Eye protection with ski goggles
Edel-Optics was at the ProSieben Wintergames last weekend, but luckily only as a partner and not on the slope, where crash followed crash during the different challenges. Granted, even for extreme athletes it’s not an easy task to go down a slope in a kayak, but it was even trickier for those Winter Games participants on snow mopeds. Instead of making it to the winners’ podium, some of the over-motivated celebs ended up on a gurney.
One downside of skiing is the high accident rate, with many crashes on the slope being the result of bad visibility. As the sunlight in the mountains is strongly reflected by the snow, the eyes are extremely blinded by the glare. Without protection from these rays, you can even become “snow-blind” in the worst case, which results in damage to the cornea of the eye. A pair of UV-filtered glasses is therefore essential, especially on sunny days. With ski goggles, the eyes are also well protected from snow and wind, as well as from the cold.
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
When buying new ski goggles, you should plan enough time. The glasses must be the right size for the face and also fit the helmet. Otherwise, they can start pinching quickly or maybe even slip out of place and thus detrimentally affect visibility. Therefore, you should bring your ski helmet with you when you want to buy new glasses. Glasses with fleece or foam on the frame provide even less pressure and are a comfortable fit.
Which lenses are suitable for me?
Of course, when doing winter sports, we also want to keep a clear view and see what’s happening to the left and to the right. The field of vision through the ski goggles should therefore be as large as possible. In addition, as the sun is much more blinding in the snowy slopes, ski goggles must also provide 100% UV protection. For the different weather conditions, there are even different filters and tints that let more or less light through. If you don’t feel like having several ski goggles, you can simply buy lenses for different conditions and exchange them as needed.
Hacks for ski goggles
So that your glasses do not constantly fog up, you should resort to so-called double lenses. These compensate for the temperature differences that one has outside and inside the glasses, and thus provide a clear view. Ventilation slots are also beneficial. In addition, you should never wipe the inside of the ski goggles with your hands or your gloves, because that destroys the coating of the glasses which also prevent fogging.
Two in One
Wearers of eyeglasses know the permanent problem of finding ski goggles under which their own glasses fit – without looking too chunky. There are now own models, so-called OTG ski goggles (over the glass).These not only have a larger field of view, they also have extra recesses for the temple of your “normal” glasses and can be easily worn on top of each other.
The Oakley Airbrake: a good example!
When comparing different ski goggles, one brand performs better: The Oakley Airbrake. These are convincing with ventilated double lenses, anti-fog technology and Plutonite lenses for maximum UV protection. In addition, it has two different lenses, which you can easily replace depending on the weather. The frame with fleece foam also ensures minimal pressure on the nose, the adjustable rubber straps let the glasses sit non-slip on the helmet. Of course, you can find this model and many more great ski goggles in our store.