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The Best Ski Goggles Of 2022 Complete Buyers Guide

A good set of ski goggles can make your ski day much more enjoyable. There are so many options available? What are the best ski goggles for you? A good set of goggles will help keep your face warm as well as helping you see better. There is a wide range of ski goggles available these days with many different features. Prices can range from under $20 to over $1000.

Below are our top 3 choices for the best ski goggles. See below for detailed reviews of our top choices and our ski goggle guide

☆ Top Pick

☆ Editor’s Choice

☆ Best Value

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Oakley Flight Deck

Anon M4 Toric

OutdoorMaster Ultra XL

Great PRIZM lenses and anti-fog performance combined with stylish Oakley appearance

High definition Perceive Toric lenses, great anti-fog performance and integrated MFI face mask

High performance Ultra toric lenes combined with easy magnetic lens swapping at a great price

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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

Summary

The Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are a stylish high performing ski and snowboard goggle. These have a swappable ski goggle 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 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 bright light or any skiing conditions. This is our overall Top Pick for best ski goggle and best ski goggle for sunny days.

See our review of other sunny day ski goggles here.

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

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

What we didn’t like

  • Only one lens included
  • High cost

2 – Anon M4 Toric Goggle with MFI Face Mask

Editor’s Choice

  • 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

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.

All these features makes these one of the best ski goggles out there. This makes them my top pick for best ski goggle available today.

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.

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 magentic lens system

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • No available photochromic lens

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 advanced lens technology packed into these goggles combined with great anti-fog performance and easy to swap lenses all for under $100 makes them my best value ski goggle pick.

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.

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 – Smith I/O Mag Snow Goggle

  • 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 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 Storm Rose is a great flat light lens and comes as the extra lens for most Smith I/O goggles. 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 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 any light condition.

See our review of other flat light ski goggles here.

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.

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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
  • Magnetic lens swapping with latches
  • Most goggles include 2 lens

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

5 – Oakley Flight Deck XM Women’s Ski Goggles

Best Women’s Ski Goggle

  • 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 XM Deck Goggles are a stylish high performing ski goggle. The XM version is a smaller frame version of the popular Oakley Flight Deck Goggles. These goggles have a swappable lens. You can have lenses for sunny day skiing and other conditions. The goggles only include one lens. These come in Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin Signature editions as well for the ski race fans out there.

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 face foam around the frame feels great.

The Oakley Flight XM Deck ski and snowboarding Goggles are one of the best performing 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 bright light or any skiing conditions. This is our overall Top Pick for best womens ski goggle

See our review of other women’s ski goggles here.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the style and superior lenses from Oakley and is willing to pay for it.

What we liked

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

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

6 – 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.

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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 from Amazon. A 2 lens combo is available if you buy 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 good but not quite as good as higher end ski goggles. The magnets attaching the lens are strong enough to hand on through just about 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.

For the best performance in bright light conditions use the grey(10%), blue(15%), rose(17%) or gold(13%) lens. For the best performance in flat light conditions use the purple (30% VLT) or blue (60% VLT) 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 ski goggle for any light condition.

See our review of other flat light ski goggles here.

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.

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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

7 – 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 to cover any light condition. There is also a 20-40% Photochromic lens option.

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 then 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

8 – Oakley Airbrake XL Snow Goggles

Best Anti-Fog Ski Goggle

  • 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.
  • Low-profile frame design provides increased visibility and improved helmet compatibility, while our Switchlock Lens Change System lets you quickly and easily adapt to changing conditions
  • Rigid exoskeleton with flexible O Matter faceplate 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 Airbrake XL Snow Goggles are a great high performance ski goggle. These goggles have a great field of view, ventilation, and comfort. The lenses are easily swapped and 2 are included.

Their ventilation and dual pane lenses are good at resisting fog. They only give up a little to the best in class Smith I/O Goggles.

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 field of view with the Airbrake design is one of the best out there. Although you can see the frame around your nose while wearing them. This is especially noticeable with white frames.

These goggles really shine in the comfort department. The 3 layer foam combined with fleece lining makes them feel good even on a long ski day.

The great anti-fog performance and comfort makes this our top pick for best anti-fog ski goggle.

See our review of other anti-fog ski goggles here.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the best possible lens clarity and anti fog performance from a stylish brand and is willing to pay for it.

