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From Whistler to Aviemore, Marcel Hirscher to absolute novice. No matter how good your vision, good ski goggles are crucial on the ski slope. Choose ski goggles from one of a host of leading brands, including Oakley, Bolle, Anon, Smith Optics and Scott. Our range of ski goggles is one of the widest on the market, but more importantly we have handpicked every pair to offer value for money and premium optical quality.
While we make no apology for majoring on big names, we feel we offer ski goggles to suit every budget and every style. This approach also ensures you benefit from these brands' vast technical experience, so you get crystal clear optics and fog-free vision every day of your ski trip. Move on to the Detailed Guide tab for a summary on what to look out for in the range. For a more general introduction to ski goggles, consult our great ski goggle help page.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the level of choice on offer, fear not! Read on to learn more about the key choices when it comes to ski goggles.
The shape of the goggles is as good a place as any to start. While this is more of a style over substance choice, there are some advantages which are exclusive to each design.
Functionally speaking, spherical-shaped lenses are superior. Views are maximised thanks to the canopy-like shape of the lens. The spherical shape also means optical distortion is reduced and your views beyond the lens will be more precise. A larger cavity is created within the goggle, meaning air can move more freely, ventilation can work more effectively and the risk of your lenses fogging up is reduced.
This is where goggle lenses started. For a long time the popularity of cylindrical shapes in goggles was dropping, but they have stormed right back into fashion in the last few years. The cylindrical shape produces a flatter, lower-profile, edgier look. If you're after this style, the good news is that cylindrical models tend to clock in at a lower price point, owing to the simpler manufacturing process.
The frame of the goggle does more than simply house the lens. A good frame will provide comfortable wear, fog-free vision and a good fit with a helmet. These are some of the key features to keep an eye out for.
Forms a plush layer against the face. All goggles come with foam, the difference is in how many layers are used. Multiple layers of varying thickness provide comfortable fit and form a seal to keep moisture out of the canopy. The outer layer is commonly made of fleece, which helps to prevent style-compromising red marks on the face!
There will normally be cavities built in to the top of the frame to allow warm, moist air to be exhausted. These cavities will typically be foam lined to stop snow from falling into the goggles. When paired up with "goggle vents" which feature in the brims of some helmets, ventilation will be optimised to exhaust as much fog-causing air as possible.
Even the most basic straps will be elasticated to provide a degree of adjustment over a helmet, but most will also be adjustable so you can tweak in the perfect fit. Silicone backing on the inside of the strap provides an extremely grippy fit when wearing the goggles with a helmet or a beanie and is a must for rougher, faster skiers and boarders.
If the strap isn't mounted to the frame in the correct way, the frame can warp when the strap stretches, meaning you lose the perfect seal around the face. An outrigger is a connection point for the strap, helping to reduce the strain placed on the strap when stretched over a helmet. Outriggers can be articulating, further reducing the strain on the frame.
The lens is the business end of the goggles and your seeing-eye on the alpine world. Lens technology can get pretty complex, and manufacturers love to wow us with jargon! So here are some key features to look out for.
Carrying just about every name imaginable, anti-fog treatments prevent the condensation of water on the inner lens surface. All anti-fog treatments work with varying degrees of success. They aren't a panacea against fogging, however, and you should care for your goggles appropriately to keep it working!
Goggle lenses feature an outer lens which carries the tint, and an inner lens which carries the anti-fog coating. They are sealed together, forming a sandwich with a pocket of air in the centre which insulates from the cold air outside the goggles. This helps reduce the risk of fogging.
A mechanism which helps to easily remove the goggle lens and replace it with another. Using levers, magnets, switches or buttons, lens switching helps you adapt to light conditions when on the move.
The most straightforward form of fog prevention in a pair of goggles. Holes are cut into the lens to allow direct airflow in through the front of the goggles.
The near-universal material used in goggle lenses is polycarbonate. A lightweight and impact resistant material which provides great clarity.
Just because it's winter doesn't mean the damaging effects of UV stop! All ski goggles at RxSport provide 100% protection from harmful UV radiation.