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The Best Ski Goggles For Sunny Days 2022 Helpful Guide

Skiing on bright sunny bluebird days is great. You can feel the warmth of the sun and take in all the great scenery. The sun is bright and you need to protect your eyes so that you can keep skiing on sunny days for years to come. Choosing the right ski goggles can make skiing on bright days much more enjoyable. A high performance lens with correct VLT can make a huge difference in how you see and how your eyes feel. To help you have your best bluebird day, here are the best ski goggles for sunny day skiing.

For bright sunny day skiing, we want a ski goggle lens that has 5-20% VLT (Visible Light Transmission). Many goggles are available with different lens options. Please choose the lens option with 5-20% VLT if you want to use it for sunny day skiing.

Below are our 3 favorite ski goggles for bright day skiing. If you’d like an in-depth look at all the options and our helpful guide to ski goggles please look below.

☆ Top Pick

☆ Top Pick

☆ Best Value

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Oakley Flight Deck

Smith I/O Mag

OutdoorMaster Vision XL

High definition PRIZM lenses combined with Oakley style

Great performing Smith ChromaPop lenses in a frameless goggle look

Advanced toric shaped polarized lenses with easy magnetic swap system

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The top 10 best ski goggles for sunny day skiing

We examined several of the most popular ski goggles for sunny skiing available today.  Here are our reviews of the 10 best options available today.  We considered both price, options, and customer reviews in our selections of the best ski goggles for sunny day skiing. Below are our selections.

Please see our ski goggle guide, after the reviews, for a lot of helpful information for choosing a set of ski goggles for sunny day conditions.

1 – Oakley Flight Deck Ski Goggles

Top Pick

  • 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
oakley flight deck M at the slopes

Summary

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are a stylish high performing ski goggle. These goggles have a swappable lens. You can have lenses for sunny day 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. Choose a lens with a VLT suitable for bright light such as black or jade iridium for sunny day skiing. The Oakley F3 anti fog coating is one of the best performing in the industry. The high quality foam around the frame feels great.

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are one of the best performing ski goggles today. They are high cost and we wish that a spare 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 bright light or any skiing conditions. This is our Top Pick for best performing ski goggle for sunny day skiing.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the Oakley Flight Deck XM to learn more.

Oakley Flight Deck Snow Goggles Review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the best possible lenses and performance from a stylish brand and is willing to pay for it

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

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: One size fits all
  • VLT: 5.5% Black Iridium, 15% Jade Iridium
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

2 – OutdoorMaster Vision XL Snow Goggles

Best Value
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  • TORIC LENS WITH GREAT FIELD OF VISION – Just like the name VISION indicates, the model is designed for the ultimate field of vision. With the Toric lens, it combines the low distortion and clearer view of the cylindrical lens and the wide peripheral vision of the spherical lens
  • ANTI-FOG COATING & VENTILATION – Our in-house developed anti-fog coating absorbs the water molecule instantly. Combined with our triple layer foam that maximizes air ventilation within your goggles
  • ENHANCED POLARIZED LENS – VISION lens accompanied with exclusive Polarized Technology offers a clearer view, which massively reduces glare, reinforces contrast and natural color, and brings out the finest details

Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com

Vision XL at PM side view

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Vision XL Snow Goggles are new this year and are a great performing ski goggle at a great price. 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 by adding advanced Toric lenses with wider field of vision and improved anti-fog ventilation.

These goggles have a toric shaped lens that combines the best of spherical and cylindrical lenses. This means they have less distortion and a wider field of view than either spherical or cylindrical lenses. The lenses are polarized to reduce glare on bright days. They offer 100% UV400 protection to keep your eyes safe.

These goggles retain the OutdoorMaster magnetic lens swap system. You can easily swap lenses in seconds without taking your goggles off your face. The goggles come with 2 lenses and a hard case for the spare lens.

The goggles are available in many lens, frame and strap color combinations. All the goggles come with 2 lenses and a hard case for storing the extra lens. The 9% VLT silver lens is the best choice for sunny day skiing.

These are a great performing ski goggle at an even better price. These are my best value pick goggle for sunny day skiing.

Full Review

See our full review of the OutdoorMaster XL Snow Goggles to learn more.

OutdoorMaster Vision XL snow goggle review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants great toric lenses and easy to swap lenses at a low price.

