometimes I see people with much darker lens than mine and they seem to have no issue (they could be just as blind and not care).
I have some old Anon googles with the blue lens, I love those for low light/blizzard days and night riding.
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Wearing a lens designed for bluebird days on a flat light day will wash out the terrain and that does suck. If you're only going to have one pair of goggles, I'd go with something good all-around like the Smith Sensor Mirror. Very good in flat light conditions, and still serviceable on bluebird days. When going with one lens, opt for flat light performance over bluebird performance. A flat light lens while being a bit light for bluebird days will still be serviceable where as a bluebird lens on a flat light day is pretty damn miserable.

When it's snowing really hard, you just can't see shit. Deal with it. I've been on the mountain when it's been snowing so hard and so cloudy that I've gotten vertigo. Just had to sit down because I couldn't ascertain what was up, what was down or whether I was moving or stopped. That kind of sucked. As I was making my way down, there was a brief clearing and there was a skier standing close enough to me that we could reach out and touch each other. Neither of us even realized the other was there until it cleared up a little. Literally couldn't see your hand in front of your face.
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I was under the impression that yellow lens were good for flat light to very low light, at least that's what all the charts say. Are blue lens better for flat light?
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+1 on smith blue sensor mirror.

They do well to block glare with it's clear and sunny out.
and I've gone night riding with them and it gives me the illusion that it's actually brighter with them on than with them off.

My goggles came with 2 lenses RC36 and the blue sensor. I thought I would have to keep changing them, but just this one lens has worked amazing for me so far.
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I'm colorblind and have had a lot of trouble with low light lenses. Yellow lenses that were supposed to help in flat light actually made things worse for me. I picked up a Fire Ice lens for my Anon goggles this season and it has been a major improvement, though I am still considering a clear lens for those real foggy days.
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