Collection: Ski Glasses

SKI GLASSES


When selecting new ski goggles for the upcoming winter season, it's crucial to evaluate several key aspects that can influence the choice of one type of eyewear over another. These include the material, shape, size, weight, atmospheric conditions of use, and compatibility with helmets or eyeglasses. Considering these factors will help you choose the perfect ski goggles for your needs.

Ski goggles for ski mountaineering with photochromic lenses

At DEMON, we've developed an in-depth guide to assist you in selecting your ski goggles, considering every aspect: structural design, lenses, suitability for various atmospheric conditions, dimensions, compatibility with helmets, compatibility with prescription lenses, and the specific discipline practiced.

Ski Goggles with Temples?

Firstly, let's delve into the structure of ski goggles. Often, we only consider the typical ski mask for skiing, overlooking the fact that technical, wrap-around sports glasses with temples can also be used for skiing.

It's crucial to clarify that not all sunglasses are suitable for skiing. Skiing with everyday sunglasses not only provides suboptimal performance compared to using technical, wrap-around ski goggles but also poses risks to your eyes' safety!

Why?

In mountainous and high-altitude regions, it's essential to use lenses that offer optimal protection against harmful UV rays, preventing discomfort such as redness or tearing of the eyes at the end of the day. Additionally, using lenses made from non-impact-resistant materials can be hazardous in case of accidental impacts, potentially causing eye injuries from lens fragments.

Ski goggles with temples are part of the extensive family of mountain sports goggles, distinguished from regular sports goggles by their accessories (such as a sweat sponge, removable side parts, and an adjustable elastic cord) and shapes that ensure high performance for on-piste, off-piste, and ski mountaineering activities.

This particular type of ski goggles is favored by those who appreciate the convenience of wearing their goggles under the helmet. They can be used on warm days typical of late winter seasons to shield against the sun and provide protection even during breaks in the cabin for moments of relaxation.

Furthermore, for ski mountaineers, ski goggles with temples serve to protect the eyes from the sun, wind, and snow while climbing.


ski goggles with temples for downhill skiing and ski touring

Types of Lenses:

It's crucial to outline all the types of lenses for ski goggles, along with their strengths and weaknesses, to discern which type best suits your needs.

Polarized Photochromic Lenses 2-4:

The 2-4 Polarized Photochromic lens represents the top-of-the-range lens for ski goggles with temples offered by DEMON. Like all lenses with photochromic treatment, this special lens, initially a basic smoke color, reacts to UV radiation or sunlight, initiating a reversible chemical reaction and darkening to category 4 during maximum activity. When exposed to light again, the lenses gradually return to their initial transparent state. The polarization of the lens concentrates or disperses light rays, thereby attenuating UV-A and UV-B radiation and eliminating horizontal reflections. Ski goggles with this specialized lens can be utilized for every discipline (Downhill skiing, Ski mountaineering, Off-piste) and atmospheric condition, as they feature a dynamic lens that adjusts to every variation in light throughout the day on the snow.


Ski glasses with photochromic polarized mirrored lenses



Photochromic Lenses 2-4:

The Photochromic 2-4 lens is the counterpart to the Photochromic Polarized 2-4 lens. It maintains the same UV protection characteristics and adjusts darkness based on solar irradiation intensity, but without the polarizing effect.

Is it a Less Performing Lens?

Absolutely not! The true advantage of this lens, highly valued by ski mountaineers, is the ability to view GPS or heart rate monitor displays without needing to remove your ski goggles. The polarizing filter, found in other lenses, can create issues when reading LED screens, causing an annoying "rainbow effect" that hampers readability.

Due to its characteristics and performance, this lens can be used for both downhill and off-piste skiing, but it's particularly well-suited for ski mountaineering.


ski glasses photochromic 2 to 4 lenses

Category 4 Lenses:

Category 4 lenses are specialized lenses recommended for high-altitude mountain activities such as mountaineering and ski mountaineering. They are particularly well-suited for glacier use, where intense snow reflection can be overwhelming. The monochromatic white of the ice can be especially bothersome without the use of an appropriate lens. Category 4 lenses are also beneficial for individuals who are particularly sensitive to intense light.

