Snowboarding goggles should always be worn when you are out riding. With so many types of goggles available it can be hard to know what to look for when you are buying a new pair. For this reason we have put together a guide that will help you know what to keep in mind the next time you are buying goggles.
When you have finished this article you will know exactly what to look for the next time you're out goggle shopping.
it is important that your snowboarding goggles fit your face shape properly. They should feel snug with no gaps around your face but not too tight. Too big and they will let air in and fog up easily. Too small and they will squash your face and may reduce your field of vision. If you wear a helmet you should also check that your new goggles are going to fit around that ok. You don't want to spend good money on new goggles only to find they and your helmet don't get along.
Take a look at the frames and see what kind of vents have been included on the goggles. Vents are foam covered air intakes on the goggle frame that are added to aid with anti-fogging. Make sure any goggles you are going to buy have decent vents included in their design.
Lens design alters greatly between different types of goggles. Read the goggle features or ask the shop assistant for more information on the lenses. At the very least you should look for goggles with double lenses, anti-scratch and 100% UV protection.
Double lenses on snowboarding goggles act like double glazing on windows. It stops the cold mountain air from outside reacting with the warm air coming off your skin from inside the goggle and fogging up your lens. An essential feature to look out for.
Anti-scratch coating is a layer added to the lens of snowboarding goggles to protect them from those annoying scrathes you can easily pick up. It's annoying to be riding around all day with a blob floating on your field of vision so go for these tougher lenses that are less prone to damage.
Like sunglasses, decent goggle lenses now come with 100% UV protection.
Most modern snowboarding goggles have inter changeable lenses. This allows you to swap and change your lens colour depending on the weather conditions you face when out riding. This is a major benefit as you can now essentially have a number of different pairs of goggles at a much lower price.
below is a guide to the most popular lens colours and in what weather conditions they perform the best:
Clear lenses are good for when you are riding in good light that is not too bright. Perfect for night riding or riding indoors at a snow dome where the light is consistent but without much glare.
Yellow lenses are good for when the light is low. They help increase contrast of the terrain around you.
Wear pink lenses when the conditions are flat light. They will help distinguish what you are seeing and increase depth perception.
Rose lenses are good for a wide range of weather conditions. They increase contrast and are good for using as an all round everyday lens.
Mirror lensed snowboarding goggles are good when the sky is blue and the sun is out. They will protect your eyes on the brightest of days. They will keep the glare out and stop you from squinting.
Any goggles you buy should give you a good field of vision with few blind spots. You should have at least a 180 degree view with nothing obscuring what you can see. If you can see the frames of the goggles as you look from side to side then perhaps you should go for another frame shape that are better suited for your face.
When deciding how much to spend on your new goggles remember that like most things in life the more you pay the higher the quality. You can get a decent pair from between £75 and £125 ... an investment worth making. If you will be using the goggles on a few trips then don't go for a cheap pair. Buy cheap buy twice!
Look after your goggles and they will last you longer.
When not wearing your snowboarding goggles never place them face down on their lenses. If possible put them straight into a case or a pocket without any zips or buttons. Sometimes snowboarding jackets have a pocket specifically for this purpose.
Don't wipe the inside of your goggle lenses. This will stop the anti-fog layer from working properly. If they are wet put them somewhere warm where they will dry on their own.
Goggles normally come with a cloth included. If possible use this to clean the lenses with. If you have lost it then use some cotton or fabric and NEVER tissue. Tissue is slightly scratchy and may damage and mark your nice new lenses.
When packing up your gear before and after a trip always put your goggles somewhere safe for travelling. I find if you put them in their case and carefully put them inside one of your boots they arrive the other end in one piece. You can even use something soft like a pair of snowboarding socks for extra padding.
Look after your goggles and they will last you longer.
Try and leave your goggles on your face as much as you can. As soon as you take them off and the differnt air temperatures get at them they will start to fog up.
If you find your goggles have fogged up then by far the most effective way to unfog them is to get riding again. The movement of air through the vents on the frames will soon clear the mist and have your vision back to normal. Just be careful whilst you are waiting fr them to clear.
So there you go, all you need to know about goggles. We hope this goggle guide was useful for you. If you are looking for new goggles then take a look at our article on the best online snowboard shops or link to them quickly from the slider below.