Ski Goggle Review Best of 2012 – 2013

November 22nd, 2012

If you are looking for a great pair of new ski goggles for yourself or as a gift, check out our reviews in this post. We’ve got something for all budgets, shapes and sizes.

Can’t find the perfect pair of goggles here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 googles buyers guide (men’s and women’s).

#1 Anon M1 Goggle ($$$)

#2 Oakley Canopy Goggle ($$)

#3 Smith I/O Interchangeable Goggle ($$)

#4 POC Iris Bug Goggle ($$)

#5 Arnette Series 3 Goggle ($$)


#1 Anon M1 Goggle ($$$)

Description: Effortless lens change without the hassle. Spend less time fumbling with your goggles and more time riding with the Anon M1 Goggle. Its unique Magna-Tech design enables you to swap out your lens on the fly when the weather conditions change and you need a lighter tint lens to combat flat-light conditions. Plus, its stellar performance and fit has you more than stoked while you hunt for pow or perfect your mad pipe skills.


What People Say: The new M1 from Anon is one of the coolest new goggles in the market. There are 6 magnet connection points, and when all are fully bonded, the combined retention can hold up to 20 lbs. Pretty sure this is the easiest and fastest changing lens system out there! The M1 has a spherical lens that mimic the curvature of the human eye, so you can clearly in see in all directions. And all lenses have duel-lens construction and an anti-fog coating. The triple layer face foams makes these goggles fit like a plush pillow on your face. Highly recommend this goggle to anyone out there who wants technology, ease and style all in one. Bring on the snow!


Recommendation: New technology has this goggle leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.  The Magna-Tech feature allows you to easily change lenses and accommodate for all conditions.  Let me tell you, nothing better than actually being able to see on those variable winter days.  Grab a pair of these to make sure you are always a step ahead of your friends.



#2 Oakley Canopy Goggle ($$)

Description: Oakley’s biggest lens yet to help you see everything on the mountain, with or without prescription glasses. Oakley’s brand-spanking-new model for winter 2012-13, the Canopy Goggle, is the first oversized goggle produced by Oakley so you can enjoy the same solid style with even more vertical and peripheral vision as you throw down on the mountain. With the same vented dual lens and XYZ Optics you depend on for going big in the park, this gog gives you the biggest field of vision yet and even lets you wear your eyeglasses underneath its big, flexible frame.


What people say: These are huge feakin’ goggles, I mean a giant windshield for your eyes! They do look ridiculous with a hat on but the Canopy really shines with a helmet. I use a Giro and the goggles fit seamlessly. Your field of vision is superb and there is the added bonus of keeping the upper part of your cheeks warm, which for me is a place that always gets exposed when using the Crowbars. The lens and frame are the normal Oakley quality. Very comfortable to wear with an average sized face.


Reccomendation: If you’re in to big goggles, the Canopy’s are your choice.  These babies offer an improved field of vision and superior comfort.  Perfect for spotting your lines in the park, avoiding boulders on the steeps or dodging joeys on the groomers.  You’ll be ready for whatever life throws at you.



#3 Smith I/O Interchangeable Goggle ($$)

Description: Got to be good-looking because it’s so hard to see. Smith combined sleek styling with its easy-to-use quick release system to make the I/O Interchangeable Goggle your go-to all-season goggle. Smith uses its Vaporator lens technology on the I/O to keep fog off your lenses for crystal clear sight on the mountain.


What People Say: I have tried many different brands including Oakley and Anon but was never happy with them until I found these. I love the comfort level and how easy it is to switch out the lenses. Apart from great looks these works great in all conditions.


Recommendation: If you want one pair of goggles to do it all, keep reading.  The I/O provides great field of vision and includes two lenses that are very easy to swap out.  It is compatible with almost every helmet out there.  It’s an all-in-one type goggle, and a great choice for those who like to do it all.



#4 POC Iris Bug Goggle ($$)

Description: The POC Iris Bug Goggle proves the buzz about POC is well deserved. Triple-layer face foam, a conforming polyurethane frame, and helmet-gripping straps make the Iris Bugs some of the most comfortable goggles around—with or without a helmet. POC tricked them out with fog-resistant polycarbonate/cellulose propionate lenses for distortion-free vision and superior optical clarity. NOTE: each colorway features its own specific lens. Get the Blue or White frame if you’ll be riding a lot in low-light/overcast conditions; pick up the Green or Beige for bright conditions.


What People Say: When it comes to a high quality, good fitting goggle, most people will start to look at something that is $150 and over. No real need though, these are a good fit and equally as good of quality without dropping unnecessary funds. If you have a bigger face you may need something a little wider as these are sized for a medium face.


Recommendation: A great goggle that comes in a variety of colors.  Great for younger skiers as they are bright, fun and durable.  Reasonably priced so you can have a spare.  A great gift idea for the kids.



#5 Arnette Series 3 Goggle ($)

Description: You can see clearly now, the fog is gone. A hammer of a storm rolled through town and made the local shredding deep, like periscope-depth-only deep, so reach for the Arnette Series 3 Goggle and see clearly despite the steamy mess on the hill. Fleece keeps your face comfortable, ample venting means clear vision, and the helmet-compatible fit plays nicely with your brain bucket.


What People Say: I just got a pair of these and you can’t beat them for the price. They fit good and are helmet compatible. Lenses don’t fog up, and the colors are sick. Cool graphics too.


