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The 7 Best Ski Goggles Under $50 Of 2023 Gear Guide

best ski goggles under $50

There are hundreds of ski goggles available today. Can you really get a good set of ski goggles for under $50? Yes, you can. With so many options how do you choose the right set? The wrong set of ski goggles will be a set of forever foggy junk. The right set can make you feel like you are seeing in super high definition.

We have been skiing for decades and have tried out hundreds of pairs of goggles so we know what will work the best. We spend our time on the mountains every winter trying out new gear so we can give you the very best recommendations.

Here are the best ski goggles under $50 available today. We considered lens clarity, anti-fog performance, fit, and feel in making our selections.

The 7 Best Ski Goggles Under $50 Of 2023

TOP PICKS – Under $50 Ski Goggles

1 – OutdoorMaster Vision XL Snow Goggles

☆ Best Overall
OM Vision Goggle Product Image

Use the Coupon Code SNOW25 for 25% off at Vision Goggles at OutdoorMaster.com

Overall Score

86/100
Lens Clarity8.0


Field of View9.0


Flat Light Performance8.0


Anti-fog Performance8.5


Lens Swapping10.0


Comfort8.0

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

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.

These are a great performing ski goggle at an even better price. These are my top pick for the best ski goggle under $50.

Full Review

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

Vision XL at PM side view

Who are these for?

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


2 – Smith Frontier Goggle

Top Pick
Smith Frontier Product Image

Overall Score

81/100
Lens Clarity8.0


Field of View9.0


Flat Light Performance9.0


Anti-fog Performance8.0


Lens Swapping6.0


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Low cost
  • Good performing lens in flat light
  • Wide field of view
  • Stylish cylindrical lens look
  • Great anti-fog performance
  • Durable construction
  • Includes microfiber bag for cleaning and storage

What we didn’t like:

  • No swappable lenses
  • Only single layer face foam

Summary

The Smith Frontier Goggles are the entry level goggle from Smith. Don’t let the low cost fool you. They still have really good lenses and anti-fog performance. They aren’t technically ChromaPop lenses. They do still have the the characteristic yellowish/orange color filtering when viewed from the inside. They perform really well on flat light days.

The Frontier is a basic goggle with non-swappable cylindrical lenses. There is no magnetic or other fancy lens swapping. For the price, you could get 2 pairs and be setup good for almost any condition. The lens has Smith Fog-X anti-fog coating along with lots of ventilation to stay fog free on the mountain.

The Frontier frame only has a single layer face foam instead of the more typical 3 layer. They are still comfortable to wear with good field of view. It has solid durable construction and should last for years of use on the slopes.

The Smith Frontier ski goggles are a great cheap goggle option for those wanting good flat light performance in a cheap durable goggle.

Review

See our full test & review of the Smith Frontier goggles to learn more.

Frontier fit with vantage helmet

Who are these for?

Someone who wants high performance Smith lenses but doesn’t want to spend much.


3 – Outdoor Master Ski Goggles PRO XM

Best Value

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

Overall Score

81/100
Lens Clarity7.5


Field of View8.0


Flat Light Performance7.5


Anti-fog Performance7.0


Lens Swapping10.0


Comfort8.5

What we liked:

  • Variety of styles and lens tints
  • Low cost
  • Variety of colors and lenses

What we didn’t like:

  • Lenses aren’t as good as Oakley PRIZM and Smith Chromapop

Summary

The OutdoorMaster Pro XM 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 from Amazon. A combo with a second lens is available directly from OutdoorMaster. Other lenses can are 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 could be stronger. The lens can be knocked off while adjusting your goggles or during a fall. 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.

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 best value pick for best under $50 ski goggles.

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.

OM Pro Goggles on snow

Who are these for?

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


4 – Outdoor Master Pulse Cylindrical Snow Goggles

Pulse XL product image

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

Overall Score

83/100
Lens Clarity8.5


Field of View8.0


Flat Light Performance8.5


Anti-fog Performance7.5


Lens Swapping9.5


Comfort8.5

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

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.

Pulse XL goggles on chairlift

Who are these for?

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


5 – Giro Moxie Women’s Snow Goggles with Vivid Lens

What we liked:

  • Include a spare lens
  • Comfortable frame
  • Giro Vivid Lens technology

What we didn’t like:

  • Anti-fog performance not great after a couple years
  • They size small

Summary

The Giro Moxie Women’s Snow Goggles with Vivid lenses are a great value in ski goggles. They include 2 lenses that will cover most ski conditions. The lenses use Giro’s Vivid technology which gives great definition and color clarity.

The size of the frame tends to run on the small side. If you have a larger size face these goggles may not fit well. The frames are designed to work with any Giro helmet to give a good gap free fit.

Anti-fog performance is great when they are new. Some users had moisture get between the double lens layers. This caused fogging to start occurring after the first year. Many people have no problem with this lens design.

The Giro Balance Women’s goggles are a great deal coming with 2 vivid lenses in a stylish ski goggle design. These are our top pick for women’s ski goggle under $50.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for low cost women’s goggles with high quality lenses


6 – Monkey Forest Ski Goggle

Overall Score

84/100
Lens Clarity8.0


Field of View8.0


Flat Light Performance8.0


Anti-fog Performance8.0


Lens Swapping10.0


Comfort8.5

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

Summary

The Monkey Forest Ski Goggles are cool looking flat lense 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.

MF goggles in front of chairlift

Who are these for?

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


7 – Wildhorn Roca Ski Goggles

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

Summary

The Wildhorn Roca Snowboard & Ski Goggles are a good low cost goggle option. They have spherical lenses with magnetic interchangeable lens 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 dual pane spherical 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 good but not as great as Smith or Oakley. The frame design gives excellent peripheral vision. They are available with a variety of lens tints. For flat light use the Blaze or Amber lenses for best performance.

The Wildhorn Roca goggles are a great value for a swappable lens goggle with high quality lenses and good anti-fog performance. We wish they included 2 lenses with their goggle frame. Extra lenses are not expensive and readily available. This makes them my top pick for best ski goggle under $50.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for high quality lenses at a low price and wants more than magnets holding on to the lens.


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Craig Roberts
Staff Writer | Skiing

Craig grew up in Northern Michigan and spends an unhealthy amount of time these days skiing at Mount Bohemia. He has been known to take more than a trip or 2 out west. His favorite ski destination is Whistler, BC where he goes almost every year. He loves glade skiing and alpine bowls. Craig is a big fan of stand up paddleboarding and camping in the summer. If he can’t be on the mountains he’s out in the woods or on the water.

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