Ski goggles or ski mask are an indispensable element to be fully protected when practising your favourite sport. What’s more, when skiing it is essential to protect yourself from the sun, as its reflection on the snow is very harmful. That is why every skier should be informed about how to choose good ski goggles.

In addition, the also known as snow goggles will not only protect us from the sun, but are also an essential element to keep our eyes open on windy days. So if you’re worried about your health, read on for the ultimate guide to choosing ski goggles!

Why you should wear ski goggles

The fundamental reason why all skiers should have good snow goggles is ultraviolet radiation. We are generally aware that this radiation is harmful to our health, but did you know that there are three different types? Firstly, there are the well-known UVA rays, which are the least dangerous of all, although they arrive in greater quantities. There are also UVB rays, which produce biological damage and can cause serious damage to the cornea. Finally, the most dangerous of all are UVC rays, although most of them are absorbed by the atmosphere and are therefore of less concern.

When skiing, as in any outdoor sport and especially in snow sports, we are exposed to the sun and, therefore, to ultraviolet radiation. This is why there are some eye injuries that can appear if we don’t have a good ski mask. To begin with, photokeratitis, also known as snow blindness, can appear after overexposure to UV rays. Another lesion that appears after exposure, in this case of the retina, to UV rays is erythropsia. We should also be aware that exposure to UV radiation can cause cataracts, corneal changes, pinguecula, pterygium, uveal melanoma, skin ageing and solar retinitis.

Also, we should be aware that snow can reflect up to 80% of ultraviolet radiation. The good news is that UV damage can be minimised by good ski mask or snow goggles.

Characteristics of good ski goggles

In order to consider ski goggles to be of good quality and to protect our eyesight properly, they must meet certain requirements. First of all, and most importantly, to make sure that the snow goggles protect us from ultraviolet rays, we must know the approvals that prove it. If the goggles are from the European Union, they must have the CE mark on the temple, while if they are from the United States they must have the UV400 mark.

When buying the glasses, the amount of visible light category must also be described. There are 5 categories, with 0 blocking the least amount of light and 5 blocking the most. In addition, it is very important that the lenses are polarised to ensure that they do not let sunlight through at different angles. The colour of the lens should also be taken into account, as it serves to block some of the light and helps the eye to focus. Finally, the ski goggle may have some extras such as side protection or double glazing.

What is the use of the colour of snow goggles?

Although it may seem that the colour of the snow goggles is a matter of aesthetics, the truth is that each colour offers different protection. And although all good ski goggles must be approved, and therefore eliminate at least 60% of UV light, it is always good to know the advantages of different lens colours.

First of all, the darker the lenses, the more protection they provide. It is therefore advisable to use dark lenses on sunny days and light lenses on cloudy days. Mirrored lenses are best for bright days, while clear lenses are only recommended for low light conditions or at night. As for yellow and red lenses, they are versatile, unlike pink lenses, which emphasise shadows and contrasts and are therefore better in low light conditions. However, green lenses help to improve contrast and are therefore best used on bright days. Finally, photochromic lenses are suitable for all weather conditions.

Types of ski goggles or goggles

To choose the best snow goggles for you, you also need to know the different types. Firstly we have the blizzard goggles, which protect you in all weather conditions. These ski goggles or ski mask are large, as they must cover you up to your eyebrows, and they adapt to your face thanks to a foam membrane. This membrane can vary depending on the ski mask, which is why some models have a double layer to ensure comfort. In addition, blizzard ski goggles must have an anti-fog treatment to prevent the lenses from fogging up while skiing.

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And for those who wear prescription glasses, there are Over The Glasses ski goggles. These snow masks have been designed so that you don’t need to buy prescription ski goggles. That’s why you can wear these snow goggles over your prescription glasses for everyday wear.

We should also mention the double lens models, which serve to prevent fogging even more. Even though all snow goggles must have an anti-fogging system, there is nothing better than double-lens goggles for high-speed descents.

Finally, to provide maximum adaptability to weather conditions, there are interchangeable lens ski goggles. With these goggles you will have the possibility to adapt your vision according to the momentary needs, so you can choose a dark lens on sunny days, or opt for a lighter one when it’s cloudy.

What to consider when buying your ski goggles

Knowing all this, we can now start choosing a pair of ski goggles. In order for them to fully suit our needs, there are several factors to take into account. To start with, it is to check the UV protection offered by the model. The purpose of ski mask is to protect you from UV light as much as possible, so this should be the most important factor in your choice. But it is also important to make sure that they have a good ventilation system and anti-fogging treatment to ensure that they will last for long hours in the snow without fogging up.

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In addition, we have to pay attention to the materials of the ski goggles, as these will define the quality of the product. If you are a passionate skier, it would be best to buy goggles with a very resistant lens to avoid scratches, while if you are going to give them an occasional use, conventional snow goggles can be useful. We can’t forget about the versatility of the goggles either, as you need to consider which ones are best suited to the weather conditions. So, if you only want to have one pair, photochromic lenses or a model with interchangeable lenses are best. And of course, you have to take into account if you need Over The Glasses or if a normal model is suitable for you.

To continue, when choosing the best goggles for snow we have to think about the weight. For skiing, the best models are always the lightest ones, so you should go for the ones between 150 and 170 grams. And don’t forget to check if the strap is adjustable to make sure it fits your face properly. Once we have checked all these features, all that remains is to see if we like the design and the quality-price ratio.

How to wear a ski mask

But to protect us from ultraviolet light, it is not enough just to have good ski goggles, we also need to know how to use them. To check that everything is working properly, you first have to adjust your ski goggles. Once you have adjusted them, you have to check the grip on your face and whether they cause any discomfort. The latter should not happen due to the protective foam of the goggles, so if we notice any discomfort it is likely that we have tightened them too much. Finally, it is advisable to check the ventilation. That’s why we recommend having them on for a couple of minutes before you start skiing to make sure that the snow goggles don’t fog up under any circumstances.

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How to clean your ski mask

Just as you need to know how to use your ski goggles, you also need to know how to maintain them so that they last for a long time. This is why it is essential to know how to clean them properly, as this can mean that your ski goggles will last longer in good condition.

First of all, under no circumstances should we touch the inside of the lens with our fingers, as the grease from our hands can damage it. In addition, the liquid we use to clean them is important, so it is advisable to use a specific soap instead of whatever we have at home. And as with prescription glasses, it’s much better to use a microfibre cloth to clean them. So, tempting as it may be, don’t wipe them with your T-shirt! Finally, there’s nothing better to maintain them than waiting for them to dry completely after a long day’s skiing before putting them away. And here’s a final tip, it’s best to wrap them in a microfibre cloth when you’re not wearing them.

The best brands of ski goggles

Finally, as we know that there is a wide range of brands that offer ski masks and it can be a bit overwhelming not knowing where to start looking, we are going to tell you some of the best brands of goggles for snow.

A very good option to start looking at ski goggles is eDriveTech, a brand known for their use of the latest technologies in their sports products. If this brand doesn’t convince you, you can also look at the models offered by Salomon. This firm is a leader in the outdoor sports market, mainly due to the quality of its products. But if you are looking for a brand that focus exclusively in eyewear, you won’t find a better one than Okley.

Another company that specialises in tech items and accessories is Mpow, where you can find great ski goggles. And finally, Omorc is another great option for buying any outdoor sports accessory. So, what are you waiting for to choose your ski goggles?


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