When it comes to ski and snowboard gear, having goggles that fit correctly and allow you to see clearly can be the difference between a good day on the mountain and a great one. Considering all of the different brands, shapes, sizes, tints and price points available on the market, selecting the perfect pair can feel overwhelming.
But it doesn't have to be! Here is a guide outlining some essential factors to consider when buying goggles for skiing and snowboarding.
There are two main types of lens shapes; cylindrical and spherical.
Cylindrical lenses are vertically flat and horizontally curved to wrap around your face. Goggles with this lens type offer good protection and are typically the most affordable option.
Spherical lenses are curved vertically and horizontally, creating a cool, "bubbled look." Appearances aside, the extra curvature enhances peripheral vision and minimizes distortion and glare. This lens type is best for skiers and snowboarders seeking a more technical option with performance top-of-mind.
Regardless of the shape of the goggle lens you choose, the tint of the lens is the feature a skier or snowboarder will most likely notice day-to-day.
Every goggle lens is designed with a specific color and darkness known as Visible Light Transmission (VLT). VLT is the percentage of light that passes through the lens to your eyes. Lighter tinted lenses have a higher VLT, best for cloudy days, while darker tinted lenses have a lower VLT, which is great for sunny days.
In bright conditions, lenses with less than 25% VLT are ideal, while lenses between 20-70% VLT are better suited for overcast conditions. But of course, you can't control the weather, which is why most people opt for more versatile options.
You can purchase goggles that come with two pairs of lenses for the two weather conditions described above. Also known as interchangeable lenses, these goggles use magnets or magnets to switch between the two easily. A lens type known as photochromic lenses changes tint according to weather conditions and is a great option to consider.
While the shape and the tint of a lens might be the most significant differentiators, they're certainly not the only factors to consider. The fit,
Choosing a goggle that fits your face shape well might seem like an obvious point, but often there’s more to selecting goggles than just choosing small, medium or large. Each brand varies in sizing, so it's best to measure the width and depth of your face before buying your usual size. Measure the distance between your two temples to determine the width and the length between your cheekbone and the top of your eyebrow to determine the depth.
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