What we liked

  • High clarity of Prizm lens
  • Includes 2 lens
  • Fleece lining makes them comfortable

What we didn’t like

  • Goggle nose piece is large. Some users can see air gaps above nose
  • Easily scratched lenses

9 – ZIONOR Lagopus Ski Goggles

Best Goggle for Night Skiing

  • Optimized Performance Ski Goggles – Solid & durable lens, enhanced anti-scratch and smart ventilation system.
  • Full Protection for Eyes – Anti-fog and 100% UV Protection treatment on double layer lens. Crystal view on the slope when skiing and snowboarding.
  • Comfortable & Warm – High density woven strap with great elastic and superior sponge covers your face providing top anti-wind features.
  • OTG Compatible – Over the glass designed ski & snowboard goggles to fit small to medium size glasses. Design to fit both youth and adult

Summary

The ZIONOR Lagopus Ski Snowboard Goggles are a great value single lens ski goggle. The clear lens version has 99% VLT and 100% UV protection meaning it works great for night skiing and cloudy days. The frame is thick enough with cutouts in the foams for wearing over small to medium size glasses. These will fit most adults and youth wearers with small to medium sized faces.

The ZIONOR Lagopus ski goggles are a well thought out full function design. They do not have swappable lenses but for the price, you could buy 2 sets of goggles. These are excellent value ski goggles for night skiing. This makes them our top value pick for best ski goggles for night skiing.

See our review of other ski goggles for night skiing here.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants a simple cheap goggle for night skiing.

What we liked

  • Low cost
  • 100% UV protection for cloudy days
  • Good ventilation

What we didn’t like

  • Chemical smell when new
  • Some people receive faulty lenses that leak moisture between layers

10 – Smith Optics I/O Mag XL Snow Goggle

Best OTG Ski Goggle

  • 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 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 the best OTG goggle.

See our review of other OTG ski goggles here.

Full Review

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

Who are these for?

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

What we liked

  • High definition Chromopop lens
  • Great anti-fog performance
  • Magnetic lens swapping with latches

What we didn’t like

  • High cost
  • Easily scratched lenses

11 – OutdoorMaster Vision XL Snow Goggles

Best Under $75 Ski Goggle
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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

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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 $75.

Full Review

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

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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

12 – Julbo Skydome Photochromic Snow Goggles

Best Photochromic Ski Goggle

  • Design – A huge field of vision with large, rounded, spherical lens paired with the highest quality photochromic lens. Very light weight at only 135 grams. Goggle Size: X-Large
  • Lens – REACTIV All Around 2-3 – Photochromic lens with GlareControl has Red tint for best contrast. 100% ABC UV Protection.
  • Light Conditions – Sun to partly cloudy. Automatically adjusts from light to dark tint quickly regardless of air temperature
  • Fog Free – Double lens construction with long lasting inner lens anti-fog coating & Air Flow venting in the frame
  • Comfortable & Secure – Dual soft foam for protection & comfort. Helmet compatible, wide elastic strap with silicone grip

Summary

The Julbo Skydome Photochromic Snow Goggles are good for almost any light condition. These goggles have a photochromic lens that adjusts as the amount of light changes. This makes them work well for almost any daylight condition. For night skiing you may want something with a higher VLT.

These goggles have generous venting to keep the fog out. They also have dual pane lenses and an anti fog coating to combat fog. They have fog performance on par with the best goggles out there.

The Skydome model has an extra large fit and a very wide field of view giving you above average peripheral vision. There are other models of Julbo goggles available for people with smaller heads.

The Julbo Skydome Photochromic goggles are a great one lens option for any ski day. This cost is high but they are high quality and high performance. If you want a great anti fog ski goggle you can use on low light and bright days these may be the ski goggle for you.

See our review of other anti-fog ski goggles here.

Who are these for?

