Ski goggles are a must even for the most experienced skier. Picking the right one isn’t an easy task though, with so many brands and models out there, how are you supposed to choose just one! That’s why we’ve done all the research for you and compiled a list of the best ski goggles of 2017. Whether you’re experienced or new to skiing, you’ll be able to find the perfect ski goggle for you here.
The following list isn’t arranged according to rank, as different ski goggles suit different people. Browse through the list and find the best ski goggle for you!
9 Best Ski Goggles of 2020
Generally speaking, Smith’s ski goggles are the best. So, the I/O model is the best of the best, in terms of sizing, fit and visibility. It comes with two spherical lenses, and while the lens interchange system isn’t the fastest, the goggles are well ventilated and of premium quality. It offers 100% UV protection, and the lenses have an anti-fog system built into it so you won’t have to worry about your vision being compromised by the weather. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty!
These goggles work wonderfully in bright and low-light conditions due to the ChromaPop lenses, allowing you to enjoy a round or two of skiing no matter the time of day. It is slightly more expensive, but the HD-like color quality is well worth it. There are various sizes to choose from too – the I/O S is for smaller faces, the I/O is for medium-sized faces and the I/O X is for larger faces. It is also helmet-compatible.
2. Oakley Men’s Flight Deck Snow Goggles
Not only does the Oakley Flight Deck Prizm stand out in terms of design, it’s functionality is incredible too! It’s lack of rims make it look like the coolest ski goggles on the market, and it offers the wearer peripheral vision like never before – you’ll be able to see the mountain in all directions through the huge spherical lens. In fact, these ski goggles have one of the largest field views.
Oakley’s Prizm technology also allows the wearer to view the mountains in HD quality – it’s actually a close second to the ChromaPop. Plus, even though it’s pretty big, it can fit under most helmets (including Smith and Giro ones).
The only downside to these goggles is the fact that it only comes with one lens. While you can purchase another lens for $65, the interchange system isn’t too good either; Smith’s I/O beats Oakley in this department. Regardless, Oakley’s Flight Deck Prizm ski goggles are the best large-frame ski goggles on the market right now.
What a cool name – Dragon X2. The ski goggles look just as cool, with a large spherical lens and a thin but durable plastic frame. It’s packed with functionality, but most notably, it has a superior lens changing system, much better than the ChromaPop. All you have to do is push the levers on either side of the frame, and the lens pops right out. Make sure you have your hands in front of you though, or the lens will fall straight to the ground. To reinstall the lens, just pop it back in – you don’t even have to remove the ski goggles!
Due to the large lens, you get a great peripheral and field view when using the Dragon X2. However, the optics are a little dull and not as crystal clear as the ChromaPop and Oakley’s Prizm. The visibility is great and you can still see the mountains clearly, but the HD-like quality just isn’t there.
Despite it’s size, it fits comfortably under most helmets. Plus, it offers 100% UV protection so you won’t have to worry about those nasty rays. It works great under bright and low-light conditions, so you can go skiing at anytime of the day!
4. Anon M3 Goggles
The Anon M3 has truly mastered the science of lens changing technology. With the best interchangeable lens system on the market, these ski goggles are incredibly easy to use and operate. All you have to do to change the lens is to twist the frame slightly (thus exposing the lens) and pulling it away from your face. These goggles come with a thin metal frame for extra protection for the lenses.
Another unique feature of the Anon M3 is it’s magnetic clip-in facemask. This is great for keeping snow away from your face while still keeping the lenses from fogging up. This facemask is optional, you don’t have to wear it if you don’t want to. The rest of the features of the M3 are the same as the M2, such as multiple lenses for several different weather conditions.
The only downside to the M3 (apart from the price, of course) is the fact that it’s lenses are cylindrical in shape instead of spherical. This lowers peripheral visibility and creates slight image distortion. The M2 is superior in this regard, as it has spherical lenses. However, while it has a similarly advanced lens interchange system, it does not have the magnetic clip-in facemask.
Also on the more expensive side, the Giro Contact uses a similar lens interchange system to the Anon M3. All you have to do to remove a lens is to press a little button on the top right hand corner of the frame and the lens is pulled away from your face. To put the lens back in, the magnets do all the work for you – they’ll drop the lens right in place.
