Are you going skiing or snowboarding in the near future? Winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding require a wide range of equipment to unlock the ultimate experience - and if you ask us, it's usually worth every penny.
One of the most important things when heading out in the snow is a pair of solid and protective ski goggles. It's important to be able to see the things around you when going out in the snow - else you won't get far.
On this page, you'll find our selection of ski goggles from different brands - and all of absolute top quality. We've picked out some absolutely fantastic ski goggles, if you ask us! Learn more here about finding and maintaining the perfect ski goggles.
Did you know that snow can reflect light up to eight times more intensely than water? As such, snow can be quite dazzling, and if you combine this with high speeds, things can quickly go wrong.
As well as this, harmful UV rays can become up to 12% stronger for every single kilometer you go downhill - and skiing and snowboarding are perfect examples of when this can happen.
So, to minimise the risk of getting dazzled, it's important to wear ski goggles that protect your eyes from the sun. In addition to protecting your eyes, ski goggles also help you see better and widen your entire field of vision.
Ski goggles are also pleasant to wear in cold and windy weather where the eyes and face would otherwise be exposed.
Buying ski goggles is not always easy. The market is large and filled to the brim with ski goggles in a range of different prices.
We want to make it easy for you. That's why we've put together a few things you should consider before pressing "buy".
There are two general types of lens shapes, each one bringing advantages and disadvantages. Cylindrical lenses bend on the vertical axis and are flat on the horizontal axis. They offer a slightly smaller field of vision than spherical lenses, but they're often cheaper.
Spherical lenses provide a perfect field of vision by bending on both the vertical and horizontal axes. They widen your peripheral vision and help you see what is below, above and next to you.
The lenses bend in a very similar way to your eyes, providing you a more accurate field of vision with more space between your face and the lenses - and less fog. This does though mean that this type of lens is often more expensive than cylindrical ones.
At CoolSnow, you will find ski goggles with either cylindrical or spherical lenses, so it depends entirely upon your needs and your budget as to what you should choose.
Not everyone is aware of this, but the colour of ski goggle lenses plays a huge role in how they protect the wearer from the weather.
If it's dark, choose light colors - and vice versa:
It may be wise to choose a lens with a mirror coating. It reflects sunlight, stopping it from penetrating the lens and hindering the effectiveness of the lenses' colour.
At CoolSnow, you'll also find photochromic lenses that automatically go dark or bright as the light changes. With these sorts of goggles, you don't need to be as conscious of how the weather will be - the ski goggles will adapt.
Think carefully about what a typical day of skiing or snowboarding looks like to you. What do you need? What is it about ski goggles that generally gets you down? What do you like about ski goggles? There are various things you can get out of a pair of ski goggles to make the experience even more enjoyable.
UV protection ensures that your eyes are protected
Most ski goggles come with some form of sun protection for the eyes. However, it's important to choose the greatest possible coverage if you want full protection.
At CoolSnow, you'll find ski goggles with 100% UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Maintain a perfect field of vision at all times with anti-fog coating and ventilation
There's nothing worse than ski goggles fogging up to the point that you can't see anything.
Fortunately, many manufacturers include anti-fog coating and built-in ventilation in their ski goggles, to ensure this'll never be a problem - and, of course, you'll also find these kinds of ski goggles on this site.
Not got the best eyesight? Make room for glasses under your ski goggles
Visibility can be a struggle regardless of whether you have good ski goggles. Combine this with poorer eyesight (requiring glasses) and suddenly there's a lot more to take into account.
At CoolSnow, you'll find ski goggles from e.g. HypeSnow that provide space for glasses underneath.
Ski goggles that pinch the bridge of the nose
If your ski goggles are pinching the bridge of your nose, it may be because they are too low on your face. You can start by trying to tighten them a little more so that they move further up your face.
If this doesn't help, you may need a smaller pair of ski goggles or to try another model.
Ski goggles that sit loosely on the bridge of the nose
Conversely, if you've noticed that there's too much air between your ski goggles and the bridge of your nose, you can start by loosening the ski goggles. They may be sitting too high on your face.
If that doesn't work, you probably need a pair of ski goggles with a larger bridge.
Ski goggles that put pressure on your eye sockets
If your ski goggles are putting pressure on your eye sockets to the point they get sore, it's usually because your ski goggles are too small for your face.
Ski goggles that squeeze your temples
Do your ski goggles squeeze your temples? If it's not because the ski goggles are too tight, they're probably too narrow.
If you take care of your things, they'll last longer. The same is true for your ski goggles.
As a bonus tip: Do not leave your ski goggles in a cold place. Cold ski goggles on a hot face can cause condensation to form. Keep them where you're staying so that they're warm when you put them on.
It’s one thing getting your hands on a pair of ski goggles that protect you from the sun, provide a good field of vision and so on. It’s another thing making sure they also sit properly on your face while you have a helmet on.
As a rule of thumb, there should be no (or at least very minimal) space between your goggles and your helmet. This applies both at the transition to the forehead and on the sides of the ski goggles. If these areas are not covered, you risk sunburn or frostbite on the exposed areas of skin.
When trying on the ski goggles, make sure that the helmet does not push the ski goggle frame down. The ski goggles should not pinch along the frame that's in contact with your face.