Someone who wants the versatility of a photochromic goggle lens

What we liked

  • Photochromic lens good in many light conditions 
  • Wide field of view
  • Great anti-fog performance

What we didn’t like

  • Too large for many faces and helmets
  • High cost

13 – Smith Squad Ski Goggle

Best Under $100 Ski Goggle

  • The Squad XL – Smith’s largest cylindrical goggle. The massive cylindrical lens is made from molded carbonic-x material so it’s tough, but still has Fog-X technology and ChromaPop lens innovation for crystal clear vision
  • VISION – Cylindrical carbonic-x lens, Includes bright light and low light ChromaPop performance lenses, Fog-X anti-fog inner lens, TLT lens technology for crystal clear vision
  • FIT – Medium/large fit, Responsive Fit frame design, Dual-slide strap adjustment system, 3-layer DriWix face foam

Summary

The Smith Squad Snow Goggle is a great performing goggle at a lower price point than their I/O line. The Squad has excellent Chromopop lens technology and great anti-fog venting. The lens swap system is not as slick or easy as goggles with magnetic systems.

The Chromopop lens technology from Smith Optics gives high definition light refraction. You can differentiate colors easier and see better than with the naked eye. Squad goggles all include 2 lenses in a variety of combinations.

The Smith Squad goggles are the best ski goggle under $100. Their excellent lenses and anti-fog performance make them a great buy.

See our review of other ski goggles under $100 here.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for great lens clarity and flat light performance for a reasonable cost

What we liked

  • High definition Chromopop lens
  • Good ventilation and anti-fog
  • Extra lens included

What we didn’t like

  • Cumbersome lens changing
  • Lens scratches easily

14 – AKASO OTG Ski Goggles

Best Cheap Ski Goggle

  • INNOVATIVE INTERCHANGEABLE LENS – The extra large spherical lens is secured by 12 points (8 magnets and 4 physical anchors) under a stabilization bezel to offer peripheral view and distortion-free clarity.
  • ANTI-FOG AND CRISP VISION – Double-layer lens design and high performance hydrophilic coating on the inner side minimize the chance of fogging.
  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES – Anti-slip silicone backed and helmet compatible strap, over-the-glasses design, triple layer foam, strong and flexible TPU frame, anti-scratch and impact-resistant lens; medium-to-large fit.

Summary

The AKASO OTG Ski Goggles have swappable lenses and an available clear lens for night skiing. The lenses use a magnetic attachment with 8 magnets and 4 physical connections. You won’t have a lens fall off when you crash.

These goggles have a good fit and feel. The frames are very large with a good field of view. You need to try them on with your helmet to make sure they fit.

The AKASO OTG Ski Goggles are a great deal for a swappable lens goggle. They have a well designed lens swapping system, good ventilation, and comfortable fit. This makes them our pick for the best cheap ski goggle available.

See our review of other ski goggles under $50 here.

Who are these for?

Someone looking for a good value inexpensive stylish ski goggle with easy to swap lenses.

What we liked

  • Easy magnetic lens swapping
  • Available clear lens
  • Includes bonus balaclava

What we didn’t like

  • Glasses don’t fit well
  • Photochromic lens option does not change VLT to any significant degree

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What should I look for when buying ski goggles?

When you go shopping for a pair of ski goggles a few things are important. It needs to fit well. It needs to work with your ski helmet. It needs good anti-fog performance. Lastly the lens needs to work with the light conditions you will be skiing in. A good pair of ski goggles should help keep our faces warm and help us see better. Let’s look at what makes a good set of ski goggles.

Here is a quick video with tips for selecting ski goggles. Below are the most important factors to consider when choosing a pair of ski goggles.

Fit

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.

Ski goggles should feel snug and secure on your face. They shouldn’t feel so tight that they hurt or cause pressure points. They should not feel like they are pressing off your nose or pushing too hard on our forehead or ears. You want them to be tight enough they stay in place without bouncing around. They don’t need to be much tighter than that.

Helmet Compatibility

Ski helmets are designed to work with ski goggles. Many have vents that work with the goggles anti-fog vents. These systems work quite well together. I have a pair of Smith I/O goggles and Smith helmet and they will clear up right away as soon as I start moving.

You want goggles that have a shape that works with your helmet to minimize the helmet goggle gap. Goggle gap lets cold air into your forehead making you cold. Goggle gap also looks really bad. You don’t want to be a “gaper”. It’s a good idea to try on ski goggles with your helmet.

Buying goggles that are the same brand as your helmet ensures they will have a good fit and you will have the best anti-fog performance.

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. Darker lenses with low VLT are best for bright days. Clear lenses with high VLT are best for darker days or night skiing.

