In cross-country skiing, eye protection is also essential, in addition to the visual comfort provided by goggles, they also offer protection against UV and cold air. At Simon Fourcade Nordic By Glisshop, we have a wide range of goggles of the brands most used by cross-country skiers and biathletes in competition. Whatever your needs and tastes, you will find the glasses or visor that suits you best. We reference the best known brands in the Nordic world, such as Julbo, Bliz, Northug or Rudy Project.
What are the special features of cross-country ski goggles?
As can be the case in cycling, mountain biking or other outdoor sports, vision is one of the essential criteria for safety and comfort. Most of the goggles that we present are therefore basic equipped with sun or photochromic screens in order to protect you as well as possible from UV rays, but also from cold air. On the other hand, you should not neglect the comfort and safety provided by good sunglasses.
Glasses or Visor?
Today most cross-country skiers or biathletes use goggles in 90% of cases, but visors can have their advantages.
Goggles are used for all types of conditions, good weather, gray or even at night with translucent screens. Visors, on the other hand, can be more effective in snow or rain. With a visor you have more coverage and a headband on the forehead that prevents the intrusion of moisture between the eye and the screen.
The visor is now considered a complementary accessory to glasses for more complicated weather conditions.
What type of screen to choose? Solar or photochromic?
The advantage of sunscreen is that it provides 100% protection against UV rays, a significant advantage when going out in good weather. Most skiers wear this type of lens when they ski.
Photochromic sunscreen, on the other hand, has the advantage of adapting to the light quickly and offers a little more versatility in darker weather, without suffering at all in sunny conditions. Generally more expensive than sunscreens, photochromic screens offer great versatility.
What is the purpose of translucent or orange replacement screens?
This type of category 0 or 1 screens are made for low light conditions, a translucent screen is perfect for use at night for example.
For orange, yellow or pink category 1 screens, they adapt especially to fog as they brighten the vision and help to distinguish relief.
Are all the screens in Nordic glasses of the same quality?
Clearly not, the differences between the screens can be enormous, depending on whether the screen is curved or not, its manufacturing origin and its technical features.
Most of the high-end eyewear is made in Europe, more precisely in Italy or France, where brands like Rudy Project and Julbo do an excellent job on the screens with a quality that is found in very few other brands.
For the cheaper glasses, obviously the quality of the screen is clearly not equal, the mirror treatments do not have the same life span at all, and the work on the curve of the screen is most of the time non-existent. Having said that, they remain effective in terms of protection, it is simply that the screen will degrade more quickly with external treatments.
Don't forget, in glasses we all pay a lot of attention to style, and that's quite normal, it's also a fashion accessory, but the most important thing remains the protection of your eyes and vision.
If you need any information about buying your glasses, no problem, our specialists are at your disposal to help you find the product that best suits you. Don't hesitate to ask them!