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One of the most important things to have before you hit the slopes is a good pair of ski goggles. Look for a set that fits snug around the face yet keeps out all the fog and moisture — after all, nobody wants an epically embarrassing wipeout because they couldn’t see a hidden mogul. Luckily, there are thousands of goggles to choose from: some have anti-fog fans, others have extra-warm insulation and high-tech interchangeable lens systems. Iconic brands like Smith, Oakley and Anon are leading the charge, bringing new innovations like a pair that can toggle between lens settings with the press of a button (no more packing a change of lens for daytime to nighttime skiing!). Plus, there are some stylish sets with frameless, reflective lenses that are sure to add extra flair to any ski suit. Whether you’re a snow novice or a powder pro, a great set of goggles can change the game. Here are the best ski goggles we have our eyes on this season.
Best Overall: Smith I/O ChromaPop
There’s no denying it: Smith is the ultimate winner when it comes to ski goggles. And the brand doesn’t disappoint with its classic I/O goggles with ChromaPop lenses. These goggles fit the face like a glove thanks to the three-layer, DriWix face foam. If you wear a helmet, you’ll appreciate the ultra-wide silicone strap with a QuickFit adjustment buckle system that easily snaps in the back. Choose from three different frame sizes: I/O S for smaller faces; I/O X as the largest; and the basic I/O for the average face. The goggles come with Smith’s original interchangeable-lens system, with two performance mirror lenses included. It also has vaporator lens technology with a porex filter for ventilation and is premium quality, meaning you’ll never have to worry about a scratch. The ChromaPop Spherical Carbonic-X Lens features HD-like color quality so when you're skiing down the slopes you’ll have perfectly clear vision. The lens even highlights small divots and details in low light so you won’t miss any hard-to-see bumps.
Best Budget: Bolle Mojo
For just under $25, the Bolle Mojo is a steal for skiers. The goggles feature a double lens with a dual-pane thermal barrier to block the cold, dry air and a P80Plus anti-fog layer with Flow-Tech venting to keep your lenses fog-free so you have a crystal-clear view of the black diamond run. The fleece face layer is a soft, snug fit, especially when paired with a matching Bolle helmet. There’s also a Bolle SOS prescription adapter that locks into place to provide corrective vision while keeping a sweeping, wide field of view. The lenses block harmful UVA/UVB rays up to 400 nanometers, so you won’t be blinded on a clear day. You can order them in yellow or pink lenses — the pink is especially helpful in daytime or icy conditions as they really highlight the change in terrain as well as minimize squinting in the bright sun. They may not be as high-tech or stylish as Smith or Anon products, but the Bolle Mojo is a perfectly affordable option for first-time skiers or those wanting a backup pair of goggles.
Best Splurge: Dragon X2
These frameless, reflective beauties are a stylish splurge for both the slopes and the après-ski scene. The Dragon X2 goggles are extremely oversized — usually fitting beanie-wearing skiers better than helmet-wearers. They come with a superb Swiftlock interchangeable lens system, making it easy to swap out your lens from daytime to dark skiing (and two 100 percent UV protected, six-base lenses come included in the purchase). It works by pushing a lever on each side of the frame to release and relock the lens — and you don’t even have to take the goggles off your head to do so. The lenses are super high quality, too, with patented frameless technology, armored venting and hypoallergenic micro-fleece foam lining, so you’ll notice more contrast, bright colors, and optimized optics. The frames and graphic strap design come in many different colors and patterns, including midnight blue, lime green and electric orange, which is perfect for customizing your own pair.
Best Frameless: Giro Axis
The Giro Axis goggles come with a comfortable fit, two high-quality Vivid onyx and infrared lenses, a plush three-layer foam and clear visibility. The Axis is also the first to show off Giro’s new quick-change system, which works by twisting the goggle, grabbing the lens, and popping the four self-locating magnetic pins out of each corner to replace the lens in lightning speed. It’s so easy, you can do it on the chairlift before your next run. The frameless Zeiss lenses manipulate blue light and block harmful UV rays to filter out haze and give the view a very natural color, so the slopes won’t look tinted as you schuss down. Then the EVAK vent technology with a non-absorbent foam helps reduce fog and release moisture. The medium-size goggles are 7” x 4” x 4” and weight a super light 12 ounces that fit the average adult head. They are higher on the price spectrum, but still cost way less than the options at Anon, Smith, and Oakley.
Best Polarized: Anon M3 MFI
Serious skiers will want to invest in a pair of polarized lenses, even if it means shelling out some extra cash. Anon’s M3 MFI goggles may cost a pretty penny, but they’re more than worth it at any price point. The special cylindrical Sonar lenses filter and block out horizontal light waves that reflect off the bright snow, so that way you won’t be blinded or limited in vision. Just know that if you break or scratch them, the replacement polarized lens for the Anon M3 costs over a lot of dough, so treat these babies like gold. Plus, the goggles have a super thin frame that protects the lens, which is held in by a set of 18 magnets. The MFI (magnetic clip-in facemask) 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 Graybird lens, a compression-molded storage case, as well as a microfiber goggle bag for storage and cleaning the lens without a smudge.
Best Prescription: Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan
The Smith Knowledge Turbo Fan goggles are an all-in-one option for those who want prescription goggles. First, they're an OTG (over the glasses) style with a floating foam membrane to take pressure off your eyeglasses under the goggles and prevent discomfort around the temples. Or, you can easily insert a SportRx prescription lens if you want to leave the glasses at home and be able to see perfectly without contacts. The Carbonic X Lens are scratch-resistant and the tapered lens technology shapes the lens to match the shape of your eye to eliminate distorted vision. But the best parts are the anti-fog inner lens, vaporator lens technology and turbo fan, which means you’ll never have to deal with condensation or fuzzy vision. A small micro-electronic exhaust fan is powered by a battery along the head strap powers the fan, which has two quiet speeds to push away the moist air. A replacement lens sleeve and microfiber goggle bag come included in the purchase.
Best Anti-Fog: Oakley Line Miner with Prizm Inferno Lens
Oakley and Smith may battle it out for the best anti-fog goggles, but Oakley takes the trophy thanks to its high-end tech. A small battery pack attaches to the strap of the goggles, keeping them at standby mode so if they fog up, all you have to do is press a button to activate the inferno technology that takes out all the moisture and keeps your face toasty warm. The system works like a car window — defrosting the lens from the inside. Bonus: The battery pack lasts up to six hours, so you can get a full day on the slopes with no worries. The large, scratch-resistant Prizm lens also filters the color spectrum to optimize visibility — plus, it fits close to your face so you have a larger field of vision with no issues in terms of peripheral views. Just keep in mind that all this advanced tech and perks mean this product doesn’t come cheap.
Best High-tech: Oakley Prizm React
Oakley’s Prizm React goggles are set to revolutionize ski gear. They’re the first pair ever that has three lenses in one, eliminating the need to change lenses on the slopes. The electrochromic lens can adjust the tint by the press of a button, so you can alter the goggles as the light changes throughout the day. The transition between the three settings — light, medium and dark — takes only four seconds to complete. The tint shift comes from a small electric current that is sent through the lenses by a rechargeable battery stored inside the frame of the goggles. (The battery should last about a month before needing to be charged again.) You can toggle between the tints using two glove-friendly buttons. Prizm Rose is the highest setting for overcast days; Prizm Torch is the middle setting for light shadows; and Prizm Black is the darkest setting for the brightest, blue sky days.