The optimal ski goggles: bad weather – no problem!

Hannah Neuhauser

Skiing and snowboarding are especially fun when there is fresh snow. Sometimes you have to accept the bad weather. But snow and fog do not necessarily have to mean bad vision. Here you can find out how to convert your ski goggles into bad weather goggles.

Why your ski goggles don't care about poor vision

When looking for new ski goggles, you often come across different colored lenses. These not only look cool. Their function is even more important. Depending on the tint of the lens, the ski goggles are suitable for other weather situations. If it is bright and sunny, glasses with a dark tint are used. The less light that can enter through clouds or fog,  the brighter the glass has to be. Just like for bright sunshine, there is also the perfect lens for bad weather.

This is how bad weather goggles work

The different lens tints are divided into so-called filter categories. These describe how much light can enter through the glasses. The incidence of light is measured in a VLT value ( visible light transmission). The higher this light transmission value in %, the more light passes through the glass. Depending on the VLT value, the lenses are classified into 5 different categories (CAT.). For bad weather,  CAT. 0 and CAT. 1 are suitable. This means that they let 100-81% (CAT.0) or 88-44% (CAT.1) of the incident light through. These glasses have (almost) no tint, so they are largely transparent. With a lens in this category, bad weather is no longer an obstacle for your ski goggles.

Here you can find out more about the different categories of glass types and their areas of application.

An eye-catcher even in bad weather

Even with bad weather glasses you don't have to do without style. In the past, ski goggles mostly had orange lenses that were suitable for as many different weather conditions as possible, but not for all. In terms of optics, the orange lenses don't make much of a difference either. The NAKED Optics bad weather lenses (CAT.1) are based on clear plastic. Therefore, it is optimally suited for a wide range of low-light conditions. For visual appeal, the glass is mirrored on the outside, which gives it a light pink tone. For our latest model, The NOVA, we've put extra effort into it. For these ski goggles there is the new "high-contrast" bad weather lens. The purple coloring emphasizes the contrasts even more in snowfall and bad light. The green mirroring on the outside gives the lens an extraordinary duochrome effect. With these lenses, bad weather is no longer a problem for your ski goggles.

The most versatile goggle - bad weather and sunshine

There is the right lens for all weather conditions. So that you don't always have to buy new ski goggles, we at NAKED Optics have specialized in ski goggles with magnetic interchangeable lenses. An interchangeable lens ensures that your ski goggles can cope with any weather. With the SnapTech magnet changing system, you can switch between different lenses in just a few simple steps, depending on the weather conditions. To protect your ski goggles from poor vision, there are different colored lenses with different VLT values ​​for each goggle model. In the NAKED Optics online shop you will find our models The STORM, The TROOP EVO, The FORCE EVO and The NOVA with magnet system.

Anti-fog ski goggles: Bad weather doesn't stop you!

Bad weather glasses with an anti-fog coating also help with poor visibility. This prevents water droplets from forming on the inside of the ski goggles. This phenomenon can occur when warm air hits the cold lens of the ski goggles. So whenever your ski goggles have to withstand bad weather. NAKED Optics ski goggles are therefore made with double lenses. The outer glass determines the tint, the inner serves to prevent the glasses from fogging up. Our glasses are already equipped with an anti-fog coating. It is therefore not necessary to use an additional anti-fog spray. In the worst case, this can destroy the sensitive surface and even counteract the effect.

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Credits: Matthew Gartner

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