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How we choose: The best goggles highlighted here were selected based on 30 reviews of 14 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Giro Contact

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

The Giro Contact goggles are recommended for those looking for a pair of goggles that easily adapts to changing light conditions with a push of a button. Great for outdoor winter activities of all kinds in all conditions.

Reasons to Buy

  • Two lenses included
  • Lens changes are quick and easy
  • Helmet or head compatible

Reasons to Avoid

  • Carrying case is bulky

I tested the Giro Contact goggles during the winter of 2015 and 2016 in Northern New Hampshire. The winter had a frustrating lack of natural snow, but I was able to test these goggles while skiing on man-made snow at the local resorts.  Fit & Comfort:  The Contact goggles fit very comfortably. The cushioning around the lens provides a tight yet gentle seal on the users face. The strap provides enough adjustment to fit around a large helmet or thin ski cap and is easy to adjust while wearing gloves.

Read more: Giro Contact review (1)

Anon M3 Goggle

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Anon M3 goggle is extremely versatile. With the Magna Tech Quick Lens system you can change lenses in less than ten seconds and a spare lens is included. The anti-fog system is second to none and they are Over the Glasses compatible.

Reasons to Buy

  • Magnetic Lens Retention system
  • Anti Fog Capability
  • Stylish
  • Helmet integration

Reasons to Avoid

  • Expensive

Testing:  I purchased the Anon Optics M3/MFI goggles at the beginning of the 2016-17 ski season and have now used them for 45+ days in all conditions to include lift served skiing, back country skiing, and cat skiing.  These are now my go-to goggles.   Product Description: Features: Magna tech quick lens change technology Anon cylindrical lens technology Over the glasses technology Magnetic Face Mask integration Full perimeter channel venting Integral Clarity Technology Triple layer face foam No slip silicone strap Outlast fog management face fleece Includes: MFI face mask Primary blue bird lens Spare grey bird lens Molded goggle case Microfiber goggle bag                                goggles, spare lens, case, goggle bag,...

Read more: Anon M3 Goggle review (1)

Glade Challenger Goggles

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

The Challenger is Glade's best-selling, flagship goggle. It's offered in a range of lens options to cover conditions from bright sunny days to flat, low light. It features anti-fog coatings that work well, and is a comfortable and surprisingly affordable goggle at under $100. Glade is a small, independent company, so they don't offer as many style options in frame sizes or colors as the big behemoth brands, but their offerings are increasing and are well made, good-looking, and very affordable.

Reasons to Buy

  • Range of lens options from 8.4-54% visible light transmission
  • Little to no fogging
  • 100% UV protection
  • Grippy strap stays put
  • Price (less than $100)

Reasons to Avoid

  • One minor scratch
  • Only one polarized lens option
  • Despite numerous lens options, only one is offered as a separate add-on

Glade, a small, independent company located in Colorado, currently offers three goggle models: the Challenger (its flagship mode), the Pulsar (magnetic lenses), and the Adapt (photochromic). I've been using the Challenger and Pulsar and exclusively all ski season and have been impressed by their quality, performance, and value. Lens Features All Glade lenses feature the following: Anti-Fog Coating: The lenses have multiple anti-fog coatings, and they work!  Mirrored Coating: A mirrored coating on the outside reflects more light than a non-mirrored coating, meaning the lens will tend to block more light.

Read more: Glade Challenger Goggles review (1)

POC Lobes

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)

These are the best goggles. They don't fog up easily. The lens is easily removable. The frameless design has inspired a lot of copy cats. The peripheral vision on them is HUGE. They are very durable. I had a pair with a defective lens and POC sent me a new lens for free. Great customer service. Very unique, most people don't have these and they look awesome!!

Reasons to Buy

  • Large field of vision
  • Colors
  • Light
  • Helmet compatible

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fog slightly easier than some goggles
  • Expensive

I used to be an Oakley snob. I owned five pairs of Crowbars. But I just like these so much better. The optics seem on-par, but these offer a larger field of view. They also don't look as ridiculous as the Airbrake or the Canopy which are incredibly huge.  The black-on-black option and the white-on-white option are really unique looking. I get asked almost every day what goggle I have on.  The field of view is giant with these. You can see in every direction. They fit very well, and they stay tight around your head.  They fit really well with a helmet. Especially with a POC helmet.

