Feeling nature is true bliss. If you are someone who loves snowboarding, it is altogether a different experience. For a snowboarder, one of the most important things is having perfect ski goggles. Snowboarding or skiing is considered to be one of the extreme sports and wearing just sunglasses won’t help. Wearing the right ski goggles is as important as your nice and protective jackets and pants. The experienced snowboarders would always tell you that if you are not being able to see clearly while snowboarding or skiing, it will completely ruin your beautiful experience.
Ski goggles are an important part of the complete skiing kit. They protect your eyes from snow, wind and of course- from the harmful UV rays. Apart from this, you also get to see the mountain as clear as possible. People usually overlook the features of ski glasses but this should not be the case. A lot of people tend to buy cheaper glasses. If it is sunny, wearing only sunglasses can work but for snowy or windy days, nothing can replace the ski glasses. It will offer better protection to your eyes. To understand why ski goggles are important, let us look at its features and components.
The lenses are mainly made from polycarbonate or Trivex plastic which makes it less likely to shatter. The main idea behind using ski goggles is to put the lens in front of your eyes. There are 2 lenses- an inner lens and an outer lens. Between these two lenses, there is a foam divider which creates an air gap which stops the inner lens to become cold and insulates the face more. Again, there are two types of lenses-
- Cylindrical– These lenses come in a lower price range. They do not absorb much shine and won’t offer much of a peripheral view.
- Spherical– These lenses come at a higher price, but you will get a more peripheral view. It causes less distortion which helps you to see the surroundings more clearly.
The Color of the Lens
If you are an avid skier, do not go for a particular color of the lens because different colored lenses are suitable for varied weather conditions. For a sunny day, orange, blue, gold or grey would work better. For night skiing, you need a clear glass. For snowy days, you would require a yellow or rose-tinted lens. Lenses that are good for low light generally have lighter tint whereas, lenses that are better in stronger sunlight have a darker tint.
If you are someone who does skiing frequently, go for interchangeable glasses for better visibility in weather conditions. There are many goggles which allow you to just swap lenses; the extra lenses are sold separately. Although, keeping a variety of lenses can be a costly affair, but it is quite convenient as it gives you the option to change the lenses quickly with the help of magnets or toggles without carrying other various pairs of goggles.
These lenses provide increased contrast and definition and therefore, they are generally suitable for snow sports. Using polarized lenses will result in reduced eye fatigue and strain. It happens because these lenses cut glare much more effectively than a normal mirrored lens.
When it comes to weather conditions like fogging, double lenses create a thermal barrier which provides clarity. It is also known as anti-fog lenses which have a coating to prevent the accumulation of fog inside the goggle.
Also known as OTG goggles, these are designed to wear over the prescription ski goggles. These are basically the goggles over glasses. This is a cheaper option. When you wear these goggles, the glasses should not move and there should not be any kind of discomfort as both of them should not stick.
Padding is a part of goggle which settles against your face. Usually, ski goggles have 2 or more layers of foam padding. The padding is done to make the goggles more comfortable. Before buying a pair of ski goggles, you need to see how much thickness is required as per your comfort.
Ways to Look After Your Lenses
Always keep your lenses clean, dry and scratch free.
- When you are not wearing the goggles, keep them in goggle case. It will keep your goggles dirt-free.
- After using the goggles, hang them in such a way that all the moisture evaporates
- Try not to touch your lens with hands. If you want to clean the hands, dab the lens with a cloth
- Do not leave your goggles where there is excessive heat.
How to Buy Ski goggles
Do not buy it in haste and try not to make it as a spur of the moment purchase. Finding the right ski goggles will take some time and you need to visit several shops or manufacturers to buy a perfect one for yourself.
- The frames and padding of different manufacturers will have different shapes and you need to find which one is more comfortable for you.
- Weather should be the foremost concern when you plan to buy ski goggles. You need to decide on which kind of ski goggles would correlate with the weather conditions.