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Ski Goggles

What are Ski Goggles?

Ski goggles are goggles that are especially designed to meet the physical demands of skiing. Most will provide UV protection.

Who Benefits from Ski Goggles?

Every skier can benefit from ski goggles. Good goggles will protect you from the following:

  • Sun & Ultraviolet rays
    • The combination of high altitude and the reflection of the snow causes the sun's rays be more powerful.
    • UV rays can damage your eyes and cause snow blindness.
  • Snow and Ice
    • Ski goggles will help prevent snow and ice particles from getting into your eyes
    • If snow and ice particles get into your eyes, they can irritate your eyes and temporarily blind you.
  • Twigs
    • If you ski off piste or backcountry, you will want to protect your eyes from twigs that may hit your face as you descend through the trees.

Ski Goggles Features

Ski goggles offer several features. They types of features you need will depend on the kind of skiing you do.

Some features to consider when buying a ski goggles:

  • Colors of lenses
    • Black/Polarized: reduces glare without distorting colors making them suitable for bright sunny conditions. Black/Polarized lenses may be too dark for evening and nighttime skiing.
    • Green/Silver: Enhances contrast making them suitable for most brighter conditions.
    • Yellow/Amber/Gold Lenses: Filters out blue light and brings out shadows. Suitable for most conditions and especially in low to moderate light.
    • Purple/Rose: Brings out shadows and contours. Best used for low-light conditions.
    • Clear Lenses: Is best used for dark conditions such as sunset or cloudy conditions.
  • Layers of lenses
    • Multiple lenses will help reduce fogging.
  • UV protection
  • Will they fit over prescription glasses
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Peripheral Vision
    • 180 degree peripheral vision is best.
    • Make sure you have enough peripheral vision to see other snowboarders and skiers ahead of time.
  • Fit with your Helmet
    • Your goggles should fit your helmet.
  • Fit and Strap
    • The goggles should fit well and have straps that easily allow you to adjust the fit.
    • The straps should be padded so they will not irritate your skin or stick to your hair.
  • Padded for Protection
    • The inside part of the goggles should be padded
    • Padding will ease the pressure and not cut your face if you fall and land on top of them.
  • Good fit
    • Goggles that don't have a good fit will flip or lift off your face when you hit bumps.

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