Choosing the Right Snowboard Goggles
Choosing what pair of ski goggles to wear each day can be a hard decision. The best thing you can do is to always check the weather every morning before you head out to the slopes. Weather is the most important aspect as to how a day on the slopes will pan out. It is solely responsible for every piece of gear that you use on a certain day. Ski weather in the mountains can throw a wrench in your entire day of you are not prepared. It can change quickly and change again before you even know what happened. That’s why you always need to be prepared for any conditions. Even though the weather business is one of the few places you can be paid to be wrong, you still have to trust the weatherman to some extent. Because sometimes they’re right on.
When it comes to snowboarding, mountain weather can come in three main forms – cloudy, partly cloudy/partly sunny, or sunny. All three are very different situations because they all allow different amounts of light to hit the slopes. This effects how you see things on the hill, how you ski, and how your skiing or snowboarding experience is enjoyed. Cloudy weather means the light is very flat and there is little definition, which makes it hard to judge distance, depth, and snow conditions – like moguls. It can make the day on the slopes very difficult. On the other end of the weather spectrum is sunny, clear weather. Sunny, blue bird colored skies are a skiers dream, especially after a big snow fall. Bright conditions make skiing easier because you have great depth perception, vivid, natural colors, and visible snow conditions. Unfortunately, bright sunny days are hard on your eyes and can cause headaches and eye fatigue. The last type of weather that affects ski goggle choice is partly sunny skies. Partly spin skies means that you’ll have pockets of sun and pockets of clouds. That means times of flat light and times of bright light, times when you can’t see well at all and times when you can see everything and then some.
So how do you pick snowboard goggles for each of these conditions? Flat light and cloudy conditions calls for goggles that allow a lot of light to reach your eyes. These are usually clear or yellow lens. Bright conditions and sunshine requires a darker lens that blocks light so your eyes do not suffer from the bright rays of the sun. These goggles usually are gray lens. Finally partly cloudy or partly sunny conditions calls for a universal lens that works in all conditions, like a rose colored lens or better yet, polarized goggles. These goggles will work well in all conditions, but not as well as a goggle developed specifically for flat light or bright light. If you have to go with only one lens or one goggle, you should choose a pair that works for partly cloudy or partly sunny skies. But if you have the luxury to choose, it will make a world of difference to your skiing or riding enjoyment.
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