As we all know, the two essential ski accessories are gloves and goggles (after skis and helmets, obviously).
So once you’ve picked out your ski gloves, choosing the right ski goggles is integral to your performance on the slopes. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from. Coloured lenses, double lenses, flat lenses, curved lenses… it’s all about the ski goggle lenses, lenses, lenses.
Here at Trespass, we have a multitude of high-performance and standard goggles, neutral and bold goggles in a variety of styles to keep you standing out in style when skiing. Designed with UV protection in mind, ski goggles should keep snow and dirt away from your eyes, and keep your view nice and clear.
- Ski Goggle FAQs
- Choosing a Lens
- Helmet Compatibility
- Why Should I Wear Ski Goggles?
- Ski Goggle Infographic
Ski Goggle FAQs
How Should Ski Goggles Fit?
First of all, you don’t want to give yourself a migraine by wearing ski goggles that are too tight for your head. At the same time, you really don’t want them to be loose enough for snow or debris to sneak into your eyes.
Whether you’ve got a pea head, a large noggin or are blessed with a perfectly shaped bonnet, ski goggles are adjustable to feel comfortable and secure enough to keep them from falling off, and anything from getting in.
How to Wear Ski Goggles
When trying or buying ski goggles, you should remember that you will – or should – be wearing a ski helmet as well. This might not only change what size of helmet you purchase, but what style of goggles you pick out because certain designs may not be so compatible.
Most of the time, ski goggles are designed to be compatible with helmets, but nonetheless, it’s a useful tip to keep in mind.
When wearing ski goggles, ensure that the foam parts follow the curvature of your face. Then adjust the tightness with the adjustable strap – sometimes made with a clip or buckle to secure it – to achieve the perfect fit for your perfect head.
Choosing Your Lens
The lenses in ski goggles come in several different shapes, sizes and colours, each with their own benefits.
Flat Lenses or Curved Lenses?
The standard lens design of ski goggles is the flat lens, which is curved slightly horizontally, but vertically flat. This allows for good peripheral vision and solid all-round performance and, as it’s the standard design, is often attainable at a decent price.
Spherical lenses are a more modern style of lens, providing greater peripheral vision and more reduced glare than a standard flat lens. They also prevent visual distortion and have been found to reduce the blurring effects of fog, too.
One Lens or Two?
Some goggles are designed with a simple single lens, while others are designed with two.
A single lens pair of goggles offers ample protection, although a second lens creates a gap that traps heat and, in turn, helps prevent the lens from fogging up. Single-lens goggles are most likely better for beginners who aren’t wanting to invest too much money into their starting equipment.
When it comes to colour, it’s not all about the looks.
Coloured lenses on ski goggles can impact the performance in both enhancing and detrimental ways, so it’s worth making a wise choice before choosing style over quality. A darker lens is advised for skiing in bright and sunny conditions, however paler and more transparent lenses are better low light ski goggles, as they’re designed to let maximum light in. Brown and darker orange goggles are often suited for middling conditions but can make it difficult to see clearly in light and dark conditions alike.
Ski Goggles Frame Design
The frames on each set of goggles have plenty of features to make for optimal use in different conditions that are worth checking for.
Most goggles are designed with some degree of ventilation to allow air to flow inside and prevent them from fogging up. Designs with additional vents will allow more air to flow through which can be good for this but will also make the inside cooler, so maybe one to steer clear of if you get dry eyes when it’s cold out.
Generally speaking, ski goggles will be worn with a ski helmet. Therefore, it’s an absolute must that your goggles are compatible with helmets, which as aforementioned, most are.
Certain styles have adjustable sides and grips to keep the goggles connected to the helmet. For the best levels of comfort and warmth, there should only be a small gap between your helmet and goggles to keep your forehead from getting cold.
Wearing ski goggles for hours on end can result in big marks around the eyes, which can be avoided if you choose a pair with additional padding at the front. This way you won’t be the butt of your family or friends’ jokes all night when you finally take them off for the evening festivities. This additional padding also helps with the cold draft, too!
Why You Should Wear Ski Goggles
There are so many important reasons why you should wear ski goggles, and our infographic below will explain some of the top reasons why so many people won’t ski without them. Here are the reasons why everyone here at Trespass keeps their ski goggles firmly in place when on the slopes:
- Ski goggles protect your eyes and face from harmful UV light.
- The tinted lenses featured on ski goggles will help you to see properly in very sunny conditions, which are commonplace on the slopes.
- Ski goggles also act as a barrier against harsh wind and snow.
- Compared to sunglasses, ski goggles can be personalised and fitted, remaining securely in place as you head down the slopes.
- Goggles will also keep your eyes clear of debris which can be found on the slopes, such as ice, twigs and small stones.
- The foam padding on ski goggles provides extra comfort and helps to seal out the cold winds.
- Double lens ski goggles help to prevent fogging and condensation when you are on the move.
- Ski goggles are specially made with flexible and lightweight frames, which are comfortable for the slopes.
- And lastly, ski goggles are often made to a unisex design, so you can easily share them, swap them or mix and match with your partner, which is great for money saving!