Selecting goggle frames and features can be challenging. Goggle frames come in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes. Frames essentially have three main jobs: to be comfortable, to keep snow out and most importantly to hold the lenses securely in place.
When selecting a comfortable goggle frame, there are several things to consider:
- Frame Size – Frames come in a wide variety of sizes. The sizes often correlated to head size, so if someone wears a large helmet, he/she will often wear large goggles.
- Small – This size is ideal for youths and children and can also accommodate adults with smaller faces.
- Medium – This average size fits most people.
- Large – Designed for larger faces, this size also allows for more space between the face and lenses.
- Oversized – While these are designed to help improve peripheral vision, these do not always accommodate helmets. These styles are especially good for snowboarding and tackling steep slopes. However, it's important to try on these oversized styles because they do not fit everyone's facial shapes or features.
- Over the Glasses (OTG) – These types of goggles allow people to wear prescription eyeglasses underneath. This option is far less expensive than opting for prescription goggles. This style is deeper than standard goggles allowing extra room for glasses' arms. Glasses should not move inside these frames and these should not cause discomfort or pressure on the temples or nose areas.
- Features – All facial features and shapes differ. It's important for people to select goggles that best fit their facial shapes. Padding, shape, size and strap attachments all play roles in goggle fit.
- Face Foam – Foam should follow a face's curvature, without hitting any uncomfortable pressure points. There shouldn't be any gaps between the foam, as this allows wind or snow to flow through. A snug, consistent fit around the entire perimeter of the goggle is vital, or they will be uncomfortable, causing painful pinching.
- Strap – Having an adjustable strap is necessary. Some goggles use a buckle or a clip and goggles should be able to be tightened so they are secure, but not too lose. When wearing a hat, the buckle should not be uncomfortable. Wider straps are often easier to adjust, staying in place more securely. Some children's goggles are not adjustable, so it's important to check this aspect prior to purchase.
- Helmet Compatibility – When trying on goggles, bring a helmet or hat to make sure that goggles will strap easily around. Some larger spherical goggles are not compatible with helmets.
Olympic Eyewear offers whole sale sunglasses that are ideal for sports. They also sell a variety of ski goggles, which are perfect for wintertime sporting activities.