This lens is ideal for those seeking ski goggles for ski mountaineering or glacier skiing. However, it can also be used for downhill skiing by anyone who experiences discomfort in very bright conditions.

Ski glasses with category 4 lenses outdoor model


Polarized Lenses:

The polarized lens, known as DPOL, offers protection from UV rays and more. This specialized lens can concentrate or disperse light rays, attenuating UV-A and UV-B radiation through a polarizing filter that eliminates horizontal reflections. Ski goggles with polarized lenses provide several advantages over common smoke lenses, including better contrast perception, sharper vision, preservation of natural colors, and elimination of horizontal reflections.

Polarized lenses are suitable for individuals seeking ski goggles for downhill, off-piste, and glacier skiing. However, we do not recommend Category 3 polarized lenses for ski mountaineering. At higher altitudes, stronger filters such as the Photochromic 2-4 lens or Category 4 lens are necessary to adequately protect the eyes.

Ski glasses with polarized category 3 lenses

Smoke Mirrored Lenses:

For those who prefer not to use a photochromic, Category 4, or polarized lens for their ski goggles but desire a lens similar to those found in everyday glasses, with the added benefits of impact resistance and maximum protection in bright light, there are mirrored smoke lenses.

These lenses are crafted from durable, multi-layer polycarbonate that offers superior protection against harmful UV rays and can withstand accidental impacts, ensuring optimal safety for your eyes. This lens option caters to individuals seeking ski goggles that offer versatility while still providing technical performance and eye protection.


Ski glasses with smoke category 3 lenses


Ski glasses for ski and mountaineering ski


FRAME MATERIALS:

The frames of ski goggles are constructed using TR90.

TR90 is a special compound made of nylon and carbon fiber, utilized by DEMON for constructing all sports sunglasses frames and Vista Sport. It's a hypoallergenic composition suitable for extreme conditions, including high and low temperatures, even during prolonged use, without causing skin irritation.

The distinctive feature of TR90 is its exceptional elasticity and resistance to accidental impacts and mechanical stress (e.g., when changing lenses). Additionally, it is 20% lighter than frames made with conventional materials. Typically, a frame built with this special compound weighs between 20 and 45 grams, depending on the thickness of the frame.

At DEMON, performance is the top priority. Opting for glasses with a TR90 frame ensures maximum performance, as the brand continuously seeks technical materials that guarantee comfort, safety, and aesthetics. The frames feature a soft hypoallergenic megol grip inside the temples, enhancing stability on the face even during intense vibrations or sudden facial movements. This feature also enhances comfort, especially during prolonged use (such as a full day on the snow).

The high resistance to extreme temperatures, without deformation or breakage, is essential for usage in high-altitude mountain environments, where atmospheric and temperature conditions can vary greatly.

TR90 frame for high resistance ski goggles

SKI GLASSES FOR PRESCRIPTION LENSES


There are various solutions available for skiers who wear glasses while skiing, including using glasses with temples or glasses with an adjustable elastic band. All vision solutions are compatible with the helmets available on the market.

For both types of eyewear, there are optical clips available where graduated prescription lenses can be inserted for vision correction.


Optical clip for prescription sports glasses


Each model indicates the supported corrective powers, and it's also important to know which model from OUTDOOR supports progressive prescription lenses. Below are the top optical models for skiing.

Prescription mountain glasses for hiking, mountaineering and ski mountaineering


Another highly effective and high-performance system for ski goggles is the VISTA SPORT model. The uniqueness of this product lies in the inclusion of prescription lenses in the main lens, significantly enhancing the peripheral field of vision. Additionally, the lens is flattened through a special eyepiece support, enabling the typical shape and wrap-around design of sports goggles, without the issue of highly curved lenses (which can be costly to produce and may cause peripheral visual distortions).

Prescription sports glasses for all sports


Eyeglasses with eyepiece support for skiing


HELMET COMPATIBILITY

Another crucial factor to consider is the compatibility of ski goggles with helmets. Each ski goggle in the collection is meticulously designed and crafted to ensure a perfect fit with every type of helmet. We view this as fundamental—a starting point in the design process, prioritizing safety above all, followed closely by comfort.