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are goggles for snowboarding really necessary?

I'm going to Aspen for the first time in a few weeks.

I've never been snowboarding before.

I've noticed that a lot of people seem to wear goggles on the slopes.

Are goggles really necessary? Does the sun bounce off the snow and hit you in the eyes?

Or do snow flurries get in your eyes without goggle?

I'm just trying to figure out what I really need to buy before my trip....
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Yes you need goggles. For the reasons you stated. You can probably get away with just some shades though.
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you need them especially if the weather is bad-snowing or strong wind...shades dont help then..
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Yup... wait till you're out in bad weather.. then you realize why they're a good thing to have. But yes. some kids like to wear them I'm guessing for the "cool factor"
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Yup... wait till you're out in bad weather.. then you realize why they're a good thing to have. But yes. some kids like to wear them I'm guessing for the "cool factor"
Sometimes there are conditions with so much wind and snow and ice that you literally cannot keep your eyes open without some.

I always wear them - they keep my eyes/contacts from drying out and shield the sun - but also help you see better in overcast conditions as well.
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The cold air and the speed of the air causes my eyes to water and then I can't see shit. Also keeps my contacts from drying out. In the day time the sun can also be really brutal since it is being reflected by the snow.
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Yup... wait till you're out in bad weather.. then you realize why they're a good thing to have. But yes. some kids like to wear them I'm guessing for the "cool factor"
I'm sure some kids wear certain brands/styles for the cool factor, but you do really need some goggles. Bad ideas bears otherwise.
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most necessary
if you dont, your eyes will get burned
and you wont be able to see for the next few days, happened to more than one person i know haha
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I've been snowboarding multiple times without googles. Was it fun without goggles? No. I had to squint the whole day. My eyelashes froze in the blowing snow. Now I own two sets of googles.

If you want some good goggles on the cheaplo. Then watch Whiskey Militia. I got some Dragon DXS from there that fit my helmet and face perfectly!


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You don't need goggles.... but I would say that some sort of eye protection is a necessity.

On bright sunny days, there will be a lot of reflected light and a lot of glare looking back up the hill and at the end of the day when the sun is low on the horizon. You could get away with sunglasses, but if you have the kind that 'cup' your eyes then they will probably fog up quickly when you aren't moving.

On overcast days , the cold wind is usually still a factor. You might be alright standing still, but you will probably have to squint once you're sliding down a slope at 20 mph.

If you don't like goggles then maybe you should try a monocle or two. A monocole and a top hat. Don't forget the fob watch!
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