What Are The Benefits Amber Shooting Glasses?
Amber shooting glasses are sometimes confused with yellow shooting glasses, but they are definitely not the same. It’s clear: amber shooting glasses can have a strategic positive impact on the way you shoot and hunt.
In this article, we will take you through the subtle differences between amber shooting glasses and yellow shooting glasses. Beyond that, you’ll get some insight into how each type of shooting glass lens color can be beneficial in certain conditions.
Specifically, you’ll find some real-world examples of the type of incremental improvement you can get from amber shooting glasses. These will feature situations you’ll actually find yourself in while hunting, or engaging in shooting sports.
We should be able to help you answer the question – ‘why use amber shooting glasses?‘
Upfront, it’s very important to note that while words can describe benefits, you really do have to see to believe some of the differences between the variety of shooting lens colors that exist. It’s not that you cannot narrow the choices down before you go trying them out, you can. However, it does help to solidify that you’ve made the right choice when you are seeing the difference firsthand.
You may not notice huge changes in your visual acuity until after you have used a different lens color under ideal conditions for that color either.
Even more important, a large number of the world’s most prolific shooters use a huge variety of lens colors to suit a particular need as those needs change in real-time. This is especially true for hunting in different environments with different ambient environmental conditions and lighting.
TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read version for the question: ‘Why Amber Shooting Glasses?’
Amber lenses block blue color spectrum shades and help you to define outlines really well in challenging situations, especially close to dusk. In the real-world scenarios that you might face as a hunter or sport shooter this may include hunting with a crowded backdrop of trees, brush or a lot of tall grass or during the last 3 hours before dusk.
Another obvious win for amber-colored glasses is for shooting competitions during early morning or later afternoon. In situations like these, there may be moving targets, or “friendlies” that you need to be able to make a split second trigger pull decision on. With Amber glasses, you are getting excellent color contrast and clearly defined outlines. This has been proven with adequate experience to be the fastest way to make a shot/no-shot determination (contrast and definition).
Let’s define the amber color
Remember that scene from Jurassic Park where they are talking through the evolution of the idea of cloning dinosaurs and they pull up that perfectly preserved mosquito in the crystallized sap from an ancient tree? That’s amber. It’s golden and honey-hued. It’s not pale and washed out like yellow. It is a bit of a bronzed color that is on the yellow spectrum but has a larger depth of color.
Amber has a noticeable tint to it compared to yellow. And, while they may have some overlapping characteristics, they are colors that perform differently for your eyes.
The benefits of Amber colored lenses
- Amber helps define edges – the movement of which can be determined much faster in the brain. While we may only be talking about milliseconds, the ability to get a shot on target can be everything on a trophy hunt that has less than ideal visuals otherwise.
- Orange spectrum shades stick out well – great for noticing the hunter’s orange blaze vests or picking up on clay pigeons or target stickers from far away.
- Amber can minimize starring and flaring – it blocks the blue spectrum. Amber also blocks some of the reflection that comes in most environments. Importantly, it isn’t so dark as to be unusable in lower light conditions. This can be helpful during the sundowning hours.
- Great in foggy or marine layer conditions, especially with darker backgrounds like in the field or on the marsh/lake – who hasn’t seen a heavy fog on an early morning or late evening waterfowl hunt?
- It helps to identify movement earlier thanks to the edge detection and clarity. Sometimes it’s that split second that counts. Amber-colored lenses can improve that brain cognition through helping your eyes to piece together movement faster. Before you would know it in practical terms, your eyes can assist your brain in making that decision.
Other lens colors briefly compared
- Smoked Gray lenses can improve performance while shooting in bright sun or with reflective objects in your field of view.
- Yellow lenses are very similar to amber but tend to be more geared towards picking up orange color hues. Yellow can sometimes be better in “photography’s golden hour” where the sun is low but present in the sky. They too, can help with picking up edge details and in foggy conditions.
- Green lenses give a user improved color accuracy and can be useful when using optics or when camouflaged animals are your target. They offer good color differentiation, especially during movement.
- Polarized lenses offer good taming of reflection and allow you to remove glare on surfaces like water. This makes them great for fishing in the daylight, and for shooting low flying waterfowl during hunts in the daytime
- Clear lenses offer safety (if properly rated) and don’t clutter your vision. They are as true to the original eyes of all the lens shades. They are generally a bit easier to use in indoor conditions than any other glasses.
Amber is a good choice to have as a primary or a secondary color alongside a green or polarized lens. This is especially true when hunting in different conditions or when you tend to be in the field for most of the day.
As lighting and surroundings change, you can change lenses or glasses and get benefits optimized to your needs in real-time.
Real world situations where amber lenses make a big difference
The lenses may assist in hunting in early morning hours before the sun is above your head. During the late afternoon when the sun is setting low in the sky, amber glasses will be an excellent choice. Particularly for bird hunting in the field and in the lake/marsh.
The minimization of glare that is afforded by the amber colors and the ability to minimize starbursts is important. It helps when you have some light on the water or when flushing upland birds out of unexpected surroundings.
This type of lens can also be very helpful when you are hunting larger game with a lot of wooded backdrop. Especially areas that have a lot of dead tree limbs or brush that blends well into the ground. The ability to pick up edge movement in lower light conditions without losing the ability to actually identify the game animal makes amber lenses a game changer.
Another good place for amber is at the sporting clays range or shooting clay pigeons. When you want to be able to pick up the orange color faster – amber shines. The edge refinement can help you pick a lead on the target faster and more consistently without trailing or edge deflection.
They are very good in heavily wooded areas with a lot of brush and during the daytime where there is some sunlight cover overhead. Amber lenses can help you spot deer or turkey or even smaller animals without sacrificing overall viewability.
Is Amber a widely available lens color? Will I be able to get the right type of glasses for me with an amber lens?
Amber is widely available. Importantly, you can find it in ANSI and MILSPEC rated shooting glasses – the best on the market.
GruntX offers some amber lenses to shooters who can benefit from the multi-faceted feature set that comes natively with amber-colored shooting glasses. All GruntX glasses meet MIL-SPEC PRF-32432 and ANSI z87.1+, making them some of the best options on the market. These tough specifications certainly offer a shooting lens that you can count on to keep you safe.
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Conclusions about amber shooting glasses
Shooters with many years of experience know that every condition can be optimized for. Sometimes that optimization can hit a point of diminishing returns. In the case of carrying multiple pairs of glasses around with you, this can absolutely be annoying.
For that type of situation where you can only carry one or two colored lenses, Amber is a strong contender to be one of those choices. The ability to cut glare and improve target acuity while still offering enhanced edge detection means that it’s an obvious choice. Very few other colors can match the versatility of amber glasses.
There are incremental improvements that come from color optimization and choosing a good colored lens for your needs. What’s most important though: is that you understand the safety and security and consistency that comes with truly top tier shooting glasses. This is true for interchangeable lenses or those frames that simply have a single color, even if it isn’t amber. You want highly rated, top specifications in a close-fitting and comfortable pair of glasses.
Having color options that can work with those glasses is icing on the cake.
If you have to choose just one color, Amber lenses can easily make the case to be that choice. They have an impressive ability to help you see movement and edges as well as orange colors. Amber lenses can minimize light patterning while still being able to function in low light conditions very well.
We hope this clears up any misconceptions about the viability of amber lenses on shooting glasses.