Out on the baseball diamond, your vision is everything. If getting the best lenses isn’t top of mind, your 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 the best lens colors as well as what lens technology to look for 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
Eyeglass Tyler goes over some of the most popular lens tints and discusses the pros and cons of each for baseball. We focus mainly on rose copper and brown tints, or amber for low light conditions.
What’s the Best Lens Color for Baseball?
Above all else, contrast is king for baseball.
Rose and rose copper lenses (as we’re fond of at SportRx) are great tints for daytime play. These colors provide the highest contrast and do the most to separate and boost colors. You’ll find it easier to spot the ball against the blue sky or the green grass. These are our favorite for baseball, so if you’re not sure, go with a rose.
One potential downside is that these lenses may not be dark enough in very bright sunlight or if you have sensitive eyes. We like rose copper because it’s a little denser than rose, but it still may not be enough.
We’ll also shout out Oakley’s PRIZM Field lens. This lens has a rose base and is specifically designed for baseball, so slide it on and feel like a whole new world has opened up. Check out our Oakley PRIZM Field review to learn more about its unique features.
Brown lenses are a little denser than rose or rose copper, so they’re better for bright conditions while still providing great contrast enhancement. If you need a darker lens but still want that contrast, brown is your best bet.
Grey lenses aren’t necessarily a bad choice for baseball, but they don’t provide any particular benefit either. Since grey is a true-to-color tint, they won’t enhance your performance in baseball. This is a great tint for blocking excessively bright light, but there’s no particular upside to wearing them for baseball.
Clear & Amber Lenses
If you anticipate a lot of nighttime games or foggy mornings (or if you’re a pitcher), you can still enhance your vision with a low-light lens! Clear and amber lenses are good options for these conditions. Amber lenses provide some contrast enhancement, so you can use them either in dim daylight or under those bright stadium lights.
Whichever color you get, be sure to add an anti-reflective coating. An AR coating will reduce reflections from artificial lights and help you see better.
These tint-changing lenses are great if you want one lens that can do it all. Photochromic lenses adjust from light to dark based on the amount of UV light present and are typically referred to as transition lenses. For baseball, we suggest a brown tint and an AR coating.
This is another great feature if you’d like to have one frame but a specific lens for any scenario. Sunglasses like the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL are awesome for baseball because you can have a set of clear lenses when you’re pitching or playing late games, a set of PRIZM Field lenses for practice, and so on.
A mirror coating on the front side of your lens is another option to make your sunglasses darker. Not only does it look cool, it reflects what Tyler calls “ambient glare” away from the lens. This is light you don’t get much use out of anyway.
Should I get Polarized Lenses?
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. And in baseball, every second counts.
It’s no surprise that the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is our top pick 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.
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Key Features:
- Oakley Unobtainium nose pads and temples ensure a no-slip grip
- O-Matter frame is lightweight and durable
- PRIZM Field lenses bring out the best in you
- Prescription ready!
Prescription Baseball Glasses and Sunglasses at SportRx
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