Polarized ski goggles - does it pay off?

Hannah Neuhauser

Sports and ski goggles are constantly evolving. One development that has prevailed in recent years when it comes to eyeglasses is polarizating lenses. In this blog we will explain what is behind it and whether you should also follow this trend with your ski goggles or not.

What's the deal with polarized lenses?

In order to clarify whether polarized ski goggles pay off for you, you should first know what this technical trend is all about. Not only does the direct light of the sun reach our eyes, but also the light from reflections. This reflected light is particularly bright on mountains with a lot of snow and ice. So this extra light doesn't blind your eyes. So while normal sunglasses and ski goggles protect your eyes from the sun's dangerous UV radiation, they shield you polarized glasses also block dazzling reflected light. You can read exactly how these glasses do this in our blog.

What speaks against polarized glasses?

So when you look at what polarized glasses can do, you would think that these are perfect for skiing. But unfortunately that is not the case. As is so often the case, polarized lenses also have a disadvantage. When skiing, this reduction in the incidence of light can also mean that you can no longer see differences and contrasts in the snow. This phenomenon occurs particularly on icy surfaces, as these reflect very strongly. The polarization filter makes it less easy to see icy surfaces. Since this can quickly become dangerous, polarized lenses are not recommended for skiin . This effect can also be found on LC displays such as those found on the dashboard in cars or on smartphones. Screens are then more difficult to read with polarized glasses.

What can you do about glare?

Especially skiers and snowboarders who are out and about on particularly sunny days or who like to be on a glacier, for example, need improved protection against bright light. If you feel too dazzled while skiing, you can use particularly dark-tinted ski goggles. If you don't want to buy your own ski goggles for every weather situation, you can use ski goggles with interchangeable lenses. In the NAKED Optics Online Store you will find a wide selection of ski goggles with interchangeable lenses. There you will also find a particularly dark tinted lens (CAT.4) for each pair of glasses, which is ideal for extremely sunny days and a trip to the glacier. The advantage of our ski goggles with interchangeable lenses is that you are perfectly equipped with our bad weather lenses even on days with little light. Here you can find out how you can defy bad weather with your equipment.


Credits: Florian Dorn 

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