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Best Ski Goggles For 2022

Looking for eye protection on the pistes? We’ve got you sorted with our essential guide to the best ski goggles

Finding the best ski goggles to protect your eyes while skiing is incredibly important. Without good eye protection in the mountains, you run the very real risk of suffering snow blindness from excessive exposure to harmful ultraviolet light. This is the serious reason behind why we’ve tested, reviewed and shortlisted our favourites for this guide to the best ski goggles money can buy.

Best Ski Goggles For 2022

These days, ski goggles come in all different shapes and sizes. Various advancements in design, such as vast improvements in the functionality of interchangeable lenses, make the goggles of today (especially at the high end of the market) feel a world away from the goggles of yesteryear. Field of view, and an appreciation of how to optimise this, has come on leaps and bounds with spherical lenses, that essentially mirror the shape of a human eye, now common.

Many of the ski goggles that feature in this guide have been designed to be paired up with ski helmets made by the same brand. In some respects, this is obviously a slightly cynical play by the brands to essentially make you spend with them twice. That being said, there’s undoubtedly a smart logic to joining up the dots on your goggle and helmet purchase. The synchronised airflow it allows for will make for a less fogged-up experience on the slopes, meaning you’ll have superior vision when you need it the most. The goggle’s shape, as well, will have been designed to fit seamlessly into the shape of the helmet.

Whether you’re a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced skier, you’ll find a ski goggle here at a price point you’re comfortable with. Like to charge hard and fast? There’s a product for you on this list. Need a clear view of landings when you send it in the park? There’s something for you here. Want something that makes you look a bit like James Bond? See the Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses. They’re on this list as well.

Oakley Flight Path (XL)

Price: £153

The Oakley Flight Path (XL) make the mountains feel like a big place where anything is possible. The field of view offered up by them is genuinely incredible, and serve as a reminder (if a reminder was really needed) that when it comes to goggles Oakley are arguably the best in the business. A colleague of ours, on Whitelines, described the experience of wearing these goggles recently as like having “a widescreen TV stuck to your face.”

Now in its second year of existence, the Flight Path (XL) goes all in on enhancing the skier’s field of vision to an almost laughably good degree. Designed in collaboration with the Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the Flight Path (XL) has been designed to be a confidence-enhancer for those of us who relish the adrenaline that comes when charging down the hill at top speed. The design of it means you’re able to lock down into a racing shape without compromising your view of the slope ahead.

One of the cleverest things about the Oakley Flight Path (XL) is the way the spherical lens curves away from you equally on both the X and Y axis. By following the curvature of your eye, this reduces distortion and means you’re more likely to see the world around you as it actually is. A big surface area, that semi-rimless design, and an orbicular shape that reduces flat spots for light that can cause glare means this goggle stacks up very nicely in the benefits column. The inside of the goggles are also incredibly spacious. This makes it easier for air to circulate and, in turn, reduces the risk of fogging.

The RidgeLock EV system here means you can easily, and swiftly, swap lenses in line with what the ski conditions are doing. Speaking of conditions, the goggles have been fully sealed to keep the elements out. Throw Oakley’s excellent Prizm lens technology into the equation, which essentially fine tunes the light spectrum for the sport of your choosing, and it’s clear you’re onto a good thing with the Oakley Flight Path (XL). Speedsters, who need to assess terrain rapidly, are particularly well catered for.

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This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Oakley Flight Path (XL).

Giro Contour RS Goggle

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The Giro Contour RS takes everything that made the Contour so popular, and then compacts it down into something that’s smaller but still high-performance. It’s a bit of a misconception that larger frame equals wider field of view, and the Giro Contour RS demonstrates this to the letter. Peripheral vision is, more often than not, affected by a goggle’s frame and lens shape rather than its size.

Thanks to Giro Expansion View Technology (aka Giro EXV+), which is a lens curvature that allows for one of the widest fields of view on the market and which creates a field of vision entirely unobstructed in the peripherals, the Giro Contour RS packs a mountain-viewing punch far mightier than its moderate size might suggest.

Throw in some seriously stylish strap options, the inclusion of two Vivid Zeiss Lenses – one for sunny conditions and one for low light conditions, excellent EVAK Vent technology and the fact they pair up well with Giro helmets and you’re undoubtedly onto a winner with these superb ski goggles.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Giro Contour RS Goggle.

Spektrum Östra Ski Goggles

Price: £164

People who live for enjoying the mountains in winter are increasingly becoming switched on to the fact that snowboarding and skiing has a sustainability paradox. Spektrum, from Åre in Sweden, know this and know that when it comes to the environment the ski industry can’t afford to sit on its laurels. The plant-based plastic used in the Spektrum Östra is a clear demonstration of that proactive thinking. It’s not something that will solve all of Mother Nature’s problems on its own, but it is a step in the right direction and one of the main reasons we included this good product in our best ski goggles list.

