5 Best Ski & Snowboard Goggles7 min read

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire

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.

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.

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The Shortlist – My Top 10 Goggles for Skiing & Snowboarding

Goggles Best Feature My Grade
Zionor X4 Ski Snowboard Snow Goggles Easy to replace lenses, UV Protection, and Sturdy Construction. My top pick. A 🏅
OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles Pro Unisex goggles with simple to swap lenses A-
Outdoor Master Standard Great Style B
COPOZZ Ski Goggles Excellent Value A-
Max Juli Ski Goggles Can be worn by adults or youths B

^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

How To Choose The Perfect Pair Of Ski Or Snowboard Goggles?

Goggles come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Some are design to give you better vision, some are made so you can wear your prescription glasses underneath, and some are created to make your life easier with interchangeable lenses.

Knowing what features are important to you could save you time and money.

Do you need some goggles just to get you through one day on the slopes, or are you going to go multiple times in a season? Is it snowing? Is it a cloudy day or sunny day? Do you intend to wear your prescription glasses with the goggles? You need to ask yourself these basic questions before purchasing your goggles.

Here are some of the features that you may want to look into, when purchasing your ski/snowboard goggles.

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

Cylindrical Ski Goggle Lens
Cylindrical Ski Goggle Lens

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.

Spherical Ski Goggle Lens
Spherical Ski Goggle Lens

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:

Ski Goggle Lens Ventilation
Ski Goggle Lens Ventilation

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 lens

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 a luxury feature or a necessity? You decide.

Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

VLT Chart
VLT Chart

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
  • Swapping Your Lens + UV Protection

    A little more about how your goggles protect your eyes from UV rays – and also how to swap lenses.

    UV Protection

    UV Protection from Goggles

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    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.

    Swapping Magnetic Lenses

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    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.

    Wear Your Goggles When Skiing

    Wear Your Goggles When Skiing

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