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The 7 Best Ski & Snowboard Goggles of 2020-2021

We all have that one friend who skis or snowboards in sunglasses. Maybe it’s a style choice, maybe it’s symptomatic of bigger personality problems, regardless, there’s always that one guy in sunnies, no matter the weather. And every time the clouds open and it snows, we wonder why he’s so dedicated to his madness, from behind the safety and comfort of our own ski goggles. It’s not really worth dwelling on the “why” of it all. Some questions were never meant to be answered, so instead, we’ll let it rest, like the mysteries of the pyramids, and continue to enjoy our snow sports with purpose built goggles.

But, while just about any ski goggle is better than sunglasses, there are still major differences between models and brands. There’s a whole slew of frame shapes, lens tints, and proprietary technologies to wade through that all make a pretty big difference when it comes to how those goggles actually perform on your face. So, if you’ve seen the light, and aren’t committed to your misguided goggleless fashion, peruse this list of the best ski and snowboard goggles we’ve used to find a pair that fits your face as well as it fits your needs.


Smith 4D Mag

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Smith has long been known for its high-end optics, they’ve been pumping out quality goggles since before many other brand’s founders were even born. And their 4D Mag is their best goggle yet, the absolute cream of the crop. It’s designed to combine Smith’s crystal-clear optics with the fastest and most secure lens swap system on the market. It’s so easy to use that you can change lenses without taking the goggles off your face, and they’ll stay secure, even in big tomahawking crashes. And while that Mag technology makes it easy to change lenses to adapt to changing conditions, Smith’s Chromapop technology means that each lens is carefully engineered to provide the perfect amount of UV light filtering and contrast no matter how sunny or cloudy it is. So you can ski comfortably, knowing your eyes are protected, and you’re getting the best vision possible out on the slopes. See good, ski better.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
MagneticMedium$300-$330

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Anon Helix 2.0 Perceive

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If you wear glasses and like to ski, you’re often faced with a conundrum: take off your glasses and ski blind, or deal with the uncomfortable and foggy combination of goggles over your glasses. The Helix 2.0 Perceive from Anon offers a better third option. They’re designed to fit comfortably over your glasses and have plenty of venting to keep air moving so neither of your lenses fog. Anon’s Anti-Fog treatment is also class-leading, so even on really muggy days or bootpacks where you’re sweating a lot, the lenses shed fog and keep you seeing clearly.

Stop compromising when you ski with glasses, and grab Anon’s Helix 2.0, you’ll be more comfortable, and you’ll be able to see better than ever before.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
TabsSmall$99.95

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Anon M4 Toric MFI

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The M4 is Anon’s high-end goggle, absolutely packed with features for the discerning skier. Anon has been doing magnetic lenses for longer than any other mainstream brand, and their MFI system is dialed. It’s very easy to swap lenses on the fly, and in addition, Anon provides a special facemask with the goggles that integrates with them magnetically so you get a perfect hands-free seal every time.

Like the Helix, the M4 is designed to work well over prescription glasses, but it’s got a larger frame that covers more of your face. If you’re looking for a high-end goggle with all the bells and whistles, the M4 Toric was designed for you.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
MagneticLarge$299.95

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Oakley Flight Deck

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Ski goggles aren’t just about how well you can see on the slopes, they also affect how you look to others. And as the old saying goes, look good, feel good. The Oakley Flight Deck checks all the boxes, both when it comes to helping bring your eyes more contrast on flat light days, and in making you look clean, fast, and competent. The Flight Deck’s rimless styling means that you get more peripheral vision, and it’s easier to wipe sleet off the lens. Combine that with their HDO lenses that are carefully formulated to bring up the contrast between shades of white snow on flat light days, and discrete accommodations for glasses wearers, and you’ve got a winner.

As a bonus, Oakley makes the Flight Deck in a whole fleet of sizes, so if you're in the need for a medium-sized goggle the Oakley Flight Deck XM should be more your style. If you want to look good while getting the best performing goggle experience you can find, hop on the Flight Deck.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
TabsLarge$170-$210

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Giro Contour

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Giro might be best known for their helmets, but they’ve been pumping out smart, well-designed goggles for quite a few years now. The Contour is their high-end, frameless goggle. It uses a combination of magnets and locking pins to swap out the lense, so no matter how hard you crash, you’ll never pop the lense out and get a face full of snow. The real magic of the Contour, beyond its sleek good looks, is the Zeiss lenses. Giro works with Zeiss to get the sharpest, clearest lenses and coatings possible. The difference is subtle but unmistakable.

Higher-end lenses, like the Contour’s Zeiss lenses, allow you to see the mountain clearer, but more importantly, they help your eyes by making it easier for them, when your eyes don’t have to work as hard they’re more rested at the end of the day, and you suffer less eye fatigue. So if you want to ski hard all day, and party hard all night without tired, sleepy eyes, the Contour is a great choice.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
Magnets+PinsMedium$269.95

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Smith Range & Smith Drift - Women's

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Smith understands that not everyone has $300 to drop on a pair of ski goggles. That’s why they make the Range, and its women’s counterpart, the Drift. The Range and Drift take all the tech Smith uses for their highest-end goggles and slims it down to an affordable entry-level price point. The Range and Drift might not have the same Chromapop lens tech as the 4D, but they use similar coatings to help make their lenses very versatile for any light conditions. Combine that with a secure tabbed lens swap system, comfortable multi-density foam, and silicon lined band, and you’ve got a winner on your hands, or, more precisely, your face. You don’t have to break the bank to get good goggles, just grab the Range or Drift and spend the savings on more lift tickets.

Lens Swap SystemSizePrice 
TabsLarge$55-$75

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Julbo Cyrius

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We talk a lot about different lens systems and how easy or difficult they make it to swap different lens tints in or out to adjust to changing light conditions. But what if instead of putting a different lens in, your lens automatically shifted its tint to match the light? That’s what Julbo did with the Cyrius. Think those dorky auto-tinting glasses you wore in third grade, but way, way better. The Cyrius’s lenses have a special coating that allows them to sense how much light is getting through the clouds, and adjust how tinted they are so a consistent amount of light is hitting your eyes at all times. You don’t even really notice it in action, it’s just there seamlessly in the background making sure your eyes are protected and that you’ve got the optimum amount of tinting.

So if you don’t feel like bringing multiple lenses up to the hill, if you just want the simplicity of one lens that automatically does it all, the Cyrius is your one-stop-shop for on-mountain eye comfort.

Lens Swap SystemSizeOriginal Price 
TabsLarge$219.95-$229.95

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