Nowadays snowboarding goggles aren’t just ‘one size fits all’. There are a whole variety of designs from retro-style frames to big frameless beasts. Lens technology is constantly adapting. Some of the lens changing systems available today are just plain amazing.
Intrigued? We guarantee you’ll be itching to buy a pair for your next snowboarding holiday after reading this.
OAKLEY FLIGHT DECK XM PRIZM SNOWBOARDING GOGGLES
We couldn’t write a best snowboarding goggles list without including Oakley. The Flight Deck XM Prizm goggles are a classic frameless design with F3 anti-fog coating, so your goggles won’t steam up while you’re riding. The new Prizm technology enhances colours as you look through the goggles, maximises contrast and enhancing visibility even in the worst conditions.
Electric have been making rad snowboarding goggles for years, but this year they’ve come up with the lightest pair yet. We tested out the brand new Electrolite goggles and they truly are unbelievably light compared to other snowboarding goggles, weighing a mere 77g. The moulded silicone strap is buttery soft and grips to your helmet/beanie really well. The best part about these goggles is the lens clarity. The frameless design means unparalleled peripheral vision which works in bright sunshine to dusky shadows at the end of the day.
Melon Optics are relative newbies to the snowboarding goggles scene, but their goggles are no less technical than the rest. The best part about Melon goggles in the design-your-own feature on their website. They have three different frames to choose from – I went for the Jackson frame with yellow Zeiss low light lens for those cloudy, snowy days. The quality of vision is super clear in overcast conditions and I am a big fan of the tie-dye strap. The Jackson frame is medium sized, so not overwhelmingly large but just the right size. They are fast becoming my favourite low light frame.
Dragon Alliance make some of the top snowboarding goggles in the world. The X2 Knightrider is the most advanced goggle yet. You can swap the lenses on these frameless goggles without taking them off your face. Just flick the lever and pull them off. The beauty of Dragon goggles is they offer great visibility, thanks to the top quality polycarbonate lenses. They are also super comfy with good ventilation. What more could you ask for?
Ever found that wearing a facemask with your goggles makes them steam up quicker? Anon have solved this problem with their M3 goggles. They have made an Anon MFI facemask which match these goggles, so they snap into place and sealing moisture out. The M3 goggles have a wide field of vision and come in an excellent range of colours with a spare Graybird lens for super bright days.
Roxy make some of the most stylish female snowboarding on the market. The Roxy Popscreens are one of their most popular frames right now with the frameless design and anti-fog coating. They are made with double layer face foam with polar fleece for extra comfort. The Popscreen comes at a bargain price too compared to other goggles right now.
Smith Optics have been making skiing and snowboarding goggles since 1965. The American company were the first to create sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Today they are still top of the goggle game with the popular I/O goggles. They come in a huge range of colourways, all made with Smith’s highest level of anti-fog technology. The Green Sol-X lenses are a popular choice, they adapt really well for midday sun to late afternoon shadows. The quick release system makes changing the lens super easy. They are a medium fit, so perfect for those that don’t suit large goggles.
Quiksilver have been making goggles for legends like Travis Rice for years. The Q2 goggles are made with high-definition lenses and high-tech lens ventilation with anti-fog coating to keep your vision from going cloudy. The lenses are also treated with an anti-scratch resistant film, so they won’t scratch as easily in your bag or when you stack it. Just like the Roxy goggles, these Quiksilver Q2s are great value for money.
Von Zipper’s new Jetpack goggles are well-loved by the snowboarding community. Why? Because they’ve got a seriously rad quick release lens system – just press the buttons at the top and bottom and ‘pop!’ out they come. Ideal for changing lenses quickly in any weather conditions. With great peripheral vision and a nice modern minimalist look, the Jetpack goggles will guaranteed to be part of our snowboarding gear cupboard for years to come.
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