Buy ski goggles? Read everything you need to know here!

Ski goggles or in English ski goggles are one of the most important parts of your ski or snowboard equipment. Why? If your eyes are dear to you, you protect them from the harmful UV radiation you encounter in the mountains. Especially at higher heights the UV A and B radiation is very strong and harmful to your eyes if you do not protect them well. In addition to protection against UV, a ski goggles also protects you against cold and wetness. These are actually the three requirements that a good ski goggles must meet. In addition, there is a choice of lenses, lens colors, interchangeable lenses, frame sizes and fits. Below you can read more about the ski goggles technology.

 

Ski goggles lenses

The biggest difference between ski goggles are the lenses. Below you can read the properties of the available lens types. You can choose from 2 types of lens types. A cylindrical (flat) lens and a spherical (convex) lens. A cylindrical lens is a flat lens both horizontally and vertically. This type of lens gives good performance at a lower price. A spherical lens has a bulge both on the horizontal and vertical axis. This gives the glasses a wider range of vision. Visibility means that you can see more at the top, bottom and sides.

In addition to the looks, there is a difference between the two types of lenses. That is the reflection of the sun. With a flat lens there is a chance that you will experience a little more brilliance on bright days. This is because a flat surface receives more sunlight. On the other hand, a convex lens will give less brilliance because there are several surface points on the surface of a sphere where the sun is in contact with, so that these lenses cause less sparkle.

Photochromatic lenses

There is not as unpredictable as the weather in the mountains. That's why it's nice that your ski goggles ensure optimal visibility in both sunny and bad weather. You can of course choose a ski goggles with interchangeable lens or a photochromatic lens. These lenses color along with the weather. Oakley calls it Prizm and Anon calls it Sonar lenses. Now it is not the case that these lenses become completely transparent when the weather changes from sunny to cloudy, but it is in the nuances of depth of view in transitions from clear to flatter light.

Image distortion of the lens

The flat edges of a flat lens can cause some image distortion under certain viewing angles, while a convex lens provides a better all-round view. Manufacturers use the injection method for making convex lenses. Here, lens tapering is used which has so much content that the lens becomes thinner from the middle of the lens. Taking into account the light around your eyes. Another additional benefit of a convex lens is the distance from your face to the lens. Since it is larger, there is more air flow and therefore less chance of fogging your glasses.

Please note. It does not mean that a flat lens gives such a distortion to your view that you think you are walking through a fun mirror attraction. They are small differences and also take into account your own wishes for the performance of your equipment.

Ski goggles lens color / tint

There is nothing worse (or more dangerous) than having a bad view on a powder day or being blinded by the sun when it is super bright. There are dozens of different colors of lenses to choose from for your ski goggles when you place all brands side by side.

And despite the fact that that one color fits beautifully with your new coat, it is also useful to look at the use of the ski goggles. One lens performs better at certain vision than the other. The amount of light that a ski goggles lets through is translated into the VLT value. The VLT value goes from 0% to 100%. 0% there is no light transmission and 100% maximum transmittance of the light. In other words with 0% you see nothing and with 100% you see nothing more afterwards.

Ski goggles lens categories

Some lenses are designed to perform with low / low light and poor visibility when it is snowy or foggy, for example. Then you need lenses with a high VLT value varying around 60 - 90%. Typical colors are yellow, pink and blue. For clear days, choose a ski goggles with a VLT value between 5 - 20%. Most lens colors are black, silver and gold in them and are often reflective. If you have a semi-cloudy day, there are lenses that hang between them. Then you often get the best out of your feet with a lens that lets around 40% light through. Note that everyone differs in which he or she feels comfortable. The practice can therefore prove different than the theory.

Spring type

Light transmittance

Weather type

Category 0

80-100%

Suitable for heavy clouds

Category 1

43-80%

Suitable for cloud cover and snow

Category 2

18-43%

Suitable for light clouds

Category 3

8-18%

Suitable for sunny weather conditions

Category 4

3-8%

Suitable for very sunny weather conditions


Multiple lenses

Well, how crazy do you want to make it. Normally you will get away with a lens if you use the ski goggles only for bad weather and during good weather with your sunglasses skied or snowboard. If you always have a ski goggles you need at least two lenses or ski goggles. One for bad weather and one for good weather. Do you want lenses in between, of course, too. Here you get a good idea of ​​what a lens can do for you.

Interchangeable ski goggles lenses

The more time you spend in the mountains, the more you will become familiar with the rapidly changing weather conditions. So having a different lens with you is certainly an option. Many manufacturers respond to this by making smart constructions to quickly change your lens. Anon , Spy goggles and Oakley all have their own systems to change the lens quickly. Magnets or ingenious handles are used to quickly swap your lens. With most manufacturers that offer such a system, you buy the second lens directly at the glasses. So you are ready in one go.

Lens technology

You obviously have the type of lens and color, but there are several factors that are important when choosing a lens. Some features are useful to take into account.

UV A + B Protection

All ski goggles we sell give 100% UV A + B protection. The UV intensity increases as the height increases and it is important to protect your eyes against UV. Thanks to good protection, your eyes remain good and there is no chance of damage to the retina.

Mirrored lenses

A coating on the outside of the ski goggles lens reflects a greater amount of light than a non - mirrored lens. A reduction in the transmission of light also means less glare in the eyes. Besides the less let through of light, it is of course also an incredibly cool face such a mirror on your nose, although we recommend to put it in the bar.

Polarized lenses

When light is reflected at a certain angle, it tends to generate a higher intensity. Polarized lenses are able to counteract this, causing the glare to be converted into a crystal clear image with more contrast and definition. Polarized lenses are fantastic for winter sports and make the eyes less tired.

