Oakley Goggle Lens Guide

Replacement Oakley Goggle Lens Guide

Oakley ski and snowboard goggles are considered by many to be the ultimate eyewear for performance and fit – with a diverse range of styles and lenses to suit pretty much any rider in whatever conditions they might find themselves in while they're out on the hill. But with such a wide range of good looking lenses available, how do you choose the ones that don’t just look the part, but keep your vision sharp as a tack on your next trip?

Well, fear not – we’ve put together the most comprehensive Oakley goggle lens guide on the internet to help you navigate your way around the range. Below you'll find a table outlining the whole range, what conditions they're best in, how much light they transmit to your eye, what they're like and what goggles they're available for. But before that, we'll explain how it all works and let you know about a few of our favourites.

The technical bit

The lowdown on lenses 

Most goggles come with a single lens that’ll work well in either low light, very bright light or somewhere in between – but it’s worth remembering that it’s unlikely you’ll get a lens that will work really well in all conditions. That’s why we stock a full range of replacement Oakley goggle lenses – so you can pick up a spare and make sure you’re not caught out next time you hit the hill. 

But which lens works best in which conditions? Read on and we’ll explain.

Talking about transmission 

Each ski or snowboard goggle lens is tailored to a specific weather condition, offering different levels of light transmission and contrast. Light transmission just means the amount of light that the lens lets through to your eye. 

A lens that offers a high level of light transmission, usually lighter and clearer in colour, will let plenty of light through to the eye, making it great for helping you to see in flat light or low light conditions. A lens that offers a lower level of light transmission, appearing darker or less transparent, will let far less light through to the eye, meaning that it’ll protect your eye from the glare and harmful rays of the sun in very bright alpine conditions.

Contrast and coatings 

While light transmission determines how much light reaches your eye overall, contrast is the difference between light and dark that adds texture and fine detail to your vision. Two lenses that offer the same level of light transmission can give you different degrees of contrast, thanks to their colour, composition, or a special metal oxide coating that’s added to the lens known as Iridium. 

As we all know, it’s not always about how bright or dark it is our there – whiteout conditions can be still be bright and shadows can cause issues on a bluebird day – so choosing a lens that offers more contrast and finer detail can really help. 

The finer points of Prizm

Oakley's flagship range of lenses all feature Prizm technology – the result of decades of colour science research. Essentially, it's a system of colour filtration that uses highly advanced coloured dyes in the lens to enhance the colours of light that your eyes need and removes or minimizes the ones they don't.

Oakley Prizm Lens TechnologyPrizm lenses cut out the background noise, letting your eye deal only with the important wavelengths that deliver detail in a given environment. You see more contrast and surface detail with less light, maintaining that all-important depth perception and unrivaled visual clarity.

If you take a look at the table below, you'll see that – thanks to an unprecedented level of control of the specific wavelengths hitting your eye – Prizm lenses can do a superior job with less light than the equivalent regular lens.

A few of our favourites

Below there's a table that’ll give you the vital statistics for every lens in the range, but in case it looks like information overload, here are a few of the top picks from our expert team… 

For blazing bluebird days

Prizm Black Iridium

Prizm Black Iridium

With that clever Prizm lens material, a light transmission score of just 5-10% and an Iridium coating for even higher definition, the Prizm Black Iridium is our goggle of choice for those beautiful bright days charging the piste, lapping the park or searching for fresh lines. 

If it doesn’t fit the model of your choice, look out for the popular neutral classic, Dark Grey.

When it’s flatter than a pancake out there 

HI Yellow

H.I. Yellow 

When the sun deserts you, don’t let it kill your vibe – snap on the H.I. Yellow instead. With 78% visual light transmission and a High Intensity Iridium coating to wring every last ounce of contrast out of what light you have, it'll keep the dream alive in the worst of conditions. 

The Prizm H.I. Pink is obviously a solid choice too, and because it lets less light through overall, it's likely to give you more protection should things brighten up unexpectedly.

When the weather can't make up it's mind

Prizm Torch Iridium

Prizm Torch Iridium

A great all-rounder for when there's clouds about and the sun is in and out all day, the Prizm Torch Iridium is as close as you're going to get to a one-lens quiver. Prism tech and high-def Iridium coating keep the detail and depth perception on point, and it just happens to look sick too.

An honourable mention has to go to the VR50 Pink Iridium too, for a non-Prizm lens it copes phenomenally well in a huge range of light conditions.

