Going skiing – goggle or sunglass?
4th December 2023
If you’re going skiing this winter will you take a pair of ski goggles or sunglasses? 25 years ago most skiers wore sunglasses and a minority wore goggles; but the huge growth of snowboarding coupled with greater awareness of the risk of head damage has meant the opposite now applies – the majority wear goggles.
By necessity helmets are worn by all snowboarders and more progressive, accomplished skiers tackling challenging snow runs and going off-piste. And helmets and goggles go together, but some skiers do wear sunglasses with helmets. Skiers that are not intending to tackle black runs all day and are content with more “sedate” skiing can quite happily get by with good quality sunglasses. And for some the ‘enclosed’ feel of goggles doesn’t feel comfortable and goggles can restrict peripheral vision.
Even at moderate speed cold air can cause the eyes to water so if you opt for sunglasses it’s worth looking out for a pair with a full frame (not half frame) that are close fitting and wrap-around style to keep out wind, sun glare and prevent UVR from coming in over the top and sides of the lenses. If you prefer to opt for goggles you’ll still need a good quality pair of sunglasses with you on your ski holiday.
We have a good choice of goggles available and a very extensive choice of sunglasses suitable for skiing, including Category 4 models for use in intense glare/high altitude conditions. Click here for our Snow Sports section