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Choosing Best Snowboard Goggles: All You Need for Top Performance on the Slopes

Multi-colored snowboard goggles
Daniel Carraway
Written by Daniel Carraway

Every avid snowboarder serious about their equipment is familiar with the quest to find the best snowboard goggles out there. A good pair is necessary for performance and comfort; they protect you from harmful UV rays and wind, they keep your vision clear and they stay on no matter what, helping you ride faster, harder and safer.

But we know that you don’t want to spend hours trawling through reviews and forums to find the pair that’s right for you. You want to hit that mountain! We’ve done the research for you and created this essential guide with all you need to know about the best snowboarding goggles available right now and what you need to look out for.

Right-sized goggles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From total beginners to the most experienced of snowboarders, the goggles you purchase will make all the difference to your ride, and with a great deal of technology, features and choices available these days, there’s a lot to consider.

Are there different sizes?

When it comes to sizes, many goggles are one size fits all with adjustable straps, though you’ll find that some frames are described as medium fit, large fit or oversize, so it’s worth keeping this in mind as certain fits may be too small or too large for your face. Another important feature to consider is if the goggles are helmet-compatible. Not all of them are, and  if you wear prescription glasses, it’s a good idea to find a pair that will allow you to wear your glasses underneath them comfortably.

Which style is right for you?

There are two shapes that you’ll come across during your search for finding great snowboarding goggles.

  • Cylindrical: A shape which curves from side to side to wrap around your face, while the actual lens has a flat surface. Due to the flat lens, your peripheral vision may be slightly distorted at certain angles. They may also be more susceptible to glare because of a higher number of surface points compared to the spherical shape.
  • Spherical: This shape is curved top to bottom as well as side to side; like a pair of prescription glasses or contacts. It allows for broader peripheral vision and less distortion than the cylindrical shape and the curves of this shape are strategically placed to prevent glare.

Spherical goggle styles

What’s the deal with all the different lens colors?

Changing weather conditions will call for a different color of lens simply to help you see better. As a guideline, we’ve listed the different lens colors and how they work.

  • Grey: Blocks the sun and increases contrast. Usually a grey lens will be mirrored to cut glare.
  • Dark brown: Also great for a sunny day and similar to the grey lens when it comes to glare and contrast, but allows in a bit more light.
  • Orange: An all-round lens. Provides some glare protection on a bright day and some depth perception when it’s a bit overcast.
  • Amber: A good all-round lens like the orange lens, but the better choice when it’s foggy and overcast.
  • Green: Great for creating contrast; suited to moderate, light days.
  • Yellow: A versatile lens that can be used on a sunny day, but also fantastic for foggy and overcast days.
  • Rose: Suited for night riding, the rose lens does a good job of increasing depth perception
  • Clear: The best choice for night riding, a clear lens simply just keeps the snow, wind and rain out of your eyes.

Right snowboard goggles color

What features and benefits should you look out for?

It’s time to get technical. The list of functions and benefits that you’ll see on any product’s description is certainly impressive. The truth is though, you’re out in adverse weather conditions, snowboarding is an extreme sport and it’s your hard-earned cash that you’re investing, so you wouldn’t expect anything less.

When it comes to what’s important to you, understanding the various features that are available will go a long way in helping you determine which are the best goggles for you.

  • Anti-fog & Anti-scratch Treatments: An anti-fog coating will stop the goggles from fogging up and obscuring your vision while an anti-scratch treatment will prevent scratches to your lenses.
  • Ventilation: Almost all goggles have some sort of ventilation, but you will find some to be more effective than others. As a guide, the more vents, the better.
  • Anti-glare lenses: At a minimum, a pair of goggles will have standard double lenses which provide a thermal barrier to avoid fogging, but don’t do much to prevent glare. Mirrored lenses do a good job of reducing glare and are great for sunny conditions. Polarized lenses are a step up and cut out glare more effectively by filtering vertical light and preventing eye strain.
  • Lens Changing Systems: The last thing you want to do is weigh yourself down by carrying a second pair of goggles, so look out for a product that has an interchangeable lens and a lens changing system; this involves an attachment or magnet built in to the frame to make changing lenses a breeze.
  • Injection Molding: Injection molding is a technique used by some manufacturers to enhance vision quality. By tapering the lens, the plastic is thinner the further it is from the center of the lens so the light hits your eyes naturally.
  • Over-the-glasses Compatible: Some goggles are over-the-glasses-compatible which means that you can wear prescription glasses underneath them due to their design; slightly deeper and with space for the arms of your glasses. A considerably less expensive option to having goggles with prescription lenses made.
  • Helmet-compatible: While most models are helmet compatible, it’s worth noting that some designs such as the larger spherical style may not be suitable due to their size, and smaller styles could potentially leave gaps which you’ll certainly notice when that cold wind blows in your face.
  • UV Protection: Protecting yourself from the sun is important and the rays that reflect off the snow can be especially harmful. Look out for products that incorporate 100% UV Protection in their design.

