How to Choose Goggles for Skiing and Snowboarding

How Many Goggles or Lenses Do You Need?

This is of course depending on your individual needs and intentions of use.

In general, one goggle with an all-conditions lens in category S2 is is good as a base.

If you are skiing or riding in any weather conditions, we recommend to purchase a goggles:

-with a fast lens exchange system

-an additional spare lens for sunny days (category S3)

-and one for overcast conditions (category S2)

As an alternative, a photochromic lens covers the full range between S1-S3, as it automatically dims itself when exposed to UV light – the sunnier, the darker the lens.

Having more than one goggle is normally not necessary, but might be a solution if you are on the slopes a lot in snowy / overcast conditions, so you can switch goggles to dry – or for professional athletes, who have pre-set models for different conditions.

How to stop your ski & snowboard goggles from fogging?

All HEAD goggles feature a premium anti-fog treatment, which prevents the goggles from fogging in general. In addition, the ventilation system of your goggles assures that moisture is suctioned off when in motion.

To support the prevention of fogging, make sure your goggles have a snug fit and are included in the helmets ventilation system to prevent air jam. In case the goggles get wet on the inside, never swipe them – this might destroy the anti-fog layer and leaves scratch marks. Just put them in a dry place until the moisture is dried.

How to Pick the Right Type of Snow Goggles?

Once you know which lens category and lens you need you can get to terms with the details. After all, every face is unique, but with our range of goggles we got you covered!

Your vision is not just defined by color, but also by lens shape.

Spherical lenses are rather round and their shape follows that of your retina aiming at minimized distortion (clear, true field of view).

Opposite to that, cylindrical lenses appear flatter which serves a wide vertical and horizontal view (extended field of view). It is up to you which you enjoy more!

In addition, there are different frame shapes which are not just style elements, but important regarding the size of your face.

Naturally, you want your eyes to be entirely covered and the frame to be flexible when in action to ensure comfortability.

There are small, medium and large frames so make sure your field of view is big enough. Moreover, the frame has to sit tight yet comfortable on your nose. In that sense, also adjust the strap of your goggles correctly so the frame is not pressed on your face too much.

Frame shape also plays a role if you wear glasses. In this case, make sure you choose one of our glasses-compatible models with a wider frame and thicker foam or go with one of our visor helmets.

Eventually you should consider the quality and thickness of foam as it is an important comfort criterion. Double and triple density foam usually yields more comfort. Often combinations are used to optimize the fit.

At last, you will also want to have an eye on the match of your helmet and goggles. For optimal air ventilation and a wind proof closure you should choose fitting shapes. HEAD helmets and goggles are all designed to perfectly match each other!

Is there a difference between snowboard and ski goggles?

No, all goggles can be used for both.

Do you really need ski goggles?

Protecting your eyes is by no means less important than protecting your head in general. Your goggles are not just a barrier to keep your eyes save in a crash, but they are to enable you to see under any weather conditions, whether it’s sunny, foggy, snowy, cloudy or rainy.

Can you wear sunglasses instead of goggles for skiing?

Sunglasses might offer some protection against UV rays, but your eyes will still be exposed to wind and weather. We recommend to wear goggles when skiing or riding in order to be equipped correctly for any adventure and protected against any external hazards.