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Cylindrical v Spherical Ski Goggle Lenses

Ski Goggles what is the best lens filter and is it Cylindrical or Spherical lenses

Good vision is one of the most important things when taking part in any sport, but none more so than Skiing. Being able to judge the undulations in the surface of the snow is what keeps you upright. Not being able to see well never ends pretty. There are 3 parts when choosing a ski goggle. See a full range of goggles HERE

Size and Fit: today you can buy goggles in many different sizes. There are normally 2 sizes for juniors, a ladies fit and adult male

Lens filter: Getting the right filter is important; you need to be able to see well in both bright and dull conditions. The fact is that light conditions can change very quickly high in the mountains. You can get a single lens that can change with the different light conditions. At UK eyewear we offer 2 options a photochromic lens and the Uvex LCD lens that changes from bright to dull conditions in just the blink of an eye. These types of lens are the most expensive and if you ski well and regularly they are a great choice. The next level is a 2 lenses system, a single mask frame with 2 different lenses to select from. Again we offer a choice we offer the Adidas Progressor with its 2 pod system and the Uvex Comanche Take-Off were you simple take off the bright conditions lens that is held in place by magnets. Next level down again is a ski goggle with a fixed lens the trick here is to choose the right lens for the conditions of the day and how do you really know that, carry 2 goggles? Well if you are going to carry a single goggle then my advice is that you take a low light goggle. You will know doubt be carrying a pair of sunglasses use them for the bright conditions. A ski goggle really comes into its own in white out conditions. You will need all the features of a ski goggle in these conditions. One of the best single lens ski goggle lenses is made by Oakley and the lens technology is called Prizm a Spherical lens that really does work.

You might now be asking yourself what is a spherical lens. Something not so commonly talked about is the shape of ski goggle lenses. There are 2 types Cylindrical and Spherical

Spherical: A spherical lens is curved both vertically and horizontally much the same as your eye. The lens offer less optical distortion and normally gives better peripheral vision depending on the mask type. Spherical lenses are more expensive and not so common on junior goggles.

Cylindrical: A cylindrical lens curves only on the horizontal plain the surface is flat and follows the curve of the goggle. These lenses are more common in low profile goggles and normally cost less.

UK Eyewear specialise in prescription ski goggles if you require a performance ski goggle only. You can still take advantage of all the features listed above. Simply choose the goggle you require and select send without prescription before you add to basket.

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