What To Look For In Snow Goggles

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 01/17/2017

snow-goggles.pngProtecting your eyes on the slopes is not only important for your eye health, but for maintaining your vision as well. Being at higher altitudes with thinner air will make the UV rays from the sun less diffused. The high winds and cold can cause tearing and the sun's reflection off the snow can be blinding. Also, you will want to make sure you have protection against hazards such as trees and branches you may encounter on the way down.

When it comes to choosing your goggles, there are four factors to focus on when making your decision.


Condensation forms when warmer air created by your body's natural heat combines with the cold outside temperatures. Too much condensation can leave your goggles foggy and limit your vision. Things to look for to ensure proper ventilation of goggles include:

Anti-Fog Coating

Vents on the Goggles

Double Layered Lenses

Fit And Frame Type

First off, be sure that your goggles properly fit your face and head shape. Some items to check when determining proper fit and style are:

Padding - Make sure you have enough foam in the goggles to be cushioning without being so thick that they fog.

Flexible Frames - Having flexibility is important in cold temperatures.

Compatibility With Your Helmet - Be sure that the goggles fit comfortably over your helmet.

Straps - You will want to make sure that your goggles have enough strap adjustments so they can fit to your face properly and protect it.

Lens Shape

While most manufactures may use different terms for their lenses, there are primarily two types of lenses for snow goggles:

Spherical, which curve horizontally as well as vertically, can help to reduce glare and distortion, but often are more expensive.

Cylindrical, which curve horizontally as well, but are flat on the vertical; these can slightly reduce peripheral vision.

Lens Color

The lens color helps to emphasize the color you see as well as filter the amount of ultraviolet light your eyes are exposed to. The typical colors are:

Clear Lenses - These are best for night time excursions.

Light Tints - These come in greens, yellows, and rose colors, and let in more UV light.  They are good for overcast ski days.

Dark Tints - These allow the lowest amount of UV light through and are good on sunny days.  Colors are often browns and grays.

Are you in the market for some snow goggles this upcoming season? Oakley's are a great choice to help you navigate the slopes like a pro. Contact Broome Optical today to check out our newest selections.

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