The Giro Contact lenses are spherical, offering great peripheral vision and field view. The optics are also incredible, it’s even comparable to ChromaPop’s optics. Plus, the ventilation is great. They also come with a triple layer foam covering and anti fog technology so your vision won’t be compromised under any weather conditions. Although the ski goggles are quite large, they fit nicely under most helmets. We recommend using a Giro helmet though, the fit is the best with those.
However, they do have one downside: the strap isn’t of great quality. In fact, the stitching may need to be re-sown as frequently as every half-season!
6. POC Fovea Skiing Goggles
If you prefer a more retro design for your ski goggles, the POC Fovea is the one for you. But while these goggles seem old-school in terms of design, their technology is cutting-edge and up to date. It’s spherical Zeiss lens has superior field vision – in fact, it edges out the I/O in terms of peripheral vision! It’s triple layer foam also offers comfort of a higher quality as compared to Smith’s I/O and Oakley’s Prizm.
It has a couple of downsides though. Firstly, it only has one lens to be used under all weather conditions. Secondly, it’s ventilation mechanism isn’t great. The goggles are pretty closed up, so if you’re sweating, the goggles are probably going to fog up as there aren’t enough openings for air to move in and out of.
These ski goggles are recommended for beginners or average skiers. More experienced skiers should definitely opt for goggles with better ventilation and double lenses. However, these goggles have another great selling point – they have a variety of colors to choose from!
7. Bolle Mojo Snow Goggles
The Bolle Mojo ski goggles are the cheapest on the list – you can get one for 12 bucks! They’re ideal for a beginner or casual skier, or as a backup option just in case your primary ski goggles break or are misplaced. They are as basic as can be; they don’t have any extra features like multiple lenses etc.
The Bolle Mojo ski goggles have a thick frame and leave much to be desired in terms of field vision and visibility. The optics provide a dull view of the mountains, nowhere near the sharp, crystal-clear, HD-like view other ski goggles such as the ChromaPop offers. Plus, they aren’t that comfortable to wear, especially for extended periods of time. But that is to be expected, after all, these ski goggles are on the cheaper end!
But let’s look at the positive side of these ski goggles. These lenses provide UV protection and are anti-scratch. They are actually pretty durable, considering their price. Furthermore, the lenses have an anti-fog coating to give you a clear view of the mountain ahead. Their ventilation system is also pretty good, and these ski goggles fit under most helmets as they aren’t too large. If you are planning on picking up a pair of these, buy them beforehand as they will likely be marked up to crazy prices at ski lodges.
8. Uvex Big 40 Fm Goggles
Uvex only recently started manufacturing ski goggles, but it seems they’ve got the technology down pat. Their Big 40 FM ski goggles are simply amazing. Not only is it super comfortable, it has a ton of functionality and cool features too!
These ski goggles are equipped with double-layer foam for extra comfort. Plus, it’s rimless spherical lens offers an amazing field and peripheral view, so you can see in all directions! In fact, it’s field view has proven to be 186 degrees. These ski goggles also have decentered lens technology incorporated in them so there is no image distortion. The lenses are 100% UV protected; now you won’t have to worry about damaging your eyes when you’re out skiing in the sun all day long.
The lenses are completely anti-scratch and anti-fog. Uvex truly takes visibility to the next level – no matter the weather condition, you will have superior vision through these ski goggles. Plus, the fit is great, and it works with most helmets.
9. Electric Eyewear Men’s Electrolite
While most goggles are quite heavy and take some getting used to, Electric Electrolite is light as a feather! Instead of polyurethane, these ski goggles use uber-light EVA to develop the frames. They are therefore best for backcountry skiing, where heavy goggles can weigh you down and be extremely tiring. These goggles only weigh 2.7 ounces!
Their lightness isn’t their only selling point – they’re also extremely comfortable. They’re equipped with triple-layer foam so they can rest casually on your face and give you no extra grief while you try to navigate a particularly challenging slope. They also come with an adjustable strap so you can fit the goggles to your face. Their double lens technology affords great UV, anti-fog and anti-scratch protection. These goggles are compatible with all types of helmets.
The only downside to these goggles are it’s cylindrical lenses. Cylindrical lenses offer less of a field and peripheral view as compared to spherical lenses. Regardless, Electric Electrolite is still one of the best ski goggles out there.
So there you have it – the best ski goggles of 2017 in a neat list for you to browse at your comfort! Ech pair of goggles has it’s pros and cons, but you’ll definitely be able to find one that meets all your requirements.