Mountain goggles

How to choose a ski mask

With the onset of the first cold weather, many people leading an active lifestyle begin to think about resting at a ski resort. For a good rest, you need special equipment, one of the important elements of which is a mask or goggles. This article aims to answer the question - how to choose a ski mask.

Why do you need a ski and snowboard mask?

The obvious answer is for security. This piece of equipment is designed to protect the athlete from the influence of a number of negative factors:

  • Ultraviolet (especially aggressive in the mountains)
  • Reflection from snow (so as not to burn the retina)
  • Headwind and snow.
  • The most important thing is that the ski mask provides a clear view of the track.

Peculiarities of choosing a ski mask

Every person is different, so if a mask fits one person, it doesn't have to be suitable for another. The most important thing when choosing a mask is fitting.

Another important point is not to chase low prices. A ski mask is a very technological product and cheap samples popular on the market are often detrimental to eyesight. In them, instead of lenses with UV protection, ordinary tinted glasses are used. In such a mask, the pupils dilate and there is a risk of damage to the retina. In case of a lack of funds for a normal mask, it is better to save up money or use a rental.

Ski mask lens types

One of the most important characteristics of ski masks and goggles is the filter color. For example, orange and yellow will sharpen the picture.

A shaded filter (Category 4) is best for bright sunshine or high altitudes.

Filters of 2 and 3 categories - for sunny weather. Category 0 to 1 - for fog and cloudiness.

Alpine ski mask shape

Let's list some more important criteria for choosing a mask:

Cycling statistics

Category 4 dark polarized lenses. Protection 100% UVA, UVB, UVC. Side sun protection.

Category 4 dark polarized lenses. Protection 100% UVA, UVB, UVC. Side sun protection.

Polarized lenses. Side sun protection (removable) Frame made of durable and l.

Category 4 dark polarized lenses. Protection 100% UVA, UVB, UVC. Side sun protection.

Impact resistant polycarbonate lenses with Antifog coating. Frame made of durable and elastic acetate ..

Impact resistant polycarbonate lenses with Antifog coating. Frame made of durable and elastic acetate ..

Polycarbonate polarized lenses. Frame made of durable and flexible acetate plastic. ..

Gerlach polarized sports glasses with internal silicone seal. Polik lenses ..

Polycarbonate polarized lenses. Frame made of durable and flexible acetate plastic. ..

An accessory that is a must for every self-respecting mountain tourism enthusiast must be of high quality and comply with all standards. Spectacles for the mountains are distinguished by a special design that was developed during the course of evolution and now they have ideal characteristics, design and properties. Today their assortment is quite wide and divided into several categories according to the degree of protection, which are quoted in numbers from 1 to 4. The first degree provides 20% protection from ultraviolet radiation, the second and third protect from 30% to 80%, respectively. The fourth degree of protection against ultraviolet radiation is 92%, which are most often the glasses for mountain tourism.

Cycling tourism statistics show the growing popularity of outdoor activities. Proof of this is the rapid development of infrastructure and the passion of young people.

This series of articles will help you choose your snowboarding equipment. We have prepared a special material for those who are already riding and for those who are going to start snowboarding for the first time. In this article, the reader will find out which masks for alpine skiing you should pay attention to and which models you should refrain from buying.

The ski mask protects the rider's eyes not only from bright sunlight, but also from snow, ice chips and strong winds. This piece of equipment will help preserve eyesight and not get injured due to loss of visibility.

Many beginners seek to save money on buying a mask by purchasing the cheapest models that not only differ in controversial quality, but also can cause eye disease. That is why experienced snowboarders prefer models from well-known brands with an impressive arsenal of technologies that will last more than one season.

What's the difference?

Most often, beginner snowboarders have a question: "What is the difference between models for a snowboard and models for alpine skiing?"

The main difference is that snowboard masks offer a wider field of view than ski masks. When snowboarding, the rider should have the widest possible viewing angle to avoid injury.

Ski mask selection

Criteria for choosing a ski mask:

  • Lens quality.
  • The size and shape of the frame.
  • Comfort.
  • Ventilation.
  • Helmet compatibility.

Often manufacturers of ski optics produce masks with a single lens, but there are models with a double lens. Such lenses are much more practical and reliable, because they sweat less, which means they do not create problems with the view. High-quality lenses have a spherical shape, that is, they are concave not only horizontally, but also vertically. This engineering solution distorts the visible image less. In addition to spherical lenses, optics manufacturers make cylindrical lenses and toroidal lenses, that is, a hybrid of cylindrical and spherical lenses.

To reduce distortion, lenses are often made in different sizes, thicker in the center and thinner on the sides.

Updated 05 September 2019

In its beauty, skiing can only be compared with diving: only at the top of a mountain or at the depths of the sea, an athlete comes off with those stunning "space" landscapes that most people see only in the movies. “This is space,” say skiers who find themselves on the slope on a piercingly bright sunny day. And as a diver needs a scuba gear, and an astronaut a space suit, a skier needs a mask: it protects the eyes and saves from falls. Today we will tell you in detail how to choose the right mask, how different models differ, what the cost depends on, and, of course, we will choose the 10 best ski masks and snowboard goggles.

