No matter your experience level or budget, there is a great ski goggle waiting to be found. Interchangeable lenses dominate the high end of the market with systems that are getting quicker and easier by the year. In particular, Anon upped their game with the magnetic system on the M3, although Dragon’s Swiftlock isn’t far behind. Smith continues to innovate with its ChromaPop lenses, and Oakley and Giro are right in the mix with their Prizm and Vivid designs. And intermediate, beginning, or casual skiers can still pick up a great goggle for $100 or less. Below are the best ski goggles for the 2017-2018 season.
1. Smith I/O ChromaPop
If Smith dominates one area, it’s snow goggles. There are a number of models to choose from at varying price points, but the I/O is our favorite. It was the original interchangeable-lens system and is still at the top with superb optics, two lenses included, an extremely comfortable fit, great ventilation, and premium build quality. Its interchange system is no longer the fastest to use—it has been surpassed by Oakley’s Switchlock and the magnetic designs from Anon and Giro—but the I/O retains its title as the best all-around ski goggle with its excellent ChromaPop lenses.
2. Anon M3 MFI Goggle
Smith may have pioneered the interchangeable-lens system but Anon is mastering it. Much like its predecessor, the Anon M2, the M3’s magnetic lens swapping is best in class. It’s as easy as giving a slight twist to the frame to expose the lens and pulling it away from your face. Anon honed things in even further with a thin frame (the M2 was partially frameless) that protects the lens along with two additional magnets to better hold everything in place. We still give the optical edge to ChromaPop and Anon’s design work does have a pretty significant impact on price, but the M3 is the top quick-change system on the market.
3. Giro Blok Goggle
Just about everything involved with skiing is expensive—from the equipment to lift tickets—so we love finding a good value. At half the price or less of our top two picks, the Giro Blok is just that. This goggle features a medium/large frame with impressive edge-to-edge visibility that minimizes the tunnel effect you find on many cheap designs, and even includes premium touches like triple foam cushioning that’s nearly as plush as the options above. The Blok also has a refreshingly classic look with a full frame encompassing the low-profile cylindrical lens.
4. Oakley Flight Deck Prizm
From an optical perspective, the Oakley Flight Deck Prizm stands out. This rimless goggle has one of the largest fields of view on the market and flat out ridiculous peripheral vision. Compared with the Smith I/O above, you see more of the mountain in all directions—up, down, and side-to-side. Combine this with Oakley’s Prizm technology, which we put close behind Smith’s ChromaPop, and this is one impressive ski goggle.
5. Smith I/O 7 ChromaPop
The Smith I/O 7 was released a few years ago and follows the mega-popular I/O above. Not surprisingly, it’s a fantastic goggle and shares the same strongpoints as the I/O: a very comfortable medium-size fit, excellent fog resistance, and a huge selection of ChromaPop lenses. The I/O 7 has a slightly larger lens than the I/O but visibility is similar between the two, which is ample unless you’re in the market for an extra large, frameless design.
6. Oakley Airbrake XL Prizm
Along with the Smith I/O, Oakley’s Airbrake is a long-time favorite. Updated last year with the larger Airbrake XL, the design trades the wild Stormtrooper look of the original for a more traditional, large spherical lens and low key frame. As with the Flight Deck above, you get a great selection of Prizm lenses, but the XL comes with a second lens for changing conditions (and a higher price). Overall, the Airbrakes are a fantastic choice and well known for their fog resistance and comfort.
7. Giro Axis
All-new for 2017-2018, Giro’s Axis takes direct aim at the I/O series. Like the legendary line from Smith, you get a medium fit, two high quality lenses, plush three-layer foam, and great all-around visibility. The Axis also features Giro’s newest quick-change system, which works as follows: twist the goggle slightly, grab the exposed section of the lens, and pop the four pins out of each corner. Removing the lens and reinstalling it requires a little force, and we don’t love that you have to press directly on the lens to push the pins in place, but it’s certainly faster to swap than the I/O and I/O 7. To sweeten the deal, the Axis undercuts the Smith goggles by $20.
8. Dragon X2 Goggle
Dragon’s X2 is among the most expensive goggles to make our list but absolutely packed with features. In a nice upgrade from the Oakley Flight Deck above, you get two lenses and a hard-sided case—which easily accounts for the difference in cost—and a superior lens changing system. In fact, outside of the magnetic Anon’s above, this is one of our favorite lens interchange designs. Similar to the Oakley Switchlock, it works by pushing a lever on each side of the frame up to release (just be sure to have your hands in front of you when you open the levers or the lens will just pop out). Re-installing the lens is just as easy and can be accomplished without removing the goggles from your face.
9. Smith Squad XL ChromaPop
Smith’s Squad was an instant hit, and they’ve expanded the line (literally) with the Squad XL for this season. To start, this is a massive goggle—comparable to the Oakley Flight Deck above in lens height. At the same time, it’s surprisingly low profile because of its budget-friendly cylindrical lens shape and simple feature set. The net result is a massive field of vision and pretty darn good clarity thanks to the two ChromaPop lenses.
10. POC Fovea Goggle
With sharp Zeiss lenses and a classic, framed look, the Fovea gives a nod to the past while using thoroughly modern technology. POC has done a nice job with this goggle, which hits a competitive $150-$160 price point. It has excellent field of vision—even edging the Smith I/O at the sides—and we’ve found its triple-layer foam is comparable in comfort to the more expensive goggles above from Smith and Oakley.