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Edgy Eyewear

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If the 2001¿2002 snow-sports goggle market has a lesson to teach, it is that we are not alone. Trends from other sports are influencing styles and technical features. Motocross-inspired designs and colors find a home with snowboarders, while lens technology perfected for watersports enthusiasts is solving problems that plague skiers and snowboarders alike, such as glare and condensation.

Styles are modern and edgy, targeting the younger consumer. Colors follow suit with metallics, translucents, and brights edging out the muted tones of past years. And technical features are more advanced than ever. This year’s goggles have better airflow systems to prevent fog, are more compatible with helmets, fit a wider variety of faces, and offer higher-performance lenses. Popular lens options include photochromics, which lighten or darken according to the light conditions; polarized, which cut glare; and sphericals, which expand peripheral vision and battle fog. Many of these technical improvements are being offered on midpriced models, good news for price-conscious buyers.