How To Buy Snow Goggles
You've realized that it's a bad idea to try to snowboard with no eye protection or in sunglasses. That means it's time to find the right snow goggles. We will help to quickly break down the main differences in various types of goggles so you find the perfect style for your needs.
Flat lens vs. spherical lens
The short answer is flat lenses get the job done but spherical lenses are designed to mimic the shape of the human eyeball which means better optical clarity. Also, generally speaking, spherical lenses offer better peripheral vision since they are usually slightly wider than flat lenses.
Big frames vs. small frames
If you own a wide-screen TV, you might like an oversized lens. Many people think "I don't need something that big" but the bigger and wider the lens, the larger your range of vision. More peripheral and all around visibility makes your day on the mountain much safer.
Why are most goggle lenses not polarized?
Polarization removes glare and sometimes, especially in snow, you need a little bit of that glare to see contours and depth differences in the snow. All lenses will protect you from UVA / UVB rays but many brands skip the polarized lenses for a more 'true' visibility. However, polarized goggles can do a better job at reducing glare on the super bright days and work well if you don't see yourself riding in shade/flat light at any point in the day.
What are Transition Lenses?
Transition lenses are lenses that can change their color based on the conditions they are subject to. In flat or low light conditions, the lens looks yellow. On blue bird sunny days, the lens darkens. The benefit of this lens is never having to swap out lenses.
Do I need to have a secondary lens?
Many goggles come with a single 'all around' lens that can work in both low-light and sunny conditions. Higher end models will have more condition-specific lenses that can be easily swapped out when conditions change.
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