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The Best OTG Ski Goggles Of 2021 Helpful Guide

As someone who has worn glasses since childhood I understand the pains of skiing in glasses. OTG ski goggles seem like they suck. It seems that if your ski goggles aren’t fogged up than your glasses are inside your goggles. You can skip the goggles but that just leaves you with a cold face. Wearing contact lenses is not an option for everyone or comfortable for long days on the slopes. The right set of OTG ski goggles will have great anti-fog performance and great fit. Don’t give up. We are here to help with our guide to the top 9 best OTG ski goggles available today.

Below are our top picks for OTG ski goggles. For more detailed reviews and FAQ see below.

Editor’s Choice

Smith Optics I/O Mag XL Snow Goggle

Top Pick

Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

Best Value

OutdoorMaster OTG Ski Goggles

The Top 5 Best OTG Ski Goggles

Editor’s Choice

Smith Optics I/O Mag XL Snow Goggle

  • The I/O MAG XL’s extra-large spherical ChromaPop lens enhances clarity and ampli ies your experience.
  • VISION: Smith MAG interchangeable system, Includes bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses
  • FIT: Large it, Responsive Fit frame design, QuickFit strap adjustment system with clip buckle, 3-layer foam

Summary

The Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle is a great high performance goggle. The I/O goggles have been around for many years and a proven solid performer. The new magnetic lens swap system makes them even better. They are OTG and prescription insert compatible.

The XL sized Smith I/O goggles are large size and will fit over most prescription glasses. They have excellent venting that will help keep your goggle lens and glasses fog free.

The Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggles are one of the best ski goggles available today. I personally have been using I/O’s for years. They have been the best goggles I’ve ever owned for anti-fog, clarity, and field of view. They are OTG compatible. This makes them my top pick for best OTG ski goggles.

What We Liked
✔️ Magnetic lens swapping
✔️ High definition Chromopop lens
✔️Great anti-fog performance
What We Didn’t Like
High cost
Easily scratched lenses

Top Pick

Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

  • Rimless frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility
  • Flexible O Matter chassis conforms to your face comfortably, even in extreme cold
  • All-day comfort of triple-layer face foam with moisture wicking polar fleece lining

Summary

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are a stylish high performing ski goggle. These goggles are OTG compatible and have a swappable lens. You can have lenses for flat light skiing and other conditions. The goggles only include one lens.

The Oakley Prizm technology helps refract light with higher definition. You can see more definition of the snow and surroundings with a prizm lens than with the naked eye. The high quality foam around the frame feels great.

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are one of the best performing OTG ski goggles today. They are high cost and we wish that a second lens was included for the money. Most other swappable lense goggles include a second lens. If cost is no issue these are great ski goggles for those wearing glasses. This makes them our top pick for best OTG ski goggles.

What We Liked
✔️ Rimless design for increased visibility
✔️ Great anti-fog performance
✔️ High definition visibility from PRIZM lens
What We Didn’t Like
Easily scratch lenses
Only one lens included

Best Value

OutdoorMaster OTG Ski Goggles

  • Otg (OVER-THE-GLASSES) design – ski goggles that fits over glasses. Suitable for both adults and youth.
  • Anti-fog lens & excellent optical clarity – dual-layer lens technology with anti-fog coating
  • Safe & Reliable with UV protection – soft TPU frame with lenses that provide 100% UV400 protection

Summary

The OutdoorMaster OTG Ski Goggles are a good solid low cost OTG goggle options. Outdoor Master is known for making good quality ski goggles at much lower prices then Oakley or Smith.

These goggles run a little smaller with size. They are good for medium sized heads and below. They have published guidelines for glasses size that will fit in them. 5.35inches x 1.65inches. They will not fit larger size prescription glasses.

They have adequate ventilation to keep from fogging up on all but the most humid of ski days. The frames have good foam padding and they are very comfortable to wear.

The OutdoorMaster OTG goggles are one of the best values in ski goggles available today. If you are looking for a budget option that will fit over your glasses and still perform well these are it.

What We Liked
✔️ Variety of lens tints and frame colors
✔️ Low price
✔️ Comfortable frame
What We Didn’t Like
Anti-fog performance degrades when used with glasses
Many lenses had a small amount of distortion.

Best Prescription Ski Goggle Insert

Rapid Eyewear SKI GOGGLES Rx Prescription Adaptor

  • RAPID EYEWEARS SKI GOGGLE RX INSERT SOLVES THE PROBLEM if you cant go skiing without corrective lenses
  • Made from a highly durable TR90 composite, the insert is designed to fit into any adult-size ski goggle
  • Can be used for distance, bifocal and varifocal optical correction

Summary

The Rapid Eyewear Universal SKI GOGGLES Rx Prescription Adaptor is an alternative to wearing glasses under your ski goggles. These inserts can be put into any adult sized ski goggle whether they are OTG compatible or not. You can look for any ski goggles without the limitations of OTG compatibility.

The adapter is similar to a set of glasses frames. They do not have lenses. You need to have prescription lenses made to use for them. Some eye glass stores will not make lenses for frames they didn’t sell. People have had good luck getting Walmart and Lenscrafters to make them.

