How to Buy Ski Goggles

How to Buy Ski Goggles
Ski goggles help you see better in adverse lighting conditions while also protecting your eyes from snow, wind and other weather, and any obstacles you may encounter, such as the twigs you might encounter when skiing in the trees. Much like your ski boots, goggles are an item that should be purchased well in advance--not at the resort or just before stepping on to the slopes--so that you can find just the right pair. Once you've got the perfect ski goggles, always take them with you on ski trips, even if you're renting the rest of the gear.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Consider lens color. Different lens tints are designed to be more effective in particular lighting conditions. Dark tints, such as black, green and silver, are useful on bright days; rose or pink-tints are good for low-light conditions, and yellow tints are good for low to moderate light, and also suitable for most other light conditions as well.
Step 2
Take the goggles outside--after asking for permission, of course--to test them out in natural light. if you can shop on a day with conditions similar to your typical ski conditions and test the goggles in that light--even better. Test goggles intended for night skiing in a dimly lit room.
Step 3
Try the goggles on. Does the strap fit your head, and can it be adjusted easily? Do the goggles fog up from your breath? Are they padded on the inside of the frame at all? Do they fit on over your eyeglasses, if you wear glasses, and over your ski helmet?
Step 4
Put the goggles on again and gauge how far your peripheral vision extends. Ideally you should see to the limit of your peripheral vision or in a 180-degree span.

Tips & Warnings

If you wear prescription glasses, consider asking your optician to create a prescription lens insert for your ski goggles. This will eliminate the need to wear glasses when you ski--but make sure to ask, first, which brand and styles of goggles they can create the insert for.
Quality ski goggles should block out at least 95 percent of UV light.
Polarized or mirror-coated goggles will help cut down on glare.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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