Choosing The Right Ski and Snowboard GogglesGoggles used for skiing and snowboarding provide an all-important safety element and allow the rider to see clearly in certain conditions. It is important to purchase the right goggles for your type of activity and the anticipated weather conditions.
When choosing a pair of goggles, you should consider many features before making a purchase. The basic determining factors for both style and features in goggles are slope conditions and activity level. Look for models that offer full UV protection and will be compatible with your helmet.
Goggle FitBring your helmet or favorite beanie to the store to get an accurate fit
Strap the goggles on snugly over your helmet or hat
The feel of the face foam should be consistent all the way around the goggle, without uncomfortable pressure points
There shouldn’t be any gaps for air to flow through and dry out your eyes
Check to make sure your goggles are helmet compatible — they fit securely on your face while you are wearing your helmet, without being stretched or bent to fit over or around the helmet
Goggle Frame FeaturesThe goggle frames should be constructed from a flexible material
Look for frame vents (foam-covered holes) that allow air to flow through the goggles, keeping the lenses fog-free
Goggle Lens FeaturesDouble lenses prevent fogging and create a thermal barrier to keep you warm
Cylindrical double lenses provide good optics for a reasonable price
Spherical double lenses provide superior optics and fog-free vision
Polycarbonate lens material is generally the most durable
Look for an anti-scratch/anti-fog coating on the lenses
Goggle Lens Colors
A mirror coating on the lens won’t affect the color through which you are looking. For example, a pink lens may have a silver or blue mirror coating, but it is still a pink lens and will filter light accordingly.
Clear lenses are best for extremely stormy conditions or for riding at night
Lemon (yellow) lenses are best for stormy conditions and overcast days. They increase contrast and brighten up the landscape
Vermillon (pink) lenses increase contrast in most conditions. This lens with a silver mirror is ideal for most riding conditions
Citrus (orange) lenses also increase contrast and are great for bright days. Choose an option with a mirror to get a darker lens for the brightest conditions
Purple lenses are good in low-light conditions such as overcast and snowy days, because they bring out shadows and contours in flat light
Modulator or photochromic lenses change from a light pink/orange to a dark pink/orange depending upon the light conditions. They are a very light, high-contrast color for stormy weather and dark enough for the brightest days
Polarized goggle lenses can cut the glare that reflects from snow or ice