The frame of the Östra is born out of a plant-based plastic derived from castor oil. This, combined with the cleverly implemented injected dye colour in the frame, helps to make it an environmentally-friendly and more sustainable choice for skiers and snowboarders this winter. Obviously, on their own these ‘green’ credentials don’t necessarily make for a ‘good’ ski goggle in terms of usability. Instead, this conclusion can only really be drawn from the functionality and quality of its features.

Carl Zeiss Sonar lens technology delivers amazing contrast in low light conditions, maximum clarity, and 100% UV protection. According to Spektrum, the Super-AntiFog Kyohou inner lens provide “140% better fog management than industry standard.” Of course, it’s worth taking percentages thrown around by brands with a pinch of salt but there’s no denying it’s an aspect of the goggle that works well.

We like how well the magnetic lens exchange system has been implemented into the Spektrum Östra. It makes switching up lenses, depending on what the conditions are doing, incredibly straightforward. The Tri-density face foam delivers supreme levels of comfort on your face, and we’re also big fans of the air-flow lens system. The multi-layer finish on the lens is done well, and the 50mm jacquard polyester strap has a premium feel that’s only enhanced by the use of grippy silicone on the inside.

We’re big fans of the Spektrum Östra, not just because of its sustainability story but because it’s also a very good ski goggle in its own right. Whether you care about the future of our planet or not (you really should), this is a fantastic option for your eyes and face.

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Read our review of the Spektrum Östra.

Smith 4D Mag Goggles

Price: £260

Ask Jordan Tiernan, our Deputy Editor and resident ski gear expert, what his favourite ski goggles are and he will, with barely a moment’s hesitation, point you in the direction of the Smith 4D Mag Goggles. There’s a good reason for this. In short, they’re excellent goggles.

Offering a “4D view like no other,” the Smith Mag 4D utilise a clever lens set-up in a bid to vastly improve your peripheral view when you’re out carving lines in the snow. Behind the slightly gimmicky marketing speak, there’s something simple yet undoubtedly clever going on here. By having a ‘4D’ lens that curves around the bottom of the frame, as opposed to ending abruptly and blocking the lower half of your FOV, the Smith 4D Mag liberates your perspective on the world.

The brand claims that the design of the Smith Mag 4D improves your field of view by 25% compared to what’s offered by the standard 1/0 Mag goggles. It might sound like hyperbole but it’s a claim that stacks up well when you put these things on your face. Whether you’re traversing a rocky ridge or dodging punters on the final run of the day, we think you’ll appreciate the enhanced FOV offered by these fantastic goggles from Smith.

Excellent in the peripherals, and offering a comfort level and clarity of view virtually unmatched in the world of ski goggles, be sure to consider purchasing the Smith Mag 4D Goggles this winter. They might not be the cheapest goggles on the market, but they more than live up to the price tag.

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Anon M4 Toric MFI

Price: £260

The Anon M4 Toric MFI has the fastest lens change system of any goggle we’ve come across. In recent years, Anon have taken the concept of the interchangeable-lens system and well and truly mastered it. Just like the M2 and M3 before it, the M4’s magnetic lens swapping system is the finest around. All you need to do is give a small twist to the frame to reveal the lens, and then pull it away from the goggles. If the conditions are particularly changeable on the hill, and you’re in a hurry to make the most of your time in the mountains, you’re bound to appreciate the efficiency on offer here.

With their latest model, Anon have taken everything up a notch in terms of general sturdiness. The frame here really does provide a reassuring lens-hold, even when you’re bumping around all over the place and crashing into ski schools. The versatile nature of this product means you can also easily swap between toric and cylindrical lenses, something that really underlines the sheer usability of this goggle.

Wondering what the MFI in the product’s name stands for? It’s to do with the magnetic clip-in face mask that combines with the goggle to block out the elements in a way that doesn’t fog up the lens. The face mask won’t be for everyone, in all likelihood, as it’s so thin that when breathing heavily, like when you’re bootpacking, it can be drawn into your mouth. All in all though, it’s a nice little extra. That triple-layer foam is also as comfortable as you’d expect.

There’s undoubtedly cheaper ski goggles on the market than the Anon M4 Toric MFI. Thanks to that unbeatable lens change system though, there’s not many better ones.

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Julbo Aerospace Goggles

Price: 220€

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If you’re someone who likes to ‘earn your turns’, you’ll be familiar with the kind of fogging that can occur when you’re on the ascent. With backcountry skiers at the forefront of their thinking, Julbo have cooked up the extremely simple yet highly effective SuperFlow System. Attached to a small set of hinges, the lens on the Aerospace goggle can be pushed forward and separated from the frame. This heightens the airflow, dissipating moisture and eliminating fog as a result. Whatever the opposite of ‘fiddly’ is, it’s that.

