Product Review: Oakley Prizm Lens

The Oakey Prizm lens was introduced as a new product last winter into the goggle range with three different lens available. This winter Oakley have upped that to five so we thought it was time to do a recap and update on the features of the Prizm lens.

What does a Prizm Lens do?

When you’re riding down a mountain – you need to see in order to react. Through normal lenses snow appears without features. So you are missing out on details and contours. Also contrast is lower and your depth perception is reduced.

The Prizm lens solves this problem by revolutionising lens technology that dramatically enhances contrast and visibility over a wide range of light conditions.

Looking through them, and you’ll see contrast where there wasn’t any. Depth perception is amazing too, making planning your path down the mountain easier.

The lens has been engineered to help you perform over a wider range of lighting conditions, reducing the need to switch lenses as lighting conditions change.

See for yourself with the image below.


How do they work?

Snow mirrors colours across the spectrum, which can be blinding. But the Prizm lenses filter out blinding bad light. Instead specific shades of blue and orange light are amplified (because eyes are partiPrizm-diagrams-artwork-1cularly sensitive to these colours). Plus colours that cause snow to appear featureless are filtered out and toned down.

The process is simple. Ambient full spectrum light passes through the lens. Then light is filtered – and it accentuates colours where eyes are most sensitive to detail. Now colour is fine tuned and the details of the surface are visible.


Choosing a Prizm lens means that you won’t need to carry around lots of different lenses for the different light conditions. Each Prizm covers such a wide range of conditions, so you are covered from whiteout to bright sunshine.

For this winter Oakley now have five Prizm lenses to choose from; Black Iridium, Sapphire Iridium, Jade Iridium, Torch Iridium and Rose.

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Below you can see the light conditions that these lenses cover verses other standard lenses in the Oakley range.


These lenses are available in the following frames: Flight Deck, Flight Deck XM, Airbrake and A frame 2.0.

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Written by: Sam Peek


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