There are hardly any functional differences between ski and snowboard helmets. The helmets must provide optimal (weather) protection, performance and comfort, so we can enjoy the winter to the fullest. Technologies / designs such as MIPS® - Multi-Directional Impact Protection Systems, In-Mold, SPIN, Aerocore ™, ABS or MBS provide optimum protection, while adjustment systems such as Boa® - Fit and Run System Classic guarantee optimal, individual adaptation. Since things can get hot on the slopes too, ventilation openings and removable ear pads promise a cool head. Ski and snowboard helmets are seamlessly compatible with ski goggles of the same brand. Modern helmets are also compatible with various audio systems - for uncompromising action in the snow.
Who does not know this problem? Within a few minutes the sky darkens, the clouds move in front of the sun and it suddenly becomes dark. The weather in the mountains can change drastically within a few minutes. If you wear the wrong ski goggles now, the day of skiing will be difficult to come to a happy ending. Sport Bittl provides you with helpful hints overview of the different spectacle and disc types.
The requirements for ski goggles have risen sharply in recent years. For a long time now, there are only the "one" classic orange or yellow tinted glasses for all weather. As a first important point, all glasses have 100% UV A / B / C protection. Also, the discs are unbreakable, so it comes even with serious crashes to no splintering of the disc.
Double discs are now standard in ski goggles, only in the entry-level children's eyeglasses there are occasionally still models with only one disc.
Before we go into the most important topic - the spectacle lenses - from Sport Bittl, we will give you further important features to consider when buying your ski goggles.
The ski goggles should definitely fit the ski helmet. The helmet must not press on the glasses and thus on the nose. At best, the goggles close at the top and sides of the helmet, so that no wind can reach your face. A large number of ski goggle straps now have silicone-coated straps so that the ski goggles can no longer slip.
field of view
A large field of view is of enormous importance in order to be able to perceive movements or terrain changes at the edge of the field of view. If you only have a limited field of view, you will have to work harder. This leads to fatigue of the eyes as well as their physical strength and can thus impair safety during skiing. A multitude of ski accidents is due to poor perception.
In the course of a day of skiing light and slope conditions are constantly changing. For the different conditions, different lenses can be used. Here is an overview:
Category transparency of application
Category 0 80-100% enormous cloud cover, night skiing
Category 40-80% cloud cover, snowfall, rather difficult lighting conditions
Category 2 18-40% All-round disc for changing light conditions
Category 3 8-18% sunny days
Category 4 3-8% extreme sun, suitable for glacier skiing
Many manufacturers use spherical discs. These consist of a double glass construction and are based on the curvature of the human eye. This causes objects to be seen through the ski goggles as they actually are. Through this type of discs light rays hit undistorted and directly on the eye and allow a perfect view.
The most popular are category 2 ski goggles. Here a slight mirror coating is used to reduce the sunlight, but to have perfect visibility even in snowy or foggy days, the glasses have a contrast-enhancing or brightening disc.
Ski goggles are increasingly being produced with self-tinting windows. These have the advantage that they react to UV radiation and accordingly darken. Such a disc usually has category 1 as a basis and then darkens to category 3.
Another possibility is through glasses with interchangeable lenses. Here either discs can be completely replaced or a second disc can be used on the goggles. Thus, you can use the perfect match for different weather conditions.
Sport Bittl wishes you a snowy winter with a perfect view!
For long time the head (helmet) was in focus, now more and more another important part of the body becomes more protectable: Our spine. The wearing of back protectors is off the slopes, in the fun park or while racing not only useful, but more than necessary. However, even on the slopes more and more people wear a back protector.
Originally come protectors from the motorcycle sector. A large number of companies have tackled this topic and developed various technologies.
Each back protector, like all other safety-related items, has a CE standard, and in this section it is CE EN 1621-2.
A back protector is designed to protect Your spine, shoulder and chest.
Basically, there are two types of back protectors: The first version the protector is attached with a shoulder and abdominal belt, which can also be referred as a backpack variant. The other variant is a vest in which the back protector is integrated. Most of the vest is made of mesh or stretch material.
The customer also has the choice between hard shell protectors and soft protectors. Protectors with a hard shell construction are more used in the backcountry, park or pipe. This type of back protector is particularly advantageous in accidents involving sharp objects or impact on rails or boxes.
Hard shell protectors offer the corresponding range of motion, in particular to the front and to the side. In addition, they prevent the spine from being overstretched, which is particularly useful when falling after challenging jumps, such as over-the-head jumps.
With soft protectors, the impact energy is distributed to the entire protector in case of a possible fall. Especially for the alpine driver, the variant of such a protector is advantageous. On the one hand soft protectors are very light and offer a tremendous freedom of movement. Say, you will not feel the protector after a minimum of getting used to the back. There are still differences in the scope of protection, to the classic back protector, many manufacturers offer models to which an additional protectors protection is attached in the rib area.
Here are some tips how to choose the right back protector:
• In which area do you want to use the protector? So think about whether you want to use your protector mainly on the slopes, in the backcountry or in the park. As described, there is a special protector type for each area.
• Is a vest or a classic protector better for you? A vest is even warmer in comparison, so people who tend to freeze should rather choose a vest.
• How is a protector stored? Especially during transport, you should make sure that the protector is not damaged by sharp objects or heavy suitcases. As with the ski boot, a protector should not be stored overnight in a cold car, but in a warm room.
Sport Bittl wishes you a snowy and especially accident-free winter!