Explore the range

PRIZM Lens name Ideal conditions Light level VLT* Description Available for
Oakley Goggle Lens Prism Hi Pink Iridium Prizm HI Pink Whiteout, Snowy, Overcast Low, Flat Light to Medium Light Around 25% Prizm colour tuning technology and a High Intensity Iridium coating allows this lens to perform exceptionally well in low light conditions, while still removing significantly more visible light than other low light lenses. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner
Oakley Goggle Lens Prism Rose Prizm Rose Whiteout, Snowy, Overcast Flat Light to Medium Light 21%+ Similar to the HI Pink lens, using Prism colour tuning but without the Iridium coating and filtering out slightly more visible light, the Rose lens still provides great low light performance but also works well up to brighter light levels. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, Splice
Oakley Goggle Lens Prism Torch Iridium Prizm Torch Iridium Partly Cloudy to Sunny Medium to Bright Light 11 - 20% A medium to bright light lens that uses Prism technology to filter out the specific colours of light that confuse and tire the eye, boosting detail and contrast. A red Iridium coating further increases contrast. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner
Oakley Goggle Lens Prizm Jade Iridium Prizm Jade Iridium Partly Cloudy to Sunny Medium to Bright Light 11 - 20% For broken cloud to bright conditions, the Prism lens material uses special dye to target very specific light wavelengths, enhancing the ranges that help you see detail and contrast in medium light conditions. Contrast is further improved by a green Iridium coating. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, Splice
Oakley Goggle Lens - Prizm Sapphire Iridium Prizm Sapphire Iridium Partly Cloudy to Sunny Medium to Bright Light 11 - 20% When conditions are cloudy but bright, the Prizm lens targets and removes the colours of light which interfere with your vision, leaving only the contrast and detail-enhancing wavelengths you want. A sapphire blue iridium coating boosts contrast further. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner
Oakley Replacement Goggle Lens Guide - Prizm Black Iridium Prizm Black Iridium Sunny Bright Light 5 - 10% For those bluebird days when there's not a cloud in the sky, the Prizm lens and dark Iridium coating will combine to protect your eyes - eliminating glare and unfavourable colour wavelengths, giving you only the contrast and detail you need.  A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, Splice
             
REGULAR Lens name Ideal conditions Light level VLT* Description Available for
Oakley Replacement Goggle Lens Guide - Clear Clear Night Super low light 90% Totally neutral colour transmission for incredibly true vision and maximum light transmission. Ideal for night riding where you need protection only from wind and the elements. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Ambush, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, O2, Splice
Replacement Oaklely Goggle Lens Guide - HI Yellow HI Yellow Whiteout, snowy, overcast Flat or very low light 78% High Instensity Iridium coating gives you the contrast and detail that you need in flat and extremely low light conditions. Will not perform well in brighter conditions. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airwave, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, O2, Splice
Oakley Replacement Goggle Lens Guide - HI Persimmon HI Persimmon Whiteout, snowy, overcast Flat or low light 63% High Instensity Iridium coating boosts contrast, adding detail in flat and low light conditions. Filters blue light to boost contrast and increase depth perception. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Splice, Stockholm
Replacement Oakley Goggle Lens Guide - Persimmon Persimmon Whiteout, snowy, overcast Flat or low light 62% Filters blue light to increase contrast and depth perception in low light conditions. Doesn't use Iridium coating, instead allows slightly less visual light transmission. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airwave, Ambush, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, O2, Splice, Stockholm
Oakley Replacement Goggle Lenses - VR50 Pink Iridium VR50 Pink Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 41% Iridium coating adds contrast and enhances depth perception. A good mid range lense effective in a wide variety of light conditions. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Splice, Stockholm
Oakley Replacement Lenses For Sale - Rose Rose Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 35% A good all-round performer with a rich rose tint. Enhances clarity of vision, with good contrast and detail in a range of light conditions. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, Splice
Gold Iridium Gold Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 22% A top performer in a range of light conditions, the Gold lens is iridium-coated to increase clarity and depth perception by allowing you to see more detail in higher contrast. A Frame, Crowbar, Splice, Stockholm
Black Iridium Black Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 18% A great all-purpose high-contrast lens that's ideal for sunny conditions. Features an Iridium coating to improve detail and depth perception. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airwave, Ambush, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, O2, Splice, Stockholm
Jade Iridium Jade Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 17% A neutral lens that protects the eyes and increases visual clarity without influencing how you perceive colour. An Iridium coating has been added to give you better contrast and detail. A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Canopy, Crowbar, Flight Deck, O2, Splice
Fire Iridium Fire Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 16% A dark, multi-colour, mirrored finish that cuts our a huge amount of visual light while increasing clarity. The high-contrast Iridium coating gives you the detail you need for excellent depth perception. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Airwave, Ambush, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, O2, Splice, Stockholm
Violet Iridium Violet Iridium Broken cloud, sunshine Medium to bright light 14% A neutral lens tint with an Iridium coating added to provide increased levels of contrast, allowing you to see more detail and depth in your surroundings. A Frame 2.0, Flight Deck XM, O2
Dark Grey Dark Grey Sunshine Bright light 10% A popular neutral lens that will protect the eye and increase clarity but won't influence your perception of colour. Very effective in bright light conditions on very sunny days. A Frame, A Frame 2.0, Airbrake, Airbrake XL, Airwave, Canopy, Crowbar, Elevate, Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Line Miner, O2, Splice, Stockholm
24K Iridium 24K Iridium Sunshine Bright light 10% A highly reflective 24k lens cuts out 90% of visible light to protect your eyes in extremely light conditions, while an Iridium coating maintains contrast and detail. Airbrake, Crowbar