A Guide to Choosing Ski Goggles and Sunglasses

Dec 08, 2015 Olympic Eyewear


Washington passes and ski resorts are already seeing snow accumulation, as are other resorts around the country.

Ski goggles or sunglasses are a critical component when skiing or snowboarding. High altitude UV rays are much stronger, as there is less atmosphere to help filter them. Additionally, the sun's reflection of the bright white snow can cause sunburns to the eyes.

The most common question snow adventurists have is "Should I wear ski goggles or sunglasses?"

Generally, the choice between choosing ski goggles or sunglasses depends on the conditions. Sunglasses are an excellent choice if the weather is sunny and the slope conditions are good. Goggles, however, provide the best all-around protection from wind and bright light. Goggles are also the preferred choice for poor weather conditions, such as clouds, fog or snow.

Experts recommend packing both designer wholesale sunglasses, such as X-Loop sunglasses, and goggles. It is recommended to carry both wholesale designer sunglasses and goggles, as mountain conditions can change frequently and quickly. Goggles are form fitting, which does keep the face warmer in frigid weather.

UV protection is necessary on the slopes because it protects the eyes from solar radiation and UV rays. It is important to purchase wholesale sunglasses and goggles that offer 100-percent protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays, which helps reduce both sun and snow glare.

Polarized lenses help reduce the sun's glare, while helping increase contrast, which makes it substantially easier to see turns and obstacles. These are not recommended in low-light situations, as they can make objects appear darker.

Darker lenses, such as dark brown, grey or mirrored, are excellent for bright, sunny conditions. Yellow, pink or green lenses are best suited for days that have poor visibility. Amber lenses are excellent for depth perception, foreseeing bumps in runs and distinguishing different surfaces.

Goggles with ventilated frames prevent condensation from building up, as these allow for airflow. Double-layered lenses also act as an additional barrier to prevent internal fogging.

If ski goggles fit correctly, they should not fog up. They should conform to the face and skiers and snowboarders should make sure that hats, head tubes or helmets do not block the top vents. Sunglasses do tend to fog up more than goggles.

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