Recommendation: These are a solid choice and a great price point.  They provide everything you need without the bells and whistles of the higher priced goggles.  A great idea for those looking to hit the slopes a few weekends a year, and bring style and ease to their game.





Mens Ski Goggle Reviews Best of 2011-2012

January 12th, 2012
The best mens ski goggle reviews from the top brands.  Researched and brought to you by our industry experts.  
Looking for the latest, check out our 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 best of mens goggles edition here.  

#1 Oakley Crowbar Goggle ($$)

Description: Strap on the Oakley Crowbar Goggle and get prepared for any action the mountain throws your way. Oakley’s lightweight impact-resistant O Matter frame and dual-layer anti-fog Plutonite lenses give you the goods to go anywhere on the mountain and see clearly through any kind of weather you encounter there. Add triple-layer face foam with moisture-wicking fleece, and a silicone strap-retention strip, and you feel like you’ve just strapped on the last goggle you’ll ever need.

Recommendation: Great goggle, with versatile use. They provide great vision in all types of conditions and keep you looking good on and off piste. However, some skiers did note that they were bothered by the heaviness of the bulky frame.

What People Say: The goggles offer you a great range of vision especially peripheral and the Black Iridium lens, not only is mirrored so it looks sick but is great for bluebird sun to overcast conditions. I loved how the goggles blended style, great vision, ZERO fogging and an awesome fit, perfect for an aggressive and avid skier like myself. Oakley has made some of the best products over the years and continues to do so while also creating newer and better innovative products.



#2 Smith Phenom Goggle ($$)

Description: The Phenom Goggle uses Smith’s Vaporator lens to dish out top-notch optical quality and make fogging a thing of the past. Adjustable top vents let you tailor the air flow to exactly where you want it. Smith’s QuickFit strap adjustment helps you get dialed in seconds, so you spend more time ripping and less time messing with gear in the parking lot. These fully featured goggles also include an Articulated Outrigger Positioning System for a precise fit with or without a helmet

What people say: This goggle is super sweet for men and women and they fit seamlessly with Smith brain buckets like the Holt and the Variant Brim. I’m a freak when it comes to optics, so these goggles more than pass the test, especially with the Sensor Mirror or Platinum Mirror. Plus they have so many dope styles you won’t look like the other guy in the Gondi line.

Reccomendation: This goggle received top marks across the board. Good for both men and women, the Phenom provides best in class performance. Great vision, great shape, and great looking!



#3 Spy Bias Goggles ($)

Description: Spy designed the Bias to give folks with smaller faces a high-performance, better-fitting goggle. This is the smaller version of the revolutionary Spy Soldier goggle. The flexible frame provides a snug fit to keep air out and prevent eye-watering. The anti-fog, anti-scratch dual lenses feature a spherical shape to reduce distortion, and the patented Scoop System eliminates fogging.

What People Say: I love these goggles. They are a great fit for women’s faces, not only do I own them, I sell them at a ski store as well. They work for about the 75% of the women who try them on. The other 25% of the women need either kid’s googles or larger googles for really wide faces.

Recommendation: A top choice for female shredders. A smaller frame provides a snugger fit for maximum performance.



#4 POC Iris X Goggles ($)

Description: POC’s treated double lens and excellent frame venting prevent the Iris X Goggles from fogging, so you never have to ride in your own personal whiteout. A cellulose propionate inner lens adds fog-fighting performance and proves once again that POC goes above and beyond the norm. The Iris X Goggles come in two sizes to better fit your face, and the wrap-around design increases peripheral vision.

What People Say: These goggle are great but took me a little while to get used to because they were really big on my face. I think I got them before they came in two sizes. Women should consider getting the smalls. I never had a problem with them fogging up, even when I was hiking.

Recommendation: POC never fails to deliver a high performance product. The Iris X provides excellent vision and anti-fog performance in all conditions. However, some buyers have been turned away by the bulky design.



#5 Smith Stance Goggles ($)

Description: Go huge under the lift in the Smith Stance Goggles. The Stance’s impact-and-scratch-resistant

Carbonic-X lenses will help you keep your landing in sight, so you don’t embarrass yourself before the après-ride meat market. Even if things get a little steamy later, the Stance’s adjustable Regulator air flow system will keep your vision clear –well, as clear as it can be after four pitchers.

What People Say: When compared to the Scope Pro I find that the Stance fits even more comfortably with my helmet due to the “out-rigger” strap design, and the entire frame feels significantly more solid and sturdy. Additional benefits can be found in the thicker padding and manually operated vent that is built into the brow of the lens (which is perfect for strenuous uphill treks and warmer days). As always, the lens options from Smith are top-shelf and the warranty is awesome. Overall: Very pleased, perhaps the best Goggle for the money.

Recommendation: This is goggle provides the best bang for your buck. It provides all the quality features of a top goggles at a lower price point.



#6 Scott Sanction Goggles ($$)

Recommendation: These goggles will protect your eyes from the sun, while enhancing your vision on the snow. A quality goggle, at a low price point.

What People Say: Just a basic Scott goggle – lightweight and comfortable, overall its a quality pair of goggles.

Description: The Scott Sanction snow goggles feature a spherical lens that matches the curvature of the eye, greatly improving clarity, accuracy and peripheral vision. No Fog™ lens treatment provides permanent resistance to gog)gle fogging. Soft, hypoallergenic foam forms a precise fit around facial features and seals out the elements. Silver Chrome lens excels in medium to bright light, and the reflective coating reduces glare; lens allows 20% visible light transmission



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