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.
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.