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How to choose your ski and snowboard socks

How to choose your ski and snowboard socks

Find the ideal ski sock for your winter outings. Here are some tips for selecting ski socks that offer warmth, comfort and support.

Les sports d'hiver à pratiquer au Québec

Winter sports to enjoy in Quebec

Land of snow and ice, Quebec offers a variety of winter sports to enjoy in its vast snow-covered spaces.

How to dress for paddleboarding?

How to dress for paddleboarding?

Want to go paddleboarding in spring, summer, winter or fall? No problem! Whatever the season, all you need to do is dress well. Here's our advice.

How to Choose the Right Bike Size?

How to Choose the Right Bike Size?

Selecting the appropriate bike size is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience tailored to your body type and cycling preferences. We're here to guide you through the process of determining the perfect size for your bike, ensuring you get the most out of your cycling adventures.

Winter camping tips

Winter camping tips

Are you looking for a new challenge, or do you simply love the outdoors in winter?

Mastering the art of ski carving

How to carve on skis: Tips for successful carved turns

Learn to carve on the ski slopes. Discover effective carving tips and techniques to improve your control and fluidity on the slopes.

Comment choisir sa planche à neige divisible - Le guide complet

How to choose your splitboard - The complete guide

Find the ideal size to suit your style and needs. Tips for choosing the optimal length and width!

 Shadow Boxing: C'est quoi, conseils et astuce pour améliorer sa boxe

Introduction to Shadow Boxing: Benefits & Tips

Master shadow boxing – an effective workout for boxing skills and improving fitness. Learn the techniques, benefits and tips to incorporate this exercise into your workouts.

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How to Choose the Right Size for Your Downhill Ski Boots

Discover our complete guide for how to correctly measure your foot and choose ski boots that will give you the comfort, support and performance you need on the slopes.

Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List: Essentials for Your Winter Getaway

Ultimate Ski Trip Packing List: Essentials for Your Winter Getaway

We've put together the ultimate ski trip packing checklist, so can be sure to have everything you need for the best trip ever.

Ski de fond à Montréal : Les 10 meilleurs endroits où pratiquer

Cross-country skiing Montreal: The 10 best places to practice

There’s no shortage of great cross-country ski trails in the Greater Montreal area. Here are our favourite spots.

How to choose your classic cross-country skis

How to choose your classic cross-country skis: sizing and tips

Not sure which cross-country skis will work best for you? There are many options to choose from, here are some factors to consider when making your choice.

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Quiz: What kind of camper are you?

There are different types of camping that offer varying levels of comfort. Find out what kind of camper you are!

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How to get started with camping

Camping is a great way to enjoy nature with your family, friends, or significant other, or even on your own. Before you go, identify your needs and figure out what type of camping suits you best. Would you prefer to stay at a serviced campsite, get cozy in a ready-to-camp rental, or embark on a backpacking adventure?

Canot - camping : le guide complet pour une expérience inoubliable

Canoe Camping Checklist for the Ultimate Experience

Canoe camping is a wonderful way to explore the wilderness, but in order for the experience to be successful, proper preparation is essential.

Comment choisir sa tente en fonction de ses besoins?

How to chose tent for camping

Planning a camping or hiking trip? Learn how to select the ideal tent that suits your needs. Consider factors like size, weight, weather resistance, ease of setup, and your budget. Prepare for your adventure with confidence and tranquility!

Ski de fond : 7 endroits magiques à découvrir autour de Québec

Cross-country skiing: 7 spots to discover in and around Quebec City

Winter in Quebec City is generally associated with snow, cold temperatures and lots of winter sports!

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How To Set Up Pool Balls : Explanatory Photos

Whether you're playing English billiards, billiards, snooker or European billiards: you'll want to learn the correct placement for the balls before you start.

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Hip Thrust: A Key Exercise for Strengthening the Glutes

Learn how to strengthen you glutes with this simple exercise. Find techniques, variations and tips to maximize the efficiency of this move.

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What is the Difference Between Tabata and HIIT Workouts?

Learn about the differences between two popular styles of workouts: Tabata and HIIT, and determine which is best for you!

Fishing permits in Quebec: Regulations and fees

Fishing license in Quebec: Regulations and fees

Get all the necessary info on fishing permits in Quebec: where to get them, what the regulations are, and more tips for a successful season.

