Best Ski & Snowboard Goggles Under $50

Why should you wear goggles while skiing or snowboarding?

Skiing/snowboarding goggles are essential to a great day on the slopes.

They help to provide clear vision while protecting your eyes from the sun, snow, wind and rain.

If you forgot your goggles at home, you might as well not go on the slopes because you’re just an accident waiting to happen.

Riding without goggles is like driving your car at night with a cracked windshield, during a thunderstorm, with your headlights turned off.

Our example might sound a bit extreme, but you get the idea; SKI/SNOWBOARD GOGGLES ARE IMPORTANT.

Since this equipment is such a vital part of your skiing/snowboarding gear, you might be asking yourself, where do I even begin?

What’s the difference between a $10 pair of goggles and a $300 pair of goggles?

What’s the most/least amount I need to spend, in order to get everything I need for a great day on the mountain? In this article, we’re going to tell you the best goggles just under $50.

We feel this is the best price point for ski/snowboard goggles because it comes with just the right amount of features to protect you from the elements, while also protecting your wallet.

Before we give you our recommendations, it’s important that you understand all the features that typically come with skiing/snowboarding goggles.

This way, you can make an informed decision on what features matter most to you.


Shape of lens – There are normally 2 shapes of lenses your goggles will have. If you’re only going skiing or snowboarding for a day or just a few hours, you might be able to get away with only using a cylindrical lens. However, if you plan on going multiple days during the season, it might be wise to spend a little extra money on spherical lenses. Here are the differences:

  • Cylindrical – Curves left to right across your face but are flat vertically which can increase glare and reduce your peripheral vision
  • Spherical – Curves horizontally and vertically. Just think of a sphere where part of it was cut out and formed to fit your goggles. It costs more but the benefits are well worth it. You’ll have less glare and better peripheral vision.

Ventilation/ Anti-fog – The last thing you want your goggles to do is fog up on you due to bad ventilation. Condensation builds up in your goggles because they’re constantly battling the outside weather (cold) with your body temperature (warm).

I remembered when I first started skiing and snowboarding; I bought the cheapest goggles I can find, BIG MISTAKE. My goggles were constantly fogging up and I had to remove them from my face every 15 minutes just to wipe away the condensation.

Thankfully, the lenses nowadays have multiple features to help reduce the chances of your goggles fogging up, here are just a few:

  • Vents – These also help with preventing a build up of fog. The larger the vents on your goggles, the less fog, but be careful, there is a catch. If your vents are too big, more cold air can come in and irritate your eyes and face.
  • Double-layered lenses – The extra layer of protection can create a thermal barrier if sealed correctly. This is now the industry standard as it helps to reduce fog build up in your goggles.
  • Anti fog coatings – Higher end models typically come standard, as they should. You wouldn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for goggles and have them fog up on you. However, if you buy cheap goggles, chances are they won’t have this feature but don’t worry, there are anti fog sprays you can buy.
  • Fans – Believe it or not, some goggles come with a built in fan that’s powered by a battery. Is this aluxury feature or a necessity? You decide.

Visible Light Transmission (VLT) – This describes the amount of light that passes through your lens. Just think of it like the lenses on your normal pair of sunglasses.

Some are darker than others, thus blocking or allowing a certain amount of light in. The majority of lenses out there will be rated on a scale of S0-S4 with S0 having the lightest shade, perfect for darker conditions, while S4 has the darkest shade, perfect for sunny days.

  • Lighter color lenses allows more light (high VLT), which is perfect for cloudy days (Gold, yellow, amber, green, rose-colored lenses)
  • Darker color lenses allow less light (low VLT), which is perfect for those sunny days (Brown, Grey, and copper-colored lenses).
  • Clear lenses are used for nighttime riding

Extra features:

  • UV Protection – Protect yourself from UVA, UVB, & UVC rays. I wouldn’t recommend ever buying goggles that don’t have this feature, but you’re in luck, because almost all goggles in the market comes standard with UV protection. Just remember even if it’s a cloudy day, UV rays can still bounce off the snow and damage your eyes, if not protected.
  • Polarized lenses – This helps reduce the glare from the sun, snow and water.
  • Photo chromatic lenses – This feature automatically changes the tint on your goggles to the amount of sunlight available, thus eliminating the need for “interchangeable lenses.”
  • Interchangeable lenses – You can change out your lenses according to the light conditions. Some goggles are easier than others to change. The most convenient ones use strong magnets to attach the lens to the frame of the goggle. We highly suggest having 2 lenses in your arsenal; one for bright sunny days and another for cloudy or foggy days.
  • Mirrored lenses – This is a coating that reflects more light so the sun doesn’t blind you on those sunny days
  • Advanced technology – We’re in the 21st century, which means technology has made its way into our goggles. There are goggles in the market that have a digital display for GPS and performance, thanks to the power of Bluetooth.
  • Helmet compatible – It’s always smart try your goggles on when wearing your helmet. This way you can get a full grasp of the fit and comfort. Also, most helmets come equip with a secure strap to hold your goggles in place, which is perfect if you ever take a nasty spill.
  • Over the Glass (OTG) – If you have to wear glasses driving, then we suggest you do the same for skiing and/or snowboarding. OTG goggles in the market will allow you to wear your goggles over your prescription glasses.

