How To Choose Snow Goggles And Sunglasses For Winter Sports

What is it with that seasonal song, “Let it Snow,” because how can we not? We aren’t in some comic book universe equipped for controlling the weather. What we can control is what we put on our eyes when we head out into the snow though. The phrase “winter wonderland” was made for those of us who love to be out on snowy days — preferably engaged in a sport like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, skating or even just snowman building.

Choosing the right eyewear is crucial for not only blocking the sun’s harmful rays, but to offer protection from flying ice particles, tree branches slapping us in the face and other fun stuff when we’re snowboarding or skiing. Ordinary summertime sunglasses aren’t usually suitable unless they wrap around the face to offer protection from the sides. But, even then they are only good for non-vigorous outdoor activities rather than for snow sports.

Prescription Snow Goggles

If you wear prescription glasses, a pair of prescritption snow goggles can be just the right eyewear for you on the slopes. There is no need to wear both your regular glasses and the goggles, but have just the ski eyewear on instead. Look for a comfortable, foam-padded interior and a snug, but comfy head strap. Ultra-violet (UV) protection is important even on cloudier days and your snow goggle lenses should have both a scratch-resistant and anti-fog coating. Vents in the goggles are other important features in preventing fogging. While larger vent openings can often offer the most fogging prevention in snow sports goggles, they are also going to let more cold air in on your face, so this is definitely something to consider.

Style In The Wild

For the least damage to your wallet, it’s usually a good idea to select a unisex snow goggle design or you could easily end up having to pay more for those in collections labelled “women’s” or “men’s” specifically. Oftentimes, the unisex snow goggles are fun, bright and colorful in their design as well as attractive looking. It’s just that they happen to be more versatile that the offerings in the gender divided styles and maybe don’t look like something a Ninja ski racer would wear. Mainly consider your personality when looking for style in a snow goggle and you can’t go wrong. Fit and anti-fogging features should always come before going for style alone anyway.

Sunglasses In The Snow

If you don’t need the ultra-protection that goggles offer, wraparound sunglasses with ear pieces that stay put could work best. For snowy day strolls or lighter winter day fun like making a snow angel or a snowman, as well as for driving in winter conditions, good wraparounds are usually enough. For being outdoors in harsh winds though, you’re better off with goggles as your eyes will be prone to blurring and tearing from wind getting through regular sunglasses.  Sunglasses need “100% UV Protections” which means that your eyes will be protected from the ‘ABCs’ of ultraviolet rays — UVA, UVB and UVC — which are the 3 different types. Look for glasses that stay snugly on the ears, or you may even want a head strap if you’re going to be ice skating and practicing those spins.