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The GO Outdoors Guide To Ski Goggles and Ski Glasses

When you’re skiing you need protection from ice, snow, and the wind- which can be drying and can burn your eyes. Invest in a pair of goggles or sunglasses that have been specially created for winter like conditions. 

Created to ergonomically fit your head and sit in line perfectly, goggles and ski glasses can offer more than just a great view from the mountain top. With UVA sun protection and other features that protect you, Ski goggles keep your vision protected for years to come.


UV Protection In Ski Goggles

The snow’s brightness and reflection as well as high altitudes with thinner atmospheric levels means that UV rays are strong as you ski. Complete UV protection is classed as 100% and this protects you from all three types of UV rays, UVA, UVB and UVC. 100% UV protective goggles keeps eye and sun damage to an absolute minimum.


Single lenses:

Less commonly found, these are lighter than double lenses by a small amount and cheaper. Single lenses fog up quicker than double lenses, so need to be coated with a fog resistant layer.

Double lenses:

More expensive than single layered lenses these are sealed during construction to put a barrier on internal fogging.


Flat Lenses:

The surface of the lens is flat. Lower priced, these are better for budget buys. Flat lenses offer the peripheral vision.


Spherical Lenses:

The surface of the lens has a vertical curve. These cost more than flat lenses. They give better peripheral vision Spherical lenses tilt away the sun’s glare for less distortion.


Lens Colour In Ski Goggles and VLT -Visible Light Transmission

Lenses can be purchased with filters that help change the way you see as you ski. 

Different tints allow you to get a better view to suit your surroundings. The amount of light that reaches your eyes through the goggles is important, and is measured in as VLT, or visible light transmission.

Darker lenses in greys and blues have a lower VLT, whereas lighter lenses in ambers and pinks have a higher VLT. 

Most ski goggles come with interchangeable lenses so you can adapt your VLT to your environment and conditions, whilst more expensive photochromic goggles adapt themselves.


For Bright , Sunny Conditions: Dark Lenses are needed.

You need more visibility so the light can ‘bounce back’ for excellent levels of distance judgement, with less light coming into the lens

  • Grey Lenses 
  • Dark Brown Lenses
  • Mirror Lenses 
  • Blue Lenses 
  • You can also choose Polarized Lenses, which cut back on glare.


For Foggy Conditions/Poor Visibility/Flat conditions: Lighter lenses are needed

Lighter lenses are used so more light can enter the goggles. 
You need more depth perception and contrast and the ability to see shapes in the darker areas. 

  • Pink Lenses
  • Red Lenses
  • Yellow Lenses
  • Amber/Gold Lenses
  • Green Lenses


At Night: You need the maximum light possible: No tints are needed

No tints are used so the maximum light can enter the goggles. 

  • Clear Lenses

Fitting Your Ski Goggles

  1. Check your ski goggles for helmet compatibility. 
  2. Check that the straps on your ski goggles are secure on the helmet and able to fit all the way around before you set off. 
  3. Make sure the nosepiece of your ski goggles isn’t irritating and that any padded areas are slim enough to strike a balance between providing comfort and overheating. Most ski goggles are tried and tested to provide the ideal compromise between these two factors.  
  4. Test your ski goggles to ensure that the padding is intact and in the right area to provide support. 
  5. Your ski goggles should be able to fit with your helmet without being pushed too far down, so try both on together if possible. 
  6. See how well vented your ski goggles are, from the side and the bottom. This can be in small venting holes in more expensive models or wider vents. 
  7. Included side covers in ski goggles can help keep wind and debris from entering your eye area 
  8. Look for a headband attachment to yoru ski goggles,which keeps your ski goggles in place
  9. Ski goggles can be adapted to fit customized lenses if you usually wear glasses too. Oakley ski goggles usually offer this kind of protection as well as variety of lenses, so whether your long sighted, short sighted or very poorly sighted, you can still get the protection of a goggle, with the vision of your glasses 
  10. Before you head off make sure that your ski goggles are free from any marks and scratches that may hinder your vision.

Caring For Your Ski Goggles

  • Scratch resistant coatings can help keep your goggles free from marks and abrasion. 
  • A ski goggle case helps protect your ski goggles when they are not in use. 
  • Always store your ski goggles away from direct sunlight or dampness when not in use. 
  • Use a specific ski goggle wipe to remove snow or build up as opposed to your hands which have oils on them.