When you’re at the plate, nabbing a bullet line drive, or tracking down fly balls, your vision is everything. Without the best lenses, sunglasses can give you protection, but lack that boost in performance contrast. Having the right lens can make all the difference in the split-second reaction time that determines whether you hit that home run or strike out. In this lens guide, we’ll dive into what lens technology to look for and the best lens colors to enhance your vision on the field.
Baseball Sunglass Lens Guide
1. What to look for in Baseball Lenses
1.1 Contrast Enhancement
1.2 Should I Polarize?
1.3 Photochromic (Transitions) Lens
2. Lens Tints
2.1 Day Games Lenses
2.2 Night Games Lenses
2.3 Day + Night Games Lenses
3. Our Top Baseball Sunglass Pick
The main thing to look for when shopping for baseball sunglasses are contrast-enhancing, non-polarized lenses.
Contrast enhancement helps the white ball pop against a backdrop of greens, browns, and blues so you can easily track and identify the ball in flight. This also helps with greater depth perception and clarity of colors to help give you the upper hand.
The short answer: no.
Although polarization helps eliminate glare, it can also throw off your depth perception and make it harder to track the ball which in turn will hinder performance.
If you want a lens that can do it all, a photochromic lens is the way to go. Photochromic lenses adjust from light to dark based on the amount of UV light present and are typically referred to as transition lenses.
Choosing the best lens color and tint depends primarily on when you play most of your games: day, night, or both.
For day games you want a lens that both improves depth perception and reduces glare without hurting wanted contrast. Choosing a rose-copper, brown, or grey lens tint will keep the bright rays at bay.
Rose-copper and brown lenses give a boost in contrast and color enhancement. Grey lenses filter out the most light and keep colors more true to their natural tone.
The custom SportRx lens designed for day games is the Start to Finish lens. This lens has a rose base, which comforts the eyes and provides greater depth perception and color contrast. It also comes with an anti-reflective coating and a silver flash mirror finish for glare protection. It’s a particularly good lens for early mornings or overcast days, but still protects you in full sun exposure. Start to Finish is great for day time, but is not recommended for night use.
For Night Games, your lens should heighten contrast and make the ball pop. A clear or light amber tinted lens does just that. Whether you add a tint or not, the most important feature to have on a lens is an Anti-Reflective coating. It’s especially hard to track a ball in the air at night because of the glare the player experiences under the field lights but an Anti Reflective coating should eliminate this problem entirely.
The SportRx ‘ The Closer‘ signature lens is custom-designed to protect your eyes from harsh lighting by removing glare and also protecting your eyes from harmful blue light.. This lens has an ultra-premium anti-reflective coating that provides additional glare protection while repelling dirt, oil, and water.
If you play both in the day and night, there are 2 strongly recommended options: photochromic and/or interchangeable lenses. Either of these options will give you the upper hand when dealing with the changing lighting conditions.
Photochromic lenses will change based on the amount of UV light present, so as the sun sets they will transition to clear from a grey or brown tint. SportRx has 2 transition lenses designed with baseball’s specific challenges in mind:
- Day and Night lens: Virtually clear to dark grey. Anti-reflective coating. Hydrophobic coating to repel sweat, water, and dust
- Day & Night Contrast lens (Recommended): Virtually clear to dark brown sunglass. Better contrast enhancement with amber tint. Anti-reflective coating. Hydrophobic coating to repel sweat, water, and dust
Interchangeable lenses allow you to have the best of both worlds. With a low-light lens for night and a bright light lens for day, you can swap the lenses out in your frame as the lighting conditions change. Whether you go with transitions or 2 distinct lens sets, you’ll have all your bases covered.
It’s no surprise that the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL made our top picks for baseball sunglasses. They are lightweight, have great grip, and are comfortable for all day wear. With Oakley unobtainium rubber nose pads and ear socks, the Flak 2.0 XL stays in place even when you sweat. When paired with PRIZM Field lens technology, you are ready to hit the field with the best vision possible for day time playing. Flak 2.0 XL is also available in prescription at SportRx.
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