Ski Goggle Technology Still New For 2009/10, according to ADS Sports Eyewear

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Ski goggles improve dramatically every year as technology and skiing fanatics continue to raise the bar. This season features lots of great options for snow skiers and boarders, but there hasn't been the same giant leaps in technology that we have seen in years past. Apparently lighter crowds on the slopes last season have affected research and development in the ski goggle biz. Therefore all that great stuff that came out last year is still new to most recreational skiers.

ADS Sports Eyewear has been posting the results of their ski goggle testing for the past five years. Results are posted on the company web site at http://www.adseyewear.com, and in a few press releases. ADS Sports Eyewear sells ski goggles from several manufacturers, so the results of these tests are totally unbiased.

The two goggle manufacturers that topped the list once again where Smith Ski Goggles and Native Ski Goggles. The Smith Turbo Series goggles have a tiny fan to move air across the lens and prevent fogging. Native has two goggles with an impressive clam-shell design to make swapping lenses a piece of cake. All Native the goggles come with a polarized lens and a "Reflex" lens for low light conditions.

Prescription ski goggles are often the primary source of confusion when ski goggles are being tested. This test group proved that it is possible to put any type of prescription lens in almost any ski goggle. Although ADS Sports Eyewear recommends that skiers not wear progressive lenses in a ski goggle, many people can do this successfully. The primary annoyance for the people wearing Rx lenses was the fact that a lens closer to the face is more susceptible to fogging. This problem was solved by using the Turbo series goggles from Smith.

The lens shade that proved most effective was copper. Amber did not provide as much contrast as the copper shades. Even people who consider amber a low-light lens discovered that the lighter copper lenses were much better than amber or yellow.

A more complete version of these test results can be found on the ADS Sports Eyewear web site. Comments are always welcome.

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