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How to best protect your eyes in the mountains ?

You don't like to have the outline of your ski goggle on your face ? But protecting your eyes in the mountains is essential..

Find out why, and how to best protect your eyes from the sun when in the mountains.

Unlike our skin, which tells us when the sun becomes harmful as it heats us up, UV rays are invisible and painless on the eyes. So it's often too late when the pain occurs.

Altitude + SNOW = DANger FOR your eyes.

In the mountains, the combination of altitude and snow makes the effects of UV all the more dangerous. Indeed, for each additional 1,000 m above sea level, the proportion of UV increases by 10%. So the higher you go, the more UV there is. If you spend your holidays at 2,500 metres, for example, you'll be exposed to 25% more UV than back down in the valley.

The snow reflects 85% of the rays.

So your eyes are exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays even when you're in the shade of an umbrella, or on cloudy days. A ski goggle is the best answer to the sun's reflection. Unlike normal sunglasses, there is no space between face and goggle, and the rays can't get in.

And as for the tanning marks, they'll remind you of the good times you had skiing! Because not protecting your eyes in the mountains exposes you to painful eye injury, and possible premature ageing of the eyes.

And if wearing a ski goggle was primarily a matter of style? You wouldn't hesitate to get one. So treat yourself! The ski goggles currently available are now real fashion accessories that will complement your outfit to enhance your style.

Choosing the right goggle

- As far as your eyes are concerned, check your accessories carry the CE label.

- Enveloping and comfortable for children, a goggle is the ideal solution!

- The protection factor must be adapted to your activity, the terrain, and especially to the light on the day in question. Be aware that whatever the category you choose, ski goggles offer 100% protection for your eyes from UV.

The category

The category indicates the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of the lens.

  • will suffice when the brightness is low. It allows you to better make out the lie of the land. In the mountains, this corresponds to a so-called white day, a day of fog or snow.
  • is the most versatile, but will not be sufficient in good weather.
  • should be used in sunny weather.
  • is required when wandering in the high mountains (above 3500 metres), rarely the case when you go skiing!

The different goggles

Today, there are ski goggles which provide maximum protection by adapting to UV which can rapidly change on the slopes:

  • Goggles with a photochromic lens

    Goggles with a photochromic lens are able to adapt automatically and slowly to UV rays. No handling necessary, with this kind of goggle you'll be the king of the slopes, whatever the weather!

  • Goggles with switchable lens

    Goggles with switchable lenses allow you to change your lens to match the weather, thus adapting the SPF.

Wed'ze extra and 2014 innovation: the MAXEDGE Etint Elect ski goggle

Designed by our teams, this goggle is the perfect item for endless days on the slopes, whatever the weather. Equipped with an LCD E-TINT flexible electrochromic double ventilated screen with anti-fogging treatment on the inner lens, this goggle adapts to the ambient light, changing from a category 2 to a category 3 (or vice versa) in just one click. Better handling, better reaction time - it's not magic, it's technology! White day, bright sun or snow, you'll have with you at all times the right accessory for any weather conditions!


Thierry PAULIN
Product manager
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