Now that you have an idea of what features are important to you, let’s take a look at the top ski/snowboard goggles under $50.

#1 ZIONOR Lagopus X4 

This is our choice for best ski/snowboard goggles under $50. Zionor makes amazing goggles. They have several different models of the Lagopus X series and every one of them is amazing, but we’re going to talk about the X4 model. When these were first release, some of their lenses retailed at over $200, but since then, the price has dropped because they’ve introduced newer models, but the X4 still has everything you need.

Features I like:

  • Spherical Lenses
  • Double Lens Protection
  • Anti-fog & UV Protection
  • Magnetic Interchangeable Lenses w/ 17 different lens options
  • 2-way Ventilation System
  • Impact Resistance Frame

#2 OutdoorMaster PRO 

Outdoor Master is a great company that makes affordable and reliable outdoor equipment. I own a pair of these myself and they were worth every penny. It has all the standard features you’d want in a pair of goggles, but it also comes with my favorite feature; interchangeable magnetic lenses with 20 different lens options to choose from.

Features I like:

  • Spherical Lenses
  • Over the Glass (OTG)
  • Anti-fog & UV Protection
  • Magnetic Interchangeable Lenses w/ 20 different lens options

#3 OutdoorMaster STANDARD 


You’re probably wondering, “wait a minute, didn’t you just talk about OutdoorMaster goggles?” The answer is yes, but the ones we’ve already discussed were the PRO models. This is their standard model that costs less than half but still has come nice features. It still has UV protection, OTG and unlike the PRO model, these goggles have a frame, which we think looks pretty cool. The downside is that the standard model does not have interchangeable lenses but the lenses are double layered and has an anti-fog coating to help with the condensation. Honestly, if you’ve never been on the slopes before and you just need a pair of goggles to get you through the day, we recommend buying a pair of these. If you know you’ll be back on the mountains for multiple days, spend another couple of bucks and get the PRO model.

Features I like:

  • Dual Layer Lenses
  • Over the Glass (OTG)
  • Anti-fog & UV Protection

#4 Copozz G2

Copozz makes ski/snowboard goggles that are FDA & CE approved. Their lenses are made in Italy and the one thing that sets them apart is their magnetic interchangeable lens technology. These goggles hold lenses with 10 magnetic points as oppose to their competitors who typically only have 8 magnetic points.

Features I like:

  • Magnetic interchangeable lenses w/ 10 magnetic points
  • Large Over the Glass (OTG)
  • Inner long lasting Anti-fog & UV Protection


         To be honest, the JULI goggles can do pretty much everything its competitors are capable of. There’s nothing really special about the JULI goggles except the fact that in Amazon.com, the majority of their interchangeable lenses are in stock. So if you’re looking for a specific color or VLT, you might have a better chance finding it, if you buy yourself a JULI; however, there is a catch. These ARE NOT magnetic lenses so it could take some getting use to when changing your lens.

Features I like:

  • Spherical Lenses
  • Double Lens Protection
  • Anti-fog & UV Protection
  • Sweat absorbent padding
  • Interchangeable lenses (non-magnetic)

#6 Yakaon Y1 

These spherical lens goggles will do more than what you need on the slopes. Like many of the other goggles featured here, the frame is made from durable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material. This material is flexible yet durable.

Features I like:

  • Spherical Lenses
  • Double Lens Protection
  • Anti-fog & UV Protection
  • OTG (Over the Glass)
  • Interchangeable lenses (non-magnetic)

#7 Bolle Mojo 

The Bolle Mojo ski goggles are Amazon’s top choice for good reason. They’re low in price, functional, and just looks cool. The only issue is that their availability on lenses is limited and these are not interchangeable lenses. But with such great reviews and a low price point, who cares? If you’re not fancy, these could be your best option. The cost will vary depending on which lens you get but they’re typically under $19.99.

Features I like:

  • Anti-fog lens
  • Double Lens Protection
  • Carbo Glass
  • Flow-tech venting

#8 Traverse Varia 

Low price, 6 lenses to choose from, and a 1-year warranty, these goggles have everything you need except the interchangeable lenses. But, if you don’t care about that, we think these are the best goggles to buy.

Features I like:

  • Thermoplastic Polyurethane frame
  • DDual Layered spherical lens
  • Anti-fog & scratch resistance technology
  • 10 built in vents

In conclusion, we feel spending about $50 on a pair of ski/snowboard goggles is the perfect way to find your entry level to intermediate goggles. Just make sure you have the essentials such as UV protection, ventilation, & anti-fog coating. I prefer having interchangeable lenses because you never know what kind of weather you will run into when you’re on the mountain. It could be bright and sunny at the base of the mountain but at the top, it could be pouring with snow, so it’s wise to always be prepared.


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