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Brown Vs. Green Polarized Sunglasses: Uses, Pros & Cons


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In this article, we are talking about polarized sunglasses, specifically the differences between brown and green polarized lenses.

Whether you prefer hiking, winter sports, MTB, or simply a quiet and relaxing fishing trip, the benefits of polarized sunglasses become make it clear that they are an essential item.

This particular type of lenses has the enormous advantage of protecting our eyes from polarized light, from light waves that are reflected on a flat surface such as snow or water.

There are different shades and colors of polarized lenses: some of the most common versions are polarized sunglasses with brown lenses and those with green lenses. There are situations where each lens color is preferred. Here, we are going to discuss the pros, cons, and differences between each lens color.

After reading this article, you should also check out our article on the best fishing sunglasses.


Brown polarized sunglasses

Brown lenses are the most suitable if you practice sports with long exposure to sunlight and where you need to protect your eyes from harmful rays as much as possible. Brown tints filter out all of the harmful blue light, and provide wearers with contrast in medium to very bright situations.

Brown is considered an elegant and aesthetically pleasing color, which goes well with warm-colored frames as well as metal ones.



If you want to practice sports such as mountain biking, fishing, golf, cycling, hunting; or you just want to enjoy everyday life with an elegant and fashionable style, polarized sunglasses with brown lenses are your choice. Any activity that requires prolonged exposure in a bright, or very bright exposure will be a good use for brown tinted lenses.



  • With brown lenses, wearers get more protection than other lense colors. Brown will block out the most harmful rays.
  • Brown lenses are known for allowing great depth perception.
  • Warm colors become warmer with brown. This can make landscapes appear even more beautiful during bright days
  • High contrast perception and depth. Because of this, brown lenses are often recommended in the choice of sunglasses with gradation for myopia.



  • Brown lenses are not ideal for less bright scenarios, cloudy days or in variable light scenarios where you need performance in lower light as well. Wearers my find brown a bit too dark for those days that aren’t super bright, or around shade, or near sunrise and sunset.
  • Brown lenses can distort color more than other lens colors.


Green polarized sunglasses

Many consider green lenses a top choice. Sunglasses with green lenses can have better contrast than gray lenses and are known for better color accuracy than brown lenses. Green lenses can be used in super variable conditions, from bright sun, to less sun, or clouds while reducing glare.



Green lenses are often used for water sports, field sports, skiing, hiking, climbing, cycling, and many other activities. Because they are great in variable lighting conditions, wearers can get great use of the same glasses on cloudy days, foggy days, or extremely sunny days.



  • Great ability to adapt to sudden changes in brightness, and also has a natural tendency to balance the transition from bright light to low light.
  • Colors are not distorted as significantly as other lenses.
  • Great general use / versatile lens color
  • Brightens shadows while reducing glare



  • Colors can become less enhanced in green lenses, making landscapes seem less epic in certain conditions.
  • In the brightest conditions, green lenses still may leave wearers squinting



Above, we have taken a look at the pros and cons of brown and green lenses, and compared them. Simply put, green lenses tend to be a bit more versatile than brown lenses, but are not as protective as brown lenses.

If you have any questions, or tips to add to this article, please let us know.

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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