Goggles vs Sunglasses
I know wearing sunglasses at the snow may look cool, and you’ve probably got a pair at home so is there really any reason to buy a pair of goggles? There are basically 2 key elements that separate snow goggles from sunglass on the hill -
1. Vision - Goggles block out the wind and cold weather meaning your eyes don't sting and water when riding which means they can relax and do their main job and let you see where the hell you are going.
2. Protection - Goggles use malleable materials such as a polyurethane frame and polycarbonate or lexan lenses which means the goggles can handle impact (everyone falls on their face at some stage) without shattering and protect your valuable eyes from damage. Goggles also protect you from the suns damaging UV rays that have a little extra spice on them at an altitude
There are many different elements that go into choosing the right goggle for you, and luckily the crew at Falls Creek have plenty of knowledge to help you make the right choice but let’s try and boil things down to 3 key things to consider –
So how do I choose? What’s important……?
Fit is super important when choosing a goggle but what does that mean?
People (and heads) come in all shapes and sizes so premium snow goggle brands use multiple sizes and fits in their goggle line to ensure there is a perfect goggle out there for your head/face shape, which means you have a better experience on the hill.
When fitting your goggle it is important to remember that for a goggle to do its job it needs to seal perfectly your face, so if you can drive a truck through the gap between the goggle frame and your cheeks or nose the goggle isn't going to be working.
On the other side of the coin if it’s too tight and pinching your nose or blocks your vision at all then this goggle is not for you. Remember, you want to be able to wear your goggles comfortably all day
2. Vision – Lenses
When skiing or snowboarding, let’s be honest, being able to see where you are going is pretty high on the list. What do you need to know when it comes to vision?
Lens Types –
Spherical Lenses - Spherical lenses curve on both the horizontal and vertical axis (picture the lens being pulled from a sphere, hence the name).
Just like the human eye, curving on both axis creates a smooth lens that allows light to come through evenly meaning zero distortion and a greater optical or viewing experience.
A spherical lens also helps reduce glare due to the curved geometry of the lens. A spherical goggle also creates more space between the riders face and the lens aiding in ventilation and reducing fogging.
Cylindrical Lenses - These are often also referred to as flat lenses. This is because a cylindrical lens is curved on the horizontal axis but flat on the vertical axis. Imagine the lens was pulled directly out of a cylinder hence the name.
The main advantage of a cylindrical lens is a good performance at a cheaper price. It is easier to produce and thus less costly. They also provide a cool old school aesthetic that crew are flocking back to. This lens type is the backbone of your entry level "premium" goggle program and allows people to have a champagne experience on a beer budget.
Lens Tints –
There are many different lens colours and tints out there to ensure you can ski comfortably no matter what the weather throws at you. Many different brands have a range of lenses to suit all conditions (please refer to the handy chart above for Dragon lens information) and quick-change lens systems make it easier than ever to change your lenses when the weather changes but how do I know what to wear when?
One simple rule to remember…. “Opposites Attract”
The brighter, sunnier the day, the darker the lens you’ll want.
The greyer, darker the day the lighter the lens you’ll need to wear.
The last thing to consider is some additional functional elements like helmet compatibility. Will you be wearing a helmet on the slopes, if so make sure your new goggles fit perfectly with your helmet.
And finally, remember that premium snow goggles will come with a warranty for that extra bit of peace of mind.