Updated: May 29, 2015

Ski Goggle Reviews:

One of the most important pieces of equipment any snowboarder or skier must have is a quality pair of ski goggles. Your eyes and vision are critical to being able to see the terrain and surrounding skiers so you can safely avoid hitting anything. A good pair of protective ski goggles will allow you to ski or snowboard with more control in harsher conditions where it might be snowing. Although many of us love skiing or snowboarding in the bright sunshine, keep in mind that the higher altitude and the reflection of the sun off the snow makes the rays very intense and they can cause "snow blindness". Owning ski goggles with UV protection will keep your eyes safe from the sun and they won't get tired so fast. The other condition that goggles help with are windy conditions up on the mountain. The wind can limit visibility and drive snow or other debris into your face and eyes causing instant vision problems. When you are skiing down a hill at 30+ MPH goggles will ensure your safety when it comes to seeing correctly.
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If you are a smart skier or snowboarder and wear a helmet, take that with you when you get fitted for a pair of ski goggles. Also, it's a good idea to bring along your ski hat, or beanie, so you can try on the goggles over that as well. When you strap the goggles on, make sure the face foam is uniform (and snug) around the entire goggle. The goggles should be tight enough so that there are no gaps where air might flow through and dry your eyes out. Many goggles say they are "helmet compatible" which means they should fit comfortable over the helmet and onto your face. The actual frame portion of the goggle should be flexible and almost all models come with frame vents which help keep the lenses fog-free. Lenses are a big factor when buying ski goggles. If you want a thermal barrier to keep your face warm and minimal fogging, go with a double lens. Even better are cylindrical double lenses with the added bonus of superior optics. Spherical double lenses provide fog-free vision and high quality optics as well. Goggles take a beating with some skiers and snowboarders, so look for a durable, polycarbonate lens. Some lenses have been treated with anti-fogging chemicals which is even better for keeping your vision clear. Lens colors are another feature in ski goggles that you will have to decide on. Polarized, or black, lenses reduce glare and work well in sunny weather. Clear lenses are best for stormy conditions, cloudy conditions, or skiing at night. For low-light conditions, use purple/rose colored lenses which work great at bringing out contours and shadows. On overcast days or in stormy weather, use yellow (lemon) lenses to increase contrast. Pink and orange lenses increase contrast as well and can be worn in most conditions. We get asked all the time if you can wear ski goggles over your glasses and the answer is yes. Better yet, we suggest that you get your goggles fitted with prescription lenses to solve the problem altogether. Just remember, you want ski goggles that give you at least 180 degree peripheral vision and remain fog-free throughout the day. The top brands in ski goggles are Anon, Bolle, Burton, Dragon Optical, Oakley, Roxy, Scott, Smith, Spy Optic, UVEX, and Carrera. Expect to spend at least $50 and up to $150 on a pair of ski or snowboarding goggles. We read consumer reviews online at Altrec.com, Outdoorreview.com, and visited ski forums online to hear what experts like ski instructors had to say about their favorite ski goggles. We have listed the "best of the best" below. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling ski goggles here.

Best Ski Goggles:

The Oakley A Frame Snow Goggle ($110) rated a "best buy" from experts and casual skiers. Oakley has an established name in sunglasses and their dominate position in ski goggles continues to grow with model like this. The Oakley A Frame fits small to medium faces just fine but if you have a medium to large face then consider the Oakley Wisdom goggle. The Oakley A Frame ski goggles give you 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection, triple-layer foam gasket, and foam vents that let in air, but keep it away from your eyes. Owners say the Oakley ski goggles are "never foggy" and "always comfy". The lenses do not have a warranty on scratches so take care of them. These snow goggles are ideal for snowboarders as well.

Snowboarding Goggles:

The Anon Figment Goggles ($50) are a great value buy when it comes to snowboarding goggles. The Anon goggles have a scratch resistant lens thanks to the Shield Technology and the injection molded lens gives you great optical clarity. You can use the Figment goggles with or without a helmet and the fit will still be superb. Top venting provide sufficient air circulation and offer 100% protection for harmful UV rays. The Anon Anti-Fog treatment reduces interior lens fogging to a minimum. The Dragon DX Goggles Army ($60) are another excellent deal for snowboarding goggles. They give you solid comfort and durability along with new air flow design to keep your lens from fogging up. You can shop online for snowboarding goggles at Tramdock.com.

Best Womens Ski Goggles:

The Smith Anthem Goggles ($85) for women are the top rated and most popular on several sites. Smith did their market research and found a design and style that fits female facial features better than other brands. The Smith Anthem ski goggles not only fit small faces, but they have the latest features like the patented Smith Regulator adjustable lens ventilation design, spherical Smith Carbonix-X lens with Vaporator lens technology, and plush, dual-layer DriWix face foam along all your skin contact areas. The Smith goggles are helmet compatible and they come with a protective microfiber storage bag. One owner says they are the "best small framed spherical goggle" but she does go on to suggest buying the frame with multiple condition lenses so you are always prepared on the mountain.

Kids Ski Goggles:

When it comes to kids goggles, the best brand is Scott and their Junior Voltage OTG Goggle ($45) is the perfect solution. The lenses work great in low light conditions and adapt to bright and sunny skies as well. If your child wears glasses, these Scott goggles offer plenty of room. They are helmet compatible, rated 100% for UVA, UVB, and UVC protection, and have a soft, hypoallergenic face foam to fit your child snugly. You will feel safe knowing your kids are wearing Scott ski goggles on the slopes. See youth goggles here.