The 8 Best Over-the-Glasses (OTG) Ski & Snowboard Goggles

See clearly with the Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles

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TripSavvy's Pick

Taking the top spot are the Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles, thanks to features such as polarized lenses, anti-scratch tech, anti-fog tech, and a two-year warranty. We recommend the Smith I/O MAG ChromaPop Goggles if you can spend a bit more.

You can make a case for boots, skis, or boards being the most important piece of alpine gear, but it’s hard to argue against goggles being one of the most important purchases in your winter sports kit. Sure, bad boots can end a ski day prematurely. But you won’t even make it to the lift if you can’t see. 

Not only do goggles keep snow and wind out of your eyes, but their high-tech lenses also make it easier to see terrain features and tone down the sometimes blinding reflections of sunlight off the snow. And if you wear glasses, you’re in luck. Many modern goggles are oversized and naturally fit over glasses. Plus, there are Over-the-Glasses (OTG) goggles specifically made to fit over a range of eyewear.

Here are our picks for the best over-the-glasses ski and snowboard goggles across several categories so you can find the right solution for how and where you love to ski and ride.

Best Overall: Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles

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Amazon

What We Like
  • Enhanced peripheral vision

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

There's no shortage of high-end ski goggles and high-tech features included in them. Even the budget options are better than anything available 20 years ago. The problem, as with high-end sunglasses, is the high price tag. Zeal's Portal RLS XL goggles aren't cheap but offer similar features and high-quality construction found in top goggles for less.

This includes polarized lenses (and you get both a low-light and sunny-day lens), a magnetized lens-changing system, a wide field of view, and fog-prevention features. Perhaps most importantly, the goggles are sturdily built, and the lenses feature an anti-scratch coating which, when paired with a two-year warranty, keeps you seeing clearly for seasons to come.

Price at time of publication: $180

Best Overall, Runner-Up: Smith I/O MAG ChromaPop Goggles

Smith I/O MAG ChromaPop Goggles

Amazon

What We Like
  • Wide strap keeps goggles in place

  • Easy to change lenses

What We Don't Like
  • Ventilation allows excessive airflow at high speeds

  • Goggle bag could have more padding

Smith has long been one of the leading snowsports goggles makers, and the I/O MAG goggles are one of their flagship high-end goggles. They’re by no means cheap, but with the Smith name, you can count on optical clarity and quality in the two included lenses—a low-light ChromaPop and a bright conditions lens.

The details are also considered, with the silicone-backed no-slip strap and the MAG magnetic locking system that makes changing lenses fast and secure. The spherical lenses are big, offering a maximum field of vision, but they avoid the distortion found in cheaper oversized rounded lenses.

Price at time of publication: $270

Best Budget: ZIONOR X Ski Goggles - OTG Snowboard Goggles Detachable Lens for Men Women Adult

OTG Snowboard Goggles Detachable Lens

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Anti-fog system works well

What We Don't Like
  • Does not include an extra lens

  • May not work with larger glasses

Zionor may not be a household name like Oakley or Smith, but if you’ve been on a ski slope in the past few years, you’ve seen them on countless heads in the lift line, thanks to price points that are half the cost of the “budget” options from bigger name brands. These X goggles are oversized, wide-view goggles that fit over prescription glasses and share the look and some of the features of higher-end options.

Like bigger brands, they offer many color options for the frame and lens. While you only get one lens with each pair of goggles, additional or replacement lenses are also very affordable. They may not be entirely on par with the high-end models they imitate, but they’re close enough for those on a budget.

Price at time of publication: $37

Best for Women: Giro Ellas Women’s Ski Goggles

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Backcountry

What We Like
  • Especially designed for smaller faces

  • Includes two lenses

What We Don't Like
  • Comes in one size

The trend towards bigger and bigger goggles hasn’t increased options for women—or men—with smaller face shapes. Luckily, Giro’s Ella offers the wide field of vision of modern goggles in a subtly streamlined frame designed to fit women’s faces. Note: This is still a medium fit. If you have an extra-small face, check out our Best for Small Faces pick below.

The lens has a modern cylindrical design, and the Zeiss pedigree for optical clarity and both a low-light and bright lens included. The rest of the expected features from a modern high-end goggle are there as well: triple-foam layering for comfort, fit, and fog prevention, quick-change magnet system, and over-the-glasses fit if needed.

Price at time of publication: $190

Best for Kids: Oakley Line Miner Kids Ski Goggles

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Evo

What We Like
  • Available in 11 punchy color combinations

  • Designed to work with various helmets

What We Don't Like
  • Comes with one lens

Oakley delivers its pro-grade tech in a smaller package meant for older kids at a reasonable price point with the Liner Miner goggles. The goggles sit close to the face to maximize the viewing area while leaving room for prescription glasses, along with notches at the temple to prevent pressure from the doubling of eyewear.

