Goggles for snowboarding and skiing are very important for your comfort and safety. Your experience will be more memorable when you choose the good pair of goggles for your riding style, location, and weather conditions. Below you can find a few tops on how to choose a perfect for you pair of goggles.
Lenses & Ventilation
The quality and features built into lenses represent a huge difference between basic and high-end goggles.
There are 2 known lens shapes: flat and spherical. You must keep in mind though that some manufacturers use proprietary terms on their websites to describe these 2 common shapes.
Flat. The lens curves left-to-right across your eyes and face, although the lens surface is vertically flat (between the nose and forehead). Flat-lensed goggles are priced cheaper and work fine, but the flatness can cause more glare and reduces peripheral vision slightly.
Spherical. This lens also curves across your eyes and face, but it also curves vertically. Curved spherical lenses give usually better peripheral vision, less distortion and less glare but they are more expensive.
Goggle Frames & Fit
Goggles usually come in unisex or kids sizes, though many medium- to high-end models include womens specific sizes, too. Make sure to buy goggles that fit your face. Manufacturers sizing varies; some models are best for smaller or larger faces. Check the online product description for this information.
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Most frames are made of polyurethane since it allows for some flexibility. In general, a more flexible frame is best for intensive use and cold temperature. Again, the online product description will often give information about a frames flexibility.
Other fit considerations:
Helmet: Virtually almost all goggles these days are compatible with helmets, but its always a good idea to try on the goggles with your helmet to ensure if its good and comfortable.
Strap adjustments: Do not forget to make sure that the goggle straps are adjustable and fit around your head and helmet. Most goggles have a single, sliding clip to adjustment. Some higher-end goggles can have an open/close buckle with sliding clips on each side for adjustments. (Make sure the buckle doesnt poke into your head.) Some childrens goggle straps have no adjustments at all. Wider straps are more comfortable than narrower straps.
Padding: Foam padding keeps the goggle from pinching your face. It should be thick to cushion your face, make a good seal, keep out the elements but not be too thick because it can promote fogging. Quality goggles tend to use 2 or 3 layers of thin padding to create better venting.
What other factors can reduce fogging?
Multiple lenses will help reduce fogging. Also, check that the lenses have been treated with anti- fogging chemicals. Another way of preventing fogging is venting. Many goggles feature vents at the top and bottom of the lenses, allowing fresh air circulation which will reduce fogging and provide fresh air for your eyes. The bigger the holes, the better the venting will be. However, bigger holes will cause more cold.
What if I wear Glasses?
If you wear glasses, you will want to make sure that the goggles fit well over your regular glasses. A better solution would be to buy goggles with lenses that correspond with your regular glasses. Your optician will be able to tell you which goggle frames can be fit with prescription lenses.
Tip: You can also use an anti-fog treatment on your eyeglasses to help keep them clear under the goggles.