First, let's figure it out in terms. There is no difference between the names snowboard goggles, ski goggles and ski goggles. Both involve a mask - a lens on a strap that is worn over a hat or helmet.

Sometimes there is confusion about the name Electric snowboard goggles. It may seem that these are some fashionable glasses with "electrics" - heating or enhanced ventilation. Masks with such functions do exist (from serious brands like Smith Optics), but they are not called electric. In the case of Electric snowboard goggles, it is the name of a popular brand from California. The Electric company produces sunglasses, ski masks, watches and clothing, taking into account the latest fashion trends and in different price categories - perhaps that is why the interest in the brand is so high.

Should you overpay for a popular brand of ski goggles?

I've been skiing for over 10 years: I started with alpine skiing, then got up on snowboarding. From my own experience, I can say that what is good is equipment that fits you, in which you are comfortable - and here the brand and price do not matter. For several years in a row, I skated in old ski boots, bought almost in second hand. I liked them, but I knew these boots were “wrong”: no ski pro would approve of them. As a result, I bought new boots, which I had already chosen, following the recommendations - with foot measurements and in the ski rack. But, alas, they did not pass the test on the slope! I never got used to tight boots, and the thought of their high price only exacerbated my dislike. Maybe that's why I finally switched to snowboarding?

The same can happen with glasses. If you sweat a lot while riding, then glasses for 15,000 rubles. will fog up as hopelessly as glasses for 1500 rubles. Alpine skiing is by no means cheap - hundreds of thousands of rubles can be spent on full equipment. If this is not part of your plans, then, in my opinion, you should not overpay for glasses. First, go for a ride with simpler glasses and formulate your claims, and only then, if necessary, look for a branded model. Have a fogging problem? Need glasses with forced ventilation. Not satisfied with the contrast? Try, for example, Oakley glasses with Prizm technology (this technology is indicated in the lens color column, like Oakley Men's Airbrake XL Snow Goggles (

Olympic Downhill Champion Lindsay Vonn advertises these goggles, and the company even has a model named after the athlete - FLIGHT DECK ™ XM LINDSEY VONN PRIZM ™ SNOW GOGGLE. Lenses muffle unwanted colors in the spectrum, making the picture more contrasty. However, this does not negate the need to change filters, therefore, to the mask for 10,000 - 15,000 rubles. you will have to buy at least one more lens. If you do not do this and skate in the wrong filter, the image will still not be perfect. So, before you shell out about 25,000 for a branded mask, try a simpler option that may be optimal for you.

Rules for choosing a ski mask

Choosing the best ski or snowboard goggles, especially for the first time, is very difficult. If you prefer skiing rather than extreme, then perhaps there is no point in spending money on expensive models from well-known brands Oakley, Smith, VonZipper, Anon, Spy for 15,000 rubles or more. At the same time, critically evaluate offers for less than RUB 1,500. The lens of such masks can be of poor quality: it is easy to scratch, fog up and the worst thing is to distort the image. In this case, you risk damaging your eyesight or falling, bumping into an unexpected obstacle.

Equally important is the issue of convenience - you should be comfortable. No pressure on the nose or other parts of the face is allowed. If you are riding in a helmet, your forehead should be completely covered (together with the mask, they form a single whole).

Ski goggles can be a real problem if you buy the wrong thing. Some do not adapt to changing weather, in others it is difficult to change filters, and still others are harmful cheap things.

From the article you will find out which masks will provide you with maximum comfort and visibility.

In ancient times, when skis did not yet have a rocker, and in webcam resorts, the process of replacing filters was considered the most difficult procedure. Those who did not have spare filters (and not everyone had them) skated blindly and suffered. In general, if the mask fogged up, he turned from a friend into a burden: not removed - from the headwind and snow, eyes water; and do not leave on the face - nothing is visible.

The producers knew about our troubles, but for some reason they did not do anything for a long time.

Ski goggles: modern technology

Today, the problem of poor visibility can be solved not only by changing filters, but also in other, sometimes exotic ways. For example, by darkening filters by pressing a button, or even by overlaying (literally!) One filter on another. But let's start in order.

In this article we will look at several ways to solve the problem:

  • Prizm, ChromaPop, Happy Lens technologies - contrast enhancement
  • Filter change
  • Photochromic filters - automatic adaptation
  • Photochromic filters - manual adaptation
  • Overlaying one filter on another

I have accompanied each technology with a video in English. Unfortunately, there are very few materials in Russian, however, knowledge of the language is not required - the examples are very illustrative.

Ski goggles: contrast enhancement

Prizm Filters are the latest development from Oakley. They increase contrast noticeably. As the famous alpine skier Lindsey Vonn says, “in this mask I see every bump, every hole on the track.”

Oakley. Prizm technology - contrast enhancement

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