Tips for buying Ski Goggles
Tips for buying Ski Goggles
There is a variety of ski goggle lens colors available to choose from—brown, black, blue, red, yellow, green, amber, violet and even clear if these colors aren’t what you like. But which one is actually the best one to get? Before getting your first ski goggles, keep in mind when and where you’re going to use it. Things to consider are: optimum visibility and depth perception,eye protection and comfort.
Generally speaking, the clear lens is for night time use, lighter colored lenses are for low light conditions, and darker colored lenses are for bright light conditions. Some goggles come with interchangeable lenses, which is a great advantage for skiing at different times of the day.
Mirrored lenses have better UV protection and UV glare reduction.They can also be used to hide prescription glasses and optical inserts.
Polarized lenses are also great for reducing glares that can bounce off from reflective surfaces, but are not really recommended under low light conditions due to its darker tint.
Double lenses have a better anti-fog coating compared to single lenses. They are also more durable.
Polycarbonate or trivex lenses are durable and less likely to break if you’ll fall. Polycarbonate lenses are better options when using optical inserts. Lens material durability is very important when buying goggles. Always think of safety.
Enough ventilation is required to prevent fogging and to ensure that vision is always clear. Ventilation systems of ski goggles vary from product to product.
Anti-fog coating is also applied to the inner surface of the goggle’s lens to protect from fogging and misting.
You might be wearing these goggles for hours, there’s really no need to sacrifice your comfort. Most ski goggles are equipped with foam inserts, earpieces and nose guards that improve comfort and protection.
Ski goggles come in 2 types of lenses, spherical and cylindrical. Spherical lenses look rounder than the cylindrical lenses. The spherical lenses are actually curved on both vertical and horizontal axis giving it a bubbled appearance while cylindrical lenses are only curved horizontally which makes them look flatter.
Spherical lenses provide a better coverage due to improved peripheral vision. It helps the eye to focus naturally which reduces eye fatigue aside from the superb optical clarity. Cylindrical lenses on the other hand are cheaper to buy and may be easier to fit.
Visual Acuity correction
Some people wearing prescription glasses would resort to wearing contact lenses when doing sports or when they need to put on goggles such as when skiing. But some may not be comfortable with contact lenses, so best option would be to get OTG or “Over the Glasses” goggles. OTG Ski goggles are designed to be worn over the prescription glasses to keep the required vision correction.
Another costlier option would be prescription optical inserts. These inserts are based on the individual’s prescription and are fitted into the goggle’s frame, which means the wearer do not need to put on their glasses under their ski goggles for better comfort. But every time the user’s prescription changes, the optical insert would need to be changed as well.