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Ski goggles: What to look for when buying


Snow sports like skiing and snowboarding are full of adventure, adrenaline and mobility. Those who practice these sports know how important it is to maintain discipline, and how essential it is to wear the correct equipment, because weather conditions are a very relevant factor.

Remember that these are sports with a certain risk, and therefore we must protect ourselves adequately!

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Having good vision when practicing these disciplines in the snow will guarantee you better mobility and visual range. That is why it is important that we choose adequate ski goggles that fit our needs.

The most advisable thing is to look for ski goggles with high technical features that guarantee better performance and flexibility when you practice Freeride in the most extreme conditions. The best thing is to invest in quality when it comes to ski goggles, and choose Premium products of the highest level.

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  • Eye protection is important. Your glasses should have 99% or 100% protection to really protect you.
  • They must have UV-400 protection. This filter will protect you from UV rays completely, including UVA and UVB rays. This means that your goggles or ski mask will block any ultraviolet rays with a wavelength less than 400 nanometers.
  • Choose ski goggles with magnetic interchangeable lenses. This will allow you to use the most ideal lens according to the weather and light conditions, choose the category that best suits you since you will be able to exchange the lenses very easily.
  • Look for sunglasses that have an “Antifog” or “Antinibla” system. They will help you avoid fogging when you need it most.
  • Choose ski goggles with an internal ventilation system. If they have anti-condensation technology, they will allow progressive air recirculation and guarantee better visibility.
  • Buy snow goggles that fit your face correctly. Choose ski goggles with anti-slip straps to secure them well to you and the helmet. It is very important to ensure that the goggles fit well with your helmet -once it is on- before going out into the snow.
  • Choose lightweight glasses. Materials such as thermoplastic polyurethane will help you carry the highest quality and lightness.

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The lighting in snowy areas is tremendous, especially in winter when the position of the sun is lower in the sky. The sun's rays fall at an annoying angle that is harmful to the eyes under these conditions. Also keep in mind that the snow will reflect this light, so the light will hit you from all sides. It will be essential that you protect your vision with the correct ski goggles.

It is important to consider that your ski and snowboard goggles comply with ISO standards to protect you properly and that they are endorsed by the CE in compliance with European safety standards.

The best ski and snowboard goggles will protect you on both sunny and cloudy days. It is important that they cover your face correctly including the side areas.

Ski goggles will not only protect your eyes from solar radiation, they will also help you perform during your physical activity, because they will improve your visibility.

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Do you know the categories of lenses according to their light transmission?

There are filter categories in the lenses of your ski goggles that we must take into consideration. These filter numbers range from CAT0 to CAT4, and indicate how much light absorption (other than radiation absorption) they provide, and also how dark.

  • Category 0: Its light transmission filters from 80% to 100%. These crystals are practically transparent. They can be colorless or have a very light and soft color. Its use is mainly aesthetic.
  • Category 1: Its light transmission filters from 43% to 80%. It is light in color and ideal for use when the light is low, and to avoid discomfort caused by outside light in practically any circumstance.
  • Category 2: Its light transmission filters from 18% to 43%. They are moderately dark, indicated for cases of medium luminosity.
  • Category 3: Its light transmission filters from 8% to 18%. They are dark enough in color to feel comfortable in the sun and at peak times. They have the ideal level of darkness for practicing outdoor sports, when the light intensity ranges from medium to intense.
  • Category 4: Its light transmission filters from 3% to 8%. They are really dark. In fact, they are the darkest among all the categories, so they are not allowed to be used while driving. They are used in bright circumstances where category 3 lenses are not enough.

So remember!

The next time you choose your ski goggles keep these tips in mind

and share it with your ski buddies.

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