Introduction to the idea of Vermillion, Rose, and Pink lenses in Shooting glasses
This article will hopefully help you to understand the best use cases for shooting glasses with pink lenses. Additionally, it should help you to explore alternatives to the standard set of lens colors. This gives you optimization choices that can indeed offer a slight edge over your competition, or in reaching personal goals.
We’re going to show you where pink lenses make sense for shooters. We are also aiming to help you understand the spectrum of colors they fall into.
Shooting glasses, in general, are an obvious addition to your safety accessories. In addition to a safety and protection perspective, they can also function as any quality accessory. This, in helping you to optimize in your chosen sport. Just like any other variable in the shooting game, optimization is the point.
Once you have the basics down, you are constantly trying to shave seconds from your competition times. Or you are looking for more accuracy on target. Or you are looking to improve your skills in stalking game. This is true for anything else that can provide tiny incremental performance enhancements that will give you even the smallest benefit. The aftermarket in the shooting industry almost entirely depends on this concept.
Strategic optimization with shooting glasses
To shave tenths of seconds off competition shooting times, billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States. Or helping you see a target faster, better, with more clarity. Or hiding from an animal you are hunting. These lenses help you see game easier in their natural environment, where the human eyes are not optimized for.
Shooting glasses many times are not simply seen as a piece of essential protective equipment, but rather an optimization zone. The best shooters with the most experience can find ways to benefit from lens color changes that suit ambient environments. They show those improvements through real-world optimization effects.
The red and pink spectrum of lens colors do have actual benefits. They should not just be a way for marketers to add a “pink tax” to a female-centric product offering. This amid a huge influx of female shooters into the various shooting sports.
But they told me pink and rose glasses are for girls
There is a legitimate segment of the market that does target new female shooters through the pink concept. It’s like when you go to the store and see pink razors. Or pink goldfish crackers, or pink toolsets. There is nothing wrong with any of these on the surface. Many would benefit greatly from just having high-quality products to choose from without an obvious marketing bias.
Note we didn’t say gender bias. There are a lot of things that make sense to be marketed to women or men with a hard push. Unfortunately, many items geared towards women are pushed with an excessive pink-tax too. This is particularly egregious in the gun industry.
Many of these glasses aren’t positioned as products that can benefit you from nuanced optimizations. Rather as a way to “support” women shooters, even if they cost significantly more. This isn’t a political post, however, so we will stop there. The overarching point is that pink glasses aren’t just for women or girls learning to shoot.
The point is that pink lenses and other spectrum shades in that category can have real-world value to shooters of all types. That includes shooters who view the world through rose-colored glasses already AND those who are a bit more negative. Our goal, as always is to give you facts, try to highlight the fake. This can help you decide if you want the nuance, or if you should stay in the lane you are currently in.
Why red shaded gasses are of value to a shooter
First a spectrum identifier:
There are various shades of red that fall into the category of “pink lenses for shooting glasses” or “vermilion lenses for shooting glasses”.
Pink and rose Shooting Glasses
We will refer to the lighter, paler shade of the color as pink. Good for use in medium-light scenarios and where there are some constant foreground and background color conditions. This is especially true with an outdoor shooting situation where the predominant light source is coming from behind the shooter. Additionally, for optimization, these are great where there is also a blue sky serving as the background field of view.
For shooters that have trouble distinguishing reds and greens, this can be helpful in the right conditions. Vermillion lenses as discussed below can achieve the same result.
Vermillion Shooting Glasses
The shade is a much deeper color than what we would normally refer to as pink. It is a combination of orange, red, and pink that come together as a darker shade of pink. Vermillion lenses are used outdoors for competition purposes within a dedicated “target shooting” setting.
Vermillion lenses can also be used in a hunting scenario where contrast is super important, and the background is somewhat constant. In this type of setting, the lens can help to mute greens and blues and enhance orange spectrum colors.
What is VLT?
VLT is a terminology that describes light transmission in eyewear. It stands for Visible light transmission. That is, the amount of light that will reach your optical nerve through a specific set of variables; in this case: through lenses.
A vermillion lens, for example, will generally have a VLT of between 35% and 70%. This means that there are some enhancements and some drawbacks. One obvious drawback is that there is some color distortion. When viewed through these lenses, you don’t see exactly what the eye could potentially see.
A lower VLT works like a polarized lens because the harshness of excess light is cut. This is due to the lesser amount of light transmission in real-time. That means a set of shooting glasses with pink lenses does not replace polarized or grey shade glasses. There are, however, some carryover effects in lower lighting conditions because of the VLT range for Vermillion lenses.
Vermillion shooting glasses or shooting glasses with lenses of other pink hues work very well outdoors. But because of the moderate to higher VLT number, they aren’t made for huge amounts of strong sunlight. One benefit is enhanced clarity between colors in the foreground vision and the background. A shooter who shoots clays against a blue-sky background will see large benefits with a vermilion or pink lens coloration. Again, this is especially true if not facing the sun.
Those who have brightly colored, sharply contrasting targets against a background of a different color get improvements in target acquisition.
Real-world use cases
Because of the orange-enhancing benefits of the shade, shooting glasses with pink lenses are used in competition settings for clays. This is particularly true where there is an open blue sky or heavily treed green backgrounds. Additionally, they can thrive in hunting scenarios of similar conditions, though admittedly, they can be outdone with more specialized glasses. That is, depending on the other variables in your scenario.
Clay shooting competitions: sporting clays, trap, and skeet are the sweet spots for pink and vermillion shooting glasses.
Orange color benefits combined with muting capabilities for green and blue spectrum colors means your primary target stands out well. This makes the lens option a particularly niche player in the world of shooting glasses.
Some hunting glasses combine a reflective lens and a vermillion or pink lens color. When done right, there can be some very good benefits for hunters, especially with open single-colored backgrounds. Again, even though it seems awfully niche, this is particularly true with the light source behind the shooter.
Here you can find some rose, pink, vermilion lens shooting glasses that might be a good fit for you:
But isn’t a lot of this stuff marketing hype?
Sure, there is some enhancement of benefits from manufacturers generally. Many manufacturers would have you believe that every single option they can conjure up an SKU for, is of maximum benefit and deserves your hard-earned dollars.
You can see some of this marketing hype, with the closeness of characteristics between purple and pink-hued lenses. Here is an article that explores the benefits of purple-colored lenses, which are usually made from a combination of vermillion and grey.
That said, there are very real differences between the purple lenses of the world and the pink ones. They may not be as obvious as the differences between grey and clear lenses, but they do exist.
And despite obvious reasons to doubt industry marketing teams, benefits can easily be found in the pink lens spectrum. If you’re an optimizer and need to call upon a certain set of tools if faced with certain conditions, you can. Pink lenses including vermillion hues are frequently used to optimized performance in clay competitions. Because sometimes, nuance and percentages and fractions of seconds are what make the difference between first and last.
We know a guy who said: “If you ain’t first, you’re last”. Maybe he was on to something. We are obviously fans of always progressing to be the best shooter you can be.