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Top Choices on Snowboard Goggles

Now that you have your wishlist, check out these top picks.

Burton Anon Men’s M3 Goggles

M3 goggles for menSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Large

Design Features: Magna-Tech M3 with Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI), Fog Management Fleece Facemask, Over the Glasses Compatible, No-Slip Silicone Strap, Anti-Fog Treatment, Wall-to-Wall Optics, Cylindrical Lens with Integral Clarity Technology, 100% UV Protection; comes with Spare Graybird Lens, Nylon Compression Molded Goggle Case and Micro-Fiber Goggle Bag

Now these are a serious pair of goggles and there’s not much that they can’t lay claim to. One of the most exciting features of the Burton Anon Men’s M3 Goggles is their patented Magna-Tech M3 technology: a seamless lens changing technology which uses 9 points of earth magnet connections to make changing lenses a breeze and ensuring a secure seal between lens and frame.

This product also benefits from the patented Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI) which seals the facemask to the goggles creating an airtight connection. The facemask itself absorbs, stores & releases heat proactively which controls the production of moisture. This in combination with it’s perforated vents stops fogged up goggles ruining your view.

Vision is further maximized thanks to Wall-to-Wall Optics which incorporates less face foam in the periphery of your vision allowing for the lens to extend further into this area and for a closer fit. This is a lightweight product made from thermoplastic polyurethane and triple layer foam; both of which make these a comfortable pair of goggles to wear.

Dragon NFX2 Snowboard Goggles

Displaying dragon nfx2 gogglesSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Medium

Design Features: Swiftlock Lens Change System, Injected Cylindrical Lens, Frameless Technology, Armored Venting, Triple Foam with Hypoallergenic Micro Fleece Lining, Helmet Compatible, 100% UV Protection, Silicone Strap Backing, Super Anti-Fog Treatment; comes with Spare yellow/blue ion lens

A stylish pair of goggles, this product has an impressive array of functions and features. They benefit from Dragon’s very cool looking patented frameless technology and an Optically Correct 6 Base Injected Cylindrical Lens which make for a superb viewing experience with minimal distortion and glare.

Super anti-fog treatment and the inclusion of armored vents result in a pair of snowboarding goggles that won’t fog up no matter what conditions you’re faced with. Furthermore, the Dragon NFX2 Snowboard Goggles come with Dragon’s Swiftlock Lens Change system, an advanced lens changing system which uses locking levers to switch out your lenses quickly and secure new ones in with the airtight lens-to-frame interface.

As for sizes, they only offer a medium fit so are better suited to those with a face shape on the smaller side. Marketed towards both men and women, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 27 frame colors to choose from, so you’ll be sure to hit that mountain in style.

Electric EG3 Snowboard Goggles

EG3 snow gogglesSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Oversized

Design Features: Press Seal Technology Lens Interchange System, Super Anti-Fog Coating, Mold Injected Dual Layer Spherical Lens, Helmet Compatible, 100% UV Protection; comes with A spare lens and suede goggle bag

The Electric EG3 Snowboard Goggles have a streamlined, frameless look. They incorporate Electric’s patented state-of-the-art Press Seal Technology which is an innovative lens interchange system which makes changing lens a cinch with no attachments or levers.

You simply pull off one lens and pop in a new one. The press seal function also guarantees a secure lens-to-frame seal. Fog is no problem due to a coating of super anti-fog and you don’t need to worry about scratches because these goggles have also been treated with a hard anti-scratch coating.

This product has an oversized, spherical lens which allows for superior peripheral vision and 20 different frame colors to choose from. These goggles boast the latest in tech and style plus their ergonomic design and triple layer face foam make them a pleasure to wear.

Giro Contact Snowboard Goggles

Wearing Giro Contact gogglesSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Large

Design Features: Expansion View Technology, Triple Layer Face Foam with Micro-Fleece, SNAPSHOT Magnetic Interchange Lens System, Spherical Lenses, Anti-Fog Coating, 100% UV Protection, Helmet Compatible

The Giro Contact Snowboard Goggles have a slick semi-frameless design and come with lenses made by ZEISS, manufacturer of premium optical lenses. All conditions are covered and vision is optimised with spherical dual lenses that reflect glare and have an anti-fog coating.

This product is supercharged by Giro’s own Expansion View Technology which is only available in a selection of their products and sets a new standard in visual clarity resulting in a panoramic view while keeping the goggle frame compact. In addition, this product boasts Giro’s highly sophisticated SNAPSHOT Magnetic Interchange Lens System, which uses a magnetized shutter button release and locking mechanism, meaning you can make a fast, accurate and airtight lens change at the touch of a button.

These goggles fit seamlessly with Giro brand helmets, but not so well with competitor brands, so if you wear a helmet that’s not Giro branded, it may not be the right choice for you. This product has a superior and comfortable fit due to a triple layer face foam lining with micro fleece which also keeps the elements at bay no matter the weather conditions.

