Ski Goggles Guide

With travel restrictions relaxing and the Beijing Winter Olympics finishing in style, you may be tempted to crack the old skis out and head back onto the slopes. However, you may notice that your ski goggles are a bit ratty. Maybe it’s time for you to grab a new pair for when you next hit the slopes. Luckily for you, we’ve made a guide on choosing the right ski goggles for you.

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VLT technology

With regards to ski goggles, VLT is also important to consider. VLT is a measure of what percentage of light the lens will allow through to your eye. The lower the VLT, the less light is let into your eyes.

Depending on the conditions you’re going to be skiing or snowboarding in, you’re going to want a different VLT. VLT is often affected by the colour of the lenses you choose. So, if you’re going to be skiing through bright sunny conditions, look for snow goggles with a VLT below 25%. This is provided by having snow goggles with platinum, black, or red lenses, such as these Adidas SP’s.

If you’re going to be in partly cloudy and partly sunny weather, it’s better to look for something with a VLT that ranges between 25% to 50%. Typically, this is provided by blue and green lenses, like with these Bloc Spirit 3’s.

Finally, if you’re going to be skiing in overcast, cloudy or other low-light conditions, it’s advised to go with snow goggles with a VLT above 50%. This is often provided by yellow, amber, or rose-coloured lenses, which can be seen on these Bolle Freeze Plus’s.

Other features to consider

Firstly, ventilation is key for ski goggles. Vents are designed to help avoid fogging as you head down the slopes, by allowing water vapour to escape. Less water vapour means less cloudy vision when you’re heading down the slope.

Next up is the fit of the goggles themselves. Make sure that the face foam of the goggles follows the curvature of your face, leaving no spaces that wind or snow can get through.

Finally, you should make sure the strap that the goggles use is comfortable. If you have an uncomfortable strap digging into your head as you spend your day going off-piste, it’s going to irritate you quick.

We hope that this guide has helped you figure out some of the features you should be looking for when it comes to ski goggles. Whilst you’re here, why not see our collection of ski goggles. If sunglasses are more of your thing for the slopes, we also have advice on the best sunglasses for skiing for you to see.