I ski in the Pacific Northwest and was afraid these lens would be far too dark for the normal skiing conditions of cloudy or snowing. However, I have been impressed with the versatility of these lens in less than ideal viewing conditions. When the sun comes out these goggles really shine, and I no longer have to squint like I did with my old orange lens. The amber tint not only looks great from the outside, but it also has good optical clarity that I have come to expect from Oakley Optics. If you are looking for some all around Iridium Lens to get the cool look, then the gold lens are a great choice!