Hiking vs Trekking: Distinguishing the Differences with Decathlon

Trekking vs Hiking: Distinguishing the Differences with Decathlon

Are you new to the world of hiking and trekking. Do you need help getting started and choosing the right gear for your next adventure?

woman training at home with an ab wheel

How to properly use an ab wheel?

As the name suggests, this piece of equipment helps strengthen your abs. Affordable and easy to use, it may quickly become a key component of your at-home workouts. Incorporate the ab wheel into your cross-training workouts, as well as your weight training and Pilates sessions.

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How to start running: All our tips for getting started

Across the globe, running enthusiasts are taking to the sidewalks, parks, roads and trails, while record numbers of runners are signing up for races, marathons and ultra-marathons. Running is arguably one of the most accessible activities you can engage in.

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How To Buy Your Ice Skates

You want to find skates that will allow you to practice this sport comfortably. We'll help you choose the right skates for kids and adults. Choose your skates based on your age, the type of skating you will do, and level of support you feel that you need.

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How to choose an exercice mat

With so many different types of mats available, it can be tricky to know which one to choose. This guide will help you find the right mat for you.

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How to choose the perfect snowboard: The complete 2024 guide

Not sure which snowboard to choose? Look no further! We are here to help you find the snowboard best suited for your needs.

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Why yoga and cross-country skiing are a great match

Did you know your yoga practice can actually help you improve your cross-country skiing? The two activities have some skill and strength requirements in common that make them an ideal pair.

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Running + yoga: Why they work together

They may be very different activities, but running and yoga complement each other really well! Find out how a regular yoga practice can help improve your running performance…

Woman on a home trainer

Indoor cycling workouts: 12 exercises to do at home

Are you excited to own a home trainer but not sure where to start or how to progress? Here are a few tips to guide you as you learn a new way to cycle.

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The best surf spots on Canada's East Coast

Read on for details on Canada's best surf spots on the East Coast, from the most famous locations to the local hidden gems. Time to break out the board shorts (or wetsuit!) and start preparing your next surf adventure!

Comment protéger efficacement son vélo contre le vol?

How to prevent bike theft: tips and strategies

Unfortunately, bicycle theft is a major problem in many cities and towns and there is no miracle anti-theft device. However, there are ways to minimize the risk of theft. Here are some good practices to adopt in order to secure your bicycle.

Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023

Race Across France : two quebecers will be part of the 2023 edition

Two daring Decathlon Quebecers have embarked on an incredible challenge: the Race Across France. What exactly is this grueling event? What are the objectives?

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Finnish skittles: Rules of the game

How many points do you need to win? How do you set up the skittles? Learn to play Finnish skittles, a fun and easy outdoor game!

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8 motivating reasons to run this fall

Fall is a great season to run! Get motivated with these eight good reasons to lace up and go.

woman surfing the wave

How to choose your surfboard

Surfing with the right board is important if you want to get out there and enjoy the waves, both quickly and safely. You should choose your surfboard based on three criteria: your skill level, body type, and the type of waves you want to surf.

woman stretching on a yoga mat

How to adopt a wellness routine

Routines are all about balance! Adopting new habits can help you get and stay in better shape over the long term. Here are our tips on how to get started.

Les meilleures chaussures pour courir en hiver

The best running shoes to run in winter

When it comes to running in cold weather, it's essential to have the right footwear that can withstand the elements.

Quelle taille de vélo choisir pour vos enfants?

What size bike to choose for your kids?

Parce que pour faciliter l'apprentissage et l'épanouissement lors de vos balades en famille, il est essentiel de trouver la bonne taille de vélo!

woman ready to play with her tennis racquet

How to choose a tennis racket

The choice of a tennis racquet should not be taken lightly. A racquet that is too heavy will interfere with your game which can lead to injury. On the other hand, a racquet that is too light offers less stability, control and shock absorption, which can also lead to injuries such as tennis elbow.

Comment nos équipes s'entraînent pour la course à pied?

How do our teams train for running?

S'entraîner est essentiel avant de se lancer sur une course officielle. Voici le plan d'entraînement de nos collaborateur·rice·s chez Décathlon.

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5 strength training exercises you can do without equipment

No equipment? No problem! Here's a complete strength training workout you can easily do from the comfort of your own home, with no specialized equipment.