Aggressive venting and anti-fog coating on the lenses do their best to keep out blinding condensation that will end your kid’s ski day early. Oakley’s optics tech is here, too, with available Prizm lenses that maximize contrast and durability features to help the goggles endure the inevitable yard sales.

Price at time of publication: $134 for celPrizm jade

Best for Smaller Faces: Smith I/O MAG S Goggles

Smith I/O MAG S Goggles

Evo

What We Like
  • ChromaPop technology elevates colors and contrast

  • Perform well in shadier conditions

What We Don't Like
  • May fog up and scratch easily

Not everyone appreciates the steady growth of goggle sizes over the years. So if you’ve got a smaller face shape and are tired of oversized goggles leaving gaps, Smith has made a version of their popular I/O goggle for you.

Fitted with the same proven MAG system for fast, secure lens switching, the S model doesn’t skimp on performance—it just shaves some frame size. These are still wide, spherical lenses that accommodate eyeglasses if needed, and, thankfully, you get both a low-light and light-blocking sunny day lens with each pair.

Price a time of publication: $240

Best Fit: Oakley Flight Deck M Prizm Goggles

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Backcountry

What We Like
  • Works with various eyewear

  • Rimless design for improved vision

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes with one lens

When wearing prescription eyewear underneath your goggles, fit can be a challenge. So for all-day comfort, it’s worth getting spendy on these Flight Deck M goggles from Oakley. The temple cutouts are subtle but keep the pressure off. The dual-pane lens paired with anti-fog coating also helps combat one of the biggest annoyances of wearing eyewear underneath eyewear.

With a design inspired by fighter pilot helmet visors, these big goggles accommodate a range of faces and eyewear shapes and provide maximum field of vision. As with most high-end Oakley goggles, new Prizm lens tech is available that maximizes contrast and clarity in a wide range of light conditions.

Price at time of publication: $216

Best Clarity: Oakley Flight Path XL Snow Goggles

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Backcountry

What We Like
  • Frame conforms to face in the cold

  • Large viewing window

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Designed with ski racing athletes in mind, the Flight Path goggles max out the field of vision without introducing distortion common in lower-end wide lenses. They prioritize an upward view, which is essential to skiers, such as racers, that spend time in a low, aggressive position. The Prizm technology gets the most out of that increased field of view by popping contrast and adjusting to changing conditions when changing lenses isn’t practical.

There’s room for your prescription frames, and the triple-layer foam combats fog and makes for a more comfortable, contoured fit on the face.

Price at time of publication: $237 for factory pilot black/sapphire

What to Look for in Over-the-Glasses Goggles

Glasses Frame Notches

Nowadays, most quality goggles include these because they don’t affect performance for users that don’t wear glasses. But it’s still worth checking that a given pair has them. You might not appreciate them on a short ski day, but ride a full day with the subtle goggle pressure on your frames, and you’ll understand why notches matter.

Anti-Fog Coating and Double-Pane Lenses

Fog is particularly concerning when wearing eyewear underneath goggles, so make sure your goggles have all the important anti-fog features. Fog isn’t nearly the problem it used to be thanks to improved designs, but still be on the lookout for anti-fog lens coatings, double-paned lenses, and lots of ventilation around the frames.

Polarization

Glare can be an issue for anyone. But it's especially an issue for those skiing in the American West, where the sun can be intense. If that's you, consider paying a bit of a premium for polarized lens goggles. At higher-elevation western ski resorts, the sun is closer, brighter, and out more frequently than on the east coast. Pair that with highly reflective snow all around you, and you've got a recipe for glare.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do you need to wear goggles if you wear glasses?

    'Need' is a strong word, but goggles are definitely a better option than merely wearing glasses or sunglasses while skiing and snowboarding. Goggles are designed to offer a more comfortable experience on the mountain. They are built to survive falls and crashes, protecting your eyes better than glasses. You will also have more coverage from the cold air, snow, and ice and a tighter fit to stay put at high speeds. However, on warm, clear days, you can probably get away with just a pair of sunglasses, but you'll want to have some sort of shading to combat the glare of the sun on the snow.

  • How do you care for and clean your ski goggles?

    Cleaning ski goggles is easy but must be done with care not to damage them. You should never rub the lenses of your goggles when wet. To remove excess water, shake it off instead of rubbing it. If you must use a cloth, blot, don't wipe. Only use water and a special cleaning/microfiber cloth. Only clean the exterior side of the lenses. If you must clean the interior, only use warm water as it is incredibly delicate and can easily be destroyed. Finally, allow them to air-dry.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Author Justin Park is a lifelong skier based in Breckenridge, Colorado. He’s old enough to have used some really cheap, primitive goggles over the years and appreciates what tech has done for snowsports eyewear. He logs about 100 ski days each year between resorts and backcountry terrain, offering a wide range of conditions for testing gear.

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