The 8 Best Over-the-Glasses (OTG) Ski & Snowboard Goggles of 2021

See where you ski and ride with these OTG goggles

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles at Amazon

"Oversized, wide field-of-view goggles with the latest tech at a lower price."

Best Splurge: Smith I/O MAG ChromaPop Goggles at Amazon

"They’re by no means cheap, but with the Smith name, you can count on clarity and quality."

Best Value: Zionor X Ski/Snowboard Goggles at Amazon

"A very low-cost goggle that lets you see without sacrificing fit and features too much."

Best for Women: Giro Ellas Women’s Ski Goggles at Backcountry

"This pair is built to fit women’s smaller face shapes while still retaining wide field of vision."

Best for Kids: Oakley Line Miner Kids Ski Goggles at Evo

"Oakley delivers it’s pro-grade tech in a smaller package meant for older kids."

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

"The S model doesn’t skimp on performance, just shaves some frame size."

Best Fit: Oakley Flight Deck XM Goggles at Amazon

"These ultra-wide frames come with temple cutouts to relieve pressure."

Best Clarity: Oakley Flight Path XL Snow Goggles at Backcountry

"Prizm technology eliminates the need for lens swapping for differing conditions."

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, their high-tech lenses also make it easier to see terrain features and they 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

There's no shortage of high-end ski goggles and high-tech features included on 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 they 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, keep you seeing clearly for seasons to come.

Best Splurge: Smith I/O MAG ChromaPop Goggles

Smith has long been one of the leading snowsports goggle 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 all considered as well 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 maximum field of vision, but they avoid the distortion found in cheaper oversized rounded lenses.

Best Value: Zionor X Ski/Snowboard Goggles

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 lots of color options for both the frame and lens. While you only get one lens with each pair of goggles, additional or replacement lenses are thankfully very affordable as well. They may not be quite on par with the high-end models they imitate, but they’re close enough for those on a budget.

Best for Women: Giro Ellas Women’s Ski Goggles

Giro Ella Goggles - Women's

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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 specifically 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.

Best for Kids: Oakley Line Miner Kids Ski Goggles

Oakley Line Miner Goggles - Big Kids

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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 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.

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

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.

Best Fit: Oakley Flight Deck XM Goggles

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 XM goggles from Oakley. The temple cutouts are subtle but keep pressure off. The dual-pane lens paired with anti-fog coating also helps combat one of the biggest annoyances from wearing eyewear underneath eyewear.

With design inspired by fighter pilot helmet visors, these are big goggles that 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 wider range of light conditions.

Best Clarity: Oakley Flight Path XL Snow Goggles

Oakley Flight Path XL Goggles

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Designed with ski racing athletes in mind, the Flight Path XL goggles max out the field of vision without introducing distortion common in lower-end wide lenses. They prioritize 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 of course room here for your prescription frames and the triple-layer foam combats fog and makes for a more comfortable, contoured fit on the face.

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 that offer a wide range of conditions for testing gear.

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 start to 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.

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