Ski glasses or in English ski goggles are one of the most important parts of your ski or snowboard equipment. Why? If your eyes are sweet, you protect them from the harmful UV rays you encounter in the mountains. Especially at higher altitudes the UV A and B radiation is very strong and harmful to your eyes if you do not protect them properly. In addition to UV protection, a ski glasses also protects you from cold and wetness. These are actually the three requirements that good ski goggles must meet. There is also a choice of lens types, lens colours, interchangeable lenses, frame sizes and fit. Below you can read more about the ski goggles technology.
Ski glasses lenses
The biggest difference between ski glasses is 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 (bulb) 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 on both the horizontal and vertical axis. This gives the spectacles a wider range of vision. Sight range means that you can see more above, below and at the sides.
Superb in the ski glasses lens
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 more brilliance on bright days. This is because a flat surface absorbs more sunlight. On the other hand, a convex lens will give less glare because there are several points on a sphere where the sun is in contact with it, so that these lenses cause less glare.
Image distortion of the lens
The flat edges of a flat lens may cause some image distortion under certain viewing angles, while a convex lens provides better all-round visibility. Manufacturers use the injection method for making convex lenses. Here use is made of lens tapering what so much content that the lens becomes thinner from the center of the lens. Taking into account the light around your eyes. Another additional advantage 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 your glasses fogging. Please note. It does not mean that a flat lens gives such a distortion to your view that you think you're walking through a laughing mirror attraction. These are small differences and take into account your own wishes on the performance of your equipment.
Goggles lens color / hue
There is nothing worse (or more dangerous) than having poor visibility on a powder day or getting dazzled by the sun when it is super bright. There are dozens of different colour lenses to choose from for your ski goggles if you put all brands next to each other. And even though that one colour fits nicely with your new jacket, it's also handy to look at the use of ski goggles. The fact is that one lens performs better with certain vision than the other. The amount of light that a ski glasses passes through is translated into the VLT value. The VLT value goes from 0% to 100%. In this, 0% is no light permeability and 100% maximum transmission of light. In other words, you don't see anything with 0% and with 100% you don't see any more after that.
VLT Value of a ski glasses lens
Some lenses are designed to perform with low/flat light and poor visibility when, for example, it is snowy or foggy. Then you need lenses with a high VLT value ranging from 60 - 90%. Typical colours are yellow, pink and blue. For clear days you choose a ski glasses with a VLT value between 5 - 20%. Most of the lens colours are black, silver and gold and are often mirroring. If you have a half cloudy day, there are again lenses in between. Then you often get the best out of your feet with a lens that transmits around 40% light. Please note that everyone is different in what he or she feels comfortable with. Practice can therefore differ from theory.
How crazy you want to make it. Normally, you'll get away with a lens if you use the goggles only for bad weather and if you use sunglasses or snowboard in fine weather. If you are always wearing ski glasses, you will need at least two lenses or ski glasses. One for bad weather and one for good weather. Do you still want lenses in between can also be of course. Here is a link to Anon's lens visualizer. 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 is certainly an option. Many manufacturers take advantage of this by making smart constructions to quickly change your lens. Anon ski glasses, POC, Spy goggles and Oakley ski glasses all have their own systems to quickly change the lens. Magnets or ingenious levers are used to quickly swap your lens. At most manufacturers who offer such a system you buy the second lens with the glasses at the same time. So you are ready in one go.
Of course you have the type of lens and color, but there are several factors that are important when choosing a lens. Some features are useful to look at.
All ski glasses we sell give 100% UV protection. The UV intensity increases as the height increases and it is important to protect your eyes from UV. Due to a good protection your eyes stay good and there is no risk of retina damage.
A coating on the outside of the ski glasses reflects a greater amount of light than a non-reflective lens. A reduction in light transmission also means less glare in the eyes. Apart from the less letting light through, it is of course also an awkwardly cool face such a mirror on your nose, although we recommend putting it off in the bar.
When light is reflected at a certain angle, it tends to generate a higher intensity. Polarized lenses are capable of counteracting this, transforming glare into a crystal-clear image with more contrast and definition. Polarized lenses are great for winter sports and reduce eye fatigue.
Every ski glasses in our collection is equipped with a double lens. It provides a thermal barierre between the cold outside air and your warm face. Due to the double lens, the chance of fogging is much less than with a single lens. Some lenses are also recommended for ski and snowboard sport.
A chemical treatment on the inside of the lenses reduces the risk of condensation. Some coverings are more durable than others. When maintaining your goggles, make sure you follow the manufacturer's advice so that you do not wipe the coating of your goggles. That would be a serious sin.
