Ready to make your snow season even better? When you buy SMITH snow goggles, you get two ChromaPop™ lenses to cover you in all conditions. But what is ChromaPop™, how does it work in goggles, and what kinds of lenses are there? We’ll explain everything below!

Table of Contents

1. What is ChromaPop™?
2. Which ChromaPop™ Lens Should I Get?
3. ChromaPop Goggle Lens Guide
3.1. ChromaPop™ Sun Green Mirror
3.2. ChromaPop™ Sun Black
3.3. ChromaPop™ Sun Platinum Mirror
3.4. ChromaPop™ Sun Red Mirror
3.5. ChromaPop™ Everyday Green Mirror
3.6. ChromaPop™ Everyday Rose Gold Mirror
3.7. ChromaPop™ Everyday Violet Mirror
3.8. ChromaPop™ Everyday Red Mirror
3.9. ChromaPop™ Photochromic Rose Flash
3.10. ChromaPop™ Storm Rose Flash
3.11. ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash
4. Prescription SMITH ChromaPop™ Snow Goggles at SportRx


With so many lenses designed for different conditions, Sunglass Rob explains ChromaPop™ technology and which lens is best for which weather condition. Follow along to learn more!


What is ChromaPop™?

ChromaPop™ is SMITH’s proprietary lens technology that allows the eyes to identify true color. The technology filters light that causes color confusion to give you greater definition, more natural color, and unmatched clarity. ChromaPop™ delivers enhanced clarity and definition across a greater range of conditions than traditional lenses.

SMITH ChromaPop how it works

SMITH ChromaPop how it worksFor more info on ChromaPop™ technology, check out our SMITH Ultimate Sunglass Lens Guide.


Which ChromaPop™ Lens Should I Get?

ChromaPop™ goggles have several base tints in addition to a mirror coating. This base tint affects how colors are rendered.

For example, a grey base is best for bluebird days. On the other hand, brown lenses boost color and contrast to let you spot more details. These can work on bluebird days, but are best for partly cloudy days.

Meanwhile, rose and yellow base tints are best for overcast or whiteout conditions because they block out 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. These tints also maximize color and contrast, something you’ll need in a storm.

SMITH’s ChromaPop™ snow lenses cover the full range of light conditions:

  • Sun Lens: Bluebird days
  • Everyday Lens: Medium light conditions
  • Storm Lens: Overcast and whiteout conditions

The amount of light allowed into the lens is called Visible Light Transmission or VLT. The higher the VLT, the lighter the lens tint.

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.

SMITH ChromaPop goggle lens guide

ChromaPop™ Goggle Lens Guide

First up are the ChromaPop™ Sun lenses, all of which have a grey base tint. They keep colors balanced with amazing depth and detail in the snow.

ChromaPop™ Sun Green Mirror

SMITH I/O MAG goggles for skiing and snowboarding. Black strap with white SMITH text and a green blue mirror shield lens.

SMITH I/O MAG in Black with ChromaPop™ Sun Green Mirror Lens

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  • VLT: 9%

ChromaPop™ Sun Black

Smith IO Mag XL in Hornet Flood with Chromapop Sun Black + Chromapop Storm Rose Flash Product Image

SMITH I/O MAG XL in Hornet Flood with Chromapop™ Sun Black + Chromapop Storm Rose Flash

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  • VLT: 12%

ChromaPop™ Sun Platinum Mirror

SMITH Squad snow goggles in black with ChromaPop platinum mirror shield lens.

SMITH Squad in Black with ChromaPop™ Sun Platinum Mirror Lens

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  • VLT: 13%

ChromaPop™ Sun Red Mirror

SMITH 4D MAG

SMITH 4D MAG in Lava with ChromaPop™ Sun Red Mirror + ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash

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  • VLT: 13%

Next are the ChromaPop™ Everyday lenses, designed to work in a variety of conditions from sunny to snowy. Some of these have a brown base, and others have a rose base.

ChromaPop™ Everyday Green Mirror

SMITH Grom kids ski snow goggles in black with green chromapop shield lens.

SMITH Grom in Black with ChromaPop™ Everyday Green Mirror Lens

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  • VLT: 23%
  • Base Lens Tint: Brown

ChromaPop™ Everyday Rose Gold Mirror

SMITH IO Mag S Snow Goggle in Tusk with Chromapop Everyday Rose Gold Mirror + Chromapop Storm Rose Flash Lenses Product Image

SMITH IO Mag S in Tusk with ChromaPop™ Everyday Rose Gold Mirror + Chromapop™ Storm Rose Flash Lenses

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  • VLT: 23%
  • Base Lens Tint: Rose

ChromaPop™ Everyday Violet Mirror

SMITH I/O MAG S in Lilac with ChromaPop Everyday Violet Mirror

SMITH I/O MAG S in Lilac with ChromaPop™ Everyday Violet Mirror + ChromaPop™ Storm Rose Flash Lenses

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  • VLT: 23%
  • Base Lens Tint: Brown

ChromaPop™ Everyday Red Mirror

SMITH 4D MAG Black - ChromaPop Everyday Red Mirror + ChromaPop Storm Yellow Flash

SMITH 4D MAG Black – ChromaPop™ Everyday Red Mirror + ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash

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  • VLT: 25%
  • Base Lens Tint: Brown

ChromaPop™ Photochromic Rose Flash

This lens automatically changes VLT based on conditions.

SMITH I/O MAG Black - ChromaPop Photochromic Rose Flash + ChromaPop Storm Yellow Flash

SMITH I/O MAG Black – ChromaPop™ Photochromic Rose Flash + ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash

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  • VLT: Variable (30% – 50%)
  • Base Lens Tint: Rose

Finally, here are the ChromaPop™ Storm lenses. If you’ve just gotta run no matter how bad the weather, these are the lightest lenses SMITH offers.

ChromaPop™ Storm Rose Flash

SMITH Squad in Black with ChromaPop Storm Rose Flash

SMITH Squad in Black with ChromaPop™ Storm Rose Flash + Yellow Lenses

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  • VLT: 50%
  • Base Lens Tint: Blue Flash

ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash

SMITH Squad XL in AC Cody Townsend with Chromapop Storm Yellow Flash

SMITH Squad XL in AC Cody Townsend with ChromaPop™ Storm Yellow Flash

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  • VLT: 65%
  • Base Lens Tint: Yellow Blue Flash

Prescription SMITH ChromaPop™ Snow Goggles at SportRx

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