In essence, a goggle serves two purposes, enhancing vision and protecting the eyes. But with an excess of different brands and styles to choose from, where do you start?
For most, skiing without goggles is unimaginable. The advanced protection and enhanced vision goggles offer over other forms of eyewear are invaluable.
By filtering out or boosting certain frequencies of light, your goggle lens only allows a suitable amount of light to pass through into your eyes. This has the effect of increasing contrast in low light conditions and preventing you from going snow-blind when it is sunny. Different lenses are built for different light conditions, look out for goggles that come with multiple lenses in the box to cover all conditions, however, some all-rounder lenses are seriously impressive. In recent years photochromic lenses have gained popularity, these smart lenses change opacity according to the immediate environment, meaning that you can ride all day without changing your lenses, come snow or shine.
Goggles provide a necessary barrier between your eyes and external forces. During a crash, the goggles will physically protect your eyes from damage while their UV protective qualities will protect your retinas from overexposure, a real danger in the mountains. No other eyewear offers the same security to skiers.
So where a goggle only has two key functions, what is the difference between different models? The Ski Club explored Snow+Rock’s range in their flagship Covent Garden store ahead of the winter.
When choosing goggles it is important to ensure that they fit with your choice of helmet. Head down to a Snow+Rock store to try on the goggles below to find your best fit.
During our visit to the flagship Covent Garden store, shop staff estimated that around 60% of all customers that purchased goggles left the store with a pair bearing a large O on the strap. Oakley has long been the benchmark when it comes to any kind of sportswear, perhaps in no market more so than snowsports.
The launch of the brand’s recent Prizm lens technology has only bolstered its popularity, thanks to the technology’s ability to increase definition in a variety of light conditions. It’s easy to see why so many of the world’s best athletes choose the American eyewear brand as their vision of choice.
View Snow+Rock’s extensive range of Oakley goggles here.
We picked out three of Oakley’s models that are available in Snow+Rock stores and online this coming winter: