Snowboard Goggles: More Function than Fashion
Snowboard goggles are more than just a pair of sunglasses with a strap. Sure, snowboard goggles provide invaluable protection from harmful UV Rays, just like sunglasses. Unlike sunglasses, snowboard goggles provide complete protection against the other elements such as windy, ice and snow which are common on the mountain. Due to the unique contour of snowboard goggles, snowboarders experience greater peripheral vision, which, of course, means a safer ride for yourself and others. Snowboard goggles provide protection against hazards caused by branches or rocks.
Snowboard goggles commonly allow for interchangeable or replaceable lenses that can be used for a variety of weather and visibility conditions. This feature is particularly useful when the stock lens on a snowboard goggle does not provide enough contrast for certain conditions such as fog or blizzards. Some snowboard goggles may not provide enough protection against more sunny days. Interchangeable lenses are not usually expensive and are easy to store in protective cloth sacks or hard chases so you bring several with you to the mountain and change them throughout the day.
Which Snowboard Goggle Should You Buy?
The single most important factor in deciding which snowboard goggle to buy is how well it integrates with your helmet. Find a snowboard goggle that limits the gap between the bottom brim of your snowboard helmet and the top of the goggle itself. Doing so will expand your visibility, prevent annoying wind burn on that portion of your face and provide maximum comfort and warmth. Additionally, snowboard goggles will function best when they stay put and don’t slip on and off the wearer easily. This feat is accomplished when finding a snowboard helmet that has a clip or groove on the back of the helmet to keep the snowboard goggle strap in place. Some of the more expensive snowboard goggles will have silicone gel on the inside of the strap that prevent it from slipping off of a helmet.
The cost of snowboard goggles may vary widely. It’s not easy to tell why one snowboard goggle may only cost $30-$40 and another may cost as much as $200. The main difference in price can usually be attributed to the quality of the lens. There are three main categories of snowboard goggle lenses; thermo-formed, cylindrical and spherical. Thermo-formed snowboard lenses are the least expensive, most common lenses on the market. During the manufacturing process, these snowboard lenses are essentially warmed up and bent to the shape of the frame of the snowboard goggle. It’s critical to keep these goggles clean and scratch-free, otherwise issues with clarity, fogging and general visibility will be common. Cylindrical snowboard goggles feature lenses that provide a wider angle of peripheral, horizontal vision due to a more advanced manufacturing process. Often these are the goggles that integrate best with most snowboard helmets, particularly if that snowboard helmet has a brim of some kind. Spherical snowboard goggles are similar to the cylindrically-lensed snowboard goggles except their lens are shaped using a round object. This shape provides maximum visibility in every angle, rather than simply left to right. The lens material is frequently higher-quality and subsequently more scratch-resistant than many lenses.
Lens category isn’t the only factor in determining the price of a snowboard goggle. Whether or not the goggle’s frame allows for the lenses to be changed or replaced and how easily they can be replaced is a major factor. The quality and type of frame of the snowboard goggle may be just as important as the quality and type of lens. Snowboard goggles with a spherical or cylindrical lens may have a “frameless” frame, meaning that the lens attaches to frame from the outside rather than snapping into it. The design of a frameless snowboard goggle is to permit for the widest angle of visibility, especially left to right. The look of the frameless snowboard goggle has become particularly popular due to the clean lines and apparently seamless integration with many snowboard helmets.
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