Ski goggles are an essential part of your ski equipment, since the goggles play an important role in the visibility of the ski slopes and observing the bumps and other irregularities on the mountain.
But what should you do when buying ski goggles? What information is important? Is there some kind of buying guide to buy ski goggles?
Shop in advance
Look for ski goggles before going on ski holiday. Visit your local ski shop(s) with a good selection of ski equipment. In most snow resorts, the ski shops have only a limited selection of goggles at high prices and when you shop in advance you also have more time to look around and take a decision. Also ask questions in the shop if things are not clear to you. Internet can also be a useful source of information.
Ski Goggle Fitting
It is important that the ski goggles fit properly. Make sure that it feels comfortably on your face with no pressure points. The goggle should have a band that is large enough to fit comfortably around your head, hat or helmet.
Select The Right Lens
Choosing the right lens for your ski goggle is quite a challenge. You should take weather conditions, the terrain and your ski activity into account. Are you skiing in the morning or afternoon? Are you into moguls or is an easy slope more your cup of tea? The right tint of the lens will provide the right combination of contrast, fatigued eyes protection and color definition.
If you ski in low light conditions or fog, then yellow, golden, amber, light rose and rose copper filter out blue light, which emphasizes shadows so you can see bumps better.
Dark green, dark grey, dark brown and copper increase contrast, which makes skiing on bright days easier. Also lenses with a mirror coating are good for sunny and bright days.
Photochromic lenses will become darker or lighter automatically.
Anti Fogging Features
Ski goggles with double lenses can prevent that your warm breath touches the cold lens. An anti-fog coating also helps. Check during skiing that the vents of the goggle do not get clogged with snow and never use glass cleaner! This will take off your anti-fog coating!
(Sources: allaboutvision, skis.com;)