10 best ski goggles
Does your mind boggle when it comes to buying ski goggles? There are a few things to keep in mind when finding the perfect pair.
Most importantly, they need to be a style and shape that’s compatible with your helmet, so be sure to try them together. The new, super-size rimless styles give better peripheral vision and you should take note that the higher the altitude, the more important it is to have the right UV protection so open-sided sunglasses may not cut it.
All the goggles here have two layers of lens, so act like secondary glazing to trap heat and cut down on misting. They also come with carry bags made of technical fabric designed to be used as lens cleaners.
1. Nike Transitions Snow Goggles: £250, Ellis Brigham
Why fumble around in ski gloves trying to change lenses when these react to different conditions automatically? Available in three styles, the light-adaptive lenses are excellent for strong sun-glare on mountain tops.
2. Extreme Men’s Ski Goggles: £39.99, Mountain Warehouse
These have anti-fog lenses and have side vents to avoid condensation on the inside of the goggles. We liked the studded grip on the underside of the head strap which kept them firmly in position. Reduced from £79.99 and there’s a women’s model too.
3. Arctic Ladies’ Goggles: £14.99, Nevica
These are a rock-bottom bargain, but they certainly don’t feel it. If you’re a quick-run-then-Schnapps-till-
4. ATS Core: £44.95, Sportviz
If you’re sporty and speccy, these great-value goggles can accommodate a plastic prescription lens insert. Bi-focal and vari-focal lens wearers can be accommodated too. The interchangeable prescription lenses are made to order by Sportviz and cost an extra £25.
5. Lacroix LX Frameless: £128, Matches Fashion
The last word in pared-down chic, these rimless goggles certainly look more fashion-fabulous than some of the garish numbers on the slopes. Well-proportioned for women’s smaller faces, they’re ultra-comfortable for all-day wear. They’re iridium-coated to increase light and shade contrast.
6. Dragon Alliance Lil D Goggles: £27, Super-Shop
These have a much smaller frame (suitable for toddlers all the way up to around 10-years-old) meaning they won’t annoy fidgety youngsters by butting up against helmets. Kids love the cool styling and parents like the soft, moisture–wicking lining which helps keep the goggles fog-free and firmly in place.
7. Kids Disney Frozen Tracker Goggles: £40, Burton
Spot on for fans of Elsa, Anna and Olaf, these goggles may be a novelty but they’re also great quality. They have a flexible frame and plenty of vents to keep things fog-free. There are 11 other cool graphic designs in the range, too.
8. Flight Deck XM: £145, Oakley
Oakley’s Ridgelock system works a bit like a press-closed sandwich bag seal, which means it’s easy to push lenses into the flexible frame if you want to adapt to different weather conditions. They’re a good size too and the rimless style gives great peripheral vision.
9. Julbo Universe Ski Goggle: £160, Amazon
These wide goggles have a curvier, larger frame than some so have great breadth of vision and sits really comfortably on the face without chafing against the helmet thanks. The light gold coating on the photochromic lenses looks great and will rapidly change to provide more protection in stronger sunlight.
10. Electric EG3 Goggles: £179, Yak Wax
These oversized goggles back up the stylish look with tech features, like a soft violet anti-reflection coating inside the lens and supersize vents, so you’ll stay cool, unmisted and comfortable. The lenses are super-easy to change by lining up the channels and pressing in place.
For ease of use, we love the Nike Transitions. They’re expensive, but as there’s no need to mess around with different lenses as you ski in different conditions you’re less likely to damage or lose them. Electric’s EG3 are extremely cool, but at the more budget end of the scale, Mountain Warehouse’s Extreme are a good buy if you’re not bothered about fancy branding.