Double Lenses

Every ski goggles in our collection have a double lens. This provides a thermal barierre between the cold outside air and your warm face. Because of the double lens, the risk of fogging is much less than with a single lens. We also recommend a few lenses for the ski and snowboard sport.

Anti - condensation layer

A chemical treatment on the inside of the lenses reduces the risk of condensation. Some coverings are more durable than others. When maintaining your ski goggles, ensure that you follow the manufacturer's advice so that you do not polish the coating of your ski goggles. That would be a serious sin.

Ventilation

All ski goggles that you can buy from us have ventilation. Some are marginal, some are perfect. In general, more ventilation is better. During boarding or skiing, your temperature can rise a little so it is important that you can lose the heat. This is to prevent the fogging of your ski goggles. So keep in mind that your ski goggles will not get clogged by wearing your helmet. So if your helmet blocks the vents, your glasses will become more sensitive to fogging.

Ski goggles frames

These come in hundreds of sizes and models. But they only have three basic things to offer. The frame holds the lens in place, keeps the snow outside and provides comfort on the face. You can take the first two for granted, the latter is important to you. Each frame has its own specifications and sizes.

Frame size

Adults fit the ski goggles they purchase nine times out of ten. But there are some exceptions. A simple way to think about your frame size is the size of your helmet. If you have a small size helmet, you will probably also need a smaller frame size for your ski goggles. If you have a medium or large size then all medium glasses fit. Do you feel a big face and that is supported by a xxl helmet, then a large frame size is your choice.

We list it for a moment:

Small - Young people and adults with a small face
Medium - the glasses size for 99% of users. Frames come in unisex colors as well as some specific women's models.
Large - occurs less and is for the people with the big faces or for those who want more space between face and lens.

Ski glasses for glasses or OTG called (Over the Glasses)

These ski goggles are designed so that you can wear your normal reading glasses underneath. This is much cheaper than buying a ski goggles with an adapted lens. The distance between the face and the lens is larger so that the glasses easily fit in. Your reading glasses should not move and there should not be any pressure points.

Oversized ski goggles

The trend of today. Big is better. Because of the larger lens and curvature you simply have a better view. Does not suit everyone, but is suitable for snowboarding and skiing because it is nice to have more visibility. Both horizontal and vertical show larger glasses more. For example, if you are at the top of a powder descent, it is nice to be able to look down without moving your head. Also keeping other mountain users under eye is no superfluous luxury.

Fit ski goggles

Because each face is different, it is important that the ski goggles of your choice fit well on your face. The manufacturers have provided this with smart solutions by applying three-layer foams, which compensates all pressure points. Make sure the glasses fit well on your face and that there are no gaps between skin and ski goggles. A good fit is 95% of the fun of your ski goggles. If the ski goggles squeeze too much on your face, it is not the right ski goggles for you.

Strap

An important part of the ski goggles is the strap. This is the part that keeps the ski goggles on your nose. A good strap is easily adjustable and nice and wide, so the strap does not cut on your head. Some have a clip so that you can click the glasses behind your head. The straps on the new glasses are almost all provided with a silecone backing. This is made to hold the glasses on the ski helmet. Otherwise the ski goggles sometimes had the tendency to shoot off your helmet. That belongs to the past with this solution. Are you looking for a ski goggles with interchangeable straps? Then view our eyewear from Aphex.

Helmet compatibility

When checking the fit of your ski goggles, it is important to test them together with your helmet. You can assume that when you buy glasses and helmet from the same manufacturer this should not cause problems. If you are going to mix brands, you have to check whether the helmet is not in the way of the ski goggles, so that the airflow is compromised with the chance of fogging your glasses. The glasses must be connected fairly seamlessly. A goggle gap is not desirable. Does not look and does not add to the performance of both helmet and ski goggles.

Problems and solutions when buying and fitting a ski goggles:

Below are a few tips to keep in mind:

Q. The ski goggles are not comfortable and press the outer edges of your eye socket.
A. The ski goggles are too small and must be exchanged.

Q. The ski goggles squeeze your nose
A. Put the band tighter and the ski goggles a bit higher on your nose. If that does not work then you need a ski goggles with a smaller fit or with a different contour of the bridge.

Q. Space around the nose bridge
A. Try to lower the glasses a little lower on your nose. If this does not work then you need glasses with a larger nose bridge.

Q. The ski goggles are too tight on your face
A. Try loosening the band. A ski goggles takes some getting used to in terms of pressure on your face, but he should not pinch.

Q. Maintenance ski goggles
A. Once you have done the investment, you also want to enjoy it for a long time. A few tips to keep your ski goggles healthy.

- Always place the ski goggles with the foam side on the table and not with the lens side. That gives scratches
- With every ski goggles nowadays there is a protective cover with which you can also clean the glasses. Use this instead of eg a tea towel.
- Is the lens of your ski goggles wet. Dab it with your cloth on the ski goggles (do not sweep) or with a soft tissue. Sweeping gives scratches and you do not want that.
- Have you snowboarded in a snow shower and your glasses are wet (including the foam). Put it to dry (not above the stove) and then store it in the supplied bag or in such a handy goggle case
- Do not let ski goggles dry in direct sunlight such as the dashboard of your car.

Q. Tips to avoid a fogged ski goggles
A. Does your ski goggles cover? Then here are a few tricks to fix that.
- Keep moving. The airflow ensures that the glasses do not cover.
- Remove snow from your ski goggles by shaking it off. Not to sweep, that gives scratches.
- Spicy descent and you stand up in the gondola. Chances are that when you put your ski goggles on your forehead, it starts to fog. Better to take off your ski goggles and put in your pocket of your jacket or in the special ski goggle pocket of your backpack. Lay the ski goggles dry if you are going to have a bite to eat.

You will find our extensive collection of ski goggles in our ski goggles department