snow Goggles Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Ski Goggles

Snow-covered slopes, a brilliant sun, and crisp mountain air – skiing offers an unparalleled winter wonderland experience. As you prepare for the slopes, the importance of choosing ski goggles that suit your needs becomes evident. This article will guide you through the key factors to consider when choosing ski goggles to guarantee optimal performance and protection.

Why are Ski Goggles Important?

Ski goggles play a critical role in ensuring a safe and comfortable skiing experience. They provide protection from elements such as snow, wind, and UV radiation. Furthermore, they enhance visibility by reducing glare and adjusting contrast, helping you to navigate the terrain effectively.

 

7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Ski Goggles:

1. Lens Type:

Cylindrical vs Spherical

One of the initial considerations when choosing ski goggles is the lens type. Ski goggle lenses come in two primary types: cylindrical and spherical.

  • Cylindrical lenses curve horizontally across your face but remain flat vertically.
  • Spherical lenses curve both horizontally and vertically.


Our frameless goggles, for instance, boast cylindrical lenses, sitting at an even distance from your face for minimal optical distortion. This design significantly enhances peripheral vision.

2. Lens Color and VLT

Visible Light Transmission

Lens color significantly influences the goggle’s performance under different light conditions, defined by the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) percentage.

  • Light-colored lenses  like yellow, amber, green, or rose are ideal for low-light or overcast conditions as they allow more light in and enhance contrast.
  • Dark-colored lenses like brown, gray, or black work best on sunny days as they block out more light, reducing eye strain in bright conditions.
  • Certain ski goggles are designed with interchangeable lenses, allowing for greater flexibility to adapt to varying light conditions. A prime example of this feature is embodied in our ‘Magnet Goggle’ model, which enables swift and effortless lens switching to match the changing mountain environment.

 

We offer a variety of lenses tailored for different weather conditions. From our Black Screen with a VLT of 11% perfect for sunny days to our Orange Screen with a VLT of 49% suited for days with low visibility.

ski goggles lens guide by Zerokay

3. Lens Coatings

Photochromic, polarized...

Several ski goggles feature lens coatings designed for added functionality:

  • ‘Polarized lenses’ reduce glare, particularly helpful in sunny conditions.
  • ‘Mirrored lenses’ reflect light away from the lens, reducing light passage, making them suitable for sunny days.
  • ‘Photochromic lenses’ adjust automatically to changing light conditions, darkening in bright light and lightening in low light.

 

Our collection includes various specialty coatings, from mirrored to multilayer coatings, providing glare reduction and enhanced visual comfort.

goggles: IconPro White

4. Anti-Fogging Features

Ski goggles can fog up when the warm air inside meets the cold lens, hindering your visibility on the slopes. Look for goggles with anti-fogging features like anti-fog coatings, and vents for air circulation.

All our goggles come equipped with advanced anti-fogging features. They incorporate an innovative anti-fog treatment and strategically placed vents for superior air circulation. This combination ensures that moisture build-up is effectively prevented, allowing you to maintain a clear and unobstructed view throughout your skiing adventure.

5. UV Protection

Ski goggles should provide 100% UV protection, as high altitudes and snowy landscapes can significantly amplify UV radiation exposure.

All our goggles provide 100% UV protection, keeping your eyes safe.

6. Fit and Comfort

Fit can’t be overlooked when choosing ski goggles. Ski goggles should fit comfortably around your helmet or hat without slipping. They should also fit well on your face, with a soft foam layer against your skin to seal out the elements. Opt for goggles with an adjustable strap for the best fit.

Our goggles, equipped with triple-layer foam and an antibacterial polar fleece finishing, provide a soft and comfortable fit, adjusting perfectly to your face’s contours. Additionally, they come with an adjustable strap for a secure fit.

7. Certification

When it comes to ski equipment, ensuring the highest safety standards is paramount. Certified ski goggles provide a testament to their quality, functionality, and safety. Certifications are standards set by recognized bodies that test products against rigorous safety and performance criteria. 

Our ski goggles adhere to the ISO 18527-1:2021 – eye and face protection specifically for downhill skiing and snowboarding. By choosing certified goggles, you’re investing in safety, performance, and peace of mind during your skiing adventures.

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