Read more: POC Lobes reviews (2)

Ltd. Optics Axiom

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

I'm in love with these goggles. Quick-change lenses, photochromatic lens options, and superior field of vision for under $200!

Reasons to Buy

  • Great price
  • Photochromatic lens option
  • Lenses can be changed quickly
  • Interchangeable straps
  • Great field of vision
  • Comfortable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Mirrored lenses scratch fairly easily

I bought the Ltd. Optics goggles through their Kickstarter campaign. I went with the Flux package which included a frame, strap, photochromatic (light transitioning) primary lens, Clear Red Revo backup lens (for low light), plus a microfiber bag and hard case. I am a snowboarding instructor at Park City Mountain so I use my goggles a lot. By mid January I already had 45 days in them and every time I used them my vision was unmarred and half they time I forgot they were even there (which is a good thing).  One of the reasons that I decided to go for these goggles is that for less than $200 I was able to pick up goggles with FLUX (light transitioning) lens.

Read more: Ltd. Optics Axiom review (1)

Oakley A Frame

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Best goggle I've used, incredible optics, no fog.

Reasons to Buy

  • A+ optics
  • no fog
  • comfortable
  • aesthetic

Reasons to Avoid

  • small field of vision
  • expensive (so is everything else)

I love these goggles. I've worn 10+ different goggles over the last few years, whether I've owned or borrowed them from friends, and these are the best. I own two pairs, and I keep coming back to them despite some "cooler" offerings on the market, for several reasons. Fit. I know this is subjective, but the amount of people you see riding a-frames is a testament to the universal fit of the goggles. They fit small to medium faces, and the foam contours well to my face.  They tend to ride up just a bit over time, but nothing too substantial.

Read more: Oakley A Frame review (1)

Glade Pulsar Magnetic Goggles

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

The Pulsar Magnetic Goggles from Glade Optics provide an excellent, wide field of vision in a comfortable, surprisingly affordable goggle. The four available Pulsar lenses can be switched out very easily due to magnets, work in a range of light levels, and are polarized to reduce glare. They come with anti-fog coatings that really work. Glade is a small, independent company, so they don't offer as many style options in frame sizes or colors as the big behemoth brands, but their offerings are increasing and are well made, good-looking, and very affordable.

Reasons to Buy

  • Excellent, wide field of vision
  • Magnetic lenses are super easy to switch
  • No fogging
  • Polarized
  • Grippy strap stays put
  • 100% UV protection
  • Price ($100)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lens popped off twice when I shoved goggles up onto my helmet
  • One minor scratch
  • Would like to see more lens options (*coming for 2020-21)
  • Less choice in colors, styles, sizes (but you're supporting a small brand)

Glade Pulsar Magnetic GogglesGlade, a small, independent company located in Colorado, currently offers three goggle models: the Pulsar (magnetic lenses, above), the Challenger (its flagship model), and the Adapt (photochromic). I've been using the Pulsar and Challenger exclusively all ski season and have been impressed by their quality, performance, and value. Lens Features All Glade lenses feature the following: Anti-Fog Coating: The lenses have multiple anti-fog coatings, and they work!  Mirrored Coating: A mirrored coating on the outside reflects more light than a non-mirrored coating, meaning the lens will tend to block more light.

Read more: Glade Pulsar Magnetic Goggles review (1)

Stage Stunt Goggle

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Stage Stunt goggles are as good or better than any goggle I've owned, which are many! Exceptionally clean lines and great fit, with or without a helmet.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy lens change
  • High quality lens with lots of choices
  • Highly customizable, frames, straps, lenses
  • Inexpensive

Reasons to Avoid

  • Goggle bag is white, I'll see what a mess I am!

Stage makes some great goggles. Excellent design, super lens quality and tons of options. Fit and comfort better than most. You will be pleased with the Stunt goggles. I used the "Detector" lens on a very flat light, snowy day and the terrain popped, very good definition. Lens change out was simple with the frameless design. I'm always more interested in function, not fashion. Stage's Stunt goggles have both. They work and with the seemingly endless combinations of strap, lens, and frame choices, I might end up being a fashion guy after all.

Read more: Stage Stunt Goggle review (1)

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