The perfect ski goggles for snowy landscapes
In addition to your ski helmet and ski jacket, goggles are a must-have to ensure you have a great view in snowy conditions. Not only are they functional, but they also look great. Ski goggles are an awesome accessory and are extremely usefully thanks to their mirrored lenses!
Keep reading to find out what you should consider when buying ski goggles and what types of goggles are out there.
Design and purpose of ski goggles
Ski goggles fit more snuggly around the eyes compared to other types of glasses, and they have a foam padding. After spending some time in the snow, the bright light that is reflected from the snow can become too dazzling. This can eventually lead you to only see white for some time, which is called "snow blindness." As a result, the lens needs to be as wide as possible. This is especially important during speedy descents because having a restricted field of view decreases safety. In addition, ski goggles are equipped with wide elastic bands that can be attached to your ski helmet, so you’ll need to keep the width in mind when shopping for goggles. Another important feature is ventilation because this will prevent the goggles from fogging up.
The lens is the core part of a ski goggle. It'll protect your face against the rain and snow and it'll ensure you can see properly. Ski goggles must provide a clear and sharp vision, no matter what the conditions are like.
Ski goggle lenses
There are so many lenses to choose from that are made of different materials and that are equipped with specials treatments. You should also note that different types of skiing requires different types of lenses. For example, if you'll be freeriding, then you'll need rather wide lenses.
Most lenses are reflective, but you'll have to decide whether you want some with or without a photochromic effect. When the brightness changes in a certain spectrum, photochromic lenses automatically adapt to the lighting conditions. As a result, you won’t perceive any changes caused by the sun or clouds. This allows you to fully concentrate on skiing. Many lenses are equipped with a polarising filter to prevent the dazzling white light caused by the reflection of the snow from entering your eyes. So, the lenses will actually absorb these reflexions.
In addition to having ventilation on the frame, most lenses are equipped with multiple anti-fog coatings.
Always read the product description to know the ski goggle's recommended lighting conditions (for non-photochromic lenses at least)!