You can’t really enjoy much winter sports experience: be it skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ski jumping and more, without putting some ski goggles on to improve your perspective and safeguard your eye against irritation, water, snowflakes coming into your eyes during a windy, snowy day and others.
Winter sports have been a popular recreational outdoor activity played during cold weather days or in regions blessed with so much snow. Nowadays, winter sports such as skiing, ice skating, sledding, and others can be enjoyed on artificial ice and artificial snow to allow more flexibility.
If you just want to get out of your house to have a short snowball fight with your kids or friends, then wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes will suffice. However, that is not always the case especially if you are fond of outdoor activities like skiing. Skiing perhaps is one of the most prominent winter sports. Skiers use a ski to glide on snow.
They are required to wear specific protective gears before getting into action. Goggles are one of the important gears that should always be worn whenever one engages in sports like swimming, skiing, snowboarding and the likes. Ski goggles are goggles designed specifically for winter sports use. But why do you need ski goggles?
1. Eyeshield from UV Radiation
Who loves to go skiing at night? Obviously, winter sports are more enjoyable during the daytime. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who loves spending time doing winter activities in cold weather like skiing or snowmobiling, you should be aware that Ultraviolet (UV) rays can be reflected by the snow for up to 80 percent more powerful on ski slopes compared to normal ground surfaces on a bright sunny day.
Thus, it is essential that a ski goggle should come with UV400 protection treated lenses to absorb at least 95 percent of the UV rays.
Sun glares reduce the clarity of your vision which sometimes lead you to squint often just to see well.
The sun blocks your view as it projects a bright light and does not only expose you to accident when skiing but also damages the lens and retina of your eyes which might lead to fatal eye condition: AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) and cataracts.
2. Eye shield from Trail or Off-Piste Accidents
Your eyes serve as one of the 5 fundamental senses – your sense of sight. Without it, you’re totally walking right straight into a pit.
If you’re a rookie, you would often find yourself clumsy, fall over and prone to accidents because you don’t have control over your direction and speed. You might also find some impediments, goggle fogging and sun glare, blocking your view causing you to hit twigs, branches, and bushes, which may harm your eyes if not safely protected.
Ski goggles with a lens made of plastic or glass are not as sturdy as a polycarbonate lens. Polycarbonate lenses do not only protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays but are more lightweight and are up to 10 times more impact-resistant.
To prevent the wind and minute particles from getting into your eyes, the ski goggles conceal your eyes to provide comfort and clear vision, avoiding squinting, eye fatigue, and other eye irritations.
3. Eye shield from Debris, Wind, and Cold
Ski goggles do not only protect your eyes from radiation but from other elements that a harsh weather could bring. You will surely find yourself squinting to combat the debris, the wind, and cold which can cause eye strain if you are not wearing a well-designed ski goggle.
In the absence of a ski goggle, prolonged exposure to radiation reflected by the snow from the sunlight might lead to reddish eyes which in turn may lead to snow blindness. Whereas, watery eyes is caused by an overexposure to wind and cold during a hazy or snowy condition.
Your eyes might possibly be poked by tree branches and twigs, or injured from an impact upon a tumble, or something might get into it which causes squinting, reddish eyes and frequent blinking when doing an off-piste or trail skiing. For these reasons, it would be wise to wear a special ski goggle with a sealed sturdy design.
4. Enhanced FOV
You don’t just get to improve your field of view by wearing ski goggles but also by swapping the lenses with the favored one which enhance a better eyesight under a certain weather condition. Specialized interchangeable goggle lenses increase contrast and offer an improved clear visibility to prevent any accidents.
Transparent lenses will suffice in night skiing and snowboarding. The adaptability of brown lenses makes it a better choice under different weather condition. If conditions appear cloudy and misty, red lenses provide a better field of view. Amber lenses make a good contrast skiing in dimly lighted trails or under cloudy conditions.
Dark or polarized lenses are most preferred during a bright sunny day because they reduce the reflected glares. The transition lens contain a special patented photochromic dyes offering the ample amount of eye protection for different light conditions by slowly darkening when exposed to sunlight and absorbs 100 percent UV radiation. However, the transition does not immediately occur.
5. Fog-free Vision
Winter sports will not be enjoyable without wearing protective gears. Sunglasses or ski goggles should always be worn when going out on the snow. They may be both good protective eyewear but their difference can be vast.
Sunglasses do make a good, convenient choice when hiking on a very sunny day. However, sidelights are often not blocked, they easily fall off, they’re not that sturdy and they fog. Thus, this is where ski goggles swing into action to cope with the sunglasses’ flaws.
Goggle fogging appears as tiny droplets of condensed water in the air clinging to the goggles’ inside lens obscuring your vision and might cause you to tumble as you ski. A well-designed ski goggle now includes a high-performance ventilation system that provides a smooth airflow system which drains moisture swiftly and brings fresh air and an anti-fogging coated lens which disallows the steam from affixing itself to the lens thus preventing a goggle to fog.