i*Sunglasses are not just a leading retailer of quality ski sunglasses and goggles, but are also looking to raise consumer awareness to ensure maximum protection on the slopes.
Online PR News – 16-February-2010 – – ski sunglasses and goggles are a vital part of enjoying a winter sports holiday. They protect your eyes against harmful UV rays, impact and keep out the cold. Choosing the right eyewear is imperitive.
i*Sunglasses have been a leading retailer in the winter sports eyewear sector for many years and take advising their customers on the correct ski googles and sunglasses very seriously. The 2 buyers guides will ensure you stay safe.
Many skiers choose to wear ordinary sunglasses whilst on the slopes. Such sunglasses may be suitable, however high optical quality lenses that are fully UV400 compliant (block both UVA and UVB rays) are essential. The sunglasses themselves should give good peripheral protection to minimise UV rays and drafts from entering around the frames. We recommend you don't compromise just to save money, unsuitable sunglasses will ruin your winter sports experience.
Close fitting wraparound sunglasses with shatterproof, polycarbonate lenses provide the best protection and give a wider field of vision. The high base curve style of typical ski sunglasses demands optically correct de-centred lenses for clear distortion free vision. Anti-fog coatings on the lenses are also recommended. These chemical treatments leave a water-repellent residue that helps reduce fogging on the inside and outside of the lens. For minimum glare, ski sunglasses with polarised lenses may be preferred.
Sunglasses used for skiing and snow boarding should be durable so they don't break in the case of a fall or wipe-out. A headband attachment can be used so they don't fall off, even leisure skiers have the occasional tumble. Frames made from Grilamid TR90 are ideal because they are super-strong and designed to flex making them resistant to stress, cracking and fatigue. TR90 is an extremely lightweight and flexible material. It is virtually indestructible, has no risk of toxicity or allergy and is stable to UV exposure. Unlike sunglasses made from cheap materials that discolour from the sun's UV rays, these are made to last.
When choosing a pair of goggles there are many features to consider before making a purchase. The key factors you should consider are slope conditions and activity level. Look for models that offer full UV protection and that will be compatible with your helmet. Single lenses are generally less expensive but double lenses are less prone to fogging.
ski goggles must be tough, durable and very comfortable. Good quality frames are usually made from polyurethane which is very lightweight and shock absorbing. As they are likely to be worn all day it is important to ensure a good fit. The foam lining and headband should be super-soft and ductile, hypoallergenic and have a high absorption capacity. A 'V' nose within the foam lining gives a self adjusting and very comfortable fit around the nose without causing breathing problems.
Double lenses, anti-fog coatings and vented frames help to reduce fogging and sweat condensation. A dual venting system (DVS) with upper and lower vents will optimise the air flow over the inside surface of the lens. This reduces fogging and provides fresh air for your eyes. Spherical lenses provide extra high contrast and sharpen definition against distracting backgrounds delivering superior terrain definition in all light conditions.
Steve Cranie, owner of i*Sunglasses summarised "Remember, do not compromise safety for fashion" .