If you haven’t purchased a pair of goggles in a while you may be surprised to find that there are some cutting edge new styles. While there are still the traditional styles, manufacturers have stepped up their game in order to revolutionize your skiing experience. New this season are rimless designs and GPS enabled models. But don’t get carried away here, we suggest you focus on a pair that fits your face, helmet, maybe has interchangeable lenses and a wide field of vision. The price ranges vary but generally you get what you pay for with lens quality and performance in extreme conditions (read: don’t fog up). See our recommendations for the best ski goggles this season and let us know if we can help by answering any questions that may arise while browsing.
What People Say: The telegraph lists them as the season´s best goggles “The stylish Scott Danna features a colour-block design and a fit tailored for the female face. It also an ultra-plush face foam and a light-sensitive lens that adjusts automatically in seconds to suit sunny to low lighting conditions.” And a happy customer says “I love these goggles! The field of view is great with these goggles I can see everything around me when I am skiing. I have had no issues with the lens fogging up, it is crystal clear all the time. They are so comfortable too, there are no weird pressure points, and they fit great with my helmet. These goggles are incredible.”
Recommendation: Perfect for the ski fashionista who also demands function. Strap designs are a bit flashy, so more conservative types might want to look at different options.
What People Say: “Purchased these to replace my A-frames which were a little small for my head, left me with a gaper gap and felt like I had tunnel vision. I purchased the Elevate w/Hi Yellow lens based on prior reviews. Have used them 15 plus times this season and they are great: don’t fog up, have a wide field of view and give the snow great definition. The Hi Yellow is great for night skiing which I do a lot of. Actually last night I skied down an unlit trail at dusk and could see better with these goggles on than with them off. The Hi Yellow is great for all conditions except on sunny days I do find myself squinting so I may purchase a replacement lens for those days.”
Recommendation: The mention of the lack of gaper gap and the suitability or night skiing shows us that this gal knows what she´s talking about. High on our list. One of the best ski goggles out there.
What People Say: “The Amulet is SO awesome–it really fits and flatters a smaller face, IE, for the ladies! Of course it still has all of the high-quality optics that you get from Giro, like the spherical Carl Zeiss lens. I was lucky enough to get to visit the factory in Italy where Carl Zeiss optics makes these lenses, and they do an amazing job of quality and safety testing. You can wear these with pride! Plus they look awesome. “ And this, from Freeskier “This year Giro brings a new women-specific goggle to the table in the form of the Amulet. Engineered with all the trappings of grade-A goggles—triple layer face foam, anti-fog coating, a tricked out vent system—the true power lies in Giro’s True Sight lens, built by world famous optics maker Carl Zeiss. They are taper-corrected to minimize prismatic distortion and the spherical shape matches that of the human eye, providing optics so clear you’ll forget anything is in front of your corneas. Women who want form, function and fashion, look no further than the Amulet.”
Recommendation: High fashion, functional and fog resistant. Fantastic!
What People Say: Switchback Travel Reports: “Available in a myriad of fun colorways, the Anon Tempest is a simple, good-looking, high-end goggle. While it doesn’t have a quick-change lens system, the lens can be replaced or swapped out for varying conditions. The Tempest has flush outriggers on the sides of the frame, so it can be used with or without a helmet (we recommend with). The triple-layer face foam is soft and wicks moisture for all-day comfort. This a great goggle choice for a women who plans on bombing laps in the resort all-day long and wants to look good doing it. What we like: Edgy colorways. What we don’t: No quick-change lens system.
Recommendation: And the snow, has been psychodelicized! Apologies to Jimmy Hendrix, but these goggles look simply groovy! About that quick lens change problem: For heavens sakes, the ability to switch lenses is a relatively new feature. Skiers survived for decades without it! These are awesome goggles!
What People Say: “A good all-around choice. I only had trouble when there was a major snowstorm going on and nobody could see very far. The lenses never got fogged up though and the only time the snow stuck was when I came out of a toasty on-mountain warm-up place after drinking hot chocolate. They were very comfortable on my head the whole time and unlike when I’ve skied with sunglasses on, no crying while whipping down the mountain. They didn’t scratch or ding anywhere, so good as new next time I hit the slopes.”
Recommendation: The Bolle Monarch Polarized Goggle is an excellent value for the price. The modulator lens is good in low light condition but the Vermillon colour will change real colour of viewed objects especially in bright light condition.
What People Say: “These goggles are comfortable, fit well, never fog up or get ice build up, keeps my face warm and look good. They do stick out from your face a bit but not over the top and i would say its probably normal. The main drawback is that they aren’t shaped to fit a helmet meaning that there are gaps in between the helmet and goggles. I have to wear a beanie underneath to stop my forehead and head getting cold. “ Another helmet issue: “These are some high quality goggles as you’d expect out of Oakley. The Stockholm is a cute frame for the ladies. While it’s technically helmet compatible, in my personal opinion they look funny worn with a helmet. The notch in the top of the frame creates a weird gap. If you’re a woman (or a man) with a smaller face and wear a helmet, I suggest the A Frame instead.” A ski instructor writes: “, I have found the foam on the top of the goggle has a tendency to fray and break. Oakley replaced one pair within warranty free of charge, and gave me a discount on that replacement pair when it happened to those as well outside of warranty. “
Recommendation: Although this goggle receives many favorable reviews, it´s minor issues imply that you can probably do better with a different product.
What People Say: “Lens is awesome in low and flat light. I can finally see all the bumps and ice when it is cloudy or snowing.” “They fit perfectly and are easily adjustable. The rose tinting is ideal for the blinding snow sun during the day. I highly recommend this product for its sleek, stylish design, easy usability and comfortable, snug fit.” And one more satisfied customer: “Purchased for a CO ski trip. I have a smaller face, and had trouble finding a pair of goggles that fit me comfortably. Tried this style/brand on at a local store but, while I was happy with the fit, I did not like the color/design they had available. Came home, searched the web and found these at L.L.Bean. I love everything about them….the color, design, fit, and performance. They protected my eyes from the sun without being too dark, kept my face warm, and I didn’t have any trouble at all with them fogging up. The shipping was free (which is something I always look for when shopping on the internet), and reasonably fast. Great purchase, great experience!”
Recommendation: Another viable bargain goggle option with consistently good reviews.
What People Say: “ I bought these for low light and they aren’t that good in it. I could barely see today…it was overcast and dreary and I could see nothing but flat white with these.” Other comments about fogging up issues.
Recommendation: You could probably do better as these are for “always sunny” but it is a good looking goggle.