Choosing the right ski goggles

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Whether it is foggy, snowing or the sun is shining, ski goggles are an essential item of equipment for hurtling down the slopes comfortably, whatever the weather ! It provides effective protection from the cold, wind and sun while improving the vision of the sports user.


 


In order to make the right choice, ski goggles must fulfil the following 3 essential criteria:
- quality of vision
- fog reduction
- user comfort.


In order to provide optimum protection and comfort, the goggles must cover the face up to the eyebrows.


Field of vision

Depending on the weather, there are several suitable lens tints:

par temps de brouillard par temps mitigé par temps ensoleillé photochromique par tous temps électrochromique par tous temps

When the sun shines, goggles with a relatively dark tint and a reflective mirror coated lens are recommended in order to reduce UV rays. Conversely, goggles with a light tint are preferable when the conditions are cloudy. 'All-weather' goggles are also available with photochromic lenses, which adapt to the weather by darkening under brighter conditions.

Wearers of glasses will not be outdone, because it is now possible to wear ski goggles over eyewear, while making sure that they are not too tight. Some OTG (Over the glasses) models of ski goggles are specially designed for wearers of glasses. Check them out here !

The following lens colours are available :
- Green, which accentuates the natural green colours of the surroundings
- Yellow, which enhances the contrast
- Grey, for an unmodified vision
- Brown, ideal for comfortable vision.

WED'ZE'S TIP

Smart ! Most ski goggles are fitted with 100% anti-UV (UVA and UVB) filters.
In the highlands (1000 to 2000 m), choose index 3. In the High Alps (above 2000 m), choose index 4 !


Anti-fogging

Ski goggles, which are treated to reduce fogging, now have various systems for dealing with this problem :

Single lens, with an anti-fogging treatment on the inside of the lens
Double lens with an anti-fogging treatment, with a pocket of insulating air that creates a thermal filter
 
Double lens with air vents, providing ventilation and a highly effective anti-fogging treatment
 

WED'ZE'S TIP

To avoid damaging the quality of the lens, do not wipe your goggles until unless absolutely necessary.
Preferably use a microfibre lens cloth, if needed.


User comfort

In order to avoid any discomfort when wearing goggles while skiing, there are a number of foam pads that allow the goggles to conform perfectly to the shape of the face. Completely airtight goggles with a strap adjustment system are preferable, although they must not be too tight: the nose must not be compressed.

One foam density
One foam density and a comfortable fabric
Two densities of foam and a comfortable fabric

Ideally, the foam conforms perfectly to the shape of the face procuring a feeling of freedom and comfort, to the point at which you forget you're wearing goggles !

A good pair of goggles, which is adapted to the shape of your face, will guarantee enjoyable outings on the slopes !
 

WED'ZE'S TIP

The goggles should completely cover the shape of the face, including the eyebrows, so that the rays do not hinder your visibility.
 

 

Thierry PAULIN
Product manager
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