Selecting the Right Goggle
When you are recreating in the snow, it is important to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays. While skiing, snowboarding, or mountaineering some people swear by goggles, while others prefer their trusted sunglasses. If you are a dedicated goggle user, then this review is for you. If you are a sunglasses person, we encourage you to take a moment and consider these reasons to switch to the added protection of goggles:
- 1) Light exposure
- 2) Wind exposure
- 3) Foreign body exposure
Choosing a pair of goggles
- The first step is to find a design that fits your face. Goggles are often designed with a certain type of face structure, shape, or size in mind. As not all faces are created the same, neither are goggles. Chose a pair that doesn't fit too snugly on your nose or around your eyes and it shouldn't cause you a headache from pushing in on your sinuses. Equally important, ensure it isn't too big for your face, allowing gaps or air to enter the sides and/or obstructing your view.
- The second step is to find a style that you like. Many brands offer various graphics and colors in the same model. If you don't like the way it looks on your face, then chances are you probably won't wear it.
- The third step is to determine what type of lens optics is important to you. The lenses come in two forms: flat or spherical. Your cost depends on this choice. See lens options below for more information.
To learn more about what makes a goggle work i.e. protection, breathability, comfort, lens quality, and durability, keep reading below. To see which pair we liked best read The Best Ski Goggles Review.
CHARACTERISTICS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND GOGGLES
There is little need to worry about the UV blocking protection of modern goggles; the majority of all major goggle companies now produce 100 percent UV protective lenses. However, there is a big difference in the amount of visible light transmission (VLT) allowed in different tints or mirrored coatings. Mirrored coatings can block an additional 10-50 percent of available VLT, making them ideal for brighter days. In this review, we mainly tested products with mirrored lenses. We did test one pair of goggles with a photochromic lens. (See Julbo Orbiter). Photochromic lenses change the amount of VLT allowed by adjusting the amount of tint based on the available sunlight and UV rays. There were also two pairs of goggles in this review that were supplied with two pairs of lens. (See Oakley Airbrake and Smith I/O). In both, one lens was designed for bright light and the other for low light.
Smith Scope (one layer) and the Spy Targa 3 (two layers). Generally speaking, more layers of foam equate to more comfort and protection. The three layers of foam most often consist of: a dense layer of foam attached to the frame, a more porous foam sandwiched in the middle, and a thin wicking layer closest to the skin. The three layers of foam also aid in increasing the ventilation.