The design of these goggles is fabulously innovative. As with a growing number of goggles, they rely on magnets to allow for quick lens changes. For extra security, there are two tiny levers near the bottom of the lens – simply move them to one side to replace the lens (a spare is included).
Goggles, like helmets, are an essential piece of kit when it comes to skiing and snowboarding holidays. But that doesn’t mean finding the right ski goggles is simple – especially now, when the average pair is packed with more tech than you can shake a stick at.
Recent developments include the popularity of quick-change lenses, which are typically reliant on a magnet-based system, as well as the trend for frameless lenses: think fighter-pilot-inspired visor-style goggles. Other features we suggest looking out for include areas of rubber or silicone on the inside of the strap, to ensure your goggles stay in place over your helmet, and any additional details that make changing lenses even quicker. If you’re a spectacles wearer, look for goggles with OTG (over the glasses) in the name.
Lens colour and finish is less of an issue as quick-change systems have become more common. However, it’s still something that needs considering, which is why we sought out expert advice – more specifically, the thoughts of Graham Bell, Ski Sunday presenter and former Olympic skier.
“I tend to ski with a backpack, so will always carry a different goggle lens – you never know when the light is going to change. If you have a really snowy crash into the powder, it’s sometimes easier and quicker just to swap to a fresh lens, then switch back when you have a chance to dry off the snowy one,” says Bell. “The difference in goggle lenses can be incredible – wearing a low-light lens on a sunny day will give you a headache and streaming eyes, while an ultra-dark lens in a white-out will leave you practically blind.”
How we tested
Full disclosure: the snow hasn’t, sadly, started to fall yet, but that didn’t impede our testing process. As former snowboard instructors who’ve worked countless ski seasons at resorts in Canada, France and Italy, we know what to look for when it comes to goggles. Our time teaching beginners means we’re able to identify the features that will appeal to kids and adult novices, too. In summary, we dusted off our helmet, tried on every single pair of goggles and considered a wide range of aspects, ranging from strap width and interior cushioning to how quickly lenses could be changed, and whether there was sufficient ventilation.
The best ski goggles for 2023 are:
- Best ski goggles overall – Smith 4D MAG S: £289.99, Smithoptics.com
- Best budget ski goggles – Wedze kids’ and adult skiing and snowboarding goggles, bad weather: £14.99, Decathlon.co.uk
- Best ski goggles for comfort – Oakley flight deck M snow goggles: £182, Oakley.com
- Best ski goggles for people who wear glasses – Dragon DX3 OTG goggles: £37, Dragonalliance.com
- Best ski goggles for kids – Wedze junior and adult skiing goggles, good weather: £29.99, Decathlon.co.uk