Tips for Choosing the Best Pair of Ski Goggles

Monday, February 15th, 2016, 6:17 am

Protecting your eyes during the wintry months is just as important as it is in the summertime. And if you’re a winter outdoor enthusiast – whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling – it’s important to have the right goggles for your type of activity. Here are some things to consider in order to achieve optimal eye protection from your goggles:

Choose the Best Tint
The right lens tint is one that provides a good mix of depth perception, contrast and color definition. Take into consideration the time of day you partake in your outdoor winter activities and the terrain you typically choose, from smooth trails to more challenging moguls.

Think Polarized
Protect your eyes from the sun reflecting off the slopes with polarized lenses, which reduce glare when it’s sunny outside. These lenses are made with a darker tint, however, so they may not be best in the late afternoon when the sun shifts and shadows begin to appear.

Look for UV Protection
Ultraviolet protection is essential in a winter goggle, as it protects against UV rays that can burn your eyes or, in long-term cases, damage your eyes and lead to cataracts or other eye diseases. Goggles with block 100 percent of UV rays are best, as they ward off the rays that reflect off the snow and into your eyes.

Get a Good Fit
To achieve the best fit, consider whether or not you wear glasses to make sure the goggles will fit over them. Also, look for goggles that fit your face whether or not you’re wearing a helmet, and choose a pair with thick foam inserts to block wind, ice and dirt. It’s also important to make sure they do not block your peripheral vision, allowing you to see 180 degrees from side to side.

Don’t Forget Safety
Look for impact-resistant lenses like polycarbonate lenses, which is stronger than plastic. The frame and lenses of your goggles should also be flexible to prevent lenses from popping out or breaking.

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