What we liked

  • Wide field of view toric lens
  • Magnetic quick change lens system
  • Includes a second lens

What we didn’t like

  • Lenses are not quite as good as top level goggles

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Large to XL fit
  • VLT: Sunny 9% VLT silver lens
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

3 – Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle

Top Pick

  • Smith I/O MAG combines the quick and secure Smith MAG interchangeable lens system with ChromaPop lens technology delivering you complete optical clarity.
  • 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
  • FIT – Medium 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 lens swap system is a great addition. The frameless design gives great peripheral vision. The old I/O lens system was not something you could swap in seconds on a chairlift ride or standing on the slopes. You can now swap the lens quickly and easily any time you want.

The Chromopop lens technology from Smith Optics gives high definition light refraction. This means you can differentiate colors easier and see better. The Chromopop mirror lenses are great for bright sunny days. As a bonus, you also get a second lens (usually chromapop storm rose) that is great for flat light days. Some do come with other second lenses so please check what you are buying. These goggles have great ventilation and anti-fogging when combined with a Smith helmet.

The I/O XL is also one of the best OTG goggles out there for those wearing prescription glasses. If you want a stylish mirrored lens for over your glasses these are for you.

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 and have always been satisfied with them in bright light and any other light condition.

Full 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.

Smith I/O Mag review

Who are these for?

Someone looking for high performance goggle lenses and anti-fog with easy to change lenses

What we liked

  • Magnetic lens swapping with latches
  • High definition Chromopop lens
  • Most goggles include 2 lens

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Available in Small, Regular and XL
  • VLT: 9-20% For Mirror Chromopop colors
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes (XL)

4 – Glade Optics MagFlight Goggle

Editor’s Choice
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  • HUGE FIELD OF VIEW – large lens and low profile frame gives incredible peripheral vision
  • GREAT ANTI-FOG PERFORMANCE – Proprietary anti-fog system that includes a professional grade coating, ventilation on the top and bottom of the goggle, and dual lens technology
  • EASY SWAP MAGNETIC LENS SYSTEM – Change lenses in seconds with magnetic lenses. 10 magnets hold the lens on through the worst yardsale fall
  • LOW LIGHT LENS INCLUDED – Magflight includes a bonus second lens that is good for low light and flat light conditions
Magflight and challenger sunny chairlift ride
Glade Optics Magflight (left) and Glade Optics Challenger (middle)

Summary

The Glade Optics MagFlight Goggles have a huge field of view and great anti-fog performance. Glade Optics is a Colorado company run by a really passionate ski bum Curt Nichols. He saw that most ski goggles are made by large corporations that don’t’ really care about skiing. He knew there must be a better way. Glade Optics makes fantastic goggles that look really good.

The MagFlight is a large fit cylindrical lens goggle. It has an easy swap magnetic lens system. You can change lenses in seconds with the goggles on your face. They include a second low light lens to make the goggles good for all light conditions. The standard lenses have a VLT range from 9.8% for the sliver to 19% for the Royal Purple. I have skied with the 18.7% Rose lens on a really bright day and thought it was dark enough.

The lens has a nice mirror finish that looks really good out on the mountain. The clarity is good with very little distortion. The low light lens provides good visibility and terrain definition in flat light.

Field of view and peripheral vision is excellent. They have the best field of view of any large fit goggle I have tried including the Anon M4 Toric.

They are very comfortable to wear. They have triple layer foam and a flexible TPU frame. The foam has a firm feel to it. They have a nice aggressive face hugging feal.

The goggles have plenty of ventilation and a very effective anti-fog coating. We had no fogging issues with it on a really challenging humid foggy flat light ski day.

Overall these goggles have great performance and looks. I would wear them on any flat light, sunny, or humid foggy day.

Review

See our detailed review of the Glade Optics MagFlight ski goggles to learn more.

Glade Optics MagFlight Ski Goggles Review

Who are these for?

Someone looking for a large fit goggle with great field of view and anti fog performance

What we liked

  • Largest field of view of any goggle I have tried
  • Good anti-fog performance
  • Cool mirrored flat lens look
  • Includes low light lens

What we didn’t like

  • No storage bag or case for extra lens included
  • Only works OTG with smaller glasses

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Large fit
  • VLT: 9.2% Silver to 19% Royal Purple
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

5 – OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles PRO

Best Under $50

  • PERFORMANCE SKI GOGGLES WITH FRAMELESS DESIGN – Large spherical, frameless lens provides a truly unobstructed & clear view of the slopes. Designed for ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE & COMFORT.
  • INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM – Enjoy a wide range of extra lenses. Swap for day/night & different weather conditions. CHOOSE AMONG 20+ DIFFERENT LENSES. Extra lenses sold separately.
  • UV PROTECTION – All lenses are ANTI-FOG COATED & offers 100% UV400 PROTECTION.

Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com

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OutdoorMaster Ultra XL (left) and Pro XM (right)

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Pro Frameless Goggles are a great low cost full feature goggle. These goggles feature a magnetic swapping spherical lens. They are also OTG compatible for those of us who wear prescription glasses. Only one lens is included with the goggles if you buy them from Amazon. A 2 lens combo is available directly from OutdoorMaster. Other lenses are also available separately.

These goggles have dual pane lenses with anti-fog coating and ventilation. Their anti-fog performance is okay but not as good as other higher cost ski goggles. The magnets attaching the lens are strong enough to hold through almost any fall or chairlift incident. The spherical lens has high clarity and low distortion. It doesn’t have the great color refraction that the Chromopop/SONAR/Vivid/PRIZM have. For the cost, you still get good performance on bright days. Some lens options are polarized for protection against UV rays and glare reduction. All lenses provide 100% UV400 protection.

For the best performance in bright light conditions use the grey(10%), blue(15%), rose(17%) or gold(13%) lens. These goggles are an excellent value. They have most of the performance of more expensive goggles at a much lower price. This makes it our top pick for best under $50 sunny day skiing goggle.

Full Review

See our detailed review of the OutdoorMaster Pro ski goggles to learn more. See our article OutdoorMaster goggles vs Smith to see how these compare to Smith I/O Mag goggles.

OutdoorMaster Pro Ski Goggles Review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants excellent value with good performing, really easy to swap lenses.

What we liked

  • Variety of styles and lens tints
  • Magnetic quick change lens system
  • Variety of colors and lenses

What we didn’t like

  • Lenses not as good as Oakley Prizm or Smith Chromapop

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium to large fit
  • VLT: 10% Grey, 13% Gold, 15% Blue, 17% Rose
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

6 – Anon M4 Toric Goggle with MFI Face Mask

  • MAGNA-TECH uses magnets for quickly changing lenses and a secure lens-to-gram seal
  • PERCEIVE lens for high-contrast vision and terrain defining clarity; Coated for unmatched smudge, scratch, and moisture resistance; Lightweight, dual-molded PC-ABS/TPU frame improves lens interface performance and maintains a comfortable fit on the face
  • MFI technology (Magnetic Face Mask Integration) uses magnetic connection to seal your face to your goggles
Anon M4 Toric goggles and Echo MIPS helmet

Summary

The ANON M4 Toric Lens Ski Goggles are possibly the best ski goggle available right now. They have first rate lenses, an easy to swap magnetic lens change system, and an integrated magnetic face mask. Anon comes from legendary snowboard company Burton but don’t let that turn you away. These goggles have everything that Smith and Oakley can offer and more.

The Anon Perceive lens technology refracts color better than the naked eye. The toric lens shape combines the best features of spherical and cylindrical lenses giving you great field of view and minimal distortion. This makes them perfect for the most overcase flat light day. The goggles include 2 lenses as well as a hard lens case for storing the spare lens. The lenses use the MAGNA-TECH lens swapping system that lets you quickly change lenses in seconds anywhere without taking your goggles off your face.

The ANON M4 goggles have their MFI (Magnetic Face Mask Integration) allowing your face mask to attach to the bottom of the goggle frame. This is great for keeping your mask up without trying to pinch it between your goggle frame and face. They have a variety of available facemask options in addition to the mask that comes with the goggles. The included facemask is made from lighter material and would work well for sun protection.

These goggles are available with a variety of lens color choices. All the primary lenses fall within the VLT suitable for sunny day skiing. The Sunny Onyx 6% VLT is the darkest lens available.

All these features makes these one of the best ski goggles available today. This makes them my top pick for best ski goggle for flat light and almost any other condition. They are also my top choice for best flat light ski goggle.

Full Review

See our complete detailed review of the Anon M4 Toric ski and snowboard goggles here. See our review of the Anon Echo MIPS helmet here.

Anon M4 Toric Review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the best of everything, lenses, lens swapping, facemask integration, etc… and is willing to pay for it.