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Which bow to choose to start archery and how to choose your bow

A bow is a device made up of a flexible curved component and a string, enabling the shooting of arrows. There are several types of bows, each made from different materials such as plastic, wood, or metal. Understanding these differences is crucial to select the bow that aligns best with your specific needs.

bird's eye view of a preparation table for a bicycle trip

Bikepacking or touring: two ways to travel on two wheels

Heeding the call of the great outdoors, you become one with the wind as it pulls you through new and varied landscapes. When the day is done, you set up camp and sleep under the stars. Bicycle travel has become increasingly popular lately.To tour or to bikepack? You can choose your own adventure!

The benefits of yoga for athletes

The benefits of yoga for athletes

Yoga, with its ancient roots and holistic philosophy, offers more benefits than just flexibility and balance.

Man exercising in a gym

8 exercises to strengthen your back

Optimize your exercise routine for a strong and flexible back. These techniques and movements are designed to prevent pain and improve posture.

Comment apprendre à faire de la draisienne à mon enfant?

HOW DO I TEACH MY TODDLER TO RIDE A BALANCE BIKE?

Votre enfant a d’abord besoin de bien maîtriser la marche avant d’apprendre à faire de la draisienne. Comment l’accompagner dans cette découverte?

man hits the opponent with his boxing glove

Boxing: how to conquer the fear of getting hit

Muhammad Ali once said “we can’t be brave without fear.” A little bit of fear is a good thing—it means you’re human. Luckily, preparation sets you up for success as a novice. Gearing up with the right equipment and training effectively are essential to enjoy the sport of boxing.

woman drinking water on a hike

Exercise and heat: take these precautions

When playing sports in hot weather, it’s important to be well-prepared. Get the most out of your summer sporting activities by following this simple guide.

How to Stand Up Paddle Board? Tips & Tricks for Beginners

How to Stand Up Paddle Board? Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Stand-up paddle boarding is a fantastic way to enjoy the water while also getting a great workout. While this activity may appear simple at first, there is actually a lot of information to consider once you're out on the water. From proper body positioning to important safety measures, there are a number of key factors to keep in mind in order to make the most of your experience. Read on for a step-by-step guide to mastering the art of stand-up paddle boarding.

woman jumping

Exercise: Good for the body and mind

Have you ever noticed that, after a good workout, you feel like you’re walking on air? Exercise isn’t just about physical fitness — it’s also great for your mental health and overall well-being.

woman doing yoga at home

Daily self-care: How to relax

Are you dealing with big life changes? Has your normal routine been turned upside down? Check out our tips on how to restore your inner calm. Try to practice self-care every day.

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How to choose golf clubs

Golf is an exciting sport that offers a perfect balance between competition and relaxation. If you're new to the game, choosing your first golf club can be a daunting task. Indeed, there are numerous different models on the market, each with its own unique characteristics.

woman swimming with a surf board

The best surf spots on Canada's West Coast

Yes, British Columbia features barrels and swells right at the base of misty rainforests or along kilometers of uncrowded sandy beaches; these breaks are worth planning your next destination surf trip. But don't stop there! There are epic surf spots in other provinces too.

Comment apprendre à son enfant à faire du vélo?

Teaching your kids how to ride a bike

Apprendre à son enfant à faire du vélo, c’est lui apprendre à contrôler ses gestes tout en tenant compte des éléments extérieurs. Voici nos conseils.

people playing beach volleyball

Volleyball basics: How to prep for a fun game

If you’re interested in smashes and bumps, you’ll find lots of info in this article about how to start and progress in volleyball. You’ll not only maximize your chances of winning, but you’ll also have more fun on the court. Head to a local sports facility, park…or beach to practice your skills!

woman running

How (and why) you should run to work

Thinking about running on your commute to or from work? With the right gear, you can get started in no time. There are many benefits like saving you time, money and reducing your carbon footprint. Whether you’re a new runner or an experienced marathoner, learn how to make run commuting work for you.

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Road cycling trips near our Eastern Canada stores

The best road cycling routes and loops recommended by our team. These trips also happen to be near our Decathlon stores, which make perfect starting points to meet a friend, gear up, and start cycling!

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How to choose your sports bra

Every woman knows, having a good sports bra is just as important as having good shoes! You want the right amount of comfort and support, so you can give it your all for every workout.

a man and a woman running in hot weather on the mountain

Summer Running: What Should I Wear?

