The Controversy of Lift Line Lenses

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The Controversy of Lift Line Lenses

How to upset somebody in a lift line? Tell 'em you can see their eyes.

Ahhh "lift line" goggle lenses.. the bane of my existence but for some reason the pride and joy of others. The epitome of a goggle lens, in their mind, is the blacked out lens.   

If you're wondering what a "lift line" lens is I got you. It's just a really dark lens that protects your eyeballs from other people's eyeballs because letting others see your eyeballs is a no go. Absolutely not allowed. I'm actually pretty sure there's some unwritten rule that if you make eye contact with somebody, that's it. You may as well pack it in and head home because you're done here and now you must forever live with the shame. 

Why are they called "Lift Line" lenses? Because snow bro culture. Sorry snow bros but I'm calling you out. 

If you're wondering why these are a thing, I'm sorry to say I cannot help you with that. As a lifetime member of the Low Light Lens Club, I don't think I will ever understand. Sure maybe lowlight lenses don't have the "cool" factor going for them, but they are the more practical choice for a majority of conditions. 

The following is a compilation of unbiased pros and cons for each lens so you can come to your own conclusion:


Impractical Dark Lenses


-Look "cool"


-cannot see anything

- there go your knees because you didn't see that bump in the run

- is that a cliff edge? Who knows, but you soon will


Practical Lowlight Lenses


- can see so much!

- knees are much happier because they were braced to absorb impact. You saw that bump coming a mile away.

- You know exactly where the edge of that cliff is. You have just prevented an accidental cliff drop. 


- none, they're perfect



So next time you're pulling out your goggles or maybe buying some new ones, don't dismiss your Low Light Lens. Its the best friend you've ignored but will still be there for you anyways. That's just the kind of person a Low Light Lens would be. 


Also I recognize that for some people with light sensitive eyeballs a darker lens may be necessary, but for the majority of people, it's not. 


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