The 9 Best Ski Goggles of 2021

These pairs stand up to all the elements on the slopes

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles at Amazon

"This oversized pair comes with low-light and sunny day lenses and anti-scratch coating."

Best Budget: Zionor X Ski/Snowboard Goggles at Amazon

"Navigate the slopes easily with these low-cost goggles that don't sacrifice fit or features."

Best Fit: Oakley Flight Deck XM Goggles at Amazon

"Inspired by fighter pilot visors, these goggles maximize field of view and fit a variety of faces."

Best Over-the-Glasses: Smith Optics I/O Mag Goggles at Amazon

"Wear these oversized goggles comfortably over glasses for optical clarity and quality."

Best Polarized: Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles at Amazon

"The lenses block light that reflects off of snow, so you won’t be blinded or limited in vision."

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

"Built to accommodate women’s smaller face shapes but still retaining a wide field of vision."

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

"High-performance goggles with cool factor for kids at a middle-of-the-road price point."

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

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

Best Lens: Oakley Flight Path XL Snow Goggles at Backcountry

"Prizm technology eliminates the need for lens swapping as conditions change."

Being able to read the terrain on a ski hill is essential to staying safe and having fun. Goggles, of course, keep snow and wind out of your eyes, but, depending on the conditions, high-quality lenses can also enhance your vision. Snow is a highly reflective material and when combined with sunlight can be blinding. And in overcast or snowy conditions, it can be hard to distinguish topography. A solid pair of goggles will help with depth perception.

Here are our picks for the best ski and snowboard goggles across several categories so you can find the right pair for how, when, and where you love to ski and ride.

Best Overall: Zeal Optics Portal RLS XL Goggles

There is no shortage of high-end ski goggles and high-tech features available to choose from when snuffing out a pair of goggles. But quality options tend to come with a high price tag. Likewise, Zeal’s Portal XL RLS goggles aren’t cheap. But they offer the perks and features you want in a new pair. They come with both a low-light and sunny day lens and a magnetized system for easily and securly changing between the two. Plus, the lenses are polarized, the goggles offer a wide field of view, and they include crucial fog prevention features. Perhaps most importantly, the goggles are durable. The lenses feature an anti-scratch coating which, when paired with a two-year warranty, keeps you seeing clearly for future ski seasons.

Best Budget: 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, even if you didn't know it. The reason? Price points that are half the cost of the “budget” options from bigger name brands. These X goggles are oversized, wide-view goggles that can fit over prescription glasses if needed. They share the look and some of the features of higher-end options. And, they're $25 a pop.

Like bigger brands, Zionor offers many color options for both frame and lens. While you only get one lens with each pair of goggles, additional or replacement lenses are thankfully very affordable as well. Sure, they may not be quite on par with the high-end models they imitate. But they’re close enough for those on a budget who don’t ski too often. (Or for those that get a little rowdy and tend to bust goggles easily.) Besides, even the budget options available today are better than anything made 20 years ago.

Best Fit: Oakley Flight Deck XM Goggles

Fit is essential for all-day comfort. So if you have a larger face and want maximum field of view, it’s worth buying these Flight Deck XM goggles from Oakley. 

With design inspired by fighter pilot helmet visors, these goggles also boast a triple-layer Polar Fleece lining that's comfortable and wicks moisture. 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.

Tested by TripSavvy

The trend in high-end goggles over the past few years is definitely toward edgeless large-size mirrored lenses, giving skiers and snowboarders a fighter pilot look that makes even beginners appear ready for take-off. The Flight Deck XM is no exception and the name itself is a nod to the rounded convexity which adds to the pilot theme.

One downside of this goggle is—unlike many other high-end goggle options—the Flight Deck XM only comes with one lens option. Most skiers and boarders like to have at least two lens options: One darker lens for bright sunny days and a clear or yellow, orange, or rose lens for overcast days and night skiing. 

The highlights of the Flight Deck XM are its Prizm lens quality and adaptability, while the downside is the lack of a second lens. If you ski mostly in sunny conditions and like the idea of not having to switch lenses, the Flight Decks could be a great option that’s reasonably affordable if you aren’t purchasing an extra lens. — Justin Park, Product Tester

Best Over-the-Glasses: Smith Optics I/O Mag Goggles

You can always pay up to get custom prescription lenses for some goggles. But the cost makes it impractical for most people, especially considering many goggles will fit over prescription glasses.

Smith has long been one of the leading snowsports goggles makers, and the I/O MAG pair have become one of their flagship high-end options for several years running. The I/O MAGs are 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 bright conditions lens. They also have enough space to accommodate most prescription glasses and have cut-outs along the side for the specs.

