Vision is without doubt one of the senses that skiers depend upon the most, which is why goggles are such a key item on any skier’s kit list.
A good pair of goggles will serve two purposes, to enhance vision and to protect your eyes, all while being comfortable to wear for the user.
Manufacturers will aim to increase contrast with their lenses, which enables riders to better see changes of light in the snow. Some lenses designed for sunny conditions will filter large amounts of light to prevent glare from the snow blinding riders whereas some lenses will be optimised for flat light scenarios where the lens and coating will help exaggerate subtle changes in light, and some lenses will even do both!
Think about the last time something got stuck in your eye, the irritation can be infuriating. Now, imagine that irritation as you are carving down a piste. Goggles protect your eyes from debris as well as during crashes at high speed.
Just as with so much snowsports equipment, it is best to head down to a bricks and mortar store in order to ensure a perfect fit. This is especially apparent for goggles and helmets where a seamless interface between the two is integral to the comfort of riders.
Snow+Rock carry a large range of snowsports goggles, and we visited their flagship store in Covent Garden, London, to explore the range for ourselves. With the help of the shop’s manager Anders and his expert staff, we ran through the range and picked out some of the best goggles for all types of skier or snowboarder.
View Snow+Rock’s entire goggle range online here, or head down to your local store.