All ski glasses you can buy from us have ventilation. Some are marginal, some are perfect. In general, more ventilation is better. During boarding or skiing you can get a bit warmer, so it is important that you can lose the warmth. This is to counteract the fogging of your ski glasses. Also keep in mind that your ski goggles will not get clogged by wearing your helmet. So if your helmet blocks the ventilation openings, your glasses become more sensitive to fogging.
Ski glasses frames
These are available in hundreds of sizes and models. But they have only three fundamental things to offer. The frame holds the lens in place, keeps the snow out and provides comfort on the face. The first two can be taken for granted, the last one is important to you. Each frame has its own specifications and sizes.
Adults will fit the goggles they buy nine out of ten times without any problems. But there are some exceptions. A simple way to think about your frame size is to measure 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. If you feel like you have a big face and that is supported by an xxl helmet, then a large frame size is your choice.
We sum up for a moment:
Small - Young people and adults with a small face
Medium - the spectacles for 99% of users. Frames come in unisex colours as well as some specific women's models.
Large - is less common and is for people with big faces or those who want more space between face and lens.
Ski goggles for eyeglasses, or what is called OTG (Over the Glasses).
These ski goggles are designed to allow you to wear your normal reading glasses underneath. This is much cheaper than buying goggles with custom lens. The distance between face and lens is greater so that the glasses easily fit in between. Your reading glasses must not move and there must be no pressure points.
Oversized ski goggles
The trend today. Big is better. Because of the larger lens and curvature you just have better visibility. Fits not everyone, but is suitable for snowboarding and skiing because it is nice to have more visibility. Both horizontally and vertically, larger glasses are more visible. For example, if you are standing at the top of a powder descent, it is nice to be able to look down without moving your head. Keeping an eye on other mountain users is also no superfluous luxury.
Fit ski goggles
Because every face is different, it is important that the ski glasses of your choice fit well on your face. Manufacturers have provided this with smart solutions by applying three-layer foams, compensating all pressure points. Make sure that 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 pleasure of your goggles. If the ski goggles squeeze your face too much, it's not the right ski goggles for you.
An important part of the goggles is the strap. This is the part that keeps the ski goggles on your nose. A good strap is easily adjustable and wide, so the strap does not cut on your head. Some of them have a clip so 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 tended to shoot off your helmet. With this solution, that is a thing of the past. Looking for ski goggles with interchangeable straps? Check out our Aphex glasses.
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 helmets from the same manufacturer, this should not cause any problems. If you start mixing brands, you should check whether the helmet doesn't get in the way of the ski goggles, so that the airflow is compromised with the chance of your glasses being covered. However, the glasses must be connected fairly seamlessly. A goggle gap is not desirable. Does not look good and doesn't add anything to the performance of both helmet and ski goggles.
Problems and solutions when fitting a ski glasses:
Below are a few tips to take into account:
Q. The ski goggles are not comfortable and press on the outside of your eye socket.
A. The ski goggles are too small and should be exchanged.
Q. Ski goggles squeeze on your nose
A. Put the tire a bit tighter and the ski goggles a bit higher on your nose. If that doesn't work, then you need ski glasses with a smaller fit or a different contour of the bridge.
Q. Space around the nose bridge
A. Try to lower the glasses slightly on your nose. If this does not work, you need glasses with a larger nose bridge.
Q. Ski goggles are too tight on your face
A. Try to loosen the strap a little bit. A ski goggles is a little bit of getting used to the pressure on your face, but he shouldn't pinch off.
Q. Ski goggles maintenance
A. Once you have made the investment you want to enjoy it for a long time. A few tips to keep your ski goggles healthy.
Always place the ski goggles on the table with the foam side and not the lens side. That gives you scratches
Nowadays, every ski goggles come with a protective cover that allows you to clean the glasses. Use it instead of a tea towel.
Is the lens of your goggles wet? Peel it with a cloth that was not wiped around the goggles or with a soft tissue. Swipe scratches and you don't want it.
Have you snowboarded in a snow shower and your glasses are wet (also the foam). Place it in a dry place (not above the stove) and then store it in the included bag or in such a handy goggle case.
Do not allow goggles to dry in direct sunlight such as the dashboard of your car.
Q. Tips to avoid hardware ski goggles
A. Do you wear goggles? Then here are a few trucks to fix that.
Stay in motion. The airflow ensures that the glasses do not cover.
Remove snow from your ski goggles by shaking it off. Don't wipe it by sweeping, that gives you scratches.
Had a sharp descent and you are standing in the gondola up. It is very likely that when you put your goggles on your forehead, it will fog it. It is better to take off your goggles and put them in your pocket or in the special ski goggles pocket of your backpack. Lay the ski goggles to dry when eating a bite.
Our extensive collection of ski glasses can be found in our ski goggles shop.