You probably already checked a few big snowboard goggles brands and some more affordable alternatives. When it comes to buying the best snow goggle, you want the perfect balance between price and quality. Protecting your eyes is as important as being able to have a clear vision in a lot of different light conditions.
Let’s be honest, most big goggles brands overprice their products and make you pay just for the name. On the other hand, when buying a cheap goggle online, you risk finding yourself with a low-quality piece of trash. After reading this article you will know everything you need, to buy the best snowboard or ski goggle online.
Let’s get straight to the point, here is what will be covered. (SPOILER ALERT: Lenses are such a broad topic that deserves an article on its own.)
- What makes a good frame?
- Advantages of interchangeable straps.
- Is triple layer foam really necessary? (quad is the new triple)
- Lens Basics (Deepen: SKI AND SNOWBOARD GOGGLES LENS).
- Will my glasses fit under the goggle?
- Does my goggle fit under the helmet?
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SNOW GOGGLE FRAME?
Your goggle’s frame should be flexible. You probably already guessed the reason… faceplants. Banging your face on the snow is never nice, but you need to be prepared. The last thing you want is a sharp, hard-plastic snow goggle frame. To test the flexibility of your snow goggle’s remove the lens and twist the frame. If you are buying online, ask the customer support to send you a video like this one. It shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Great! Now that you are sure that the frame of your snow goggle is flexible, a good practice is to check how the lens is secured. There are many different systems for interchangeable lenses. The system you use is personal and depends on your needs & budget.
Snow goggles with a magnetic changing-lens-system have a great advantage in situations where your lens may get wet or the weather changes quickly (Stubai or Hintertux opening for instance). If you are on a mission every time there is a little bit of fresh powder, changing your lens in a couple of seconds is priceless. I mean who likes cold hands anyways?
CLASSIC INTERCHANGEABLE LENS
If you are more of a park-rat and bad weather or the party from last night makes it hard to leave your bed, then it’s worth saving a few bucks on your ski goggle by going for the classic lens changing system.
Changing lenses will take a bit more effort but your wallet will thank you. Swapping lenses can be tricky sometimes so make sure you check our article on HOW TO CHANGE LENS.
ADVANTAGES OF GOGGLES’ INTERCHANGEABLE STRAPS
When you buy a ski or snowboard goggle, straps are often underrated. I think that’s a big mistake. Even if you don’t care about perfectly matching your snow outfit, it feels good to change it from time to time.
Another great advantage is to replacing the strap when it loosens up. Having a tight strap, not only keeps the goggle firm around your face but also makes it easy to adjust it.
IS TRIPLE LAYER FOAM REALLY NECESSARY?
YES! It is. Avoid snow goggles with a single foam layer. Having some extra foam makes a HUGE difference. We cannot stress this enough. You want your snow goggle to softly rest on your nose and protect your face if you fall. The good quality thick foam will do the job for sure.
SNOW GOGGLES’ LENS BASICS
Goggle Lenses and vision is such a broad topic that we dedicated a specific post to it (Read SKI AND SNOWBOARD GOGGLES LENS.). Here we will cover a few basics things you need to know to make the right decision.
The lens is the most important part of your snow goggle. A high-quality lens means clear vision & protection for your eyes. You don’t want to save money there.
The first thing to check is the VLT percentage. VLT (Visible Light Transmission) is the amount of light that goes through your lens. It is expressed as a percentage and depends on the tint of the lens. For bluebird days you want less light to go through your lens into your eyes. Conditions like this usually means going for a mirrored lens.
If it is cloudy you need a clear lens with a medium VLT percentage or a yellow/orange lens for extra contrast. If you are looking to buy a ski goggle for riding indoors or having a night shred, then go for a very high VLT (preferably transparent).
These are the recommended VLT values
|Cloudy / Bad weather||30-54% VLT|
|Indoor / Night Shredding||55-85% VLT|
Double lenses are a must for a skiing or snowboarding goggle. The space between the layers allows more ventilation and keeps the lens from fogging up. Nothing more annoying than a goggle constantly fogging up.
ANTI-FOG & ANTI-SCRATCH COATING
Lenses are usually treated with an anti-fog and anti-scratch coating. It doesn’t last forever, but long enough if you don’t stick your fingers on it. This is why you get a pouch with your goggle!
WILL MY GLASSES FIT UNDER MY GOGGLE?
If you wear optical glasses this is the most important question to answer when you buy a snowboard goggle. No glasses no party. If you don’t wear contacts you need to make sure that your glasses fit under your ski goggle before you buy it.
Obviously, it depends on the goggle’s model and how wide your glasses are. Measure them and let the customer support know to be sure.
DOES MY GOGGLE FIT UNDER MY HELMET?
If you wear a helmet you need to make sure that the goggle fits under & over it. Most of the time it will for all the goggles that are not oversized. Wanne be sure? Measure the width of the helmet and check with the technical drawing of the goggle.
Our goggles have been tested with multiple helmets and so far fits good to all of them.
READY TO MAKE A CHOICE?
Thank you for reading through. Hopefully, this post was helpful and by now you know a bit more about how to buy a ski or snowboard goggle. Still unsure or need advice for you next goggle? Our goggle support team is happy to give you some personal advice. Just reach out to them here.
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