Nike Command Snowboard Goggles

Nike Command goggles closeupSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Large

Design Features: Spherical Lens, Anti-Fog Treatment, Flexible Softrigger Construction Straps, Speed Change Lens System, Nike DWR Air Mesh Venting, Triple Layer Face Foam, 100% UV Protection; comes with Spare yellow/blue lens & a microfiber storage bag

A sleek looking pair of goggles, the Nike Command Snowboard Goggles have a larger fit which enhances peripheral vision. The spherical mirror ion lens cuts out glare and has been treated with an anti-fog coating.

Furthermore, the lens lightens and darkens instinctively in reaction to changing light conditions, ensuring you’re covered in any weather. Nike has incorporated their DWR Air Mesh Venting into this product, which stimulates airflow and repels moisture, going one step further to avoid fog. Triple layer foam creates a comfortable seal that keeps out the wind and snow.

You will be able to change lenses in a flash while on the mountain with the speed change lens system. The flexible softrigger construction straps ensure smooth compatibility with any helmet.

Roxy Popscreen Women’s Snowboard Goggles

Roxy Popscreen women's gogglesSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Oversized

Design Features: PU Injected Frame, Strap Band with Adjuster, Polar Fleece Face Foam, 3D Mesh Filters, Spherical Double Lens, 100% UV Protection, Anti-Fog Coating, Anti-Scratch Treatment

The Roxy Popscreen Women’s Snowboard Goggles are one fantastic pair of goggles. They have a modern and stylish frameless design and an oversized wide spherical lens which deliver an impressive field of vision with minimal distortion. They’re protected by an anti-scratch coating and are fog-proof due to an anti-fog treatment and 3D mesh filters that encourage air-flow.

An anti-scratch coating protects the lenses from scratching and the double density face foam with polar fleece does a lot to keep the snow and wind out. This product does not have a lens changing system nor come with any spare lenses, which is a shame, but this is fairly reflected in the price which is very affordable considering the quality of these goggles.

Oakley Flight Deck XM Snowboard Goggles

Oakley Flight Deck XM reflectionSize: One size fits all

Frame Fit: Medium or Large

Design Features: Rimless Lens Design, Spherical Lens, Lens Sub-Frame Attachment, Frame Support, Anti-Fog Coating, Helmet Compatible, Over the Glasses Compatible, Silicone Backed Strap, 100% UVA, UVB, UVC & Blue Light Protection.

These goggles benefit from some of Oakley’s best technology. Their compact rimless lens is designed to fit a smaller face, so this is also a product which may not be suitable for everyone when it comes to size. They have HDO® (High Definition Optics) spherical lenses which deliver next to no distortion at all angles and crystal clear vision.

The lenses are made using Plutonite® Lens Material which is impact resistant, and offers the next level in protection by blocking 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC, and harmful blue light. The Prizm™ lens technology is a very cool feature which maximizes contrast by blocking specific wavelengths along the color spectrum for superior clarity.

Fog is prevented by dual vents that are treated with Oakley’s own F3™ anti-fog coating and that absorb up to 2ml of moisture. The elements are kept firmly at bay by a continuous seal created by triple layer polar fleece which also provides a high level of comfort during use.

For those who wear prescription glasses, you can wear them anytime with the Oakley Flight Deck XM Snowboard Goggles without compromising on fit nor comfort. Enjoy a seamless connection with any helmet with 360˚ frame venting which promotes airflow and change lenses in a flash with the lens sub-frame attachment.

Wrap Up

It goes without saying that a good pair of goggles is a very important piece of snowboarding equipment when it comes to getting the most out of your riding experience. The products we’ve listed are the best snowboarding goggles on the market and we hope that you now have a better understanding of which features are important to you so you can go ahead and hit the slopes in comfort and style.

Have you tried out any of these goggles already? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Carraway
Daniel Carraway

Daniel Carraway joined our team last year. He is a gear freak when it comes to hiking, climbing and camping. He went to REI Outdoor School to meet new people and learn best practices. Don’t even try to argue with him about the latest backpack or ice axe, he tried most of them. Daniel’s dream is to climb Mount Everest.

  • Samantha Brown

    I enjoyed this article. While doing some research I found that most people don’t try goggles on and check for 360 views. I understand you’re wearing goggles but it’s so important to make sure you can SEE all around you as much as possible. When snowboarding, vision is imperative!

  • John Jacobs

    This article has answered a lot of my questions about goggles. I have never been snowboarding but I’ve always wondered about the sizes, shapes, and colors of the goggles and what exactly their purpose was. Thanks for the informative article!

  • Daniel Carraway

    Yes, vision is crucial in ANY sport so the right gear is important. Choosing one that enhances your performance and comfort is a priority. Before buying anything, I usually check on various reviews for the product and ask opinions from my friends and family. Why buy a lemon when you have the ability to choose a gem, right?

  • Daniel Carraway

    You’re welcome John and thanks for taking the time to post a comment. Some of our readers have never done snowboarding but were thankful for the added information that they say “will come handy one day” should they decide to pursue the sport.
    I’m glad to be able to share a lot of information and tips to everyone. 🙂

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