When you look at someone who skis a lot you will see that they are fully equipped with all the relevant gear needed to hit the slopes. From the most insulated and stylish outer clothing, the best fitting boots, the latest gloves and of course the goggles. This piece of the puzzle is worn by anyone on any level, which should tell you that goggles are indeed a very important part of skiing. Getting the correct eyewear for yourself isn’t just a fashion statement (although many brands will do what they can to make sure you look cool in the process), goggles are essential for skiing for several reasons. If you are new to the sport you may just think they are there to keep the snow from your eyes, which they do, but they have many more functions, which make picking a pair a little difficult. These are the two key things you need to consider when buying goggles for yourself.
Find Some That Fit
It may seem a little obvious but finding a pair of goggles that suit your head will save you so much hassle one you are out in the snow. Some styles are meant for certain people and particular head shapes, so its worth shopping in person and trying some on. Not only do you wan to make sure they are snug enough not to fall off, you may want to make sure they aren’t constricting your face. If they aren’t quite right in the shop, then they probably aren’t going to be any good when you are out in the cold for hours. Remember you won’t want to be fiddling with your goggles when you have your gloves on. A final consideration would be to try them on with your helmet, no use in getting a pair that requires you to have to choose between the two. A perfect fit will give you a safer experience and get you more time actually skiing instead of readjusting.
Choose the Right Lenses
The lenses on ski goggles serve several purposes; firstly, they are built with different layers in the same way double glazed windows are, allowing for temperatures to stick to each side. Basically, your face stays warm, the cold stays out and you don’t get steamed up. Secondly, the tints on the lenses are there to prevent glare from the sun reflected from the snow (in the same way sunglasses block sunlight) or allow you to see better detail in ski conditions. Make sure you choose the right one for your purpose, some new designs are combining features, but their prices will be excessively high for beginners. Finally, they are designed to be resistant to the constant stream of debris and wetness thrown at them, this is just what general goggles do. But this means that cleaning them may require some care, make sure you read the instructions provided that may require you to clean them with specific cloths that wont smear, scratch or upset the coating that many of them have on top.