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What You Should Know About Ski Goggles

Shredding powder on a great pair of skis can be an exhilarating experience. But having a good pair of ski goggles is an essential piece of equipment for skiing, and indeed for any winter sport. To help you find a pair that's right for you, here's some of what you need to know.

What are some major ski goggle brands sold on eBay?

Here are some of the major ski goggle brands that you can find for sale on eBay:

  • Rocknight
  • OutdoorMaster
  • Dragon Alliance
  • Oakley
  • Smith Optics
What are some ski goggle lens types and their features?

Fundamentally, there are two basic types of ski goggle lenses: spherical and cylindrical. Cylindrical lenses are curved horizontally. That is, the lenses are curved as they wrap around your eyes and face. Vertically -- that is, the part of the lenses that stretches from the top to the bottom of your field of vision as you wear them -- cylindrical lenses don't curve. Spherical lenses, however, curve both horizontally and vertically. The latter type provides especially good peripheral vision.

Some other important features of ski eyewear include:

  • Anti-fog Features - The various protective features in this category can include things like anti-fog coating that lets you maintain visibility and a thermal coating that also contributes to keeping your lenses from fogging up. Double lenses can also greatly reduce fogging.
  • UV Protection - All ski goggles typically have some kind of anti-UV features. These are meant to prevent damage to your retinas and keep your eyes from tiring while under the constant strain of light. Photochromic lenses can do this by either brightening or darkening, depending on how bright the light in the surrounding area is.
  • VLT - The Visible Light Transmission, or VLT, of ski lenses refers to the proportion of total light that the lenses allow to pass through to your eyes. Ski goggles typically block out light by the use of a mirrored lens. Goggles most commonly have a VLT of somewhere between 60% and 90%, but a VLT between 5% and 20% may be appropriate for a sunny day.
How do you make sure that your goggles fit you?

An obvious rule of thumb here is that the frame size your goggles should be correlated to the size of your head. Smaller frames are good for children as well.

Also, for those who wear glasses, a pair of OTG (Over the Glasses) goggles would be a good idea. They allow you to wear your glasses underneath your goggles while also keeping the glasses firmly in place. That way, you won't have to worry about not being able to see clearly while skiing.