FAQ

Goggles

What is the difference between UV-A, UV-B and UV-C beams?

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are located just past the violet portion of the visible light spectrum; sunlight is the main source. UV light is broken into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC.

UVA has longer wavelengths and passes through glass easily; experts
disagree about whether or not UVA damages the eyes.
UVB rays are the most dangerous, making sunglasses and sunscreen a must;
they don’t go through glass.
UVC rays do not reach the Earth because its atmosphere blocks them.

All our sunglasses and goggles block for UV-A and UV-B rays for 99-100%.

Are there differences between Goggles?

There are a lot of different goggles to choose from and they all have their own specifications.  A double layered lens for instance does not fog as fast as a single-layered lens. Sealed properly, they create a thermal barrier that is more resistant to fogging. Next to that, you can choose a spherical lens or a flat lens. A flat lens curves from left-to-right across your eyes and face, but the lens surface is vertically flat. Flat-lensed goggles are priced lower and work very well, but the flatness can cause more glare and slightly reduce peripheral vision. A spherical lens on the other hand curves across your eyes and face, but it also curves vertically. Curved spherical lenses give better peripheral vision, less distortion and less glare, but they are often a bit more expensive.

Helmets

How do I fit a ski helmet?

  • Helmet size: this is the circumference of your head just above your eyebrows. When putting the helmet on your head, align the front of the helmet with your eyebrows and pull it down on both straps until it is comfortable.
  • Helmet fit:  Make sure that there are no gaps between the lining of the helmet and your head and that the back of the helmet does not touch the back of your neck.
  • Goggles: should fit comfortably over the helmet. It is a good idea to take your goggles with you and try them on with the helmet to ensure they fit comfortably with your helmet choice.

 

Will wearing a helmet give me 100% protection in a ski or snowboard accident?

  • Helmets are not 100% effective, especially at high speeds or in a head-on clash.
  • To increase their effectiveness it is essential that the helmet fits properly at the time of purchase.
  • When buying a ski helmet for a child it should not be seen as an investment for the child to grow into.
  • Skiers or snowboarders wearing helmets must not consider themselves to be invincible and also adhere to the Ten FIS Rules of Conduct.

 

When buying a helmet for skiing or snowboarding are there any standards I should be aware of?

Ski helmets need to comply with one of the three standard systems.
  • The first is the Common European Norm (CEN) and this is the European ski helmet standard. CEN 1077 was issued in 1996.
  • The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), all helmets must show that they have reached standard F2040.
  • Snell Memorial Foundation, Snell RS-98 and this is arguably the most stringent helmet safety standard. 

All our helmets have the CEN 1077 certification.