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Snowboard Goggles Buyers Guide

The importance of choosing a good pair of snowboard goggles is often under estimated, the right pair of goggles is an essential bit of kit that not only improves the quality of your day, but can also help you avoid accidents and in extreme cases eye damage. All too often snowboard goggles are a last minute purchase on the slopes, and while we know there are some excellent ski and snowboard shops in many resorts, there are also some not so good ones who have a limited selection and tend to be a little expensive, after all where else are you going to go once you have got to your resort?

Snowboard goggles help protect you from:
  • Sun & Ultraviolet rays - The combination of a thinner atmosphere at high altitude along with the reflection of light from the snow, means the sun's rays are far stronger than normal. Too much exposure to Ulta-Violet (UV) light on a short-term basis can give you sunburnt eyeballs (called photokeratitis), this hurts! Longer term exposure can permanently damage your eyes and may lead to cateracts or other eye diseases. UVA and UVB are the ones to watch out for, choose goggles that block 100% of these rays which bounce of the snow even on cloudy days (all Boardology's Snowboard Goggles have 100% UV protection).
Tree what tree?
  • Snow and Ice - even the most sedate riders get up a good head of steam at times, snowboard goggles prevent snow and particles of ice getting in your eyes and impairing your vision. Look for goggles with polycarbonate lenses which is more impact-resistant than glass or regular plastic. Also the more flexible the frame and lens, the less likely the lens will break or pop out in a bad fall.
  • Twigs - sounds daft but if you ever venture off piste (even accidentally) watch out for twigs, again goggles help protect your eyes and let you concentrate on missing the trees themselves.

Which type of lens?

The main consideration here is the prevailing light conditions:

  • Low to moderate light and fog - yellow and gold lenses are the ones to go for they help filter out blue light, emphasis shadows in the snow letting you see bumps and dips before you feel them!
  • On those grey, low light days - rose coloured lenses are excellent
  • In bright light - dark tints, especially green, reduce strain on the eyes and will help keep your eyes more comfortable for longer periods
  • Like sunglasses, polarized lenses reduce glare from sunlight reflecting off the snow, so are great on bright sunny days, however watch out towards the end of the day when there are longer shadows in the snow as these lenses tend to have darker tints than normal lenses
  • Mirror coated lenses improve further the effectiveness of tinted lenses by reflecting sunlight, again a great choice for bright sunny days.
  • If you are riding at night only use clear lenses

Snowboard Giggles - Gigi Ruff fron Dragon Goggles

Some goggles come with spare lenses that can be popped into the frame when conditions change, after all who rides with a spare pair of goggles?

Anti-fogging features

  • Look for snowboard goggles with a dual lens configuration, this provides a thermal boundary between the cold outside temperatures and hot body temperatures from within. This thermal boundary acts as a transition for the contrasting temperatures, which is the main cause for fog itself.
  • Fogging is an accumulation of condensation in the form of tiny water droplets, many quality brands dip their lenses in a coating reducing the surface tension and making it more difficult for the tiny water droplets to bond.
  • And lastly consider the venting along the sides, top and bottom of the goggles which are designed to let air flow through the goggle also reducing fogging, just like a car windscreen, the more, larger vents there are the better this will work, however the downside is your face will be colder when the temperature drops.

What about fit?

Snowboard goggles come in many shapes and sizes, when considering which is right for you think about the following:

  • Peripheral Vision - you should have at least 180 degree vision from side to side, you need to be able to spot other riders and skiers to help avoid collisions. Again most quality brands on the market are aware of this and design their goggles with a wide lens, if you have any questions just give us a call or drop us an email.
  • Fit with your Helmet - all our goggles are helmet compatible, but there is always the possibility that the two don't quite work together, if you order a pair that don't work with your helmet Boardology will be happy to exchange them for a more suitable pair.
  • Glasses - You need to make sure that the goggles fit well over your regular glasses, obviously a larger goggle will work better here, but check the spec or ask us and we will be happy to help. If after all that you get them and they don't fit send them back and we will find you an alternative. Another solution would be to buy goggles that can be fitted with your prescription lens. Your optician should be able to tell you which goggle frames can be fit with prescription lenses.
  • Size and Strap - All our goggles have a size guide, but also look at the strap to make sure it is easily and securely adjustable, and of course comfortable for a days riding.
  • Padding - as well as comfort the padding on the inside of the goggle provides you with protection for your face in the event of a fall, you do not want your goggles cutting into your beautiful boat hampering your modeling career.
  • Fit - Adjust your goggles to provide a snug fit on your face, nose and cheeks. Poorly fitting goggles can lift off your face when you hit bumps, and are uncomfortable.

Make sure you can take them back to the shop!

Boardology is a family run business and we pride ourselves on exemplarily customer service, we want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied with your products or you want to exchange them, you have 14 days to return them to us unused, in the original packaging, including any tags and labels and in a perfect and saleable condition at your own expense to receive a full product refund or exchange.
Check out our full Returns Policy here.

What else?

A scratch-resistant coating will help your goggles last longer, especially if you like glade runs where there's a lot of brush or you tend to fall a lot. Always keep your eyewear in a soft pouch or lined case when not in use.

Check out Boardology's range of snowboard goggles.

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Boardology Quick Reference Guide

To help you with your choice of goggles across many ranges, Boardology have put together this simple guide to help you quickly identify the key features.


Light Conditions
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Sunny with clear skiesOvercast but brightFog

Overcast

Poor or Flat light

 

Fit Guide

 

Snowboard Goggles - Men specific gogglesSnowboard goggles - women specific gogglesSnowboard Goggles Wide FitSnowboard goggles - Narrow Fit for smaller faces

Goggles designed for

larger features

Goggles designed

for smaller features

Wider Fit GogglesNarrower Fit Goggles
Snowboard Goggles Regular Fit iconsnowboard goggles glasses compatible 

 

 

Regulal Fit -

will fit most adult faces

 Suitable for Glasses 

 

Other Features

 

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Bonus Lens

100%

UV Protection

Value For Money

Eco Friendly Materials

and/ or manufacturing

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POW GLOVE SIZE CHART

Measure your hand circumference around your knuckle area.

Pow Gloves Size Chart

WOMEN
SIZEINCHESCM
XS615
S6.517
M718
L7.519
XL820
MEN
SIZEINCHESCM
   
S718
M7.5-820
L8.5-923
XL9.5-1025

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