How to choose the best Ski Goggles?

Snow goggle criteria guide

How do you choose the best fitting Ski Goggles?

When you start searching for a nice looking and fitting pair of ski goggles you will most likely end up with the decision between hundreds of variants. But what are the most important aspects of the ski goggles and how can we find them. This blog will tell you everything there is to know about your ski goggle decision.

Ski Goggle decision criteria:

Is your Ski Goggle compatible with your helmet?

The most important aspect for your goggle decision is that it will fit with your helmet. If it won't fit, it will be useless, so let's dig into the details. 

Look at the smooth curve of your helmet where your goggles will rest upon. This curve should be mostly identical to the goggle curve for a good fit. The example below is a Large helmet (58-61 cm) with our one-size-fits-all ski goggle.

Snow goggle fit in helmet

These two markets have been working with each other for a good amount of time and you will notice that most ski goggle and helmet combinations will fit decently. But that doesn't mean every size will fit, because a fitting size helmet is important and not everyone has the same size.

Regular fitted ski goggles will most likely fit with the sizes medium and higher. But for small helmets and kids helmets, they do not always fit. To know if those will fit you'll either have to try them or measure the sizes of the helmet and goggle.

Besides a regular fit you will find oversized fitted goggles that are slightly bigger and will fit with large and bigger sized helmets. And a one-size-fits-all which is designed to fit in any helmet size from small and bigger.

The global measures of a ski goggle and helmet fit:

  • One size fits all -> Helmet Small and up
  • Regular fitted goggles -> Helmet Medium and up
  • Oversized fitted goggles -> Helmet Large and up 

 

How to determine if a Goggle will fit your face?

Second up is the ski goggle fit, every face is different and determining if it will fit can be difficult. Luckily there are two aspects that determine 95% of the fit.

The first aspect is the frames flexibility, where a flexible frame will form nicely along any face shape. More stiff frames will be deforming less and therefore fit to less face shapes than the flexible one.

The second aspect is the applied foam backing. The foam has all kinds of purposes like ventilation, sweat and moisture, but the most important one is that it will provide a full perimeter fit to your face.

Triple layer foam backing ski goggle 

But which foam will fit better? Foam that consists out of multiple layers have multi purpose effects and will most likely provide the best overall quality. But the fit is determined by its firmness, not too firm and not to soft. It's a factor of what you prefer as it has to feel right. 

Bonus tip:
Often the foam might feel cheap or lacking quality, but on the contrary it might be a higher quality than you think. A foam that is porous will make it look and feel cheap but provides the best benefits for it's function!

Which lens categorie do I need?

Next up are the lens categories for ski goggles. Lens categories are marked with CE and a following number between 0-4. The mark indicates the amount of visible light that can come through the lens.

The CE mark can tell you for which weather the lens is most relevant, but there's more to lenses. The lens consists out of a base lens with multiple coatings that provide UV400 protection, polarization and so on. The color of the base lens and coatings like REVO technology can increase or decrease contrast.

Here's an example of our ski goggle lenses and their weather applicability:

Ski goggle lens weather chart

 

Here's a small cheatsheet for CE categories and weather applicability:

  • CE 0 are for best heavily clouded and snowy weather
  • CE 1 are best for cloudy weather
  • CE 2 are best for partly cloudy weather
  • CE 3 are best for sunny weather
  • CE 4 are best for extremely sunny weather

Do I need multiple goggle lenses?

There are ski goggles with lenses that will do in every weather circumstance. But those are definitely not ideal as the lenses have a range they work best inside and are never optimal for everything. A set of 2 lenses would do the same job a lot better and with quick changeable lenses that's a no-brainer. There are lenses available for any kind of weather circumstance so pick whatever you like!   

How do you keep moisture and fog out?

There is nothing more annoying than a lens that constantly fogs up, but how can we prevent it from happening? There are a ton of ways to reduce the fog, but the biggest factor is te goggle design itself. Most preferably they have a full perimeter ventilation and prevent snow from entering the ski goggle.Besides that the foam plays a role in the fog that has to go out!

The best option would be to have an anti-fog coated lens with full perimeter ventilation to keep moisture away.

Full perimeter ventilation ski goggles    

Which colors and design should I choose?

This one is up to whatever you like, after all it's you that has to like it. I wouldn't be worrying a lot about how others might like it, but go with what feels right. 

The current trends are rimless goggles with high reflective colored lenses like our Slopester collection.

High reflective snow goggles


Over the glasses compatible ski goggles?

Look for the OTG or over the glasses compatible designs. The example below is our flexible Slopester frame with recesses to fit over the glasses. It is never the most optimal way of using ski goggles together with glasses, but it's the best we can provide. For the best comfort contact lenses would be advisable.

Over the glasses compatible snow goggles

Quality above all.

Quality of the goggle should be priority, because is spending the skiing trip with terrible goggles worth the 20 extra bucks? No it's not. Going on a skiing trip usually costs quite a bit and saving the small amount to ruin your trip would be a disaster.

For quality goggles the price usually starts at about 80 or 90 bucks. But you there are way more expensive and excluisive models on the market.

Do you need polarized ski goggle lenses?

The short answer is no. Polarization reduces glare and blinding light, do you need it? Yes preferably, why is polarization unnecessary then? Because most of the coatings that are already applied on ski goggles will give a 99% polarizing effect. You would be spending extra money for a negligible effect.

So which coatings will give the polarizing effect? There are a lot of coatings that give the polarizing effect but the most used one is the REVO coating. The coating was designed by NASA for aerospace rockets to reflect the intense sunlight in space, a polarizing effect was necessary. The REVO coating is used to create the bright colored reflective lenses that popular brands use. So if you see a REVO coating lens, the polarized layer is not necessary!


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