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The Best OTG Ski Goggles Of 2022 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 3 top picks for OTG ski goggles. For more detailed reviews and FAQ see below.

☆ Top Pick

☆ Editor’s Choice

☆ Best Value

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Smith I/O Mag XL

Oakley Flight Deck

OutdoorMaster Ultra XL

Large size ChromaPop Lens goggles that work with most glasses

Great PRIZM lenses in a large frame that is OTG compatible

OTG goggles with great toric lenses and a great price

The Top 6 Best OTG Ski Goggles

1 – Smith Optics I/O Mag XL Snow Goggle

Top Pick

  • We took the Smith MAG interchangeable system and integrated it with a more expansive window to the mountains. The I/O MAG XL’s extra-large spherical ChromaPop lens enhances clarity and amplifies your experience.
  • OTG compatibility – the I/O MAG XL design integrates seamlessly into helmets to provide the ultimate it and function as a fog-free system
  • VISION – Smith MAG interchangeable system, Includes bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses, Spherical carbonic-x lens 5X anti-fog inner lens TLT lens technology for crystal clear vision OTG compatible
  • FIT – Large it, Responsive Fit frame design, QuickFit strap adjustment system with clip buckle, 3-layer DriWix face 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 interchangeable lens 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 peripheral vision. They are OTG compatible. This makes them my top pick for best OTG ski and snowboard goggle.

Review

See our complete detailed review of the Smith I/O Mag ski and snowboard goggles here. See our review of the Smith Mission MIPS helmet here.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants an OTG ski goggle with excellent lense clarity and anti fog performance.

What we liked

  • Magnetic lens swapping including a spare lens
  • High definition Chromopop lens
  • Great anti-fog performance

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

2 – Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

Editor’s Choice

  • Prizm Snow is Oakley’s exclusive lens technology that’s engineered to help you see contrast on the mountain in a variety of challenging light and snow conditions.
  • Rimless frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility, while our Ridgelock Lens Change System lets you easily adapt to changing conditions
  • Optically correct injection-molded dual Plutonite lens material with F3 Anti-fog coating that provides 100% protection against UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400nm

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 different lens tint for flat light skiing and other conditions. The goggles only include one lens. If you want a replacement lens such as a clear lens for night skiing you will have to pay extra.

The Oakley Prizm technology spherical lens 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 in almost any light condition while being protected from harmful uv rays. Their anti fog technology is second to know one. 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.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants Oakley lens clarity in an OTG ski goggle.

What we liked

  • Rimless design for increased visibility
  • High definition visibility from PRIZM lens
  • Great anti-fog performance

What we didn’t like

  • Easily scratch lenses
  • Only one lens included

3 – OutdoorMaster Ultra XL Snow Goggles

Best Value
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  • Toric Lens-Ultimate Field of Vision – With the latest lens shape design on the market – Toric lens, it combines the low distortion and clearer view of the cylindrical lens and the wide peripheral vision of the spherical lens
  • Color-Optimization Technology – provides high definition optics by filtering part of the blue light and thus boosts the contrast and greatly improves color brightness. It has been proven to highlight irregularities with superior visibility
  • Super HD Technology – Luminous Refractive Pressed lens offers the premium clarity with great contrast enhancement. It largely reduces the refraction which allows the focus to fall precisely on the retina
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Summary

The OutdoorMaster Ultra XL Snow Goggles are new this year and could be the best bang for the buck in ski goggles out there. The OutdoorMaster Pro goggles have been a great value since their introduction and packed way more features into a $50 ski goggle than anyone thought possible. The Vision builds on it and adds great performing lenses with as much tech slammed into them as Oakley, Smith, or Anon.

These goggles have a toric shaped lens that combines the best of spherical and cylindrical lenses. They use OutdoorMaster’s Ultra lens Color-Optimization Technology. This filters out blue light allowing you to see the terrain better than with your naked eye. Luminous Refractive Pressed lenses allow for better refraction and focus. What this means is that you have a great field of view, focus, and terrain definition as you get from Oakley or Smith at 1/2 to 1/3 price.

These goggles retain the OutdoorMaster magnetic lens swap system. The goggles come with 2 lenses and a hard case for the spare lens.

The goggles are OTG compatible and can fit glasses up to 5.3inch wide by 1.65inch tall.

The OutdoorMaster Ultra XL goggles come with great lenses, an easy swapping system and they are OTG compatible and all for a much lower price than you could find from Smith, Oakley, or Anon. This makes them my best value pick for best OTG ski goggles.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the OutdoorMaster Ultra XL to learn more.

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Who are these for?

Someone who wants 1st rate high performance goggle lenses and a slick lens swap system at a bargain price that is also OTG compatible.

What we liked

  • High definition Ultra toric lens
  • Magnetic quick change lens system
  • Includes a second lens

What we didn’t like

  • No photochromic lens is available

4 – Rapid Eyewear SKI GOGGLES Rx Prescription Adaptor

Best Prescription Ski Goggle Insert

  • RAPID EYEWEAR’S SKI GOGGLE RX INSERT SOLVES THE PROBLEM if you can’t go skiing or snowboarding without your corrective lenses in place
  • Made from a highly durable TR90 composite, the insert is designed to fit into any adult-size ski goggle by way of sprung arms that simply clamp themselves to the inside of the lens
  • Can be used for distance, bifocal and varifocal optical correction
  • Manufactured by one of the UK’s leading brands of specialised sports eyewear products
  • Corrective lenses up to a strength of plus or minus 4.5 SPH can easily be added to the insert by any reputable optometrist

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 regular 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.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants to be able to wear any ski goggles without wearing contacts or glasses inside the 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

5 – OutdoorMaster OTG Ski Goggles

Best Under $50

  • 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 coated inner lens gives you a FOG-FREE SKI EXPERIENCE.
  • SAFE & RELIABLE WITH UV PROTECTION – Soft TPU frame with lenses that provide 100% UV400 protection and YEARS OF RELIABLE USE.

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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. They have a polarized lens to offer up extra uv protection.

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 value ski and snowboarding goggle available today. If you are looking for a budget option that will fit over your glasses and still perform well these are it.

Full Review

See my complete review of OTG ski goggles here.

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Who are these for?

Someone looking for a good performing OTG goggle without swappable lenses

What we liked

  • Variety of lens tints and frame colors including mirrored lens
  • 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.

6 – Smith Knowledge OTG Snow Goggle

Best Under $100 Ski Goggle

  • Cylindrical Carbonic-x lens for clarity and impact resistance with built-in Airflow technology for active ventilation
  • Fog-X anti-fog inner lens for fog-free performance
  • Fits over the glasses (OTG ) and is compatible with our optical docking system (ODS) prescription lens insert

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. They utilize a cylindrical lens to help keep the cost down.

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 lens 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 flat lens design and good performance. Anyone wearing glasses will be pleased with them.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants basic, no frills, high quality ski goggles that work with glasses.

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 eyewear 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 advantage is that you can use them with almost any ski goggles available. You can use them with an expensive photochromic ski goggle or any other design that isn’t available OTG.

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 3 options. Ski with only your glasses on. Ski with a set of OTG ski goggles over the top of them. Use a set of regular ski goggles with a prescription insert. 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. They come in many stylish options including mirrored lens or photochromic lens.

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 outdoors enthusiast always looking forward to my next adventure. I spend as much time skiing, biking, and paddleboarding as I can. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things outdoor adventures and to help other people have as much fun as me.

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