If you are hitting the snowy slopes this ski season, don’t forget goggles. You might think a pair of sunnies will do the trick, but to ensure you protect your eyes, make sure you invest in a good pair of snow goggles. With so many different pairs to choose from, our how-to guide will help you decide the features you should look for.
Warm air generated by your body while skiing or snowboarding mixes with icy air on the snowy slopes and can cause your ski goggles to fog up. It’s the same effect you’ll experience when with your car windscreen when it’s cooler outside, than inside the car. To reduce your vision being restricted, look for ski goggles with, double-layer lenses, anti-fog coating and venting to allow airflow.
Interchangeable lenses are a great cost-effective feature to look for that will save you from having to purchase different ski goggles depending on the weather. On overcasts days, lighter lens tints are needed for clear vision when there’s low cloud and a chance of a white-out. Darker tinted lenses are required for bright days when there’s not a cloud in the sky and clear lens goggles for night skiing.
100% UV protection and polarised
Prevent snow blindness by ensuring your ski goggles offer UV protection from dangerous rays. Even on an overcast day, you can wind up with sunburnt eyes. The polarised lens will reduce glare.
A partial or full lens coating on the outside of the outer lens reflects more light and lets in less light (by between 10% and 50%) than non-mirrored lenses.
These let you easily swap out different colored lenses to suit changing light conditions.
Don’t forget if you wear prescription glasses, you’ll need to make sure your goggles fit comfortably over the top, and are compatible with your ski helmet.You may find spherical shaped goggles, don’t fit as snugly when worn with a helmet.