Don’t let the heat keep you from running! Learn what to wear to stay cool, dry, and energized on summer runs. When running in hot weather, you’ll be sweating a ton—there’s no way to avoid it. However, you can dress in technical apparel that will pull moisture away from your skin and dry quickly.

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Why choose merino wool?

The key to a successful outdoor activity? Put on Merino wool base layers. Antimicrobial, stretchy and breathable, Merino wool protects the body against temperature changes. This fabric is extremely effective in all seasons.

women celebrating a goal during a soccer game

How to choose your soccer equipment

For an impromptu game, you can simply wear athletic clothes and shoes. But if you decide to join a league, getting the right gear to play safely is important. This handy guide should help you make the right decisions.

kid yoga with dad

Yoga for kids: What are the benefits?

Love yoga? Try it with your kids. Yoga is accessible and greatly beneficial to people of all ages.

Target sports to play at home and the cottage

Discover the benefits of target sports

Sports like archery and pool can improve many skills like concentration, patience, agility, flexibility, and analysis. Get the whole family on board!

Woman snowshoeing in the forest

Snowshoeing: How to get started

For some of us, the thought of snowshoeing evokes childhood memories of wearing heavy, clunky wooden snowshoes during school outings. Luckily, the times have changed...

woman and man cross-country skiing

The benefits of cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing, also known as Nordic skiing, can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Discover how this winter sport can benefit your physical and mental health!

woman smiling in the rain wearing a rain jacket

The benefits of layering

When practicing outdoor activities, layer your clothing to stay comfortable, dry and warm. At Decathlon, we go to great lengths to ensure our products are made with technical fabrics that have your back (literally!) in all types of weather conditions. Learn how to layer up before you head out!

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Hot Weather Hiking

Lots of people enjoy hiking during the summer. The weather is warmer and nature is in full bloom. Sunny skies and longer days serve as motivation for many of us to head out on the trails.

Man hiking in a forest

What are the best hiking trails near Ottawa?

Discover some amazing hiking trails and walking paths in and around our capital city of Ottawa.

A Look at Canada's Downhill Ski Trails

Top 10 most surprising ski resorts in Canada

Unusual settings, thrilling challenges, and surprisingly affordable season passes—these top spots will inspire you to try downhill skiing for the first time or fall in love with the sport all over again.

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Sporty getaways: How to prepare for a road trip

Planning to load up the van and head out on a road trip? Learn how to combine sports, exploration, and overall well-being in one trip. Let the adventures begin!

man and woman running

How to get back into running in a mindful way

Do you want to get back into running after taking a long break? Check out our tips for a gradual and positive return to this accessible sport. Leave the past and your old results behind; ground yourself in the present moment for a gentle return that respects your body and mind.

man cycling near our Ontario and Western Canada stores

Road cycling trips near our Ontario and Western Canada stores

Les circuits et boucles de vélo de route préférés de notre équipe.

Baby in a pool with his mom

Learning through aquatic play

Whether you have access to a pool, lake, or bathtub, this guide encourages you to give your child a splash of self confidence and inspire their aquatic awakening!

woman adjusting her cycling jacket

Cycling: don't let cool weather stop you!

Whether it's to get to the office, do your shopping, or for leisure, you've chosen to use a bike! Congrats on a great choice! As winter approaches, these habits will help you continue cycling despite the colder weather.

trekking boots on a mountain hiking

How to choose the right hiking footwear

Deciding what kind of hiking shoes or boots to get can be tricky—there are so many options! It helps to think about the terrain you are going to explore and the load you plan to carry.

3 cyclists on their bikes

3 ways yoga benefits cyclists

Want to optimize your pedal stroke? The benefits of yoga are endless. When integrated into your cycling practice, yoga is the perfect complementary sport. Cyclists, here are 3 reasons to roll out your mat and start practicing yoga.

woman doing chin ups with weighted vest

Starting Crossfit: Busting common myths and finding your Crossfit gym

How can you practice Crossfit safely? Learn to maximize your safety, progress and fun with Audrey-Laurence Farmer, an orthopedic and pelvic floor physiotherapist as well as a Crossfit L1 coach.

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How to pack and organize a hunting backpack

Hunters need to carry a lot of gear and accessories for every outing. Follow these tips to pick the right bag for you and pack it like a pro. You want to make sure you have all the gear you need without feeling burdened by a heavy and cumbersome bag.