We’ve been impressed by how easy this system is to use. When you’re ready to make your descent, for example, putting the lens back into place is super easy even when you’re wearing ski gloves. Those of you who relish getting active outside the boundaries of the resort, aka the ski mountaineer types, will consider the Julbo Aerospace’s design something of a masterstroke.

Oakley Flight Deck L Prizm

Price: £183

One of the most recognisable goggle designs you’ll come across in the mountain, the Flight Deck from Oakley has built up quite the fanbase thanks to its oversized, quite-possibly-visible-from-space, rimless style. Because of its low-profile shape and large spherical lens, this signature look goggle from Oakley delivers one of the largest field of views currently available on the market. This is especially true when you factor in the relative affordability of its price point.

It sounds like an obvious point to make when praising a pair of ski goggles, but the Oakley Flight Deck (L) really does allow you to see more of the mountain in all directions. Whether you’re looking up, down, or side-to-side your eyes will be able to soak up more of the terrain than they can in other goggles. Factor in the impressive Prizm technology, and you really are left with one elite-level goggle.

Unlike some ski goggles on this list, the Flight Deck unfortunately only comes with one lens included. When you consider it’s definitely not the easiest to use in terms of lens change functionality, you might not care too much about this. If you are really into switching up your lenses though depending on the conditions, and feel like you’ve already spent enough to not have to fork out more money on additional lenses, this might be an area of concern for you.

All things considered though, there’s very few ski goggles on the market that can match the Flight Deck L for build quality, visibility, and all-day comfort. For a similar slice of excellence, albeit one that’s in a slightly trimmed down package, be sure to give the Oakley Flight Deck M a look.

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Smith Range Goggle

Price: £70

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Skiing is expensive. You know that, we know that. The travel, the accommodation, the lift passes, the equipment – it’s a hobby that can, as you’re well aware, quickly rack up in the cost column resulting in a crater where finances used to be. With that in mind, it should go without saying that we love finding good value in the world of ski gear.

At less than £100, and roughly a third the price of some of the more expensive goggles on this list, the Smith Range stands out as an absolute bargain. Large frame, nice edge-to-edge visibility, comfortable multi-layer foam and Smith’s reliable anti-fog coating – it’s rare to see a ski brand deliver something so well-made and functional at such a low price and for this very reason we have to salute the team at Smith. This is a matter of opinion obviously but we’ve also got a lot of time for the classic look of the Smith Range, and its low-profile cylindrical lens set up.

Considering its low price point, you probably won’t be surprised to discover you only get one basic lens included here. In normal conditions, this won’t be an issue but it may be a problem if you’re someone who goes out skiing not matter how foul the weather is.

Our gut is that the Smith Range ski goggle is perfect for casual people who might only go skiing once or twice a year, and who want something they can rely on during those fair weather days enjoying the piste. If, however, you’re someone who essentially lives in the mountains during winter, someone who likes to escape the resort boundaries and go skiing even in bad conditions, you’ll be better served by a pricier, more high-performance, goggle.

POC Retina Clarity Comp

Price: £170

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The first thing to say about the POC Retina Clarity Comp goggle is that it’s not the most well ventilated option, especially when lined up next to some other products available on the market. This was actually an intentional decision from the designers at POC. They did it this way in a bid to cut down excessive air movement at high speeds, something that should indicate the extent to which these have been designed with ski racers rather than ski tourers in mind. If you’re looking for an all-rounder goggle, look elsewhere. If, however, you’re all about racing the POC Retina Clarity Comp could be the way to go.

This goggle won’t tick enough of the required boxes for particularly active skiers who live for the ascent as much as the descent, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not a good bit of kit.

For competitively-minded downnhill and slalom skiing, a type of skiing with obviously no skinning up / bootpacking to factor in, the Retina definitely hits the sweet spot. It’s sturdy, genuinely well-made, pairs up with an impressive lineup of Zeiss lenses and comes in a variety of aesthetically-pleasing frame colours.

Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses

Price: £60 / 60€ / $80

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They might not be ski goggles, in the classic sense, but the Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses provide some extremely reassuring category 4 protection. This means they’re ideal for use above the clouds, in extreme sun conditions when high glare and intense sunlight can be a serious factor.

If you’re looking for some stylish and protective eyewear at a genuinely affordable price point, this retro offering with a hint of the James Bond about it, is worth considering. Of course, they’re not as technical as some of the more advanced ski goggles on this list but when you consider how little these cost compared to most of those goggles that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

As well as the old school styling here, we’re also big fans of the hooked temples. Even if things get really choppy, or you take a tumble, the nature of their design means the Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses will stay securely on your head throughout it all.

This product was selected for our Ski 100.

Read our review of the Izipizi Glacier Sunglasses.

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