Three Things to Consider Before Buying Ski Goggles

A good pair of goggles will protect your vision, help you spot hazards, and see better in all sorts of conditions on the slopes.

Woman in pink snow jacket with skiis
Try to keep one or more pair of ski goggles with different lens tints in your gear bag in case the conditions outside change.Zionor

There are times when sunglasses just won’t cut it. Not only will light reflecting from the snow below you leak in from the edge of the lenses, if you travel fast, all the air whipping at your eyes will make them tear up mighty fast. This is why ski goggles are such an important tool. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, but also help you see where you’re going. Here are three things to help you find the right pair.

Wildhorn Roca Snowboard & Ski Goggles

Interchangeable Lenses

If you prefer different lens tints for different conditions, looks for goggles with a magnetic interchangeable lens system.WildHorn Outfitters

Not all days on the snow are created equally. Some days may have blue skies and a blinding-bright sun, and others may be dark and stormy. You’d want very dark goggles for the former, but if you wore the same tint during a low-light day, you wouldn’t be able to see anything. That’s where goggles with an interchangeable lens system comes in handy. It lets you bring multiple lenses for varied conditions, and a lens in your pocket takes up way less space than a whole set of goggles.

ZIONOR Lagopus Ski Snowboard Goggles

Anti-Fog

These lightweight and affordable goggles have an anti-fog coating and two-way venting to keep your vision clear.ZIONOR

There are a lot of things that can make your goggles fog up. It could be your breath or even your own sweat. Fog really sticks to a lens and it can be very hard to get rid of. That’s why it’s important to get goggles with an anti-fog coating. Good ventilation is also key, as is a proper seal to keep the snow out.

SMITH 4D Mag Lens Goggles Mens

Field of View

The 4D Mag offers 25 percent more field of vision, swappable anti-fog ChromaPop lenses, and maximum ventilation.Smith Optics

It’s important to be able to spot hazards coming from any angle while skiing and snowboarding, be it a small root on the ground or an out of control skier careening toward you from the side. That’s why it’s so important to keep your field of vision as wide as possible. Look for lenses with plenty of peripheral vision, and clear lenses so you’re able to see what’s right in front of you. Some lenses have a coating to increase the appearance of contrast and colors to help make obstacles stand out.