Snow Goggles Buyers Guide
Snow Goggles are a must have for every snowboarder or skier. A great goggle improves your vision, protects your eyes and face for any weather condition. Because buying the right google can be quite the challenge, we want to help you choose the best goggles with the tips below.
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Tip 1: Go shopping before you hit the mountain
The price of snowboard goggles can widely vary on the place and moment you buy them. It’s not the best idea to buy your snow goggles on the slopes, because you often pay up to 3 times the price for the same goggles. Be smart, and shop before you hit the mountain.
Tip 2: Make sure your snow goggles fit
Pay attention to the size of the goggles, and if there is an adjustable strap. Often buyers fall in love with the look of the goggles, but forget to check if the strap is adjustable. Pay extra attention if you want to wear regular glasses underneath your snow goggles, to make sure they fit/
Tip 3: Buy a big enough frame
Having a great vision is one of the most important things on the mountain. When you buy snow goggles that have a smaller frame, you often end up with having a tunnel vision. This reduces your vision a lot. Make sure to buy a wide enough lens, so you have full vision from left to right.
Tip 4: Buy the right lens tint
Weather conditions can change quickly on the mountain, and there are different lenses for each weather condition. Buying the right lens can often be a bit tricky for most people, but it doesn’t have to be.
One term which is good to understand in Visible Light Transmission (VLT). The VLT shows the amount of light able pass through the lens. The higher the VLT, the more light can pass through the lens.
A low VLT number such as 10 percent means less eye fatigue on sunny days. And a high VLT number such as 60 percent means better color and depth perception on low-light days.
By answering the few easy questions below you know what lens tint is right for you.
Do you expect to ride on a sunny day?
- Yes: In very bright light, dark lens tins such as black, dark brown, gray, dark green or red will keep your eyes more comfortable and prevent your eyes from skeezing. Darker lenses are also good for letting you see true colors. A mirror lens reflects the sunlight so it doesn't penetrate the lens, which is great for the sunniest days. For sunny days, you want a slightly lower VLT of around 10% to a maximum of 40%
- Yes: Picking red, yellow or gold lens filters out the blue light which emphasizes the shadows in the snow are more clear and allows you to see bumps better. The higher the VLT, the more depth you will see. A high VLT of for example 80% is great for very snowy days, but not ideal for bright days.
- It’s not a problem if you don’t know the exact weather conditions, or you don’t want to buy multiple lenses. Most snowboarding trips include a few sunny days, some snow and even a bit of fog. If you don’t want to buy multiple lenses it is advised to buy a lens with a VLT of between 15% and 30%. A red, blue, green or yellow lens will suit best here. Even a silver mirrored lens will work, but try to avoid very dark coloured lenses which will get in the way on the sunnier days.
Tip 5: Ventilation, anti-fog, and how to keep it like that
Make sure your goggles have ventilation vents. A Goggle with great ventilation means a goggle that won’t easily start fogging. If your goggles do start fogging up, here are a few tips on how to solve that problem:
- Avoid putting goggles on your head. The heat of your body will cause the goggles to fog faster.
- Keep the ventilation vents free of snow, and keep moving. Airflow prevents the lenses from fogging up.
- Did your goggles get covered with snow? Don’t wipe it off with your glove! Your glove may damage the inside of the fog-protection layer or scratch the lens. Only use a microfiber towel to clean your goggles.
- Dry your goggles overnight before your next ride.
Tip 6: Pick a goggle within your price range,
Prices vary heavily based on brand, quality and location. There are very low-quality snow goggles that start at $15 which often don’t have any ventilation for ant-fog, a small frame and don’t fit very comfortable. On the other hand there are also snow goggles available up to $500 with extra lenses, straps etc. There are a few things you can consider before buying yours:
- You can find a cheaper goggle with nice basic features, in the price range of $40 to $80
- The more you are willing to pay, the better the frame and other nice to have features. With Snow goggles, you often simply get what you pay for.
- More expensive goggles often come with multiple lenses, which comes in handy for the more experienced snowboarder or skier.
- Back to tip 1, don’t buy your snow goggles on the mountain, buy them in advance!