What we liked

  • High definition Perceive toric lenses
  • MFI integrated face mask
  • Easy to swap magnetic lens system

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • No available photochromic lens

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium to large fit
  • VLT: Sunny Onyx 8% is best for bright days
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

7 – Wildhorn Roca Snowboard & Ski Goggles

  • CHANGE YOUR LENS IN UNDER 60 SECONDS – Our ski goggles are designed with a six rare earth N45 magnet and an integrated clip locking system to allow a quick lens swap
  • EFFORTLESS PERFORMANCE / UNLIMITED STYLE – The semi-frameless snowboarding goggles for men and women were meticulously designed in Utah, home of the greatest snow on earth.
  • AURORA LENS TECHNOLOGY – Don’t worry about ruining your trip with sub-par snow goggle lenses. All Roca skiing goggles come with our proprietary aurora lens technology gives you maximum visibility while on the slopes.

Summary

The Wildhorn Roca Snowboard & Ski Goggles are a good low cost goggle option. They have spherical lenses with magnetic swapping. They have side latches as well for a little extra lens security. They are designed by skiers and snowboarders in Utah and are a sponsor of the US-Ski Team.

These goggles have a spherical double lens with anti-fog and anti-scratch coating. They scratch as easily as any goggles from Smith, Oakley or Giro. Their anti-fog performance is okay but not as good as Smith or Oakley when used with a compatible helmet. Lens clarity is as good as any regular lens. For bright sunny day light use any of their S3 and S4 lens colors. These are between 8% and 18% VLT.

The Wildhorn Roca goggles are a good value for a swappable lens goggle with good performance. We wish they included 2 lenses with their goggle frame. Extra lenses are not expensive and readily available. They are a great pick for bright light ski goggle for those not wanting to pay the premium of Smith, Oakley, ANON or Giro.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for a great value with good clarity easy to change lenses.

What we liked

  • Magnetic lens with side latches
  • Low cost
  • Variety of colors and lenses

What we didn’t like

  • Lenses are not polarized
  • Does not include a 2nd lens

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium to large fit
  • VLT: <8% S4 Lens, 8%-18% S2 Lens
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

8 – Outdoor Master Pulse XL Cylindrical Snow Goggles

Best Cylindrical Lens Goggle Under $50
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  • GREAT FIELD OF VIEW – Wider field of view, optically correct geometry & polarized replacement lens options designed to give superb vision to everyone.
  • ANTI-FOG & REVO COATING – Enjoy a FOG-FREE RIDING EXPERIENCE with high level anti-fog technology & first-rate ventilation.
  • SECURE LOCK SYSTEM – Our Lock System provide a SECURE and EASY-TO-USE lens system. Change lens in less than a minute!

Use the Coupon Code ERO2022 for 20% off at OutdoorMaster.com

Pulse XL at powder mountain

Summary

The Outdoor Master Pulse XL Snow Goggles are their latest cylindrical lens offering. They have a very easy to use non-magnetic lens change system and quality lenses. They are priced to fit in the under $50 ski goggle range. They are one of my favorite ski goggles to wear since I got them.

These goggles are large fit and have an excellent field of view with minimal distortion. They have similar quality lenses as the Pro XM model but in a flat lens package. They do not have any color filtering or fancy lens tech in the standard lenses. They do have an available orange lens for flat light conditions. They do not come with a second lens.

They do not have a magnetic lens change system. They use a couple of sliders and a few snap in tabs. It is very easy to use and takes no effort to align the lens. It is the best non-magnetic system I have come across so far.

The fit is very comfortable and they look great. I think the Diamond MIPS and Lazurite helmet styles look better with flat lens goggles.

The Pulse XL goggles retail for $52.99 so they are well under $50 without discount code.

Full Review

See our full review of the Outdoor Master Pulse XL ski goggles to learn more.

Outdoor Master Pulse XL review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants cool looking flat lens goggles with good lenses at a low price

What we liked

  • Fun looking cool flat lens appearance
  • Big field of view
  • Comfortable to wear

What we didn’t like

  • They don’t come with a second lens
  • Lenses not quite as good as higher end goggles

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Large fit
  • VLT: 18% Grey
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

9 – Smith 4D Mag Snow Goggle

  • Smith MAG – lens change system uses magnets for quick, easy lens changes
  • ChromaPop – lenses enhance contrast and natural color to make the details pop
  • BirdsEye Vision – clarifies not just your line, but the riders in your periphery
  • AirEvac – ventilation system integrates with Smith helmets for fog-free lenses

Summary

The Smith 4D Mag Snow Goggle is the latest high performance ski goggle from Smith Optics. The 4D takes the I/O design and increases the field of view by and clarity of your peripheral vision. It uses the same Smith MAG interchangeable lens system as the I/O Mag goggles that uses magnets plus 2 latches.

