Snowboard goggles

Snowboard goggles are a crucial piece of kit for both more effective and safe snowboarding. How? Well, they can protect your eyes from the blinding sun that is reflected off the snow, not to mention help to avert the risk of frost nip caused by harsh weather like wind and snow. The right choice of snowboard goggles also need to fit well, stay mist-free, and provide high quality UV protection. If you want to know more about how you can discern what to look for in a sufficiently high quality pair of snowboard goggles, just read on.

The first thing you should do when considering any pair of snowboard goggles is make sure that they will be comfortable to wear. You have to remember that you will be wearing them for the whole time that you are snowboarding; hence, you should check that they fit well, and are neither too big nor too small. Goggles too large could, during snowboarding, either fall off or obstruct your view, both scenarios being dangerous, while goggles too small could be distractingly painful to wear. You should also check that the goggles have sufficient foam padding where they meet your face, and have no exposed sharp edges which could cut into you.

You should also seek snowboard goggles with high quality ventilation. Without it, your eyes and face will become uncomfortable due to stuffiness - and, worse, your goggles will probably fog up, blurring your vision and endangering you, should you be snowboarding at high speed. Thus, you should check that there are vents both on the top and bottom of your snowboard goggles, and that the lenses are anti-fog. You can test the anti-fog properties of any snowboard goggles under consideration by simply breathing into the inside of the goggles in-store.

Despite the fact that snowboarding usually takes place during the winter, it also remains crucial to purchase snowboard goggles which can serve like sunglasses in diminishing the possibly blinding effect of the sun's rays being reflected off the snow. To this end, you should seek goggles which come with UV protection and some kind of anti-glare properties; you can ask the staff at a retailer of snowboard goggles to direct you towards the goggles like these.

Also, check that your chosen goggles are scratch-resistant. Though most lenses for snowboard goggles are manufactured from polycarbonate plastic, this is only moderately scratch-resistant. Really, you should be seeking out the (usually more expensive) goggles with lenses coated with a high tech hard finish that improves the scratch resistance of the polycarbonate. However, you should also consider buying replacement lenses, as even the most scratch-resistant lenses can be inflicted with unsightly marks from tree and bush branches.

Once you have considered all of the crucial functional properties of snowboard goggles, though, why shouldn't you consider the aesthetic properties of such as well? After all, snowboard goggles can be wonderfully diverse in appearance, and it would be nice if the physical appearance of your goggles did complement that of your other snowboarding gear, like your jacket, pants, helmet and gloves.

Ultimately, though, much of this advice for buying the right snowboard goggles can serve only as an important starting point. What is also crucial is that you request further advice on this issue from other practising snowboarders and the staff (possibly also practising snowboarders) at specialist retailers of snowboarding gear. Such people could provide a vast mine of advice which there is insufficient room to detail here. Once you have opted for a great pair of snowboard goggles, though, you can just look forward to having a great time on the slope!