Nov 07, 2013

Tips for Buying Snow Sport Goggles

With winter just around the corner, ski slopes across America are preparing to open. This means sporting retailers’ need to stock up on essential snow-gear supplies, which includes required UV protection snow goggles. Used for a variety of winter sports, goggles are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, outdoor ice-skating, ice fishing and mountain hiking. Highlighted below are helpful tips for ensuring customers find the right goggles that only meet, but exceed their expectations.

  • Ask Questions – Customers should never be hesitant to ask questions, which means retailers must be knowledgeable about the products they sell.
  • Trying on Goggles – Customers should always try on several pairs of goggles, not a single pair. Urge customers to take goggles outside to see how the light changes in natural conditions. If the customer is looking for goggles for night skiing, consider adding an area to the store where a dark room light can mimic low-light conditions.
  • Lens Tint – Choosing the right lens tint is a critical component to selecting the right pair of goggles. Finding a tint that compliments color definition, depth perception, contrast and helps protect against eye fatigue are critical factors.
  • Glare – Protecting eyes from glare is an absolute priority, as snow reflects both UVA and UVB sunrays. Polarized sunrays help reduce sunlight glare, especially in bright outdoor conditions. Since they feature a darker tint, they are not ideal for night skiing.
  • UV Light Protection – Sunburn of the eye, known as photokeratitis, occurs when short-term UV exposure harms the cornea, resulting in substantial pain. To help prevent this condition, it’s important that snow goggles offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider goggles that block 100-percent of these harmful rays. Long-term UV exposure can also cause eye diseases and cataracts.
  • Peripheral Vision – The latest goggles are designed to fit snuggly over helmets. These low-profile goggles often lack peripheral vision, so it’s important that outdoor snow sports enthusiasts look for goggles that offer excellent peripheral views.
  • Fit – Selecting goggles that can adjust to fit with or without a helmet is important. For traveling snow enthusiasts, some mountain ski resorts require helmets, while others do not. Today’s goggles feature soft, rubbery buckles that offer far greater comfort over models from yesteryear’s past. The goggle’s foam inserts should help protect against dirt, wind and ice, while offering enough cushion to prevent fogging. For people who wear eyeglasses, it’s important to purchase goggles that are acceptable to fit over eyeglasses, offering additional protection and much needed comfort.
  • Anti Fogging – Double lenses help to discourage condensation, which can be a hazard when zooming down the ski slopes.
  • Safety – Always select polycarbonate lenses, as these offer high-impact resistant qualities that are an absolute necessity for snow sports.

Olympic Eyewear offers bulk sunglasses, including a wide variety of goggles. Available at wholesale sunglasses prices, retailers can afford to stock up on a variety of models before winter.

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