If you are new to buying ski goggles and have an upcoming ski trip planned, this article is for you. As an experienced skier, I’ve made my share of mistakes when buying goggles in the past so I’d like to spare you the same misfortune by sharing with you my top suggestions on what NOT to do when buying ski eyewear.
- Don’t buy at a ski shop –this first tip is really a no-brainer. Ski shops are not unlike any other resort shop— they are notorious for having a limited stock and inflated prices. This should be your last option.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to shop –it’s better to take a little time to research a few places. Try sporting goods stores, ski and board shops and optical stores. Once you know what you want, consider purchasing from an online eyewear retailer like ADS Sports Eyewear for the best price.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions—while there, find a knowledgeable salesperson and ask as many questions as needed. If you are unfamiliar with the variety of lens tints, for example, have the sales clerk explain them to you. If he or she fails to be helpful or isn’t an expert in their products, find someone who is.
- Don’t focus on one shape or style—be open to the many options of goggle styles and shapes now available. Try on as many goggles as possible until you find the perfect fit. The right fit can make all the difference in you ski experience.
- Don’t buy without testing it out—ask the clerk if he or she will let you take the glasses outside to see how they work in the sunlight. Conversely, if you plan to ski at night, check out the goggles in a dark room with one light bulb on and see if there is any glare.
- Don’t skimp on UV light protection—like at the beach, skiers need UVA and UVB protection to guard them against the sun’s rays. Don’t settle for less than 100% UVA or UVB protection.
- Don’t forget the warranty and return policy so if you have to return your ski goggles, you know what to do. For example, if the lenses get scratched, most retailers will not take the product back so bring a spare pair on your trip so you can protect the new ones until you can return them. Many manufacturers will replace the goggles within a certain timeframe if you follow their return policy.