Air is significantly thinner and can only filter small amounts of ultraviolet rays at higher altitudes. Also, the reflection of the sun on the snow is more piercing, intense and glaringly whiter. Add to that the wind blurring and making your eyes tear up, as well as ice particles, branches and twigs hitting your eyes and you’re in for an unwelcome treat.
Don’t fret; all you need is the right ski goggles to protect yourself from these hazards. Below, Snowscene shares what you need to know when picking out ski goggles:
Ski Goggles Lens Shapes
You can choose from these two basic shapes: flat or spherical lenses. Flat lenses are curved right-to-left across your face and eyes, with the surface vertically flat between your forehead and nose. These are more affordable and function better, but can relatively reduce your peripheral vision and cause considerable glare. Spherical lenses are much like flat lenses, but also curve vertically. While these deliver less glare and distortion and offer a clearer peripheral vision, they are also more expensive.
Ski Goggles Lens Colour and VLT
The colour of the lens acts as a filter and emphasises your vision’s colours. The quantity of light reaching your eyes via the lens is visible light transmission (VLT). Lighter tints in rose, gold, yellow, green and amber colours deliver increased VLT and are ideal for overcast days. Darker tints in copper, gray, or brown deliver reduced VLT and are suitable for blindingly bright days, while clear lenses are perfect for skiing at night.
Ski Goggles Ventilation Options
Condensation can develop when your body heat meets with the outside temperature’s cool air, resulting in compromised vision due to fogging. Ski goggles utilise different means to prevent fogging in the form of anti-fog coatings, double layered lenses, vents and fans (found in most high-end models).
The Perfect Fit
Fit is very important. When looking at goggles in a ski shop, make sure the goggles fit snugly and comfortably, without being too tight. Majority of frames are manufactured with polyurethane for better flexibility and to combat cooler temperatures. If you must wear your prescription glasses, make sure to look for goggles that can accommodate your glasses.