1. Smith I/O Mag ChromaPop
Lens shape: Spherical
What we like: ChromaPop is the real deal; sizing and fit are excellent.
What we don’t: Good but not great quick-change system.
Smith I/O Mag ChromaPop are wonderful goggles featuring a magnetic lens connection that locks into place and releases with the push of a lever. Allowing you to hot swap your lenses in a jiff to keep up with the reality of rapidly changing conditions on the hill, their spherical ChromaPop™ lenses provide a wide field of view and clarity across a greater range of lighting conditions.
2. Smith Range Goggle
These excellent goggles from Smith excel in an array of conditions all season long. With Airflow lens technology you can expect the best in fog reduction while a large fit offers super protection when you riding. The Responsive Fit™ frame design allows the frame to adjust and flex to the contours of the face. Priced at $75, the Smith Range is one of the best budget ski goggle.
3. Anon M4 Toric MFI
The Anon M4 Toric MFI Goggles provide great field of vision, low-profile frames and 40% thinner face foam. Featuring a toric lens that mimics the curvature of the eye for improved vision and max venting to eliminate fogging. The google comes with the Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI®) that seals the included Anon MFI facemask to the goggle in a snap.
4. Oakley Flight Deck Prizm
The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are one of the best large-frame ski goggles available. The large spherical lens are optimized for unparalleled peripheral vision in every direction. The goggles are designed to work in harmony with a wide range of helmet styles, with outrigger mounts that distribute pressure evenly across the goggle chassis and silicone beaded inner straps that stay securely in place.
5. Smith 4D Mag
The Smith 4D Mag feature excellent quality and a noticeable boost in downward visibility. The lens technology Bird’sEye Vision™ provides 25% increase in overall field of view copared to the I/O MAG. Moreover, Smith has integrated the mechanical locking mechanism into the frame outriggers, making lens changes super easy.
6. Julbo Aerospace
The Julbo Aerospace Goggles solid, high-quality goggles that come with effective anti-fogging system. They are perfect for aspiring jet pilots, astronauts, and rippin’ snow riders. The REACTIV Photochromic Spherical Double Lens changes with current light conditions to give you an unparalleled picture of the mountain while the minimalist frame opens up your field of view. The SuperFlow System allows you edge your lens out to boost ventilation and release heat when you’re kicking it up a notch.
7. Spy Ace Goggle
The Spy Ace Goggles feature retro looks and a massive field of vision. With a Spy’s Quick Draw™ lens change system and a free bonus lens included with every pair, these innovative goggles will never leave you flailing blindly through the air into bottomless pow. Priced at $130 these goggles are one of the cheapest available.
8. Oakley Airbrake XL Prizm
These outstanding oggles come with 2 lens tints and Oakley’s Switchlock Technology™, so you can change them out with ease depending on conditions. The lens shape is spherical giving you great peripheral vision, while a streamlined frame allows for full helmet compatibility.
9. Smith Squad Mag
The Smith Squad MAG are superb goggles with classic squad looks and faster lens change. You get two high-quality ChromaPop lenses to maximize performance in variety of conditions, and the triple-layer foam along the interior has proven to be super comfortable. The Responsive Fit™ Frame Design enables the frame to adjust and flex to the contours of the face.
10. Giro Blok Goggle
Giro Blok Goggle comes with a clean retro framed look and great peripheral vision. The design is hardwearing with a full frame to protect the sides of the lens and rugged materials in general. In addition, the triple-layer face foam with microfleece facing delivers a plush contact layer against your face, a super soft middle layer that allows maximum contour, and a durable back layer connected to the goggle frame.
Ski Goggles: A buying guide – How to choose Ski Goggles.
It would be your first time skiing soon yet you are still not sure about how to choose ski goggles. Maybe you knew that goggles are not compulsory, but nowadays, they could provide your eyes with extra protections from bad weather. You wouldn’t want to end up having to treat your precious eyes after your negligence to wear proper ski goggles. Maybe you used to know that ski goggles were not fitting well with your outfits. However, you can now buy stylish goggles that would match with your outfits. Let’s find out what you should look out for when choosing ski goggles. Here are some important points.
Should it be ski goggles instead of sunglasses? Of course, both would give your eyes protection from the sun rays and UV rays. However, since you are not going for some hike in nice weather, you would need something that could attach to your face tightly. Ski goggles could give you much better protection than sunglasses, especially for the watertight feature. They are also much more flexible than sunglasses which would be safer during your fall. Ski goggles could protect your face because they are so flexible while sunglasses might break and add the damage instead.
The most important part of goggles are their lenses, recent models could have a number of technologies and treatments integrated. This means that the optical quality and comfort would be much improved than the older models. However, the better the quality and features, the price would also be rocketing. Skiing would need you to rely on your sights. That is why ski goggles’ main purpose is to prevent harmful UV rays from reaching your eyes. The first thing you should look at is the protection index, which follows the EN174 standards. The goggles which are made with this standard should be able to protect your eyes 100% from harmful UV rays. You would also see the lens’ category which indicates the visible light transmission (VLT), or the level of visibility. The higher the category, the darker the lenses will be. You should choose the category based on the terrain, category 0 and 1 would be suitable for terrain with unclear vision and bad weather. These categories tend to have clear lenses with tolerance to light up to 43%. The upper categories are meant to be used while you have enough or even high intensity of sunlight. The top category goggles just have 8% tolerance to light which means you would see much darker lenses. If you want to be more convenient, you can choose to have the ones with photochromic lenses. This type of lens has pigments that could react depending on the light intensities, it could adapt and change its tolerance to light from category 1 to category 3. This is the best way to keep yourself compact, you don’t need to bring another pair of goggles or extra lenses to adjust to the weather.
The next thing you should pay attention to is the tint. The tint helps your vision to adapt to the light intensity in the terrain. If you would ski in bad weather, you should choose the ones with bright tints like yellow or pink. Those tints would generate better contrasts and help you with providing a better vision in bad weather. While you are in a place with quite high luminosity, you’d better choose the ones with gray or brown tint.
Those are the main features which are important for your safety. There are still other secondary features which could be optional since it could only affect your comfort. You can choose to have ski goggles with polarized lenses that could help you to reduce the glares from light reflections on the goggles. For more comfortable skiing experience in the snow, you could choose the ones with anti-fog coating. This type of lens is made with double layer technology, plus, the ones with better quality have waterproof coating to prevent snow and water from setting on the lens.
There are also several more features which you won’t really need for your first time skiing. Make sure you cover all the crucial points to ensure your safety in the terrain and you are all set.