The details are all considered as well with a 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 Polarized: Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles

Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles

 Courtesy of EVO

Serious skiers will want to invest in a pair of polarized lenses, even if it means shelling out some extra cash. Anon’s M4 Toric MFI goggles may cost a (very) pretty penny, but they’re worth it if you're spending upwards of 100 days on the mountain each season. The special cylindrical Sonar lenses filter and block out horizontal light waves that reflect off the bright snow, so you won’t be blinded or limited in vision. Plus, the ski goggles have a super-thin frame that protects the lens, which is held in by a set of 14 magnets. The MFI (magnetic clip-in face mask) is a great combo with the goggle to create a warm cover against wind and snow and doesn’t cause any issues with lens fogging. When you buy this set, you’ll also receive a spare lens, a compression-molded storage case, as well as a microfiber bag for storage and cleaning the lens without a smudge.

Best for Women: Giro Ellas Women’s Ski Goggles

The trend toward bigger goggles hasn’t increased options for women with smaller face shapes. The main difference in most women’s goggles is a smaller fit and different colorways. So, if you have a smaller face, consider women’s goggles as an option whether you’re a woman, man, or even child, says Leanne Wren, buyer for Underground Snowboards in Breckenridge, Colorado, and owner of VNTRbirds, a women's adventure company.

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 that this is still a medium fit. If you have an extra-small face, check out our Best for Smaller Faces pick below.

The lens has a modern cylindrical design and the Zeiss pedigree for optical clarity. Both low-light and bright lens options are 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, a quick-change magnet system, and over-the-glasses fit are other features of these goggles.

Best for Kids: Oakley Line Miner Kids Ski Goggles

With the reasonably priced Liner Miners, Oakley delivers its pro-grade tech in a smaller package meant for older kids. The goggles sit close to the face to maximize viewing area. Aggressive venting and anti-fog coating on the lenses will keep out blinding condensation that could 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 yardsales.

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

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

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

Best Lens: Oakley Flight Path XL Snow Goggles

Oakley Flight Path XL Goggles

Courtesy of Backcountry

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 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 optimizing contrast and adjusting to changing conditions when swapping lenses isn’t practical mid-run. The triple-layer foam combats fog and makes for a more comfortable, contoured fit on the face.

What to Look for in Goggles

Fit

Probably the most important “feature” of a pair of goggles is how they fit on your face. “Make sure the goggles fit your head and face shape but check that they play nice with your hat or helmet as well,” Wren advises. None of the fancy features and souped-up lenses matter if the goggles don’t fit you well.

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 those who ski out West especially might want to consider paying a bit of a premium for polarized lenses. 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.

Durability

Goggles use flexible lenses and can be even more susceptible to damage than sunglasses. Wren says the materials used in lenses and coatings on higher-end goggles are generally more durable and longer-lasting. “Typically when you jump up in price to over $200, you get a lens that is more durable and scratch-resistant and uses an anti-fog coating that is better and longer-lasting,” she explains.

FAQs

How many different lenses do I need?

Many goggle makers have a dizzying selection of possible lenses with elaborate names for their colors and purported benefits. But for most skiers and riders, one or two lenses will be plenty. Most goggles, especially higher-end models, have interchangeable lens systems and a variety of options to choose from. Wren prefers “a goggle that gives me two main lens options: a bright, sunny day lens and a storm riding or night riding option. If you do buy an interchangeable lens goggle and plan to swap frequently, make sure it’s easy to use.”

How do I clean my goggles?

Treat goggles like oversized sunglasses. Like your summer shades, goggles need to be babied a little. Most have a variety of coatings that can be damaged by harsh chemicals, abrasives, and even the wrong fabric. Many goggles come with a wipe designed to clean the lens without harming it and often the storage bag doubles as a cleaning cloth. So use that or buy one from a ski or eyewear shop. Warm water should be plenty to remove residues, but if you feel the need to use a cleaner, make sure it’s one specifically approved by your goggle manufacturer since you don’t know all the coatings on your goggles and how they may interact with a cleaner.

Can I rent goggles instead of buying them?

While not as widely available as ski and boot rentals, it was possible pre-pandemic to find goggle rentals. In the current pandemic-precautionary environment, it will be very hard to find rentals. If you don’t feel you ski enough to justify a three-figure purchase, consider our Budget Pick above which isn’t much more than the price of most goggle rentals.

How do I get fog out of my goggles?

Fog in goggles is a common problem, despite advances in coatings and ventilation to help prevent it. If your goggles fog up, your best bet is to get them away from your head, which is usually the source of the moisture. Waving them to circulate air is often enough to get rid of mild fog. If you have a case of the San Francisco fog, you may need assistance from heat. Placing goggles a safe distance from a heater, dashboard defrost vents, or even a hairdryer may be required. "Safe distance" is key here as getting lenses too close to heat can damage them. If you’ve heavily fogged goggles in very cold weather, this may result in actual ice inside your goggles. Avoid the urge to scrape at the ice as this is an easy way to ruin your lenses. Warm the ice with your breath if it’s your only option, and follow the tips above to air out the fog.

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 snow sports eyewear. He logs about 100 ski days each year between resorts and backcountry terrain that offer a wide range of conditions for testing gear.

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