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Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place.

UV protection

UV danger is just as much a problem in the winter as it is in the summertime. Even when it is cloudy, your eyes are exposed to intense amounts of ultraviolet radiation from the sun - in fact almost 100% of UV rays can penetrate the clouds. Moreover, when it's hazy, your pupils remain more dilated than on bright days, so some of the eye's natural protective mechanisms are less effective, which leaves your eyes more susceptible to UV penetration, and the harm it can cause. Winter weather presents a double-edged sword: plenty of ultraviolet radiation and decreased natural protection.

If you are on the slopes, you are likely even more at risk. On fresh snow, you are being hit directly with ultraviolet rays from the sky and reflecting from the glaring snow. A good pair of ski goggles, will have 100% ultraviolet protection to keep your eyes safe from these dangerous UV rays.

Protection from the elements

Along with winter sports fun comes cold rain, sleet and snow and dry, whipping wind. These conditions can take a toll on your eyes leaving them, dry, red and stinging. Additionally, glare or fog from the ice and snow can worsen these conditions and further limit your visibility, putting you at risk of temporary blindness - a real danger if you are on the slopes. Choose winter sports eyewear with a large frame that will completely cover your eyes and the areas around them. Wrap-around ski goggles with side shields are your best bet for full coverage. Also make sure you ask for anti-glare and anti-fog lenses or a coating - because if you can't see - you can't ski!

Lens and Frame Durability

Even the top performers fall every once in a while and when they do, it is important that their sports eyewear can stand the fall. Most ski goggles are made from flexible materials and reinforced lenses made from polycarbonate or Trivex impact resistant lens materials. Look for proper padding and foam inserts at all impact points with the face.

Most importantly make sure that the ski goggles you choose fit comfortably and that you can see properly under the conditions in which you will be using them. There are many different styles, lens tints and shapes to choose from so make sure you try on a number of pairs before making your decision.