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Ski or snowboard goggles are undoubtedly one of the most crucial parts of winter gear repertoire. And since goggles are there to provide our eyes a crisp vision and essential protection from very sunny-through variable and very challenging low light conditions, picking the right ski or snowboard goggles for men and women must be handled with a proper care. Therefore, their quality and features should not be underestimated. 

 

Why the need of goggles?

The one and only job of ski goggles is to protect eyes from outer elements. First of all, they need to properly fit on the face in order to keep the strong sun rays (also known as UV light) away possibly causing eye damage or in other words, snow blindness and with rising elevation in the mountains this risk is potentially higher, especially when skiing on glaciers for example. Other essential benefits of wearing goggles would prevent snow or rain coming in or enhance vision contrast during stormy days.

 

Various models, shapes and sizes

Nowadays a goggle world offers a great variety of shapes and designs to cover the spectrum of needs of skiers and snowboarders. Ultimately, a good fitting goggle will grant you a great field of peripheral vision and comfortable sealed fit around the nose and face. There’s, however one more thing to consider when picking the right ski goggles, and those are helmets. If you already are an owner of a ski helmet or you are planning on buying one, remember ski helmets and ski goggles often go hand in hand. So again, make sure, the fit around the nose and face is tight and comfortable and more importantly without a gap between the top of goggles and helmet. If there’s a too big of a gap, you might end up either with a brain freeze due to too much of an airflow or a super awkward sun tan on your forehead.


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On the market, there’s currently few distinguishable fits and those are for men, women, children, over the glasses (OTG) and lastly an Asian fit.  

Men’s goggles – this category covers the majority of standard sized adult goggles  

Women’s goggles – built mainly for majority of women with smaller face than regular sized adult goggles. These goggles come with reduced volume over the nose bridge to avoid wind and snow coming in  

Children’s goggles – smaller frame, usually sturdy and simplified to reduce the unnecessary costs down to minimum  

O.T.G – goggles specifically built in mind for skiers and snowboarders who simply can’t ride without their prescription glasses on the slope. OTG goggles in general have deeper frame so your regular glasses are not being pushed on the face and then sides of the foam are being cut away to allow a glasses arms to fit under.  

Asian fit – goggles in this category were designed for a specific face anatomy and it should accommodate people with lower nose bridge and higher cheekbones 


Lens tins, shapes and conditions

Essentially, there are two basic types of goggle lenses. Cylindrical and spherical. The main noticeable difference between these two, is their shape. Cylindrical lens is ‘’flat’’, only curved along its vertical axis, which distorts the reflection and will deliver only reduced peripheral field of view. On other hand, spherical lens has more of a resemblance of the human eye i.e., it’s shaped along horizontal and vertical axis. The benefits of wearing goggles with spherical lens will deliver better optical clarity along with peripheral view and no distortion.


As there are different shapes and sizes of goggles and lenses, there also are tin lenses for variety of weather conditions. As was mentioned before, the conditions may vary from very bright and sunny to stormy and low light. Tins are rated from 0 to 4 – where zero is most suitable for low light conditions as opposed to category 4, which is dark and suitable for very bright days. The most versatile lenses are within category 2-3, which can accommodate most of the conditions out there. 



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