Few people realize that, because skiing and snowboarding are two different sports, they each need different goggles for protecting the eyes. Your adventure in the snow will be much more memorable if you have the right kind of ski goggles to match your riding style, the location and the weather conditions.
If you are planning to purchase protective eyewear to try your hand at either of these sports, remember to buy goggles which have frames of a flexible material that allow for easy air flow. While some brands have fans to maintain airflow, you need to be sure that the goggles you buy won’t fog up due to moisture buildup, which will distort your vision.
Criteria for choosing suitable ski or snowboard goggles
a. Fit of the eyewear – Always choose goggles that fit you snugly as accurate fit is very important for the protection of your eyes. Goggles should fit into the frame of your helmet to give you the widest possible view of objects in your periphery vision.
b. Choosing OTG goggles – If you are looking for goggles that have to be worn over prescription glasses, ensure that they fit snugly rather than tightly. This is essential for keeping glasses securely in place and preventing them from breaking in case of a fall. These special goggles are wider than standard ones and should be tried on for fit and comfort before a purchase.
c. Lens color and light transmission – Select the right lens tint based on whether you ski in the daylight or at night. All goggles provide protection from ultraviolet rays, but some have photochromic lenses that adjust according to changing light conditions. Since they have the ability to darken when the sun is bright and lighten as the sun sets, these goggles are becoming popular among people that frequently ski and snowboard during the winter months.
d. Strap adjustment and padding – Make a point of purchasing goggles with adjustable straps, which is much more convenient than a permanent google strap that doesn’t fit around your face properly. The foam padding around a goggle’s frame keep it from pinching your face and nose. The more expensive goggle brands have several layers of padding to enable ventilation.
Types of lenses used in both ski and snowboard goggles
Flat and clear lens – Tough goggles with clear lenses are ideal for snowy conditions and dim light but are unsuitable when the sun is bright.
Mirrored Lens – These are available in a multitude of colors and reflect light to give the wearer better clarity and less glare in strong sunlight. Polarized lenses in ski goggles filter high intensity light and also boost contrast to give clear vision in both strong sunlight and low light.