Sunglasses are no longer simply an accessory for blocking bright light. The right tint can go a long way in improving visual acuity, enhancing depth perception, and elevating performance. It’s simply a matter of selecting the correct tint for the occasion.

Tracer Yellow is one of those specialized tints.

The yellow tinted lens with an 80% light transmission is optimal for low-light conditions such as overcast, hazy days, foggy conditions, and shaded trails.

On overcast days, the heavy cloud coverage scatters all light, but those with shorter wavelengths (violet, blue, and green) are scattered in greater amounts than the longer wavelengths (yellow, orange, red). This results in cool, flat lighting. Yellow tinted lenses neutralize blue light rays, warming the view and enhancing contrast.

Tracer Yellow view tint with and without lenses

The added contrast and brightened view will decrease fatigue and increase visual acuity and depth-perception in fog or haze, in overcast conditions, and at evening or night.

Tracer Yellow lenses are well-suited for mountain bikers. The light gathering properties of the lenses will increase the contrast of the terrain, helping you to better sight your line and pick out that tree root you otherwise may not have noticed.

They’re also a great option for skiers and snowboarders on an overcast day. These lenses heighten contrast in low light and shaded areas, like the edge of a run where the tree line creates shadows. By filtering out blue light, they’ll emphasize shadows in the snow so you can better see bumps, moguls, icy spots, and bare patches. They’re not recommended for bluebird days, as the high light transmission won’t block enough light to be comfortable.

It’s important to note that although yellow lenses are great at drawing out light in low-light conditions, they do not enhance light conditions when the sun sets. As with any other color tint, Tracer Yellow lenses are not recommended for driving at night.