What snow goggles are right for you?
Mirrored, reflective, spherical or cylindral lens? Irridium or polarized? OTG, vented, compatible with a helmet, what frame size… these are some of the many questions you’ve probably been asking yourself before actually buying your snow goggles. First things first, you need to define a budget. This budget will determine the amount of techs and features you can have on your goggles.
You need to know that every snow goggle available on Glisshop complies with the latest norms in the optic industry which means you’ll get the same level of protection whether you’re down to low-end goggle up to the very high end. You can also pick the class or category of protection. Ranging from 0 to 4, a class 1 goggle is best suited for dark conditions or flat light when a class 4 is great when the sun shines high up in the sky.
Then, once you got this, you can pick what you fancy. Frameless, oversized, photochromic, dual lens, you name it, there are so many features we couldn’t possibly get them all. Check out our selections of women’s ski goggles, men’s goggles or kids snow goggles better suited for smaller faces..
Buyer’s guide for snow goggles
Choosing a ski or snowboard goggle is a matter of taste, but not only. To make sure you pick something that suits you, here are a few tips to help you narrow your selection.
Low-light, all-weather, bright conditions, what lenses for what use?
Sunglasses and goggle lenses are both ranked the same way.
Category 1: bad weather, foggy conditions, flat light. These lenses are designed to enhance contrasts and make sure you see bumps and terrain changes before your knees feel it!
Category 2: cloudy weather with a touch of sun here and there. Light conditions. These lenses are the go-to of many riders. They're versatile and will do the job in most conditions.
- Tips: on white outs or flat light days, lenses with a yellow, orange or pink tint will increase contrast and optimise visual acuity.
On the opposite side of the scale, you’ll even find Category 0 goggles made for very low and/or artificial light, these ones will protect your eyes from the wind, rain or snow, not so much from UVs!
Photochromic, mirrored, polarized...what are they?
polarized lenses stop light reflection and prevent glare from certain surfaces, which is extremely useful for snow sports. They also increase contrast and render better colours. Mirrored lenses reflect sunlight as would a mirror do which helps reducing glare. Photochromic lenses react to the amount of light (and UV) that goes through them by darkening (or lightening) in a few seconds. You can go from low-light conditions (category 2) to sunny conditions (category 3 or 4) without changing goggles, thus improving visual comfort. Photochromic lenses are high-end products. They may be more expensive but they are by far the best treatment for your eyes! Check the Bolle Cebe and Julbo collections to see what they look like!
Anti-fog system, spherical lens, dual lens, lens swap, OTG, what options do you have?
Many manufacturers do goggles with spherical lenses. They enhance peripheral vision thanks to a wider lens allowing a 180° view and more above and below. It is very useful for snowboarders who ride sideways but also very appreciated by skiers.
In regards with fogging, there are several technologies available. Some single-lens goggles have an anti-fog coating inside. Other goggles have a dual lens system. The air between the two lenses is used as an insulation and keeps moisture away.
No matter the technology you're using, goggles may still fog. Here are a few tips to avoid it: on the chairlift, avoid putting your goggles on your beanie or forehead, try to keep it on your eyes or on something dry. Never wipe the lens inside when it’s wet, you will damage the anti-fog coating. Wait until it dries out by itself.
Then come the lens swapping systems. If you can't afford a photochromic goggle, these are a pretty good compromise. Manufacturers have done huge progress lately and now offer reliable products that work like a charm. You can change the lens of most goggles manually. It requires a bit of time and patience sometimes, as it can be tricky to clip them properly. But new systemps appeared lately, using magnets. All you gotta do is pull on your lens to pop it out and put the new one instead. It literally takes seconds and comes super handy when it's cold and windy outside.
Last but not least, OTG goggles. OTGstands for Over the Glasses. As the name suggests, these are goggles that fit with prescription glasses. They're usually a bit bigger and deeper. Oakley in particular offers a large selection of OTGs. Believe us, it’s z game changer for people who can't see a thing without their glasses.
We’ve got a huge choice of ski and snowboard goggles so now here’s a few tips to help you find your new favourite brand. If you want to combine style and performance, you’ll love brands like Von Zipper, Poc, Redbull, Superdry, Anon, Roxy, Smith, and Electric. They’re stocked with super stylish models designed to help you rule the slopes.
You can also trust the mountain experts. Big names such as Rossignol, Scott, Head, Salomon, Atomic and Marker all offer top-notch models for a spotless vision on the slopes. We’ve even got some of the best eyewear specialists with Bolle and Oakley.
Finally, if you’re just looking for the best protection, have a look at these brands: Diezz, Cairn, Aphex Alpina, Giro Uvex, Bliz, and Winter Your Life of course!
Obviously, all of these brands decline their models for narrow, medium and wide faces to make sure you always get the perfect fit!