You would never see Shaun White hitting the slopes without snowboarding goggles and you shouldn’t either. Professional snowboarders know that on the slopes, their eyes are their best friends. Your eyes let you see any potential dangers in front of you, including other boarders, trees, jumps and rails. You can only ride as well as you can see, and whether that means avoiding hitting other riders and trees or enhancing your view of bumps and ridges in the snow, they right kind of eyewear will make your riding experience that much better.
You might think that you do not need snowboard goggles because you only head to well marked and well known trails. The next time you hit the slopes, look up and notice the brightness of the sun. The sun disrupts your visibility, even on cloudy or overcast days. The rays of the sun bounce off the icy spots and the fresh snow, and create a glare causing snow blindness which may not be immediate. Snow goggles eliminate glare that keeps you from seeing other people on the slopes and the other potentially dangerous spots right in front of your face.
The top manufacturers of snowboard goggles, including Electric and Dragon, understand this problem. Not only do Electric and Dragon make stylish eyewear that matches your board or your clothing; they also provide the protection that your eyes desperately need while on the slopes.
Your eye protection should completely cover your eyes and part of the skin surrounding your eyes without blocking your nose or mouth. You will also find that they have plastic lenses, which will not break or crack if you take a bad fall. The color of the lenses varies depending on the style, but many boarders pick up a different color lens to match their board, or jacket. Pink, blue, yellow, orange and smoke colored lenses each have their uses for different lighting conditions, as well as mirrored. Also, make sure that your style of goggle frames are compatible with your helmet if you decide to use one.