These won’t touch your goggle lens which can scratch your goggle and glasses lenses. It also helps prevent fogging. The downside is that you need to carry around a set of glasses to wear when you take the goggles off in the lodge.

Goggle adapters are a good alternative to wearing glasses under your goggles.

What We Liked
✔️ Can work with any ski goggles
✔️ Can be transferred to different goggles
✔️ They don’t touch your goggle lens so no rubbing and scratching lenses.
What We Didn’t Like
You need a set of glasses for when you take your goggles off
Some eye glass stores won’t make lenses for these

Best Under $100 Ski Goggle

Smith Knowledge OTG Snow Goggle

  • Cylindrical Carbonic-x lens, Patented regulator adjustable lens ventilation, Fog-X anti-fog Inner lens
  • Large fit, QuickFit strap adjustment seystem with clip buckle, 2-layer DriWix face foam
  • Helmet Compatible, ODS3 & eyegleass compatible, Floating foam membrane eliminates eyeglass pressure

Summary

The Smith Knowledge OTG Snow Goggle is specifically designed for those wearing glasses. The frame is shaped for fitting over glasses. The nose piece has a little extra room so your nose isn’t punched.

These are some of the most comfortable OTG goggles available when worn with glasses. The frame shape, foam and nose shape all contribute to a great feeling set of ski goggles.

These goggles are available in a variety of tints. They are not available with any of Smith’s Chromopop lenses at the moment. They are much lower cost than Smith’s I/O series goggles. They do not have swappable lenses. Their ventilation and anti-fog performance is as good as we’ve come to expect from Smith.

The Smith Knowledge OTG goggles are one of the best values in OTG ski goggles available. With a thoughtful design and good performance. Anyone wearing glasses will be pleased with them.

What We Liked
✔️ Frames designed for wearing with glasses
✔️ Good ventilation and anti-fog performance
✔️ Very comfortable fit with glasses on
What We Didn’t Like
Not available with Chromopop lens
No darker lenses available

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OTG Ski Goggles FAQ

Q: What are OTG ski goggles?

OTG stands for Over The Glasses. These are ski goggles that can fit a pair of prescription glasses underneath them. All goggles advertised as OTG aren’t necessarily designed for being worn over glasses. They are big enough to fit them so they are designated OTG. Purpose made OTG goggles will have features in their design to work with glasses. These goggles will be much more comfortable and do a better job of not fogging.

Q: Do OTG ski goggles work?

Yes, OTG ski goggles do work. Some work much better than others. Ski goggles designed to work around prescription glasses will work much better than those that aren’t. OTG goggles will have frames shaped for glasses, nose pieces with extra clearance. Ventilation on OTG goggles will move the air around your glasses as well as the goggle lens.

A high performance OTG ski goggle can be very comfortable to wear with glasses. It will have very good anti-fog performance even with a pair of glasses in it. Don’t let wearing glasses hold you back from enjoying a day on the slopes.

Q: Can you wear OTG goggles without glasses?

You can wear OTG ski goggles without glasses. Several OTG goggles such as the Smith I/O XL are very popular whether you wear glasses or not. OTG goggles generally are a larger fit with larger frames. If you like that style and fit feel free to wear them without goggles. If you are a sometimes contact lens wearer you can wear the same ski goggles when your not wearing glasses.

Q: Can you wear ski goggles over glasses?

You can wear OTG ski goggles over prescription glasses. If you have smaller sized glasses you may be able to wear some non-OTG goggles as well. OTG ski goggles will have larger frames and earpiece cutouts to work with glasses. OTG ski goggles will be more comfortable when worn with glasses.

Q: Can you get prescription ski goggles?

Currently, you cannot get prescription lens ski goggles. Ski goggles all have lens shapes that do not work well as a prescription lens shape. The closest you can come to true prescription ski goggles is using a goggle prescription adapter. These are a plastic glasses frame with spring loaded tabs that fit into a pair of ski goggles.

This fixes the lenses into the goggles a short distance from the goggle lens.
The advantage is that the prescription lenses won’t rub against the goggle lenses. The lenses rubbing together will scratch both lenses and wear off any coatings.

The disadvantage is that you need to bring along a set of glasses to wear any time you take your ski goggles off. Any time you go inside the lodge to take a break or sit down and eat.

For more information on prescription ski goggle inserts and adapters, see the video below.

Q: How do you ski with prescription glasses?

You can ski with prescription glasses. You have 2 options. Ski with your only your glasses on. Ski with a set of OTG ski goggles over the top of them. If you find a good set of OTG goggles that fits you well and fits your glasses well they will work well. OTG goggles can have anti-fog and color clarity as good as regular ski goggles.

Wearing prescription glasses should not be a reason you stay away from skiing. There is a set of OTG goggles out there that will work for you.

Q: Can I get OTG Goggles with a built in fan?

Yes, you can get OTG goggles with a built in fan. Smith has made both their I/O series of goggles and their Knowledge OTG goggles with fans. They are currently not available but you might be able to find some somewhere. They should release more fan equipped goggles in the future. Fan equipped goggles are very popular among heli and cat skiers.

Other brands than Smith have made fan equipped goggles as well. Most of the larger frame sized goggles will work OTG.

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For other types of ski goggles please see our complete ski goggle guide here.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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