The Chromopop lens technology from Smith Optics combined with BirdsEye Vision of the 4D goggle lens gives better clarity and focus throughout your field of view. This means you can see better all around you can see better all around your field of view. There are several lens options available in the less than 20% VLT range that is ideal for bright sunny conditions. The 9% ChromaPop Sun Platinum Mirror, 12% ChromaPop Sun Black, and 9% ChromaPop Sun Green Mirror are the best choices.

These goggles have the same great anti-fog ventilation and coating that we have come to love with Smith goggles. They will keep the fog away even better when combined with a Smith helmet with their AirEvac system.

The Smith Mag system uses a combination of magnets and 2 latches to swap lenses. It is easy to do but the latches are under the goggle band making it hard to swap without taking the goggles off your head. You get a more secure lens attachment but less convenient to swap lenses as a tradeoff. I personally prefer the Anon system without any latches. Some people want latches. If you are one of them than this goggle is for you.

Overall, these are really good goggles. They will set you back a bit more than a set of Smith I/O Mag but give a noticeably better field of view.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for high performance goggle lenses and anti-fog with easy to change lenses

What we liked

  • High definition Chromopop lens
  • Great field of view
  • Magnetic lens swapping with included 2nd lens

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium fit
  • VLT: 9% ChromaPop Sun Platinum Mirror, 12% ChromaPop Sun Black, and 9% ChromaPop Sun Green
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: No

10 – Monkey Forest Ski Goggle

  • Wide View – The large cylindrical lens provides a truly unobstructed & wide view of the slopes.
  • Magnetic Interchangeable Lens – The extra large cylindrical lens is secured by 7 magnets under a stabilization bezel to offer a wide peripheral view and distortion-free clarity.
  • High performance UV Protection – Ski goggles with unique anti-fogging treatment and 100% UV400 protection coating.
MF goggles in front of chairlift

Summary

The Monkey Forest Ski Goggles are cool looking flat lens goggles at a really low price. Monkey Forest is a new brand available on Amazon that has a fun animal themed vibe to them. We got a couple pairs of their goggles recently and were quite impressed give the price.

These goggles have a flat cylindrical lens with an easy to use magnetic lens swapping system. The lenses are of decent quality without much distortion. They have some blue color filtering to help you see better on flat light days. They have a very bright mirrored finish to them when wearing them. They only include one lens with the goggles. There are only a few optional lenses available.

The goggles come in 2 sizes, small and large. The small is only a few mm smaller than the large. The large is a large fit goggle. The small is a slightly smaller medium fit. Their lenses are not interchangeable. If you order a spare lens on Amazon check which size you have selected.

On the mountain, the performance was surprisingly good given the cost. They work pretty good on both bright light days and flat days. I had no issues with fogging either.

Review

See our in depth review of the Monkey Forest Ski Goggles to learn more.

Monkey Forest ski goggles review

Who are these for?

Someone who wants cool looking googles with good performance and doesn’t want to spend much

What we liked

  • Fun colorful design with many colors and patterns to choose from
  • Good performance on the mountain including flat light
  • Very low cost

What we didn’t like

  • Only one lens is included with goggles
  • Not much difference between the large and small sizes

Ski Goggle Specifications

  • Sizing: Medium to large fit
  • VLT: 7.2% Silver, 16.7% Blue, 11.5% Gold, 19.2% Purple
  • Dual Pane Lenses: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Lens Swapping: Yes
  • OTG: Yes

wearing ski goggles on a bright day

How to choose the best ski goggles for sunny day skiing – Helpful Guide

Everyone loves to ski on bright bluebird sunny days. The sun is bright. The sunlight makes you feel warm even if it’s really cold out. Everything just feels good. The bright sunlight can quickly damage your eyes without proper eye protection. The snow reflects the sunlight back at you making the situation even worse for your eyes. The right pair of ski goggles can make bright sunny skiing much safer for your eyes and more enjoyable. Ski goggles help keep your face warmer and your eyes protected in addition to making it easier to see. What are the best ski goggles for sunny day skiing? We will answer all your questions below.

I’ll start with a note about fit. Everyone’s faces are of different shapes. Ski goggles are different shapes also. What is comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for another person. When picking ski goggles, don’t worry if you get them and they don’t feel good. The shape is probably wrong for you. Send them back and try a different pair.

Below are the most important factors to consider when choosing a pair of ski goggles for flat light skiing.

