Goggles are a cruel mistress. Treat ’em right and choose the right pair and you’ll be ripping lines, dropping cliffs and generally shredding the gnar like a well oiled German machine.
Choose the wrong pair however and you’ll be cursed with fogged up lenses whilst looking like you have an disproportionately large/small head. Even then, if you choose the wrong lenses and you’ll end up in hospital because you’ve been blinded by the sun because the tint is too light, or if it’s too dark you’ll have ridden into a tree. Here are a few of our top tips to protecting your valuable kopf:
Whilst we all like to think we’ve been born equal, genetics had a different idea and therefore some of us have bigger heads and faces than others. To cater to this, different goggles are meant for different types of faces, just like snowboard boots fit a range of feet. Despite the Dragon APX being frameless, it is a big goggle and there are plenty of people out there that look like bumblebees with them on. Choose the goggles that feel good on your face and make sure that your nose can breath freely.
If you’re living in Alpe D’Huez (Which on average has 300 days of sun a year), you’re probably going to need some darker lenses that’ll shield your eyes from the harmful UV rays of our nearest star. If you’re riding in Finland though, you’re probably going to need some lighter tinted lenses to help get as much of that dreary Scandinavian light to your eyes. Choose your lenses on the average light conditions you normally ride in for the best results. Alternatively, buy two lenses!