FAQ

What are the dangers to the eyes?
What are all the lens colors for?
What are the lens made of?
What are the frames made of?
What are some of the features of the frames?
What are the advantages of Bollé Ski Goggles?
What are all the Bollé ski goggle lenses?
Why has Bollé placed a Proposition 65 warning on its products?


What are the dangers to the eyes?

Depletion of the Ozone Layer has become a serious problem for the health and welfare of the world's populations. Since 1979, there has been a 4% decrease in the level of atmospheric ozone. For each 1% that the atmospheric ozone is decreased, there is a 2% increase in the level of Ultraviolet B (UVB) reaching the earth. Millions of people around the world are unknowingly risking damage to their eyes from UV. Protection from the harmful Ultraviolet radiation is and will become more of an important topic, especially relative to eyewear where this radiation has been proven to cause various eye problems such as cataracts, sunburn to the eyelids, pterygium, skin cancer around the eyes, and macular degeneration (the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans).

ULTRAVIOLET:

invisible part of light, made up of UVC, UVB, UVA. With prolonged exposure to ultraviolet your eye will turn opaque (impenetrable by light).

  1. UVC absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere is below 280 nm*.
  2. UVB causes cancer and burning of the eye, most damaging is 280-315 nm.
  3. UVA closest to visible light, causes cataracts and Pterygium is 300-380 nm.

VISIBLE

these are the colors we see in nature. In this spectrum protective eyewear attempts to deal with glare or the brightness of the sun. The unprotected eye strains to focus (squints) on blue light causing chromatic aberration and aging of the eye.

  1. Exist on earth from approximately 380 to 780 nm.
  2. 45% of the sun's energy reaches the earth as visible light.
  3. Blue Light - difficult for eye to focus, colors may be distorted (400-500nm).

INFARED

cannot be seen but can be felt. They are the thermal or heat carrying rays. Infrared radiation's total effect on the eye is still uncertain at this time.

  1. Exist on earth from approximately 780 to 1,000 nm.
  2. Heat rays can increase retinal temperature making the cornea more sensitive to damage by UV rays. Can cause drying effect of the cornea.
  3. IR can be absorbed in the lens by heating the lens. Because the eye has no ability to cool itself, heat contributes to eye fatigue.

GLARE

is too much light for our eyes to handle comfortably and efficiently.

  1. At times our eyes are being subjected to 10 to 12 times more light than they need. When glare reaches these levels, such as on a bright, sunny day on the water or on a ski slope it can be painful.
  2. Glare can come directly from a light source or indirectly from reflections.
  3. Sunglasses control glare by reducing the level of light to one that is easier on the eyes.


What are all the lens colors for?

Bollé offers different lens colors (tints) to meet diverse requirements.

HIGH CONTRAST

  1. Bollé 100 is a great high altitude, contrast lens. 100% UV & 100% IR Protection.
  2. Cinnamon reduces blue light for enhanced visual acuity. Good for low light conditions.
  3. Citrus is a transitional lens between amber and yellow. Good for skiing and cycling in all light conditions.
  4. Competivision enhances optic yellow and mutes all other colors. This lens was designed for tennis
  5. Lemon is recommended for low light conditions. Provides great depth perception.
  6. Vermillon is good for skiing and cycling in low light conditions. Good contrast lens.

Neutrals

  1. Clear is good for dusk, dawn and night time activities.
  2. Brown is good for sunny conditions. Absorbs blue light which sharpens visual acuity. Good for skiing.
  3. Emerald
  4. Competivision enhances optic yellow and mutes all other colors. This lens was designed for tennis
  5. Neutral Gray is a general purpose, true color perception lens.
  6. TNS 20

Polarized

  1. Brown is recommended for high glare conditions.
  2. Gray is recommended for high glare conditions.
  3. Sandstone is recommended for high glare conditions. Driving, Fishing, Boating.

Sport Specific

  1. Competivision is a unique teal colored lens that is designed to mute all colors except bright optic yellow. Designed specifically for tennis, it allows the player to see the yellow ball more readily against muted backgrounds.

Flash Coating

  1. Blue is recommended for sunny conditions
  2. Gold is recommended for sunny conditions.
  3. Gun is recommended for sunny conditions.


What are the lens made of?

P3 Polarized:

  • Sports Performance Polycarbonate Polarized
  • High Contrast Cactusú and Sandstoneú Tints.
  • Anti-Reflective Backside Coating.
  • Lightweight, Virtually Shatterproof.

Polycarbonate:

The strongest lenses you can buy, durable, virtually unbreakable material 20 times more impact resistant than glass. Polycarbonate is the material of choice for any active sports usage


What are the frames made of?

Another consideration in the eyewear purchase is the frame. It should be durable and lightweight, especially for sports. The Bollé French nylon frame is the standard in the industry for durable, quality nylon frames. Bollé frames are sought out by many of the top sunglass companies in the world because of their quality and durability.

Hydralon™:

made from a special hydration process invented by Bollé. Bollé saturates the nylon material to retain moisture, ensuring resiliency and long life. Nylon frames are virtually unbreakable, thus they are the choice of today's sports active consumer.

Metal:

The frames are designed and made in France and Italy. They are available in a variety of colors featuring spring hinges and silicon nose pads.

Grylamid:

Offers translucent color options in a lightweight, durable and flexible frame.