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Our Sun Protection Tips

Summer has finally arrived, and we're all eager to dive into our favourite outdoor sports and activities. However, amidst the excitement, one important factor must not be neglected - sun protection. Discover how to shield yourself from the sun's damaging rays and which precautions to take, while still fully immersing in the joy of the summer season.

Man looking at his watch

How to work out and build your at-home gym

We’ll help you find ways to stay motivated and active—no matter how hectic your day-to-day is.

Swimmer in a pool lane

What are the benefits of swimming?

Are you looking for a physical activity that will help you relieve stress and feel more energized? Something that's not too mentally or physically demanding, but will make you want to exercise? Swimming might be just what the doctor ordered.

woman in front of the 2-second tent

How to fold a pop up tent easily?

Yes, you can pitch this tent in just 2 seconds, but what happens when it’s time to fold it back up? Learn how our innovative design makes this task, a simple one.

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Hiking 101

Hiking is a great way to break away from the daily routine by discovering nature and exercising at your own pace. And with a little preparation, it is an activity that is within everyone's reach.

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How to Adjust Your Backpack

Ensure a comfortable fit prior to embarking on a hike. A well-adjusted backpack should feel like a seamless extension of your body. Conversely, a poorly fitted backpack can increase the risk of injury and feel as burdensome as a sack of bricks.

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What are the best hiking trails near Vancouver?

Discover popular hikes to try out in and around Vancouver, many of which are just a short drive from downtown, with dense forests and beautiful views of the West Coast. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a new to hitting the trails, there are hikes to be found for all levels of hikers.

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How to choose your snowshoes

If you're looking for an alternative to skiing or snowboarding this winter, why not give snowshoeing a try? It's a terrific workout that allows you to enjoy the outdoors. When choosing your first pair of snowshoes, you may not know where to start. Here are some tips to get you started...

family cross-country skiing

The best cross-country ski trails in and around Ottawa

Discover some of the best cross-country ski trails in and around the city of Ottawa. A great winter activity for the whole family!

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The best places to cross-country ski in and around Calgary

Find some of the best trails for all levels of cross-country skiing!

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10 Tips for your first race

From logistics to nutrition tips, learn how to prepare for a running event.

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How to snowboard for beginners : Tips for your first day

Not sure how to approach your first time sliding and carving into the snow? Starting a new sport is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Don’t forget that every rider has been in the same position as you are right now. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first day of snowboarding.

Tamara Ducatel, Boisbriand horseback riding consultant

What to buy when you start horseback riding

When you start hors riding, being well equipped like pros is essential. Your equipment and accessories will be a big part of your success, so a little piece of advice: take the time to choose wisely! Decathlon presents its essential horse riding gear to ensure your comfort and safety.

woman and man running at night

Safety tips for running in the dark

What should you wear? Where should you run? Night running has its own set of rules to follow. Keep reading to learn more.

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How to pick your ski jacket and pants

Whether you are shopping for yourself or your kids, you want to be sure to get the right type of winter gear for your chosen activities. In this article, we’ll share a few tips for how to choose the right ski jacket and ski pants to keep you going all winter long.

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Ice fishing in Quebec: Where to practice this winter?

Dive into the magic of ice fishing in Quebec. Discover the best spots, helpful tricks and tips to be properly equipped for this winter adventure.

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How to choose a kayak

There are many elements to consider when choosing a kayak: Should it be inflatable or hard-shell? Will you be paddling on a river or open water? We'll help you ask yourself the right questions so that you can make an informed choice.

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Simple tips for repairing your own clothes

Learning to repair well-worn clothing is a win-win for both you and your wallet. If your jacket is ripped or some stitching has come apart, a little basic repair know-how can make all the difference between throwing the item out or wearing it again. Taking a crafty approach is both economical and ecological!

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How to choose a golf ball?

Check out our tips on how to choose the right golf ball.

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How to choose a belay system?

A descender is essential for toproping, lead climbing, belaying one or two climbers, ascending cliffs, and climbing indoors. The type of descender you need depends on where, how, and with whom you climb. We’ll help you find what you need.

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How to choose your new ski or snowboard goggles

Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts agree: having improved visibility on the slopes is not only safer, but makes the sport more fun. Here are some of the criteria to consider before buying a new pair of ski or snowboard goggles. Better visibility will increase your enjoyment of the sport.