Winter breaks are on the rise with ski trips and snow-capped woodland cabins becoming some of the most popular destinations for holiday makers. Yet one can not simply pack their bag and jet off to the Alpines without some sensible preparation. Staying safe on the slopes is just as important as staying safe in the sun and one of the first things you’ll need to invest in is a good pair of Oakley Snow Goggles.
Want to know how to choose the best pair for your winter break? Then read on…
Why Wear Goggles?
Many forget that sunlight coupled with snow fall can do serious damage to your eyes; not to mention when sports are involved as well. A good quality pair of goggles should always give superior coverage. Firstly, because air is thinner at high altitude’s, this allows more exposure to UV rays. Throw in the reflection from freshly fallen snow and you’re left with a bright harsh environment that can leave you susceptible to eye damage and burns. A set of goggles will provide stronger protection than a pair of sunglasses whilst also efending your peepers from wind that might tear or blur your vision; not to mention the danger of ice particles getting into your eyes should you find yourself in harsh weather. Pls , when skiing or snowboarding, there’s no guarantee that even if you’re a seasoned sportsman, that you won’t get hit by branches if droppng through tree areas.
Helpful Features You Should Look out For
Lenses and Ventilation
The quality and features built into lenses represent the biggest difference between basic and high-end goggles.
Lenses are usually either flat or spherical..
- A flat lens curves left-to-right across your eyes and face, countouring with the shape of your face; but the lens surface is vertically flat (between the nose and forehead). Flat-lensed goggles are priced lower and work fine, but the flatness can cause more glare and slightly reduces peripheral vision.
- A spherical lens, too, curves across your eyes and face, but it also curves vertically. Curved spherical lenses give better peripheral vision, less distortion and less glare, but their cost is higher.Many of our Oakley ski goggles are curved for a better performance
TOP TIP: To avoid scratches, use the goggle sack or a lens-specific cloth to blot (not wipe) any snow or moisture off of goggle lens.
Ventilation is absolutely vital when it comes to goggles because fogging can be a serious problem on piste! When warm air (your body heat) meets cold air (the outside temperature), condensation can form. Goggles use a variety of approaches to avoid fogging. A few features to look out for could make all the difference on your winter vacation.
Anti-fog coatings are also another way to reduce this problem and all Oakley’s goggles a integrated with a special anti-fog coating.
The top, sides and bottom of goggles are the keys to help control fogging so vents are an extremely useful way to prevent this. . Wider vents generally create better ventilating airflow than smaller venting holes. The trade-off? Your face may get cold, particularly in extreme climates.
TOP TIP: If you’re not wearing a helmet, don’t put your goggles on top of your head. Rising heat from your body escapes through your head and cap, and goggles sitting on a head will trap this moisture.
Virtually all goggles sold today offer 100% UV protection from all 3 types of ultraviolet rays—UVA, UVB and UVC. Remember, even when it’s cloudy, UV rays are bouncing off of the snow.
Lens colour is mostly down to personal choice but some colours and finished have some advantages. Polarised coating is primarily designed to reduce glare whilst photochoromatic adapt to the environment by changing colour depending on whether light is harsh or dull. Many of our Oakley snow goggles come with interchangeable lenses instead which can be swapped over depending on the weather. Mirrored lenses are mostly aesthetic however they can in some case be engineered to allow in less light.
As for colour, you may find such orange-yellow hues as the Oakley Persimmon, Fire and H.I Yellow are better for highlights bumps and shadows in the snow whilst greens, greys and blues (such as the Emerald lenses) are more suited to duller days to bring out contrasts.
Frame and Fit
The fit of your Oakley ski goggles is very important which is why you should carefully choose the right frame for you. Oakley know this, which is why they have created so many varying designs for various sports – though really, the differences are mostly aesthetic. All Oakley goggles feature a foam interior which gives a comfort fit as the frame itself is specially moulded to match the contours of the face. This prevents the goggles from slipping, fogging or moving during vigorous activities and also allows you to wick away sweat when things get heated. Usually the goggle frames are crafted from a lightweight material – in this case, Oakley’s unique and world-famous O-Matter – with a fabric strap that features sturdy adjustments. These are to keep the goggles level and also allow room for a helmet.
Though pretty durable, Oakley goggle lenses require some care to maximize their life.
- For extra longevity, opt for goggles with at least one scratch-resistant coating
- Keep the goggles in their micro fibre pouch when you’re not wearing them.
- Don’t set the lenses lens-side down on a table or hard surface
- Don’t leave them on a heater or vehicle dashboard as this might damage them
- Don’t store them in sunlight.
Scratches usually are not covered under warranty, but you can buy replacement Oakley lenses separately
Check your instruction manual first. B Sunglasses advise using a recommended cleaner and a very soft cloth such as the micro-fibre cleaning cloth included with your goggles. Paper and other materials can damage or scratch the lenses. Keep fingers off of the lenses to avoid oil, dirt and smudges and try to polish with a cleaning cloth should you notice any present.
To clean you should follow this step-by-step guide:
- Shake off excess snow.
- Clear snow off of vents.
- Let any remaining snow melt.
- Use a soft cloth or anti-fog cloth to blot (not wipe) the lens dry.
- Put goggle back on and keep moving. Airflow will help your goggles stay dry.
Got any questions about your Oakley snow goggles? Leave us a message below or get in touch with our B Sunglasses Sales team for the best advice around!