Which Goggle Lens Is Best For You?

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Before heading out onto the slopes it is important to first understand that light levels and visibility can quickly change. Snowboarding becomes very dangerous and disorienting with bad visibility. You are unable to see other slope users, trees, and changes in terrain. Choosing the right goggle lens can dramatically improve your vision and comfort on the slopes. 

W&R Tip

If you are having difficulty snowboarding because of low light levels and poor visibility then it is best to ride in or near the trees! Trees give you points of reference and separate the fog/cloud which increases your ability to discern shapes and changes in the terrain. On low visibility days, you should try to avoid the barren peaks of larger mountains because they will disorient you.

Which Goggle Lens To Choose

An Interchangeable goggle lens is the best way to ensure optimal vision. You can switch out your lens anytime and anywhere. The conditions on a mountain can change in an instant, so you always want an extra lens handy. There are several types of lenses to choose from. Each works to enhance brightness in different ways to enable you to have the best possible riding experience. 

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Different colours of tint in your goggle lens help to enhance snow definition in low light or to damper glares on sunny days. The levels of VLT (visible light transmission) in your goggles will determine whether they are preferable on sunny or cloudy days. Lenses with high levels of VLT should be used on cloudy days. And lenses with low levels of VLT are more useful for sunny ski days. 

There are three large categories of lens tints: Low light, medium light, and light bright. On light and bright days you will want to equip yourself with darker tints such as grey, copper, or dark blue. Medium light days require a light gold or pink less. And yellow lenses or very light in colour lenses are best for low-light days. 

Interchangeable lenses allow you to quick and easily change your lenses at the drop of a hat. Recent goggle innovations have lead to lenses that can be clip-on or held by magnets. 

The recently launched Dragon X2 goggle uses Swiftlock Technology. This makes the lens unbelievably easy to change and also locks it in place.

Frameless spherical goggles give you the most amount of peripheral vision. Spherical lenses are also the least likely to have fog up. Lenses are most often comprised of two separate lenses which are fused together. Goggles with frames accumulate moisture in the padding around the frame. This moisture than oftentimes leaks between the two frames and causes fog. You cannot wipe this fog off and it is difficult to get rid of. Frameless goggles present a great option to avoid this from occurring. If your goggles are fogging up place them near a heater to dry the moisture out. 

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Oakley Prizm Goggle Lens

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Watch & Ride’s go to goggle for the 16/17 season is the Oakley Airbrake XL Prizm.  See the slopes with sharper vision! Rose and jade tint Prizms lenses are a revolution in lens technology. They allow you to see in a variety of different levels of light. In foggy or flat light days the rose tint provides crucial extra definition on the snow to stop you getting caught unaware. They also have spherical frameless lens which gives you a huge range of vision. The mechanism lets you to pop your lens in and out while you’re on the go. 

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Fraser Johnston

Founder & Trainer at Watch & Ride
CASI Lvl 3 | Evaluator Lvl 2 | Park Evaluator. After coaching and evaluating "instructor training programs" for several seasons, I fell in love with the science of snowboarding. I believe there is no better way to spend a day, than using your body for sport outside in nature! It is always such a joy to guide and watch people reach their potential on the snow, as well as surpass milestones of what they thought was possible.The goal for Watch & Ride is to create fun and simple Virtual Snowboard Lessons that are available to everyone and conveniently accessible. My wish is to grow the sport and evolve the way people learn to snowboard, ensuring they have fun, stay safe and get the best possible experience on the mountain.

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