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Polarized Lens

Polarized lenses offer better protection for your eyes from UV rays. They reduce glare and block rays being reflected off the sun by only allowing light coming from certain directions to pass through the lens.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses are made out of a light sensitive material. They get darker as it gets brighter out. As the light outside gets darker, the lenses get more clear. These are a great lens choice for a partly cloudy day. They are good if you only want to have one goggle lens that works okay in all conditions. They will not get as dark as the darkest fixed lenses. They will not get as clear as a clear lens.

Anti Fog Performance

Fogged up ski goggles will make it hard to see in any conditions including flat light. We want goggles with strong anti-fog performance. For a ski goggle to have good anti-fog performance it must have dual pane lenses, ventilation and an anti-fog coating.

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. 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.

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 since you can use the same pair of ski goggles for bright, low light, and night skiing and always have the right lens tint. The most popular lens change system for goggles is magnetic. Lens swaps using magnets are fast and easy. Older systems that use various latches and notches can be a pain to switch but can have a more positive lens retention. If I was buying new goggles I wouldn’t consider anything but a magnetic changing lens system.

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

Appearance

Your ski goggles are an important part of your ski outfit. Everyone wants to look good while skiing. All ski goggles don’t go with all ski outfits. Find a pair of ski goggles that you like the looks of and are comfortable. This is another area where the “Goggle Gap” comes in. It looks bad and will give you a cold forehead if you have too much goggle gap.

OTG – Over The Glasses

OTG or Over The Glasses ski goggles have a thicker frame and cutouts in the foam to accommodate glasses. The frame has to be thick enough so that there is room for a pair of regular glasses inside the goggle frame. The lens from the glasses should not be touching the goggle lens. If they are touching you will rub and scratch both the glasses and goggle lens. There are prescription ski goggles out there but most of them use a prescription lens insert inside a regular pair of goggles.

What lens color is best for ski goggles?

Flat light conditions are the most challenging to see while skiing. Ski goggles lenses that are light yellow, orange, and red shades work better for flat light. Those colors work better at allowing you to see differences in snow surfaces. Clear lenses work the best for night skiing. Very dark shades and mirrored lens work the best for bright conditions.

Prism, Chromopop, SONAR, and VIVID Technologies

Ski Goggle manufacturers have developed lenses with improved color refraction. These lenses give you better color differentiation than the naked eye. This allows you to make out features in the snow and background that you otherwise could not. Each manufacturer has different names for the technology but they all work the same way. These lenses are expensive but their performance in flat light is much better. Below is a list of the latest lens technology from the most popular ski goggle makers.

  • Smith Chromopop – Storm yellow flash, storm rose flash
  • Anon SONAR – Infrared SONAR, Blue Sonar
  • Oakley PRIZM – hi pink iridium, rose, persimmon
  • Giro VIVID – Infrared, Apex

Here is a short video showing more about Smith Chromopop Lenses.

Lens shape

Most ski goggles have either a cylindrical lens or a spherical lens. A cylindrical lens has a flat vertical face and is curved on the horizontal direction. A spherical lens is curved on both the vertical and horizontal planes. A spherical lens has lower distortion for more clear vision. A new shape in recent years is the toric lens which is a combination of a spherical and cylindrical lens and is supposed to be superior to both. Almost all premium goggles will have a spherical or toric lens. You won’t find a cylindrical goggle anywhere except low end ski and snowboard goggles.

The Anon M4 Toric is an excellent toric lens goggle for those that are interested.

Smart Ski Goggles

Smart Ski Goggles have features such as augmented reality heads up displays and navigation. They will allow you to share real time video and messaging with your friends on and off the slopes. Attempts have been made in the past to sell smart ski goggles. The technology wasn’t quite ready and proved very unreliable. New versions are on the way and you can beta test the latest from RideOn Technologies. See my article on smart goggles here. The below video shows a taste of what might be available soon for smart ski goggles.

Ski Goggle Guides

If you want more information on different ski goggle types, please see my other ski goggle guides.

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Final words

Wearing a good set of ski goggles can make your ski day much more enjoyable. Everyone does not have the same size and shape face so choose goggles that look and feel good on you. Choose a lens that will work the best for the ski conditions you ski in the most. If you like to ski on bright days, foggy overcast days, and at night swappable lens goggles might be the best for you. There are many ski goggle options out there and I hope this guide helps you find the best pair for you.

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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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