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Clear Water Outdoor Choosing A Great Pair Of Outdoor Winter Goggles
 Posted By: Clear Water Outdoor Store
 Posted On: Feb 1 2012 11:55AM

Be sure to protect your eyes and your vision outside this winter.


During the winter months (or perhaps even all year long if you are lucky enough to live near the mountains), snowboarding and skiing are two of the most popular outdoor sports that many people enjoy participating in. These wintery, action-packed activities are not only a great way to get outside and connect with the snow-covered world outside, but they are also high-energy, interactive sports that can be fun for a group of people, or even by yourself.
 
Whether you are heading out on the slopes for your very first time, or you are already a master of the advanced hills and half-pipes, skiing and snowboarding are great outdoor sports for people of all ages and athletic types. For instance, many kids will start learning how to balance on their boards as early as seven or eight years old, while many seniors will also find the quiet, relaxing nature of skiing to be a great escape from their day-to-day lives.
 
 
However, like with any physically demanding sport, a certain amount of equipment and gear is necessary in order to make your ski or snowboard trip as comfortable and safe as possible. In skiing and snowboarding especially, nothing is more important than being able to clearly see the run in front of you and  looking for the safest route down the hill. Sometimes this can be difficult if snowflakes and water are flying in your eyes as you're gliding down the slopes, which is why picking out a quality pair of snow goggles can be so important.
 
Goggles offer you much better eye protection than a classic pair of sunglasses when you are snowboarding or skiing. The superior protection offered by goggles can help to keep your eyes safe from a number of mountain hazards, including ultraviolent rays, wind, ice particles, twigs and branches, and snow. To help you find a pair of goggles that is best for your winter activity, we have put together this quick guide which outlines some of the most important factors to consider when picking out a quality pair of snow goggles.
 
Lenses
The quality of your lenses and the features that are built into your goggles represent the largest difference between a basic pair of snow goggles and a pair that are considered more high-end. When it comes to the shape and size of your lenses, there are two basic types of lenses to choose from: spherical and flat. Spherical lenses curve across your eyes and face, while also curving vertically. This helps to give you better peripheral vision, less distortion and less lens glare. However, the cost of spherical lenses is often higher.
 
Flat lenses also curve right-to-left across your eyes and your face, but the lens surface is vertically flat between the nose and the forehead, rather than curving. This can cause a bit more glare to your vision and also slightly reduces your peripheral vision. However, these lenses are typically lower priced.
 
Ventilation
Vents in the top, sides and bottom of your goggles are going to be your main resource in helping to control fogging that may occur on the inside of your lens. Wider vents typically create a much better ventilating airflow than vents with smaller holes. However, the downside to large vents is that your face may become cold quickly, especially in extreme temperatures.
 
A few high-end makes of snow goggles may also include small, battery-operated fans in order to help disperse moisturizer to your lenses, which also helps to cut down on fogging.
 
UV Protection
You also want to make sure that whatever type of goggles you choose, your lens are rated for 100% UV protection to keep your eyes safe from UVA, UVB and UVC ultraviolent rays. Luckily, this type of protection has become virtually standard on all type of snow goggles sold today, due to the fact that UV rays are constantly bouncing off of the snow and into the eyes of boarders.
 
For more information about choosing a pair of snow goggles that work best for your outdoor activity, be sure to stop into Clear Water Outdoor today. Our trained staff can help you to make an informed decision that will keep your eyes both safe and comfortable on the slopes.
 
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