What ChromaPop lens is right for my riding condition?

The team at Smith offers some great ski and snowboarding goggles in their I/O line up. Smith believes in there ChromaPop technology so much that they offer a bonus Storm lens with all of their snow goggles. When you buy a Smith snow goggle, you get to choose between a Sun and Everyday ChromaPop lens and you get a free Storm lens. All of their I/O goggles are interchangeable so you will always be covered no matter the conditions. That's great value.

With so many lenses designed for different conditions, we explain the ChromaPop technology and which lens for which weather condition.

What is ChromaPop?

ChromaPop is Smith’s proprietary lens technology that allows the eyes to identify true color. The technology filters two specific wavelengths of light that cause color confusion giving you greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity. ChromaPop delivers enhanced clarity and definition across a greater range of conditions than with traditional lenses.


Where the blue and green, and green and red wavelengths cross over, the eye has trouble distinguishing color.
ChromaPop filters these crossovers, rendering greater definition, more natural color, and clarity that is unmatched.

ChromaPop Snow - Base Lens Colors

The base color effects how colors are rendered. If you prefer seeing more natural colors, then go with the grey base. If you like more warmth then go with the brown base. Yellow base tints are beneficial in wet overcast conditions because yellow limits the blue light found in the extra water vapor in the air. Too much blue light decreases our visual acuity and depth perception causing eye fatigue. For bright sunny conditions a blue base tint reduces glare without being too dark. Smith gets it right by mixing blue with a flash or yellow flash and is extremely effective on bright sunny days.

Snowboarding Conditions

Smith's ChromaPop snow lenses are designed for 3 different light conditions:

  1. Sun Lens - Bluebird Days
  2. Everyday Lens - Medium light conditions
  3. Storm Lens - Overcast and Whiteout conditions

It’s important to know the amount of light allowed into the lens is called Visible Light Transmission or VLT. Bright conditions require a low VLT and darker conditions need a higher VLT. Smith offers a VLT range from 9% with their Sun lenses and up to a 65% VLT in the Storm lenses. Let’s look at how the different lenses compare.

ChromaPop Sun Lens

ChromaPop Sun Green Mirror - VLT 9% - Grey Base
This lens is for the brightest conditions. It keeps a balanced contrast with amazing depth and detail in the snow.

ChromaPop Sun Blackout - VLT 12% - Grey Base
An incredibly versatile lens in bright conditions.

ChromaPop Sun Platinum Mirror - VLT 13% - Grey Base
Very similar to Blackout with more of a mirror coating.

ChromaPop Sun Red Mirror - VLT 13% - Grey Base
Very easy on the eyes while offering the mirror finish.

ChromaPop Everyday Lens

ChromaPop Everyday Green Mirror - VLT 23% - Brown Base
Extremely versatile lens.

ChromaPop Everyday Violet Mirror - VLT 23% - Brown Base
An excellent go to for an everyday lens.

ChromaPop Everyday Red Mirror - VLT 25% - Brown Base
Versatile and great looking lens.

Photochromic Rose Flash – Variable VLT 30% - 50% - Rose Base (VLT changes with lighting conditions)
Truly the most versatile lens that Smith offers, this lens will automatically change VLT based on conditions. The best of both worlds in offering ChromaPop contrast and photochromatic technology.

ChromaPop Everyday Rose - VLT 36% - Rose Base
This lens is a non Mirror that fits right in the middle of the Everyday lens.

ChromaPop Storm Lens (ChromaPop Low Light)

ChromaPop Storm Rose Flash - VLT 50% - Blue Flash Base
Easy on the eyes with excellent depth and contrast.

ChromaPop Storm Yellow Flash - VLT 65% - Yellow Blue Flash Base
Maximum depth and contrast via ChromaPop while offering the lightest lens for the stormiest days. If you just gotta run no matter how bad the weather, this is the lens for you.

Shop Smith ChromaPop Goggles

We hope this guide was helpful and if you have any questions feel free to Contact Us. SportRx carries a great selection of Smith Ski and Snowboarding Goggles and we specialize in Prescription Snow Goggle Inserts. Our certified opticians are here to help you find the perfect snow goggles and lens. Expect great service, leave with the perfect goggles at SportRx.