Skiing Sunglaou planning your first foray into the winter world of skiing? You may have already bought, or booked, ski boots, skis, ski poles and helmet to be collected at your ski resort. But have you organised your sunglasses for skiing?
Skiing is often considerSkiing Sunglasses extreme sport, and comes with the acceptance of a certain amount of bumps, scrapes and falls as you begin to find your ski-legs. Consequently, that pair of trendy beach sunglasses that have served you well through the summer on your local beach, will not be adequate for the rough and tumble of things on the slopes.
The difference between beach sunglasses and sunglasses for skiing
One thing you will immediately notice when browsing for your new pair of ski sunglasses is that they are tougher and more robust than their general-use counterparts. And with good reason, they’ve got an important job to do.
The last thing you need when downhill skiing is for your sunglasses to fall off the end of your nose, because there’s no stopping and trudging back up the slope to retrieve them. So, when trying on your new pair of sunglasses for skiing, you need to do some serious head shaking and nodding, to make sure you have a comfortable and above all, secure fit.
With all that bright sunshine reflecting off the snow, your eyes can easily be affected by glare, reflection and even snow blindness. So a snug-fitting wrap-around pair of polarised sunglasses for skiing is the better option.
At the same time, with all the snow particles in the air, your ski sunglasses need to allow the air between your face and glasses to be able to circulate. This will reduce condensation and help stop your sunglasses from fogging up. Many good quality sunglasses for skiing also have a chemical coating, which helps prevent condensation from forming.
Things not to do to keep your ski sunglasses in good condition
A new pair of flip-flops, trendy budgie smugglers and shades may be all you require for that summertime beach holiday. Unfortunately, the exhilarating sport of skiing comes with added expense for the extra kit needed to enjoy this popular winter pastime, so it makes sense to maximise the life of your new sunglasses for skiing from Snow + Rock.
To this end, here are a few things not to do to your skiing sunglasses.
- Use them correctly: Nowadays, if you walk down any high street, you will see as many pairs of sunglasses perched on men’s foreheads, or used as a lady’s hair grip, and they are not doing the job they were designed for which is shading the sun from the eyes. Not a good habit to get into with your ski sunglasses though. Although the arms are substantially more robust than standard sunglasses, they will still begin to bend and become a looser fit over time, increasing the risk of losing them on the piste.
- Don’t wipe them down with harsh material: During a busy day on the slopes, especially if a light breeze is blowing, fine snow particles will often begin to accumulate on your sunglasses while you are skiing. Don’t be tempted to remove them and wipe the snow away with a finger of your ski gloves or a corner of your jacket. The rough material will likely scratch the lenses and damage the anti-condensation coating on the lenses.
- Don’t leave your sunglasses for skiing anywhere they will be in full sunshine: Extreme heat can have an adverse effect on the plastic and start to make it brittle. Common places to avoid are a car’s dashboard if you’re being ferried back and forth, or on a table in full sun while enjoying a little après-ski. Put them under your ski helmet.
- Never use any type of chemical cleaner on your ski sunglasses, especially anything containing bleach or ammonia: Warm water with a touch of washing up liquid, gently wiped over, rinsed and allowed to dry naturally should be all they need.
- Try not to carry your skiing sunglasses loose in your jacket pocket or backpack: They can get scratched rubbing against other materials. Always keep them in the protective case they came in, and take them out when required. Happy skiing.