VLT

VLT stands for Visible Light Transmission. This is a measurement of how much visible light a lens will let pass through. A VLT of 99% means 99% of light passes through. A VLT of 15% means only 15% of light passes through. A 100% VLT lens would be a clear lens. A 0% VLT lens would be solid black with nothing passing through. For bright sunny day skiing we want a VLT between 5% and 20%. The below table shows what VLT should be for different skiing conditions.

VLT for ski goggles table

A photochromic lens has a VLT that varies with light conditions. They will not get as bright or dark as a fixed lens tint. A photochromic ski goggle will work okay for bright or low light condition day.

Lens color

A Ski and snowboard goggle with a lens tint that is dark or mirrored with low VLT’s work best for bright sunny days. Black, dark blues, dark greens, dark reds, silvers and greys can all work well.

Polarized Lens

Polarized lenses have a filter coating that helps reduce glare and distortion. They work by only allowing light from the vertical direction to pass. The filtering blocks light reflected in a horizontal direction. Most glare comes from horizontal light reflections. Polarized lenses will allow you to see more clearly without glare on bright days. The downside is that polarized lenses block too much light in the dark. They should not be worn at night. Polarized lenses make it difficult to read LCD screens. To read more about polarized lenses click here.

Fit

Ski goggles have different shapes and sizes to go with different shaped heads. What is comfortable for one person won’t be comfortable for everyone. Ski goggles are very much a try on and see how they fit item. If you try a pair of ski goggles and they don’t feel comfortable on your face send them back and try again.

Common Fit Issues

  • Pressure between your eyes and ears – The Goggle is too narrow for your face. You need a wider goggle.
  • Pinching on your nose – Tighten your goggle strap to pull the goggles wider. Try goggles with a different nose bridge shape.
  • Gap on your nose – Loosen your goggle straps and see if that closes the gap. If not try different goggles with a different nose bridge shape.
  • Pressure on your forehead – Try loosening your goggle strap. If that doesn’t work try goggles with a wider frame.

The second consideration with goggle fit is how they fit with your ski helmet. You want to minimize the gap between your goggles and helmet. A large goggle gap allows a direct air path to your forehead that will feel cold. It also looks bad and people will call you a “Gaper”. When buying ski goggles you should try them on with your helmet and see how they work together.

Ventilation

Ventilation helps your ski goggles stay clear and fog free. The vents allow the moist air inside your goggles to leave. A good flow of dry air into the goggles goes a long way towards keeping your goggles from fogging.

Many ski helmets have vents that direct airflow into the ski goggles. Goggle ventilation works much better as a system with ski goggles. If you have a mismatched helmet and goggles, it is possible for the helmet to block the goggle venting.

Anti-fog coating

The lens coating is another weapon your goggles have in their fight against fogging. The anti-fog coating helps prevent water droplets from condensing on the lens. We want to be able to see while skiing, which means no fogging of the lens. There are anti-fog coatings available to add to your goggles if they don’t have any.

Dual Pane Lenses

Dual-pane lenses are another feature that helps prevent fogging in our ski goggles. They allow for a thin dead air space between the layers that helps regulate the temperature of the lens. This allows the lens closer to your face to be warmer so that water droplets don’t have a cold surface to condense on.

Lens Shape

Ski goggle lenses come in 2 different shapes. Cylindrical/flat or spherical. Flat or cylindrical lenses are flat along their vertical plane. They curve around your face. Spherical lenses have vertical and horizontal curvature. Spherical lenses are closer to the shape of your eye and will have less visible distortion.

If you have never worn a pair of spherical lens goggles you probably won’t notice the distortion in flat lenses. If you put on a set of ski goggles with a spherical lens you’ll notice everything looks a little more clear. Is this feature necessary? Absolutely not. If your budget conscious you can enjoy skiing just as much with flat lens goggles.

Another shape you will here of sometimes is the toric lens. It is a hybrid shape combining the best features of a spherical and cylindrical lens shape. The Anon M4 Toric is the best toric lens goggle out there right now. Smith I/O Mag and 4D Mag also use Toric shaped lenses.

Swappable Lenses

Some ski goggles have swappable lenses. You can keep a low light lens in your pocket to switch to as light and weather change. This is perfect for partly cloudy day skiing since you can always have the perfect lens while it’s sunny and cloudy. You can keep a bright light lens and flat light lens with you to swap between. Swappable lens ski goggles have a wide variety of swapping methods. The newer versions using magnets are fast and easy to swap. Older systems that use various latches and notches can be a pain to switch.

The easier it is to swap lenses, the more often you will find yourself switching lenses to the best lense for the conditions.

The below video has some helpful tips for choosing ski goggles.

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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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