When reflecting off snow, the sun’s light can affect your eyes at a stronger rate. Higher altitudes equal thinner air, allowing increased UV rays to filter through. Wind and dirt may also get into your eyes when you are speeding downhill.
Protect your eyes with ski and snowboard goggles and take a look at a range of snow sport goggles to enjoy the slopes this winter.
Purchase your goggles prior to hitting the resort, as resort options are expensive and limited. Shop online for the largest range to suit your style, fit and budget.
Cylindrical Lenses (Flat Lenses)
Cylindrical lenses curve horizontally across your eyes, between your nose and forehead the lens surface remains flat. These lenses do not protrude past the framing.
Flat lens goggles can cause glare and reduce peripheral vision.
Spherical lenses curve vertically and horizontally across your eyes, creating a bubble-like protrusion. These goggles are higher in cost as they incorporate peripheral vision, while reducing glare and distortion. With more space between your face and the goggle lens, less fogging occurs.
Double Layered Lenses
Found in most goggles, double layered lenses do not fog as fast as single-layered lenses due to their thermal barrier.
A hydrophilic chemical treatment inside the lenses decreases their tendency for fogging. All mid- to high- level goggles contain this anti-fog technology. Anti-fog features can also be used on low-end goggles without a coating and older high-end models.
Vents and Fans
Wider goggle vents create superior airflow while battery operated fans help to disperse moisture around the goggles, although this feature is only available on high-end models.
UVA, UVB and UVC Protection
All goggles, regardless of price, should have a high UV protection to shield your eyes from the three ray variations of the sun.
Acting as a filter of vertical light, polarised lenses are able to cut more glare than a standard mirrored-lens. Reducing eyestrain, these lenses improve clarity and increase visual contrast.
Lens Colour and Tint
Choose the appropriate tint for your mountain’s light conditions, understanding they vary throughout the day. Lens colour and quality differ between brands.
Visible Light Transmission (VLT) is the light able to pass through the lens. Soft lens tints have a higher VLT with yellow, gold, amber, green and pink-tinted lenses all suited for overcast days.
Darker tints have a lower VLT with brown, grey, and copper lenses better for bluebird days.
Clear lenses are appropriate for night skiing.
Swap tints depending on weather conditions with interchangeable lenses.
Mirrored lenses feature a partial or full lens coating on the outer lens. Allowing less light through than non-mirrored lenses, this feature is beneficial for bluebird days.
As most goggles are unisex, frame size should have priority when choosing.
Although larger frames equal more viewing range, frame size should be optimised to fit with the size of your head.
Increase frame size as helmet size increases.
All snow goggles have an adjustable strap, usually with a clip or a buckle.
Tighten or loosen the strap for a comfortable fit. If tightening the strap all the way does not create a comfortable fit, the strap is too large.
Wider straps are appropriate for a comfortable fit.
Check your child’s goggles have an adjustable strap before purchasing, as not all kids ski goggles feature this option.
Take your helmet when trying on goggles. Kids ski goggles should be small or medium—just like their helmet size.
Goggles are made to be worn over your helmet, despite the opposite being currently on trend. Straps should be secure over your helmet with no gap between the top of you goggles and helmet rim.
For optimal protection, ensure you wear your goggles and helmet every time you hit the snow.