How to Pick the Right Sunglasses

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The key factor in achieving optimal vision in difficult light conditions is selecting the right lens and its lens technology. At Sweet Protection, we have created our own proprietary lens technology, known as RIG® Lens Technology, developed in Norway to deal with the most difficult light conditions. The technology focuses on providing superior contrast enhancing vision, minimum color distortion and reduced eye fatigue. RIG® Lens Technology is available in all our sunglasses and goggle models, so you can enjoy Class 1 optics through whichever eyewear best suits your needs. This guide will help you choose the right sunglasses and/or sport performance glasses.

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FAQ - Good to Know

Our RIG® Lens overview categoriezes all lenses based on different weather conditions. We offer lenses designed to perform optimally in various weather conditions, ensuring you have the best vision for your days on the trails.

How many lenses should I have?

We recommend having at least two to three lenses; one for low-light and flat conditions, another for sunny days, and ideally our versatile all-round Bixbite lens. While all our sport performance models (Shinobi, Memento, Ronin) allow for lens change, avid bikers may find it beneficial to invest in multiple sunglasses, each equipped with different lenses.

I only want one lens, which one should I have?

It depends on the use and your preference. We can recommend RIG® Bixbite and RIG® Malaia as versatile lenses, however, some might find these to be either too dark or too bright for their use. It is essential to recognize that no single lens can excel in both flat light and strong sunlight conditions. Ideally, you should consider having two options or pick the lens you think would suit your type of use the best.

What is VLT?

VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission, which measures the amount of light a lens allows through. A higher VLT is ideal for overcast conditions and flat light, while a lower VLT is better suited for sunny conditions.

What is a lens category?

The lens category (1, 2, 3, 4) is directly linked to the percentage of VLT, and does also indicate the amount of light a lens lets through.

What about snow goggles?

Snow goggles have a little bit different VLT. Visit our goggle-lens guide for all information about goggles!

What Model Should I get?

We suggest you pick the model that best suits your type of riding, or simply choose the one you like the most!

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Shinobi

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Memento

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Ronin

Mountain Bike Goggles

Push your limits on the mountain and experience optimum contrast across all lighting conditions no matter when and where you are on trails with our latest range of Durden and Firewall MTB Goggles.

Durden MTB Goggles

The Durden gives you maximum field of vision and features an updated way of mounting the goggle strap, so that you get the best possible fit to both our Fullface- and Trail/Enduro specific helmets.

Firewall MTB Goggles

The Firewall is a cylindrical injection molded single lens goggle in a robust and retro looking design offering best-in-class field of vision. 

Durden MTB Goggles

The Durden gives you maximum field of vision and features an updated way of mounting the goggle strap, so that you get the best possible fit to both our Fullface- and Trail/Enduro specific helmets.

Firewall MTB Goggles

The Firewall is a cylindrical injection molded single lens goggle in a robust and retro looking design offering best-in-class field of vision. 

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