See Better, Ski Better: The Best Ski Goggles Of 2017
You can’t ski what you can’t see.
Ski goggles are often the most overlooked piece of gear when you’re packing up for a long weekend on the slopes. Whether you’re still rocking those late 90’s blacked out Oakleys or yours are so scratched you can hardly see out of them, it’s probably time for an update. We’ve put this eye gear to the test in all conditions and found the very best ski goggles so you can see and ski better.
We were lucky enough to get a pair of these late last season to put to the test before they came out. The limited edition SPY x Discrete Bravos hit all the high notes for a perfect pair of goggles. Read our full review here.
In a radical departure from POC’s world cup ski racing roots, the Fovea features an oversized spherical lens designed for free riders. The excellent contrast and field of view help you spot terrain no matter how fast you’re straight-lining down the mountain. It doesn’t hurt that they look as good as they perform.
Shred is a relative newcomer on the scene, but like their helmets, their goggles are infused with a long line of industry innovation and DNA. The Smartefy is our favorite from the Shred line, and once you try a pair on it’s easy to see why. Of any goggles we’ve worn this season, these feel the best on our faces. The goggles are extremely wide, lending the best peripheral vision in the industry, but without compromising fit on smaller faces. We especially liked their NoClog hydrophobic treatment on the foam and vents. On storm days it kept them from fogging and icing up, letting us get in a few extra powder laps.
When you’re earning your turns, everything you wear tends to get sweaty. For conventional ski goggles this is a vision death sentence. Sweat quickly turns to fog and condensation on the inside of goggles. Julbo’s Super Flow system solves this with ease. The entire lens can detach from the goggle body, pulling away and creating extra venting space. After a few afternoon laps on the skin track, you’ll be a believer too.
This season Smith’s ski goggles get the same award winning Chromapop lens treatments as our favorite sunglasses. Better contrast in flat light, reduced eye fatigue, and more vivid color on the slopes? Sign us up. You will be hard pressed to find a goggle lens with better optical properties than Smith’s I/O.
Your brand new goggles can handle a little snow and fog just fine. Once they’ve got a season on them (or you made the mistake of touching the inner lens with your bare fingers), that factory coating will start to fatigue. We discovered Sven Can See earlier this season when it showed up in our Cairn Subscription Box. This mighty little spray breathes life back into old lenses that are giving you problems with fogging or condensation. If you’re a stickler for good vision when you’re hitting the powder or tree skiing, this is the best purchase you’ll make all season.