FYI: Goggle Selection Tips
Posted by Suzie Dundas on December 27, 2009
Hi all –
In light of the crazy weather we’ve been having/expect to have at Pico (36 degrees one day, -6 the next!) I thought I’d take a second and just put out a little information about goggles and the best types of lenses for various conditions. Goggles are an important but often underrated piece of equipment on the slopes. If you’ve got the wrong ones, they may fog up, impair your vision, or make it easier to miss bumps and obstructions in the snow.
When fitting goggles, consider a few things:
• Are you going to be wearing them over a helmet? Will they connect to the back of the helmet?
• Do they fit your face? Are they bouncing around your face, impairing your peripheral vision, or leaving red marks on your cheeks? All of these are signs that your goggles don’t fit.
• What shape do you want? Goggles come in various shapes – A-frames, crowbars, and men’s and women’s-specific designs. Some shapes may fit certain faces better than others.
• What shape will the lens be? Some lenses are flat in goggles, while others are curved (spherical.) Consider price and vision differences before you choose one.
When selecting a lens, consider the following:
• When are you going to be riding or skiing? If most of your skiing is done during the day, you probably don’t need lenses that are good at night.
• How is fog going to affect the lens? As a general rule of thumb, double lenses tend to be better in preventing fog.
• What kind of tint do you want? If you’ve only got one pair, consider something that’ll work in many different conditions, like an orange tint. For really sunny days, a black tint can be helpful, while gold tints can be great in very snowy or overcast conditions.
There’s so many more options, too – you can get mirrored lenses, polarized lenses, different types of straps, etc. You should also make sure you know how to maintain and store your goggles, as they are an important tool for any skier or snowboarder.
If you’re in the market for goggles or just have questions, stop by the Pico Sports Shop, where they’ll be able to talk to you about the different types and let you try some different shapes. Off the mountain, Killington Sports Rt.4 is a huge gear shop with professionals who can answer anything you’d like to know. Before you purchase a pair, spend some time talking to people, doing some research, and figuring out what shape, style, and tint you like best.
If anyone has any goggle-buying tips or recommendations, feel free to post them below!