Polyurethane:

Bollé ski goggles are molded in polyurethane to provide a flexible but durable frame. Absorbers are added to reduce UV deterioration


What are some of the features of the frames?

Thermo-Grip™ Temples and Nose Pads:

Thermo-Grip elastomers become more aggressive when wet as opposed to more slippery. Thermo-Grip is used in the temples and nose pieces in several Snake models, the Action Sport collection and on the temples of the Metal collection.

Wire Core Temples:

Allows the user to custom form the sunglass temples to achieve the perfect fit.

Rx-ability:

Virtually all Bollé frames are ideally suited for Rx work. Eye wire screws in our metal frames and our patented Rx insert in our Action Sport products.

Interchangeable Lens Technology:

Found in all Action Sport models. Allows the user to pick the perfect lens for whatever light condition

Bollé Silicone Nose Pads:

Adjustable silicone nose pads increase comfort while keeping our metal frames from falling down the users face.

Spring Loaded Hinges:

Allows the temples of our metal frames to be flexed outward without jeopardizing the frame. Spring hinges increase durability, comfort and add value to the Bollé metal collection.

Absorber Hinges:

The more active you are, the more your eyewear gets jostled. Our rubber flex hinge reacts to absorb the shock and provides a more comfortable fit. Plus gives you a coolness factor of bumpers for your shades


What are the advantages of Bollé Ski Goggles?

Equalizer™:

The Gore All weather Equalizer patch allows air to flow between the double lenses thus maintaining perfect optics at any altitude. Available in all double lens goggles.

Flow-tech™:

Process of controlling the flow of air through the goggle. This is done by directing air to a specific place or by restricting air's access into the goggle. Available with the Kraite, Chrono FO and Chrono OTC.

Double lenses:

have an air pocket between the lenses creating what is called a "thermal barrier" - the outer lens cooled by the air temperature is separated from the inner lens warmed by the face. This reduces the likelihood of fogging.

P80 Anti-fog Coating:

Applied to the inside of the inner lens/absorbs moisture

Rx-ability:

This series of inserts allows the user to fit their prescription into the goggle of their choice.

P80PLUS: (Anti-fog/Carbo Glass¨ anti-scratch)

Bollé's proprietary, maximum protection against fogging and scratching, developed from industrial and tactical use. Applied to our new spherical decentered single lenses (Zoopla).

FRAME FEATURES/BENEFITS:

Polyurethane 100:

EBU 100 is used in the majority of Bollé goggles. This material is injected with UV absorbers to guard against UV deterioration. It's flexible, durable and long lasting.

Pebex:

Pebex is used in the Chrono FO goggle. Pebex allows for a wider variety of color choices and treatments


What are all the Bollé ski goggle lenses?

The importance of protection from Ultraviolet rays on the ski slope cannot be overstated. Most ski areas are at least a mile above sea level and many are more than two miles above sea level. As we rise in altitude and the atmosphere thins there is significantly less filtration of radiation in the atmosphere. In addition remember the reflective nature of snow, almost 85% of the Ultraviolet radiation will be reflected off snow. All of this adds up to even more justification for the use of goggles in both sunny and overcast conditions

GOGGLE LENS MATERIALS:

Polycarbonate:

Virtually indestructible material. 100% UV protection. Optically correct, distortion free. Polycarbonate is the outside lens on our flash goggle lenses.

Acetate:

Lightweight and durable. 100% UV protection. Optically correct and distortion free. Acetate is the inside lens on all goggle and outside layer on most goggles.

Polycarbonate:

Virtually indestructible material. 100% UV protection. Optically correct, distortion free. Polycarbonate is the outside lens on our flash goggle lenses.

Polypropionate::

Lightweight and durable. 100% UV protection. Optically correct and distortion free. Polypropionate is used in our Phototropic goggles. Phototropic is fused with silver iodized crystals which are light sensitive, darkening with the brightness of the sun

LENS OPTIONS:

Phototropic:

A light sensitive lens, darkening or lightening with the intensity of the sun.

Vermillon:

Contrast lens, good for low light conditions.

Vermillon Polarized:

Recommended for bright, high glare conditions, good contrast lens.

Clear:

For night skiing, your eyes need to recieve the maximum avalible light.

Citrus:

Transitional lens color between amber and yellow, good for all skiing conditions.

MISCELLANEOUS TIPS:

If moisture gets on the inside of the lens never wipe it off (This will remove the P.80 coating) always shake out the snow and the moisture will disapate on the lens. Never use windex or glass cleaner on the lens. It will remove the anti-fog coating


What is the Proposition 65 warning for?

A proposition 65 warning means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level"; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on the potential presence of a listed chemical. With our products, the exposure may be below the Proposition 65 level of concern, or could even be zero.

However, out of an abundance of caution, Bollé has elected to place the Proposition 65 warning signs on its products.

What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which must be updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides and tobacco products.

A chemical can be listed if it has been classified as a carcinogen or as a reproductive toxicant by an organization deemed "authoritative" on the subject. For carcinogens, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer are deemed authoritative. With respect to reproductive toxicants, the authorities are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and International Agency for Research on Cancer. A chemical can also be listed if it is required to be labeled or identified as a carcinogen or as a reproductive toxicant by an agency of the state or federal government.

A company with ten or more employees that operates within the State of California (or sells products in California) must comply with the requirements of Proposition 65. To comply, businesses are: (1) prohibited from knowingly discharging listed chemicals into sources of drinking water; and (2) required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical.