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Because it's so important to have a good ski goggle, you want to take your time making your purchase. It's always a good idea to buy your goggles or sunglasses before you go on your ski trip for several reasons. Don't rush when choosing a pair of sunglasses. You will want to try on many different styles before making a final decision. Also, ski goggles at resort shops are considerably more expensive in most cases and they often have limited choices.
Make sure the goggle has all of the features you're looking for. Ask the salesperson if you can step outside while wearing the goggle, so you can see how the tint works in the sunlight.
Not only do you need to make sure that your ski goggles fit, you need to be sure that your goggles fit comfortably over your helmet. Your goggles should be able to fit any size helmet, so take a look at the length of the adjustment strap in case you need to change helmets. When you are trying on your ski goggles before you buy them, ask the salesperson if you can also try on a helmet to make sure the goggles will fit when you get them home.
Your goggles shouldn't be too tight on your face, because they will be uncomfortable. But they also should not be too loose, or else they will not protect your eyes against the snow and wind.
It is also important that you ask about the return policy for the goggles or sunglasses before you make your purchase. You may think you like a pair of goggles when trying them on in the store, but when you wear them all day on the slope you may discover they are uncomfortable or don't function they way you expected.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|