Ski Season Preview: The Best Ski Goggles
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 these ski goggles to the test in all conditions and found the very best so that you can see and ski better. Go ahead and send that double black diamond.
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Giro’s all new Contact goggle features a minimal frame and serious vents. When combined with the magnetic lens system, these goggles are easily the best we’ve tested this year for all around use. Lenses swap out quickly so no matter the conditions you’ll be fog free and have a good view of the entire mountain.
Whether you’re a hard charging ski racer or free ride maniac, the Jakk goggles are aching for speed. Rather than swappable lenses, the Jakk has a stackable system, letting you peel the top lens off in low light conditions. The strap features a double bead of silicon gripper, so these aren’t going anywhere no matter how fast you go. We found this goggle to fit best with a helmet.
Best Fit: Scott Linx $160
Featuring multiple adjustment points, the Linx fared best in fitting all sorts of faces. No matter if you’re wearing it with a helmet or hat, the Linx eliminates any pressure points for all-day comfort. It doesn’t hurt that it is one of the best looking pairs of ski goggles on the mountain either.
Anon built on their award winning “M” line and released a women’s version this year. The WM1 has oversized vents, magnetic lenses, and is built for a woman’s face. The spherical lens keeps visual distortion to a minimum, and field of view maxed out. The result is a goggle that you’ll be jealous of as your wife or girlfriend bombs deep powder like a pro.
Smith’s spherical, carbonic-x lens boasts the best field of vision on the mountain. These are the goggles we reach for when it is nuking snow for days on end and we’re battling flat light and gnarly steeps. You won’t miss any detail as you rip down the mountain, and when the sun comes out, the easily swappable lenses will keep you in business as you hunt for hidden stashes of untracked pow.