How to Choose Ski or Snowboard Goggles

Goggles are an essential piece of ski gear but with so many choices, how do you pick the right ones?

Choosing Goggles:

  • Frame Selection: Choose a frame style that is appropriate for your face size. Some goggles are designed to be worn over eyeglasses.
  • Lens Shapes: Cylindrical lenses are typically less expensive but may cause more distortion in the peripheral vision. Spherical lenses tend to cost more but decrease optical distortion.
  • Lens Layers: Double layered lenses decrease goggle fogging but cost more than single paned lenses. Single layer lenses are not very common but are sometimes used in very inexpensive goggle or on kids goggles
  • Visible Light Transmission (VLT): Goggle lenses are rated by percentage of visible light that is allowed to pass through. The higher the percentage, the more light the lens will pass through so goggles with high VLT are generally better on cloudy days. Goggles with low VLT are better suited for sunny days. Many lenses are somewhere in the middle to be good for every-day use.
  • Bonus Lenses: Some goggles feature an interchangeable lens system and a bonus lens. In these cases, there is typically one lens designed for bright conditions and another for cloudy conditions.